My 2017 Word Better

It has become a thing over the last few years to choose a word to focus on. I don’t even remember what my word was last year. Oops… And yes, it is February and many have had their word for over a month.  However, My 2017 word it is better.  Why? 2016 was a rough […]

Thoughts on this Parenting Journey

This Parenting Journey, it isn’t for the faint of heart.  I don’t know how I would do it without God and my husband.  With seven children ages 2-17, there is utter chaos during many waking hours… chaos may be interpreted as messes, noise, and tons, yes tons of fun, laughs and kneeling on my knees. […]

Fall Around the Farm

It’s fall, and fall around the farm is umm BUSY… If the farm is busy, then I am busy.  During the fall months, we put up hay, thresh alfalfa seed, milo harvest, prepare ground for planting wheat, keep cattle fed and watered, fix equipment… it is a never ending chore on the farm. In all […]

Fourteen Ways to Enjoy Education on Vacation

I have talked about our lifestyle of education a lot on this blog.  Even though I am changing up some curriculum and adding more workbooks, we will still be doing a lot of lifestyle education.  Many will be heading out on vacation sometime this summer.  Take your vacation to another level and enjoy education on […]

Why build an online support system for moms?

    Why would moms need an online support system? Because we are busy. Busy working from home to help make ends meet Busy serving in church Busy raising our children Busy helping on farms or with husband’s business Some are raising children alone. Who needs an online support system? Moms who are homeschooling Moms […]

When Motherhood Feels Like a Failure

I am going to be honest, brutally honest.  Some days being a mom is hard and well, it seriously feels like I am failing. I mean, I am outnumbered 7 to 1… actually if you include my husband in this, it is 8 to 1… At those odds, I am likely failing somewhere, Right? So, […]

From Planning Failure to Planning Success

At the beginning of 2016, I received an AWESOME, AMAZING planner to review.  I had all these ideas as to how I would use it… Then the fact that many of our unplanned welcome to our crazy life educational opportunities and lessons weren’t getting recorded,  I found a way to implement that into the most […]

Leaving the Angry Parent Cycle

We all do it… We let the daily trials of being a parent take us to a whole new ability to… LOSE IT!! I mean how many of us have had one of those times that the crazy way our children decide to complete a chore gets us on edge.  Now, take that there are […]

13 Non-Cluttering Gift Ideas

I love giving gifts and well, I love to get them too.  However, with nine people in our home, when everyone gets gifts it can be super chaotic for a few days as we try to find a home for all the new goods.  We tend to go through and eliminate things before Christmas, but […]

Christmas Copywork

Over the years, I have tried to find a fairly simple, but nice set of Christmas copywork/handwriting pages to use during the Christmas/Advent Season.  I wanted something that would provide opportunity for creativity, but with a bit of structure.  My husband and I have always used lots of quotes in our parenting, so came the […]

I am a Planner Failure

A Planner Failure?  Yep, I am admitting it. Whether it be a schedule or curriculum, homemaking, errands, I have failed… and not just once or twice. Actually if I were brutally honest, I fail daily with plans… but am a I failing or am I not listening to God as I plan?? I wake with big […]

Five Tips for the Discouraged Mom

As I have entered the years of parenting teens, I have found myself discouraged quite often.  Maybe it has to do with the fact my strongest willed child is my oldest and well, he became a teen first… I have been told that boys brains seem to turn to mush…. Maybe that is why I […]

Five Ways to Get through the Mommy Hard Days

Mommy Hard Days… we all have them.  Those days we just want to crawl back and bed and not be bothered.  We are worn out, sick and or tired.  We have something that is hurting us, whether it be physically or emotionally or likely both. Mommy Hard Days… sometimes we have Mondays every day of […]

Bible Curriculum 50% Off SALE

Our favorite bible curriculum is 50% off until February 3, 2015!!  We love to study the Bible as a family, and Grapevine Studies allow us to.   By using stick figures as you work through the lessons, you are helping your children engage both sides of the brain. When you engage both sides of the […]

When Mommy Gets SICK

When Mommy Gets SICK… keeping up the home, school and life with our children when we are sick can be a challenge. However, keeping our expectations in check and realizing that we can get on top of it all after we are a bit better will allow us to rest and get better faster. There […]

Maintaining Sanity With a Sick Baby

I really dislike having sick kiddos… Respiratory gunk really stresses me in my RSV, pneumonia prone kiddos, and in babies… Sick babies scare me…

FarmLife Tuesday~Snow

FarmLife during the winter can be a challenge.  We heard the forecast, we kept up with our weather apps on the phone. We prepared as much as we could.   We then waited, watched, waited and decided it wasn’t going to snow… But, then, nearly 19 hours after it was said to start, it did, […]

Dear Weary Mom

You are not alone.  We are all right there with you.  Even that mom over there with the perfect hair, perfect nails and happy smile. We are all weary moms… at least we all go through seasons when we are weary. Some of us just wear it on our faces a bit more.  Some have […]

A Christ Centered Family Christmas

Over the last week, we have set the books aside and tried to focus more on Christmas celebrations…  Well, in between doctor appointments that is.  As we got rolling through December, I quickly realized with four to six doctor appointments a week, we were going to miss having a Christ Centered Family Christmas if we […]

FarmLife Tuesday Dec. 2

I have tried to come up with a better title for my Tuesday post about our farm life.  I use the hashtag #FarmLife quite often and believe FarmLife Tuesday is a good fit.  Now that it is getting colder, grabbing pictures on the farm may become a bit more challenging… We tend to work a […]

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