The Ultimate Planner for Your Home, Work, and Homeschool

The Ultimate Planner for Your Home, Work, and Homeschool

Do you desire to be one of those Type A planner gals, but just don’t know how to muster her up? Stay right here, because I am going to drop a big bomb of awesomeness in your lap! I am not an organized person. I crave structure and routine, but for the life of me, I cannot seem to inject it into the chaos of six kids. Every time I get that exercise routine going or I get a menu plan written out, life happens, we deviate from said schedule, and then I feel defeated. It is enough to make any mom want to throw in the towel. I have a weird anxiety thing too when it comes to paper … Read more

5 Ways to Declutter Your Schedule: Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive!

5 Ways to Declutter Your Schedule: Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive!

I joke that my days are fueled on coffee, stress, and the grace of God, but honestly, that isn’t too far from the truth. I find myself rarely feeling content to just be still because my mind is always racing to the next thing on the list. If I am sitting with my husband in the evenings, I am thinking about how messy the house is. If I am homeschooling the kids, I am obsessing over all that needs to be completed at work. When I am working at home, I feel guilty because I would rather be with my kids. I do many things, but I never do any of them well, because I am doing too much. As … Read more

4 Resources to Build Biblical Foundations for your Family

4 Resources to Build Biblical Foundations for your Family

Character training and building Biblical foundations is always at the forefront of my priorities when choosing our homeschool curriculum each year. For preschoolers we have used our ABC’s or Godly Children digital curriculum in the past, but I was looking for something new that would go much deeper. My husband and I were looking for resources that would confirm BIG Gospel truths in ways that our children could understand, but at the same time would not be watered down, trite lessons. This list will work for your younger and your older children. I love lessons that keep the whole family engaged, don’t you? Affiliate links are found below. You are not obligated to shop through these links but the small percentages they … Read more

6 Ways To Spice Up An At-Home Date Night

6 Ways To Spice Up An At-Home Date Night

Last Christmas I gave Hubs the best gift I’ve ever given him: a year worth of monthly dates planned by me. A typical night at home usually involves sweatpants, a computer, and propping up my feet, so I knew I needed to spice things up a bit.  Like many married couples with kids, we wanted to date each other, but money and time often stood in our way.  In order to make our monthly date night a reality, I knew I needed to alternate between a date on the town and a date night at home. Could a date at home really be fun and special without seeming like an ordinary night in?  To my surprise, YES! Once I established … Read more

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours I know a time comes when your husband’s sacrifice and steadfast faithfulness to provide for his family despite the hours will cross from seeming unfair to him to unfair to you and your kids. Resentment will build (if it has not already) and it will be harder to shake the feeling that you are on the outside looking in on other “happy” marriages and families. The weight of being mom and dad will cause your back to bend and your heart to crack. You put on a brave face when he missed a little league game. You talked yourself out of tears when you had to cancel another couples night with friends because he wouldn’t … Read more

What Special Needs Moms Wish You Knew

What Special Needs Moms Wish You Knew

I wish I could say the phrase Autism Spectrum Disorder took me by surprise in August of 2013. I wish I could say that even though I felt this diagnosis was imminent, that I suddenly was at peace with how this changed our family. Yet I can’t.  That phrase changed my life. In my personal journey, I grieved the diagnosis for several months in a pit of despair; crying, questioning, and seeking God for His wisdom.  {You can read my journey of healing in Accepting Autism: From Grief to Peace}. God, in His gracious healing power, pieced me back together and I began living again, standing firm on His promises for peace and direction. A new normal emerged and we … Read more

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