Feb 21, 2017
Are you called to homeschool your children?


I didn’t plan to homeschool. No, not me. I was homeschooled and there was no way that I was going to do THAT to my children.  So the fact that I am homeschooling is because I am called to homeschool my children.

Maybe you’re wondering why people even homeschool.

Maybe you already homeschool and are doubting your decision.

If you are either of those people, this post just might be for you.

But first a little background.

In the months leading up to our decision to homeschool, God kept poking at my heart. Blog posts and articles kept coming into my path. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. So I began to pray about ...

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Feb 14, 2017
For Valentine’s Day and Beyond


*I write this post from the perspective that both people in the marriage are committed to it. I’m not a marriage counselor. I know that each situation is different.

As I begin this post, I have to admit that I’m not a “holiday girl.” I don’t put much stock in the pressures of making holidays perfect for myself, my children, or my husband. I don’t hold my husband to the standard of having to bring home flowers or chocolates on Valentine’s Day or him taking me to Dinner. That isn’t to say that we don’t do something for Valentine’s Day at times. It just doesn’t happen every year.

This attitude is one that I would have scoffed at in ...

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Feb 7, 2017
How being You will set you free


Do you struggle with comparing yourself to others?

Do you ever feel like everyone else has everything going for them and somehow you missed the boat?

Are there times that you get caught up in what everyone else is doing?

I know I sure do.

This is going to be another one of those “putting it all out there” posts.

I want you to know that I don’t take writing lightly. I pray and I seek God’s face daily, multiple times a day, believing that the Holy Spirit is my guide when it comes to writing.

January was a brutal month. I was literally discouraged, lonely, and down much of the entire month.

Yes, I know, January is just ...

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Jan 31, 2017
For when you aren’t sure of your Faith


For a few months now, I’ve debated how to write about this.

How could I even put it into words?

Will any of what I write even make sense?

And when it’s all said and done, will what I want to say even come out in the way that I intend it to?

I’ve always struggled to put into words what I’m thinking. What I’m trying to communicate. I have a few beautiful lady friends whose words are beautiful. They often seem to say all the things I’m thinking, but never come out of my mouth.

Even as a young pre-teen, I used to write my mom letters. My mom couldn’t understand me. I didn’t understand myself back then. ...

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Jan 24, 2017
An update on my 2016 Word plus my 2017 Word

I chose a word for the first time in 2016.  The word I chose for 2016 was trust according to Proverbs 3:5&6.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

When I chose that word I thought that it meant that a lot of new and exciting things would happen. That I’d have to trust because there would be new and exciting things happening just outside my comfort zone.

While that was partly true, some of 2016 was a challenging year. Our family walked through the unexpected death of our sister, sister-in-law, and ...

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Jan 17, 2017
My Top 5 Reads from 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love to read books that help me grow. I made the goal to read 12 non-fiction learning books in the year 2016. I surpassed that goal and actually read 15 books in 2016. That number doesn’t include about a handful of fiction or the books I read to my children. Today, I want to share 5 of my favorite books of the year in no particular order.

Here are my Top 5 Reads from 2016:

  • What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter

This book isn’t a “Christian” book, but it was life-changing for me. Last year, I read Dr. Caroline Leaf’s “Switch on Your Brain” and was truly ...

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Jan 10, 2017
6 Tips to a Debt Free Vacation


If you’d like to have a debt free vacation, now is the time to begin planning for it. It is possible, but it wouldn’t happen without dedication, some sacrifice, and commitment.

In the summer of 2015, my family took a road trip to the West Coast of Canada. This is a 24- hour drive for us. We paid cash for the entire trip. Today, I want to tell you a little bit about how we did it.

First, let’s deal with some myths:

Myth #1: It’s not possible to pay cash for a vacation unless you are very wealthy

This is simply not true. Obviously, if you are on a budget, you will have to make realistic adjustments to ...

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Jan 6, 2017
Everyday Friday-Holiday Edition

*Everyday Friday is a weekly feature where I share a glimpse of our week through words and pictures. If you love to get a peek into how other families’ live their lives, you will enjoy this little glimpse into our world.

I’ve taken a few weeks off of this weekly feature. This week, I’m going to share a glimpse of our holidays which will cover several weeks.

A Blizzard

Christmas was quite the Christmas in our neck of the woods. The week before Christmas, the forecast already said we would be getting a blizzard and a big one at that. Some family’s canceled Christmas a week before hand. Others traveled anyway and hoped for the best. Still, others were forced ...

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Jan 3, 2017

December Thoughts



December Thoughts

Each month of 2016, I 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 all the rest of the posts here- January, February, March, April, MayJune,  July, August, September,  October, and November. 

Where did the year go?

At the beginning of the month, I wrote in my journal; “It’s really hard to believe that it’s already December. Wow!” In some ways, 2016 felt like it lasted forever and yet like it was gone in the blink of an eye. The kids ...

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Dec 30, 2016
3 Reasons to Consider Reading Through the Bible Next Year


*Before I start this post, I want to say that I didn’t write this post to inflict guilt. I know that some of you mamas are not in the place where you have the time to read through the Bible in one year. I think that you could still make it your goal to read through the Bible, just maybe not in one year. Or maybe you could take the time to study one topic in depth for a few months or even the year. I wrote this post because I think there is great value in knowing the Word of God.

This past year, I was challenged by a friend to read through the Bible. It’s not that ...

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