Letting Go is Hard to Do

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A few days ago, I took Autumn and Alexis ice skating with our homeschool group. Ice skating is one of the highlights of our year as a homeschooling family.  We eagerly anticipate its arrival each year. After lacing up the girls' skates they headed over to the ice where they began practicing their figure eights.  I glanced over and watched as one of the other moms laced up her son’s hockey ... [ Read More ]

What if God Planned Your Family Size?

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Could You Use More Blessings from God? I had a conversation with my mother the other day which made me chuckle, uncomfortably. My oldest daughter is 27 years old and “newly” married (about 2 years).  She lives in Canada with our awesome son-in-law.  I’m not sure what prompted my mom’s comment, but she said, “Ashley will make a good mother.  I think she'll have two children; but I hope she ... [ Read More ]

Blogging about Not Blogging

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I'm so conflicted right now.  I don't know what to do.  I'm suffering from "too many options" syndrome.  Here's my sad story... It's Tuesday night and usually I have very a calculated "To Do" list I follow to finish the day.  But for some reason, right now I'm struggling with deciding what to do.  Should I... Be relaxed and finish the evening by putting the girls to bed early and watching a ... [ Read More ]

Mom’s Need Socialization, Too!

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What makes a groggy, sleep deprived mom get out of bed so early in the morning that she can’t see straight?  So early that the sun hasn't come up and the birds haven't even begun to sing? A mom’s fellowship!  A mom’s fellowship has the power to make women do strange things! Like…get up when some others have just gone into REM sleep. Like…wake when you are sure to still have bags under your ... [ Read More ]

When Encouraging Your Daughter Means Sharing Your Failures

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Over the years, I've been super inspired to cook new recipes by watching the Food Network.  Thankfully, this inspiration has infected my daughter, Angel, too.  Her signature dish is creamy spinach and mushroom lasagna.  What I love about this dish is that I’ve never made it. It’s something that she was inspired to make one day and it was delish!  The presentation was fabulous but it tasted even ... [ Read More ]

Little House Highlights about lunch with good friends, improved driving lessons, and a rough start back to school

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Wow!  I went off the grid for a while there! Heading into the new year, I was surprised at how much I was looking forward to getting back to our daily school schedule.  I was well relaxed and missed our daily routine of structure and learning...and perhaps was looking forward to a bit of quiet (with three of my older/adult kids heading back to school, military and married life out of the ... [ Read More ]

Good Morning God! (My Epic Fail with Quiet Time)

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What Bible study method will you use for quiet time this year? Before I even got out of the bed on New Years Day, I contemplated beginning a new "read through the Bible in a year" daily calendar...AGAIN!  And this time with some degree of angst and trepidation. Seems like I was just here a year ago.  I started pretty strong, couldn't keep up with the schedule, lost a lot of ground, and eventually ... [ Read More ]

A New Day Has Dawned – Give Thanks!

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"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  1 Thessalonians 5:18 I spent New Years Day sleeping in until 12 noon (didn't even know I could do that!), snuggling with hubby and the littlest ones under the covers, while the older ones sat atop, lingering around, and having a very slow and intentional morning.  Then shifting to the kitchen, looking upon ... [ Read More ]

Happy New Year!

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Happy 2015, Everyone! On New Year's Eve my family went to church to usher in the new year.  In my opinion, there is no better way to bring in a new year than to be in God's house. Afterward, we hosted a New Years Eve Party at our home.  I've wanted to do this for years but was never willing to put in the work to pull it off; but this year I decided it was high time for a change! I ... [ Read More ]

Little House Highlights – New Year’s Edition!

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I’ve been taking a blogging break while enjoying my family over Christmas break.  We've been having a great time!  Things were pretty hectic leading into Christmas, but now that it’s come and gone, most of our days have been restful.  Here’s a few Little House highlights just in time for the New Year… 1 - Christmas Time Crafts Now that Angel is home for school break, the girls have been busy ... [ Read More ]