Under Construction: A New Series

  I wanted to give you a heads up on my next series.  I’m gathering some questions and struggles from newer moms with a young child or children.  Life is far different than it was 14 years ago when I was a young mom, so the struggles that the young moms of today face could be a bit different … [Read more...]

Being an Intentional Mom

This is my Giggly Girl in the midst of command central.  Excuse the state of my office, but you know, keeping it real. Anyhow, we rotate kids who get "special time" with mom in the evening, and although it was not her turn last night, she was needing some extra love, come to find out. Since I … [Read more...]

Being an Intentional Mom

For me, as I have become more focused on being intentional in my life, especially when it comes to my kids, I see so many opportunities that I may have otherwise missed.  I can't really focus on all those missed opportunities, I just don't need to feel that guilt, and there is grace to cover that, … [Read more...]

Consider Yourself Warned!

Kids helping is necessary in making family life tick for the most part, at least it is around here anyway.  If you spend any time here you will certainly find that as a theme throughout the majority of what you read. Helping develops skill, creates a sense of responsibility and a sense of … [Read more...]

Being an Intentional Mom

A little food for thought... … [Read more...]

Resources We Love – Character

I think many parents are interested in reaching the hearts of their children and in shaping their character, homeschooling or not.  This is a vital part of our school day.  There are numerous books and resources out there, I will just share a few of our favorites.  Character training really does … [Read more...]

Being an Intentional Mom

Today I was an intentional mom by celebrating my girl's birthday with surprise pedicures for she and I along with my mom. It was a first pedicure for all of us.  Obviously I am not one to splurge on this sort of thing since I am 40 and have never done it, but it was such a special time for the three … [Read more...]

Precious Moments Amidst the Chaos

This.  Moments like this is why I wouldn't trade my life even when I come home from running errands to find two children who need diaper changes in the worst way including one who needed a bath, the ingredients I needed for a recipe that I thought I had when I in fact do not have them, the house in … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday!

We have a birthday in our family today.  Birthdays are special days, and the way we spend them has changed through the years as the family has grown and needs have changed.  However, birthdays are always special days. When we had just three little kids who were all fairly close in age, we usually … [Read more...]

Being an Intentional Mom

The longer I'm a parent, the more I realize that teaching obedience is not about my kids obeying me because I am bigger, because I am louder, because I am stronger, or because they are afraid of me.  Teaching obedience is about my kids choosing to take the better way out of their own logic, their … [Read more...]

10 Simple Ways to Listen to your Kids

It is so easy to "listen" to our kids but never hear a word they have to say.  I have talked about listening before, but I think we can all agree that listening is first and foremost removing distractions and clearing your mind.  Listening is not an absent minded "hmm-mmm," while texting, posting on … [Read more...]

For Those Days When Mama Blows It

The day didn’t start well.  I had slept in due to sheer exhaustion and discoing that I had a migraine during the night.  My days never start well when I am thrust into the day already in progress. I didn’t take the time to gather my thoughts at all, much less read my Bible chapter for the day, … [Read more...]

Indoor Energy Burning Activities for Little Ones

When going outside or heading to the nearest mall play area just aren’t an option, it can be so hard to stay inside with kids who have waaaay to much energy.  The following activities that burn off some energy have been a life saver for me at times. Dance Party ~ this entertained my oldest kids … [Read more...]