Nothing Scary Here! Just love.

A few months ago I would have picked this apart. “You didn’t capitalize the first letter.” “You capitalized a letter in the middle of the sentence.” “Don’t just use a period. Use something else to end the sentence.” I’m kinda cringing thinking about it, but I’m learning to forgive my weaknesses too. Today I’m grateful,…

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Cupcakes & Pornography: An Object Lesson on the Sweet & Bitter Things in Life

I haven’t been blogging much because I’ve been devoting my time to three self-help books I’m working on.  I’ve finished one and have two more to go!  Too many times I’ve had friends reach out to me, saying they’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or their physical health, and I’ve been frustrated that I didn’t have…

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Shaping & Building: Moms are "Master Builders"

“I don’t know what to teach Sam!” Sophia said, a tad frustrated already.  I was feeling sick and crummy too, as I had woke up with a tummy ache and headache.  Not good when you’re a mom, especially a homeschooling mom!  “How about you help him sort colors and challenge him to make towers with…

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First Day of HOMEschool and Family Home Evening!

 Yup! We started school this year on Labor Day which, I admit, was kind of weird.  But we had some momentum and the kids were excited, so we went with it.  It ended up being great though because Chad was home and able to start the morning off with their annual Father’s blessings.  It sure…

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Money Talks

 I’d had it with my kids.  “It’s NOT as good as theirs.”  “I’m not as fast as them.”  “Why can’t I do it like they did?”  Homeschooling is great for a lot of reasons, but getting to be the audience to phrases like this is definitely my least favorite part.  I needed to make a…

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You Matter More Than The Stars

Homeschooling.  I never thought I would do it, and sometimes it is more stressful than I could of imagined.  But there are moments, like today, that are so tender and unique that remind me how grateful I am I get to teach my children at home. We were discussing the stars using this cool, flashlight…

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What are we building?

 I volunteer for a Lego a building hour each week with my kids for a home school co-op.  A design challenge is given at the start of class and then students use their imagination and creativity to come up with their solution without any sort of plan.  I am always so impressed by what they…

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"Life is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing":Getting to Know Helen Keller

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-  they must be felt with the heart.”- Helen Keller This quote sums up how I feel when I have meaningful teaching moments with my children.  Trust me- not every moment is like this.  Like I told my son today when…

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Putting More "Pioneer" in Your Pioneer Day Weekend

  We decided to keep things simple for Pioneer Day this year, doing some activities at home that would take us back in time.  I picked up some great sling shots at scout camp, so the kids played with these for hours!      I know my Grandfather used a sling shot to get squirrels…

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