Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

This week has been a whirlwind!  We celebrated my second son Phinehas’ 10th birthday, barely.  I spent the day before driving the kids to and from his baseball tournament, forty-five minutes from home. On the way back early that afternoon, I could hardly keep my eyes open.  More than once, the lines blurred on the road before me, alerting me to the fact that I was indeed drifting off to sleep.  Making it home safely was a feat of sheer[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s some of what’s been going on in my world this week: Ants:  They’re here, and the insect barrier spray that the lady at the hardware store recommended is NOT working.  That said, I finally found two ant traps I saved from last year, and now the ants have multiplied!  Ugh.  Can I just say that I have no remorse killing off insects that have made their way into my home?  “This is[Read more]

Listen, Laugh, Love- Keys to a Happy Family

You would think, in a family of seven, the opportunities to listen, laugh, and love would be endless, and you’d be right; they are. Yet, taking advantage of those opportunities is an entirely different thing. Some days, I go to bed and realize I never once laughed with my children or really listened to what my husband was saying. I always love my family, but how often do I love on them? In today’s installment of the Life’s Essential Ingredients[Read more]

The Benefits of Reading to Children for 20 Minutes a Day

 Life has a funny way of getting in the way of itself.  I am dismayed at the number of life-giving activities I don’t engage in each day, simple gestures that bring a smile not only to my face but also to those I interact with.  In today’s segment of our Life’s Essential Ingredients series, I am looking at how to meaningfully connect with my children through reading to them.  Tomorrow, I will look at another facet of this idea:  Connecting[Read more]

Eight Cleaning Routines for Children

children cleaning

Well, we are over the hump!  Here we are, on the back half of our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  We have covered Workouts and Worship, Homeschooling, Writing 500 Words Daily, and Planning/Preparing Healthy Meals.  I originally started this as a nine-part series.  Only, after reading an excellent post at The Humbled Homemaker, I realized that I forgot to add cleaning to my list!  I wish I didn’t have to, but there is no avoiding it:  cleaning is indeed essential[Read more]

Four Steps to Success with Homeschooling

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Last week, I began a series on Life’s Essential Ingredients where I listed ten things that I would like to accomplish each day. We have already covered steps for success with the first two Workouts and Worship.  Today, we will look at homeschooling. 3.  Guide the children through their schoolwork. I hate to admit it, especially as a homeschooling mom, but this is the hardest part of my day to accomplish consistently and successfully.  Therefore, these will be the focus of[Read more]

The Real Me

As I begin this blog, I am tempted to put my best foot forward and show you that I am a credible source of information and know-how. The truth is that I have two left-feet when it comes to life.  I can only present the real me:  flawed, flustered, and frustrated by my imperfections.  I am not a crafty, DIY, organizational, or educational expert.  I have yet to produce a successful garden (although my lettuce and herbs did do quite[Read more]

Are You Lacking Life’s Essential Ingredients?

At the end of this day, what will I want to have accomplished?  This question comes from an article I read about having a planning time at the beginning of each day, like chefs do when they prepare for a big meal.  In life, as in meal preparation, I can often be found lacking in the essential ingredients. At least once a week, at 4:00pm, I glance over a recipe I just found online, decide it looks doable, and get[Read more]