A Post-Thanksgiving Recap


Hey Friends! I hope you had a glorious Thanksgiving.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I was consumed with all that goes into prepping for our family's big day of thanks.  Here's a rundown of how our week went: All Hands on Deck! Since we were expecting to host and sleep several out of town guests I was busily cleaning every inch of my home, barking out orders to my kids, and ... [ Read More ]

My Pre-Thanksgiving Panic. (Yikes!)

may your house be too small

Just the other day . . .  I looked up at the lovely Heart of the Home calendar hanging above my desk. And just in time for my pre-Thanksgiving panic, it displayed the following quote: As I read the quote it warmed my heart and made me smile. I thought it was the cutest thing I had ever heard. I love what the saying implies. I interpret it to mean: What does it matter if you don't have ... [ Read More ]

The Beauty of Seasonal Decorating

Thanksgiving display 2015

Last weekend, I finally got around to dressing my front window for my fall harvest display. The week before that, I finally got around to planting mums - my favorite fall flowers - in my front garden. Each season, I try to decorate the front of my home to reflect God's beauty and warmth.  I decorate for Valentines Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (I have to hold ... [ Read More ]

It’s not the way it was…and it never will be.


This past weekend my family went apple picking. After dragging our feet to get there for the past two months, we finally made it. I knew that going was the right thing to do because the last time my family went apple picking we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  After all, it's a family friendly activity that centers around enjoying each others company and the great outdoors. But ... [ Read More ]

What will you do with your one Wild and Precious life?

Beatuiful flower from backyard

I'm schooling the girls, and I look up and out of my window, as I do many times during the day. That window saves me. I desperately need to feel connected to nature.  And here in the New York City, that's not particularly an easy thing to do - be connected to nature. Not many homes offer countryside landscapes or an abundance of grass and trees, which I find to be utterly calming and ... [ Read More ]

Amy Carmichael, Rescuer of Precious Gems


In this post I shared that one of my goals for the school year was to finally read aloud through six books in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series as part of our curriculum. And first up on our list in the series was Amy Carmichael, Rescuer of Precious Gems, who is most known for her work as a missionary to India. I read to the girls at lunch time because that's when I'm fresh and not ... [ Read More ]

A homeschool update, the pain of bedtime read-alouds and my summer garden.


It's been quiet around here lately, around this part of the blog sphere. Quiet means that homeschooling is taking place...as well as birthdays, and family dinners, and all the other routine happenings that accompany going back to school. I've been schooling the girls since the day after Labor Day - since Tuesday, September 8th - with out interruption (excluding our "welcome back to school ... [ Read More ]

Video – Learn How You Can Know God {God’s Exchange for You}

From the Exchage Video

God's Great Exchange for You! Hey Friends! I thought this video would be a great addition to Welcome Home's Salvation page.  Enjoy it in your quiet time, or even after church with the family? This video is a simple explanation of Who God is and how you can have a relationship with Him. You will learn why God's exchange for you was necessary, what the exchange is and what it accomplished.  This ... [ Read More ]

Our First Week of Homeschool {With a School Room Tour!}

Autumn and Lexy Back to School

Hey Friends! Last week was the official start of our 2015 - 2016 school year!  Autumn is officially in Jr. high: 6th grade (Seriously?  How did that happen?), and Alexis began grade 3.  Where has the time gone? We started the day after Labor Day.  I had to be flexible with our start time since it was the same day my son and his friends left to head back to their military base at Camp ... [ Read More ]

A House Full of Family and Friends and Loving It!


I'm the happiest woman in the world right now! My boy, Josiah, came home for Labor Day weekend with four of his Marine friends.  My house is full of friends and family and this mom couldn't be happier! They arrived on Saturday morning.  I was warned that they would eat me out of house and home, but I told myself that I was up to the challenge!  (Oh yeah, Baby . . .Bring it ... [ Read More ]

What I’ve Learned In My Five Years of Blogging

blogging anniversary

I turned 45 this past Friday. Woo Hoo! And since I basically launched my blog on my birthday back in 2010 (you can click here and scroll down to read all the amazing comments), it got me to thinking about my blogging experience over the past 5 years. So, here's what I've learned about blogging... 1. The internet is like a news paper on steroids.  The principle reason I started this blog was ... [ Read More ]