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Summer Reading List for Older Kids


When I was growing up, I read all the time. We lived a half mile from the library, so my sisters and I rode our bikes there all the time; we were homeschooled, so we could go during the day. I read All. The. Books. Books about Anne-with-an-E, Narnia (my favorite was A Horse and His Boy!), about Teseracts, and…

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Join us as we celebrate a "Sense of the Resurrection" this year!

Getting Ready for Easter with “A Sense of the Resurrection”


Now that the weather has turned and it’s feeling more like spring at my house, my mind turns to Easter. We honestly don’t do a whole lot of huge stuff for Easter; it’s a busy time of the year with school testing, spring colds (ugh!) and practice for the Easter presentation at church. A lot of times, the meaning of…

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Children can (and should) do chores beginning at a young age. You're teaching them many life skills. Click through to read, and download a free printable of age appropriate chores.

Why (and When) Children Should Do Chores (with Free Printable)


I’ve written quite a bit about chores and clutter, and even about getting my children to clean their rooms andĀ help out with dinner, both making and cleaning up afterward. I think that getting them to help out around the house not only gives them skills for later on in life, but it helps to connect them with the family. Children…

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Raising siblings as friends doesn't have to be difficult.

Friends Come and Go, But Siblings are Forever


I love my siblings more than you. Not more than you love your siblings (maybe?) but I love my siblings more than I love my friends. Sorry, not sorry. Let me tell you a bit about my siblings. I’m the second of seven children. My older sister is 18 months older than me, and I have a sister 18 months…

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Sharing Photos of Your Children Safely Online

How to Safely Share Photos of Your Children Online


If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you’ll notice that I don’t share any photos of my family here. It’s a conscience decision I’ve made to protect my children’s privacy. I’ll use stock photos of other children (who have given permission to have their photos available for use). Everyone has their own comfort level of sharing when it comes…

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A timeline of the changes going on your your preteen son's life and body

Preteen Boys – Surviving This Weird Time in Their Life


So I now have a preteen boy living in my home. He’s been here awhile (11 years) but I’ve finally accepted the fact that he’s now a preteen. I’ve also accepted the fact that I know practically nothing about them. I was the second of seven siblings, three of whom were boys. The oldest boy, however, was born when I…

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Some days are harder than others when you're dealing with your children. You won't like them some days, and that's OK!

Loving Your Children When You Don’t Particularly Like Them


This month, we’re talking about love, because it’s the Month of Love, otherwise known as February. We don’t, as a family, go all out for Valentine’s Day. I think my husband and I don’t because we were only married for one Valentine’s Day before I got pregnant with our first child. By the time our third Valentine’s Day rolled around,…

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My kids couldn't clean their room because they didn't know how. Do your know how to actually clean their room? Grab your free printable to help them out!

Don’t Assume Your Kids Know How To Clean Their Room – Mine Didn’t


I don’t know about your family, but if it’s anything like mine (please tell me it is!) then your kids have a totally different idea than you of what clean really means. Just a peek into their bathroom and bedroom will tell you that! I have no idea why I had this thought, but I did. (It’s probably because I’m…

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Seeds of Worship is a great tool to use in your family devotion time.

How We’re Doing Family Devotional Time


My husband and I don’t really do resolutions, per say. We both, individually, feel like your life should constantly be changing for the better. You don’t have to wait for a new year to implement change! One thing we typically do, however, is to pick a word for the year. This word is something we either HOPE to have happen…

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Getting started on a fresh start is important each year as a person and a mom.

Welcome to your Fresh Start in the New Year!


I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of a New Year. It’s a fresh start to life, almost! Now, I’ll be the first to admit, sometimes I need that fresh start in January, you know? It can be depressing to take down the Christmas tree and see your home without all the festive touches of the holidays.…

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