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...]

Focus on Being a Wife – and Only a Wife

About three or four years into my marriage I received a piece of vital marital advice by a seasoned veteran at being a wife.  Joan was a strong Christian woman who made it easy to see that she was married to her very best friend for what was about 40 years at the time. As a young wife I was … [Read more...]

Thursday’s Walk in the Word

Today’s verse is Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Short, but sweet.  I love these short verses because anytime words are not gracious, I just have everyone around, especially those who are involved in a dispute, repeat their Bible verse.  … [Read more...]

Monday’s Walk in the Word

This week's Bible verse is Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  Against such things there is no law. I often remind my kids to color their words with the fruit of the spirit.  This is such … [Read more...]

Menu Plan

Breakfasts: Monday:  cereal Tuesday:  oatmeal packets Wednesday:  cereal Thursday:  pancakes Friday:  cinnamon bread Saturday:  puffed pancake Sunday:  cereal   Lunches: Monday:  mac and cheese Tuesday:  tuna Wednesday:  hot dogs Thursday:  … [Read more...]

The Realities and the Reward of Homeschooling

Just like most things that challenge us, homeschooling is an exercise in mastering the challenge as well as a challenge that brings us some of the most fruitful rewards.  As I mentioned *here* there is nothing like seeing the reluctant reader finally embrace reading.  Within that same vein I can … [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...]

Family Un-Planning

Family Un-Planning: A Mother of Seven Reflects on Livin’ Large Shortly after I gave birth to my seventh baby I turned the big 4-0.  Unbelievable.  Isn’t it amazing that during our younger years monumental ages like 40 seem so far off….like people who are 40 are so, well, old?!  That is beside the … [Read more...]

25 Every Day Happenings in a Large Family

I am often asked how I can do it all, generally in reference to having a large, bustling brood.  I am always quick to answer, “I don’t.” What I mean by that is that it is a group effort.  I don’t do everything on my own.  It would not be humanly possible to “do it all” on my own.  I have a great … [Read more...]

A Solid Foundation

Right now my oldest and I are watching some Kenneth Copeland videos on a topic we enjoy in the evenings as part of our one-on-one time.  It is a great way for us to gain wisdom into this particular aspect in our lives, but also just last night I remarked at how I enjoyed watching these at night, … [Read more...]

Monday’s Walk in the Word

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. I am constantly asking my kids to weigh what they say and do through the filter of kindness.  This verse speaks directly to the heart of that matter. … [Read more...]

Thursday’s Walk in the Word

Today’s verse is Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves. This is a great verse that illustrates not only how to be committed to one another, but also how to live out the Golden Rule.  When thinking of others verse, it is impossible to sin against them … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts: Monday: cinnamon rolls Tuesday: oatmeal packets and toast Wednesday: cereal Thursday: pancakes Friday: cereal Saturday: Dutch baby Sunday: cereal   Lunches: Monday: sandwiches Tuesday: eggs and toast Wednesday: hot dogs Thursday: english muffin … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts: Monday: oatmeal packets and toast Tuesday: ooey-gooey bread, blueberry muffins Wednesday: cereal Thursday: oatmeal in the pan Friday: cereal Saturday: puffed pancake Sunday: cereal   Lunches: Monday: tortillas and cheese Tuesday: … [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...]