Jul 26, 2016
A Day in the Life of Our Summer (with a 11, 8, and 6 year old)

 

*Back in February, I did A Homeschool Day in the Life post. I always enjoy reading what other family’s do in their daily lives, so I thought it might be fun to do a post in the summer time as well. I do want to mention that we do not homeschool in the summer. We take a fairly large summer break and at this point in our lives, it works really well for us. Now, I personally believe that learning never stops. This summer, I am doing reading with my 6 and 8-year-old a couple days a week. As well, I’m doing flashcards with my 8 and 11-year-old. I always look for ways to incorporate learning ...

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Jul 22, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

 

We have definitely been having a hot week! The kid’s and I are heading to a nearby city to do swimming lessons each morning. It takes us about 35 minutes to get there and the first lesson is at 10:00 a.m. The kids have also enjoyed attending Reading Club at a local library. It happens twice a week, but they are only able to attend once a week because one of the times is in the morning while they are at swimming lessons.

I have been making it a priority to read at least a little bit every, single day. Currently, I am reading the book “The Highly Sensitive Person” by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D. I picked this one ...

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Jul 19, 2016
Encouragement for the Discouraged Heart

 

Do you ever feel like nothing is going right, you are discouraged, down, and finding it hard to dig out of that hole?  Or maybe it’s just me? It hasn’t been the easiest year for me for various reasons, but I am thankful to be growing because of it.

During my morning Bible time, today, I  read 1 Kings 19. This is an amazing story. Basically, at the beginning of the chapter Elijah has just come back from slaughtering the prophets of Baal. This would have been a victory in God’s eyes. However, when King Ahab tells Jezebel about it, she gets angry. She sends a message to Elijah and tells him, “May the gods also kill ...

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Jul 15, 2016
Everyday Friday-Lazy Days of Summer

 

This week has been a wonderfully, relaxing week. We haven’t had a lot going on and it’s been nice. We spent one entire day at a friend’s house. The kid’s got to play with their friends while my friend and I visited all day long. Prior to kid’s, we used to work together and spent the entire 8 hours talking a few days a week. We never seem run out of things to talk about.

I had the opportunity to be majorly pushed out of my comfort zone, this week. I lead Praise and Worship for mid-week service a couple of times a month. Usually, someone plays piano for me, but this time I was asked to lead from ...

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Jul 12, 2016
Dedicated to a Life of Learning-Three Important Reasons to Never Stop Learning

* This is a guest post by my dear husband, Bernd.

As I write this post, I am reflecting on how much I have learned, even in the last few years. It is quite conceivable that I am learning more now than I have ever learned before, even when I was in school. That may sound horrifying to those that are just finishing school. Yet there are those of us who see great value in learning, and we benefit from that learning on a continual basis. I want to share three reasons why I continue to learn, how they’ve helped me and will help you also.

1. Continuing to learn will reveal how much we still don’t know.

I have ...

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Jul 8, 2016

For Your Weekend

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For Your Weekend

 

 

My children have enjoyed their mornings at Daily Vacation Bible School this week. As a homeschool Mom, it is unusual for me to have a day without any children at home much less 5 mornings. I have spent a fair bit of my time writing and doing various blog tasks. In spite of that, I still feel like there is so much to do that I haven’t gotten done. I made a master to-do list for my blog this week and I think I may have been just a little more ambitious than I should have been. Oh well, the tasks will still be there next week.

We took in the Free Public Swim at the local pool, ...

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Jul 5, 2016

June Thoughts

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June 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, and May.

 

God, I don’t want to go anywhere without You

As I have mentioned before, I am reading through the Bible this year. The plan I am following takes me to a different spot each and every day. This has definitely made a lot easier to stick to the plan.

 

One day I was reading in Exodus 33:14-17; And the Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses. ...

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Jul 1, 2016

Everyday Friday

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Everyday Friday

 

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared some photos from our everyday life. It was fun looking through all the pictures that I have taken.

We now have almost three complete weeks of summer break behind us. It’s crazy that this amount of time has passed already. For us, much of June is pretty low key, so just this week has been a little more busy with summer plans. For me, June tends to be the month that I rest and recuperate before the busyness of summer time.

 

1 everyday friday

This Boy Will Be A Boy

It is quite an adventure having a boy. I grew up with brother’s but I will honestly say that I was never prepared for ...

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Jun 28, 2016
How to Get Motivated when you don’t feel like it

I’d love to say that I am always motivated to reach for my goals, to do my housework, to homeschool my kids, and to exercise. But I’m not. It’s easy to look at the people around us that look successful and think they always have it altogether. The truth is, though, they don’t. They struggle just like the next person. We all do. For me, last week was tough. I started out with an annoying headache that just won’t go away which turned into a sore throat, and turned into almost no voice for two days. To top it off, I felt completely unmotivated and didn’t feel like writing at all. I just felt like giving up. Simply put, I ...

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Jun 21, 2016
Why We Plan Intentional Family Days

 

My husband and I are definitely planners. We plan many areas of our lives. We value living life with intention.  One of the most important ways to live life with intention involves spending time with our family. In the past, I have mentioned that we take the time to do a monthly planning session at the beginning of each month. We like to do this because if we don’t plan, we like we are playing a video game that is in the middle of a forest. It’s like we are flying around curves, ducking under branches, leaning to the left or the right and trying to avoid or navigate stuff coming at us from every direction. When we ...

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