Imagine living in a home with daily and weekly habits that create an atmosphere of order and peace. The best way to accomplish this successfully is to involve everyone who in living in a household. Whether you are in a home with a mom and dad or single parent family, these ideas of personal and family contributions work. Divide the work into daily and weekly times. Success comes when the expectations are clear and specific. Focus on operating like a team when cleaning the house together.Read More
Summer offers promises of quiet late afternoons and early evening lounging by the pool. Don’t miss out on the berries, the farmer’s market, reading, cleaning, time with friends and most importantly, rest. Don’t let the summer slip away without enjoying it thoroughly.Read More
These thoughts were written my 17 year old son this year as he thought through the habits necessary to mature into a spiritual young man. In his own words, these are his ideas for spiritual habits.Read More
Home is God’s idea. Family is God’s idea. No matter the size of your home or family, living in your space necessitates daily and weekly cleaning. When routines are established, the rhythm of life creates more time for enjoying living in your home.Read More
Transitioning into the spring and summer months encourage outdoor living and opportunities to invite others into our home. When the focus is on serving instead of being self-conscience or striving to impress others, the stress of hospitality evaporates. Serving and ministering to others transforms the giver even more than the recipient. Whether creating a happier home for your family or serving others, our home should be a place where doing life together creates wonderful memories.Read More
Bulk cooking gives you power to be generous spontaneously. Taking a meal is simplified when cooking ahead. If you see a need, you are prepared to meet it. In Proverbs 22:9 (NLT) God reminds us that , “Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.” In addition to practical needs being recognized and resolved, you will be filled with the joy bursting from magnanimous action. When you feed people, they feel loved.Read More
Routines and Rhythms of Cleaning
Some of us love the process of cleaning just as much as we enjoy the results. Others struggle with the patterns necessary to maintain their living space daily, weekly and seasonally. In order to live this life well, we must create a plan to maintain our space. Let’s be honest, maintaining a home is hard work. Sort out the work into doable daily and weekly lists.Read More
This Christmas checklist offers ideas for more choices encouraging you to create Christmas intentionally for your family. Consider this checklist to create new memories for your family.Read More
A story of loss and gain through Infertility, Miscarriage and Children.
The news spread quickly as we told everyone we knew. However, our excitement screeched to a halt the evening that we began to lose them. Darkness settled in. Sadness engulfed us. Dreams died hard.Read More
When functioning as an domestic engineer for a family of seven, research, charts and new ideas are a must for success. Recently, a plan to combine the on-going need for clothes with the incessant need for cleaning and cooking, led me to this formula. Read this blog for a list of daily morning contributions, kitchen duties and weekly jobs.Read More
I am really just a simple girl blessed beyond words.
As a mother of five beautiful children, a grateful wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a teacher, a servant, and a follower of Jesus Christ… I stand humbled.
This book is about my journey through parenting intentionally while navigating through the challenges of raising five very unique children.Read More
As I mature, pursuit of a calm and a peaceful spirit transforms me. Remembering that "the days are long, but the years are short", definitely applies to homeschooling. Before me sits a child who God gave me to nurture into a Godly man or woman. Childhood is the bridge between these points. Every day behind impresses the years ahead. Sometimes I stand in complete awe at the breadth of life already past in this journey of mothering.Read More
Thinking ahead to cooler days of fall and winter, our family is putting up pureed tomatoes in the freezer. Comfort food for these seasons include a variety of fresh soup started early in the morning. On days when we plan to be home all day, I make my coffee, turn the laundry and start soup for the day. Throughout the day we devour soup with homemade bread and fresh salads. Gotta love stay-at-home days.Read More
Create a clean, easy to love homeschool room that will welcome you back to a fresh new start in the fall.
Nothing is worse than coming into the beginning of something only to find that you need to stop and clean up from what happened earlier. Waiting until fall could feasibly delay your school year launch and inevitably start everything off behind. Likewise, stepping into a brand new school year with a clean space that has been gutted and restocked, jumpstarts everyone toward success. While these ideas are not all inclusive, they are helpful! Many come from working to avoid a delay I experienced in my early years on this journey of educating my children.Read More
Whether you are just beginning your homeschool journey or are somewhere down the road, the cost of homeschooling is not a small concern. On this twenty year journey, I have found ways to save. Discover new ways to eliminate costs in one or more of these ten ways to save money on homeschooling.Read More
One of the best things we can teach our children is the joy of giving. The past two Decembers several of our children served Christmas dinner to some local World War II veterans. The students listened to their inspiring stories and gifted them with thank you notes. What a privilege that our children could be exposed to these men who bravely served our country.Read More
As we enter this new month, I propose a new thinking. Why not approach this entire season with high hopes and low expectations? High hopes for a renewed sense of joy, family, spiritual insight, memories, and enjoying the activities of Christmas. Low expectations of myself being superwoman. Low expectations of my kids being perfect and more well-behaved. Low expectations for my husband to meet my expectations. Low expectations for others in terms of what they might do for us. Finally, low expectations for next year and how it will be completely different. When hopes are high and expectations low, it is easier to be delighted and grateful.Read More
As a former rough water lifeguard and eager health enthusiast, I completely support physical exercise being part of growing a whole child. However, I struggle with the emphasis on sports in today’s youth culture. Every kid walks away from their chosen sport someday…….then what? Many coaches and parents fail to identify the lifetime value of sports because they falsely assume they are training the next state champs.Read More
As a mom of two beautiful daughters, the topic of beauty materializes often. This article is intended to encourage the validation of the beauty in your daughter and mine. It is imperative that we speak intentionally to the dehumanizing of our daughters by the culture. What are the messages they hear which define beauty?Read More
What does your family spend monthly on food?
What motivates you to be a steward of the funds God has provided you?
Due to the financial strain families feel in the current economy, discussions about food costs occur more frequently than ever. In the last two years, I have been privileged to speak at numerous women’s events on the subject of saving money on groceries. While I do use coupons to significantly impact my grocery shopping, I entitled my speech "Saving Without Scissors". The following include some of the ideas from my presentations.Read More