It Has Begun…

I. Love. Christmas. Especially with kids in the house. As a child, I loved the holidays during school. All the crafted Christmas ornaments, the Christmas word searches that filled time when my teachers had gotten through the required materials ahead of schedule (or maybe just given up?) I love being able to do those things … Continue reading It Has Begun…

Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Today is clean up day. Yesterday the plumber came out to remove the obstruction from the drain... He found: A pair of toddler underpants A wash cloth And a dog collar, complete with tags. (We had been wondering where that got to after Cyd's bath) So... After about $1600 in damages and clean up, I … Continue reading Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Christian Hospitality

"Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Peter 4:8-9 After my husband's injury, we received a heap of generosity from our friends, family, and neighbors. Everything from childcare while I went to be with my husband in the hospital, to lawn … Continue reading Christian Hospitality

2018 Homeschool Picks: Pre-K (2-3 years)

This is my first year shopping for homeschool curriculum! And while it's exciting, it was also really intimidating. There are so many resources available, I had a hard time narrowing down what was necessary, what would work with my kids and their learning styles, what we've already mastered, what we need to work on... There … Continue reading 2018 Homeschool Picks: Pre-K (2-3 years)

Taking a Break for Family Time

We've got a pretty seriously injured Papa on the homestead, so we're taking a break from posts for a bit to focus on helping him heal up. By God's grace, the situation was not nearly as bad as it could have been. My husband is feeling well so far, and is in good spirits. We've … Continue reading Taking a Break for Family Time

Keeping the Kids Engaged

I realized today what a challenge I have ahead of me in keeping each of my children engaged throughout the day. What do I mean by "engaged"? Actively listening, learning, and responding in obedience through structured and unstructured play and instruction. I've noticed that when the majority of my son's day is dedicated to "free" … Continue reading Keeping the Kids Engaged

Homesteading is Hard!

One of the things that makes our homestead unique is the fact that we don't use conventional growing methods. Everything up to this point has been done by hand. Why? First, we aren't independently wealthy and my husband works a "day job". We would love to turn this place into a full-time business, but realistically, … Continue reading Homesteading is Hard!

Living Your Seasons Well

I have a to-do list that never seems to progress to a to-done list. On my docket for this week is kitchen deep clean, dishes, laundry (always laundry, but my husband folded at least 4 baskets full this weekend!!) and dusting. I'm not particularly fond of dusting, but my son loves it, and it desperately … Continue reading Living Your Seasons Well