Our 1st & 3rd Grade Curriculum, Term 1- 2016-2017

Last week I briefly and very generally shared our homeschool plans for the coming year. I want to elaborate on the specifics in this post. My intentions are simply to share what we are doing/reading/learning in an attempt to help and encourage anyone who might need some guidance or ideas :) Our school year is broken up into 3 terms. Each term is 12 weeks long but at week 6, we take a short break. This year I will have a baby in January, so our second term will look a little different than … [Read more...]

Our 2016-2017 Homeschool Plans

It has been awhile since I last posted, but I'm popping back on to share with you our homeschool plans and curriculum for the coming school year. We officially started back last week but at a nice leisurely pace ;) Meet My Students This year I have 3 students. Kate is 7 1/2 and starting 3rd grade. She is active, an avid reader, and loves to cartwheel, flip, stand on her head, and do backbends. Cora is 5 1/2 and starting 1st grade. Curious, imaginative, and funny, she has recently … [Read more...]

ESV Family Devotional Bible {Review & Giveaway}

What is more important than reading the Bible? Reading the Bible as a family! Having a family devotional time each day is the perfect way to engage in God's Word with your loved ones. Our Bible time happens in the mornings right after breakfast and morning chores. We usually sing a few hymns, pray, read a Bible story, and work on scripture memorization. Recently, I had the opportunity to review Crossway's ESV Family Devotional Bible. (Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the … [Read more...]

31 Dinner Ideas for the Month of May

I love to cook. If you know my mom, then you wouldn't be at all surprised. She is a masterful chef who my husband lovingly refers to as "the MacGyver of the Kitchen" because she can take 3 seemingly unrelated foods and turn them into a gastronomical masterpiece. I don't have her creative knack for cooking but I'm trying. Unfortunately, my children would prefer burgers and chicken tenders over Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas (yum btw!) or Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (not so yum). While … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Meal Plan for March 13

This week is pretty low-key, which I need. The weekends lately have been a little more intense than I would like because of these beauties . . . There's fencing that needs going up and fixing and other a sundry "cow things". But I admit that I'm quite smitten with these mamas and their babies. No worries, I'm not naming them or feeding them special treats because they are being raised for food. Anyway this week is the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville, and I am so thankful … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Meal Plan for the Week of February 28

It's been quite a while since I last posted our weekly meals on here, but meal planning is essential to my sanity. I hate waiting until the last minute to decide what to fix. Spontaneity is NOT my thing. But when I have a plan, I'm more relaxed, we eat healthier, and we save money. So taking 20 minutes every Friday to plan our week's meals is a no-brainer for me. Here is our gluten-free meal plan for the week. {FYI: I prepare all of our meals sans gluten, so even if I post a recipe containing … [Read more...]

Jan/Feb 2016 Books We’ve Been Reading

Winter is my favorite season for reading. There's just nothing like snuggling up with a hot mug of coffee and a page-turner. This winter has been colder than usual here in Tennessee, and while my kids watch their fair share of "Wild Kratts," they're also spending quite a bit of time with some good reads. Weekly library trips, daily read-aloud times, "the quiet reading hour", and assigned books are just a few ways we make reading in our home a priority. And the rule is that Mama reads too. No … [Read more...]

One Personal Goal for 2016: Transparency

So, it's been a while since I last posted. Some things have happened . . . We've moved! To a farm! While I'm usually sharing my list of personal goals for the year on January 1, we spent New Year's Day getting settled into our new home instead, and I have felt the Lord urging me to simplify. Hence no blog posts. I've been preoccupied with other things. However, I would be remiss if I didn't share what God has laid on my heart instead of "Exercise 3 days a week" and "Read 50 … [Read more...]

Mess-Free Art Supplies for Kids {Review & Giveaway!!}

I am not the mom who loves making crafts. In fact, I have tubs full of paints, glitter glue, pipe cleaners, and stickers that my girls would love to rummage through, use, and destroy the house with, but they are hidden in out-of-reach spaces in our utility room. Every now and then I will conjure up the courage to dig a box out, but only after we have set down newspapers and old towels and the girls have donned their smocks. My #1 problem with arts & crafts is the mess.  But now I … [Read more...]

Win Chris Tomlin’s “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship” {Review & Giveaway}

We have a little rule in our family. No Christmas trees, no Christmas music, no Christmas anything until after Thanksgiving. It's so easy for me to miss out on the beauty of today if I'm always looking to tomorrow. However, when I had the opportunity recently to review Chris Tomlin's latest Christmas CD, I kind of broke my own rule. But you know what? It was worth it. {Scroll down to enter the giveaway!} Chris Tomlin is best known for his praise & worship music, and his latest CD … [Read more...]