Never say Never: Homeschool 101

Don’t you just love when you say you’ll *never* do something and then weeks, months, or even years later find yourself doing that very thing?? Like mom jeans. I never thought I’d wear them…and then all of a sudden I was. Homeschooling was one of those “nevers” too … and then COVID happened … and…
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Little Kids, BIG Feelings

I will just say it: I’m a feeler. I’m the type that shows her feelings on her sleeve. Happy, angry, sad, excited to see you — trust me, you will know! My face tends to show it all. Throughout my life, specifically as an adult, I had to majorly dial back these emotions in my…
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Survival is Underrated

Is 2020 over yet? Seriously, it feels like the longest year in the history of mankind and we’re only halfway through! Have you faced this question yet, “What have you learned during the quarantine time?” My writer’s team was having a Zoom meeting, and this was the first question. I am seldom speechless, but I…
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The Gift of Self-Compassion

I’ve come a long way in my parenting. For most of us, becoming our “best self” in parenting takes time. For me it took years. I had to learn from my mistakes. I experienced healing from my own life wounds. I leaned into God. The healing journey was at times excruciating, and at other times,…
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Summer Fun

Summer is coming! I believe it! Parks will be open again, picnic areas unleashed.  Lakes invite us to cool off and refresh! Even in these days of COVID19, families will be able to enjoy the outdoors. It seems appropriate to offer some simple, cheap, and fun ideas to do with your kiddos. Keep reading for…
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Making the Most of Food Bank Food

These are weird times, hard times, full of viruses, uncertainty, and CHANGE. For many of us, unfortunately, that change has included some loss of income. So, along with many others, we are turning to help from other places. We are very grateful to live somewhere we can find help with food when we need it!…
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When there’s Controversy

President Trump. COVID19. Wearing masks (or not wearing them). Free speech. Racial tensions. Real news. Fake news. Vaccines or anti-vaccines. Government shutdown. How long? Still…??? There. Do you feel your blood pressure rising? Would it blow up the cuff? Are your opinions forming on the tip of your tongue? Is anger rising with your blood…
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Find time to P.R.E.A.C.H.

The moment I heard my husband say, “Did you hear we’re on a stay-at-home order come Monday?” I felt my life flash before my eyes. My social life, that is. I also felt my sanity, my comforts, my childcare at the gym, my beloved moms group, my nights out with other ladies, date nights with…
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To Zoom or not to Zoom

Ladies, we are in unprecedented times, are we not? Times of isolation and sickness; times of trying to homeschool while maintaining relationships and figuring out how to have “date nights” and do online church. Ah! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just feel really overwhelmed. Initially when the covid-19 shut-downs happened I did…
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Raising Unentitled Adults

When we go out to eat at a restaurant, we kinda make a scene…but not the kind you might imagine for a family of nine. No one is climbing on the table or punching the person next to him. We expect all of our kids to place their own orders – with manners – and…
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