Sep 27, 2016
4 Steps to a More Intentional Life

I think we’ve all heard the word intention. It’s a popular concept these days.

But what exactly does it mean?

According to dictionary.com, intention means done with intention or on purpose; intended: of or relating to intention or purpose.

So what does this mean to me? It means to me that everything I do happens because I wanted it to. Not because someone else wanted it to happen to me. Obviously, there are a lot of things that will happen even though I don’t want them to, but I can still choose my reaction to that. To me, that’s still intention. I’ll go one step further and say that living a more intentional life means that I determine my ...

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Sep 23, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

 

About every other week, I like to take the time to share a little bit about our past week, as well as some of my favorite links from around the web. 

It has been a pretty great week. It has been cool in the mornings, but the afternoons have been absolutely lovely! One of my favorite highlights from the week has been spending time hiking with our family last Sunday. We went to a Provincial Park about an hour away. The colors of fall were so bright and beautiful! The trail that we picked to hike was all the way to the top of a large hill and the view was amazing!

 

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Sep 20, 2016

You are a Treasure

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You are a Treasure

 

For years now, I have been singing Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Treasure of You” to our middle daughter. I don’t actually sing the whole song, but I truly believe that God gave me this song to sing to her. There have been many times that she has been very upset and I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to sing that song to her. It’s amazing how it’s helped to calm her down.

“You are a treasure, worth more than anything under the sun or the moon. God’s greatest treasure is the treasure of you. The treasure of you.”

 

 

Today, I want to say to you-You are also God’s treasure. You are worth more to him than anything ...

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Sep 16, 2016

Everyday Friday

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Everyday Friday

* About every other week, I take the time to share some photos from our “Everyday Life,” in all its glory. We love our life together as a family and we hope that the pictures that we share will give all of you just a little glimpse into our lives as a family. The pictures usually aren’t perfect, but they are an honest glimpse into our lives.

This week has been our second week of back to school. It’s been going quite well most days. I find that it is juggling act teaching the children that are all that different levels. I am so thankful, though, for the kid’s patience when I can’t get to them immediately. All of them ...

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Sep 14, 2016
5 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool

 

I don’t know about you, but sometimes homeschooling feels so complicated to me. I love it, but it is messy, overwhelming, and definitely not easy sometimes. Often, though, when we find it most overwhelming is when we are trying to do too much, get too creative, and so on. I want to share with you some ways that I think are incredibly helpful to simplify and make homeschooling a more enjoyable experience.

  1. Let it go

I hate to go all “Frozen” on all of you, but this is truth. What are you hanging onto that just isn’t cutting it? Is it guilt? Take time to examine why that guilt is hanging around. After you’ve examined it, get rid of ...

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Sep 9, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

Y’all this has been our first week back at homeschool! It has been an awesome week! We generally get right back into almost the full swing of things the first week we start. It was no different this year. I know this is different than most folks, but it works for us. All of the children had been ready to start, for sure. They have all had a great week as well.

This year  we have a 6th grader, 3rd grader, and 1st grader. I’m not sure where time goes, but it sure has gone fast. It’s really hard to believe that my baby is actually a 1st grader.

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Sep 6, 2016

August Thoughts

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August Thoughts

Each month of this year, I have enjoyed rifling through the pages of my journal, looking back on what I’ve written, and then writing a blog post about it all. You can check out the other posts here-January, February, March, April, MayJune, and July.

 

Mixed Emotions

This month has flown by. Yet, at the same time, it has crept by.  August 1st seems like forever ago. Yet it feels like it can’t possibly be a month ago that my sister-in-law died. (I wrote about this a little here and here) Typing this brings tears to my eyes yet again. There are days I feel guilty that I’m ...

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Sep 3, 2016
Everyday Friday-Saturday Edition

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared some pictures from our everyday life, so this post will be quite full of pictures. It’s hard to believe that we have hit September and that we will be starting our school year in a few days. It’s been a crazy busy week, as I have been working hard to get ready for school and putting away apples and some garden produce.

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Time on the Monkey Bars for our little Monkey

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‘Nea enjoying time on the swings, one of her favorite places.

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Enjoying a cloudy day at the lake.

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My happy place.

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Hiking Time. As usual, Dilly is in the front.

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Enjoying the steep trail.

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It’s Story-Time on Vacation.

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Gorgeous wildflowers.

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Aug 30, 2016
4 Great Reasons to Keep a Simple Routine All Year Long

 

I used to LOVE making schedules. I made a lot of them in the first five years of being a mama. I will be honest, though, I never stuck with those schedules. If you’ve ever tried to make a schedule, you know that they tend to make life look like it will work really. That’s why I enjoyed making the schedules so much. I actually thought that I could make our lives work exactly as that paper said and it was exciting. Sadly, they don’t account for the baby needing a diaper change in the middle of read-aloud time or that your Mom might phone while you are doing laundry.

All that being said, I like to know what ...

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Aug 26, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

 

 

 

Every few weeks I like to take the time to share some links from around the web. I try to pick the ones that impacted me and that I think just may impact you, too. 

I’m thankful for this week. It’s been a slow and carefree one. Last week was crazy and chaotic. Let’s just say, I was exhausted at the end of it, so this week was exactly what I needed. We’ve been savoring the last few moments of summer by spending time outside biking, playing in the water, and jumping on the trampoline.

I have been getting our school room ready for the start of school, as well as making sure that I have ...

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