Our Kindergarden Homeschool Plans {2015-2016 School Year}

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It's that time of year again! I really can't believe that it is time to begin another school year, can you? Although we've been doing school informally all summer, we officially started on Monday. Today I am sharing what I have planned for our homeschool in the coming months. I'm not a huge advocate of a lot of structured learning for young children and appreciate Charlotte Mason's idea of waiting until a child is six to begin formal lesson. However, Claire (4) has been begging to do school almost daily and most everything geared toward Preschool/Pre-K is too easy for her. (I'm not Continue Reading

Finding Courage: Why We Can Live Without Fear

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I shared this on Periscope yesterday, but I thought I would write about it here also... One of my favorite Bible passages about courage is found in Joshua. God reminded Joshua and the Israelites several times to be "strong and courageous" because He is with them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you Continue Reading

I’m Bringing the Book to Brain Scripture Memory Challenge Back!

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I am so excited to announce that the Book to Brain Scripture Memory Challenge is back!  Those of you who have been with me for a long time may remember this from awhile ago. This challenge started it as the result of God impressing upon me the importance of memorizing His Word, keeping it in my heart to apply to my own life and in my brain to share with others. Along with studying the Bible, I have found that Scripture memorization is instrumental in living a joyful, simple life for the glory of God. I want to share my journey with you to help keep me accountable and to give you an Continue Reading

The Prodigal Blogger Has Returned…And May Ramble A Bit!

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Hello friends! You may have noticed (or not!) that I've been pretty much MIA online for quite awhile, especially when it comes to writing on my blog. You may have seen me post a bit here and there on my Facebook page--although most have been pictures from my Instagram account where I tend to hang out if I'm on social media. I've uploaded a few videos on YouTube--mostly family vlogs. And I just recently tried my hand at live streaming a few times on Periscope--crazy fun, but nerve-racking to this introvert! But when it comes to sitting down and stringing together several paragraphs of Continue Reading

Preschool at Home: All About Rain

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Since we've been getting a lot of rain recently, we did a unit study about rain as part of our homeschool preschool. We kept it very simple, but had quite a bit of fun with it. Theme-Related Activities Read One of the most important activities we do for preschool is READ. I believe that reading books to your children--even your baby--is so important. We read a lot of books several times a day, particularly before bedtime and naptime. These are the theme-related books that we enjoyed for this unit study.   Create As you saw in the video, I helped Claire make little Continue Reading

3 Simple Steps to Toy Organization + Playroom Tour

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I have a love/hate relationship with my kids' toys. I appreciate the enjoyment they get out of playing with them, but really don't like the mess they make sometimes. While motherhood has helped me loosen up when it comes to housework, I still prefer a neat and tidy home. So, after living on our house for a little over a year, I decided to turn our extra bedroom into a playroom for the children. I has been a sanity saver for this mama. I love it! I thought I would share with you three quick tips for making toy organization fairly painless. You can do this when the kiddos are away or Continue Reading

How to Make Perfect Rice Every Time

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We tend to fix rice for at least one meal a week in our home. It's great with fish, chicken stir-fry, korean rice dish, fried eggs, fajitas, etc. Basically, you can eat it with just about anything... Did you know there is a secret to making perfect rice every time? There is! Okay, I'm sure there is actually several different ways to make rice perfectly every time. This is how my mom taught me and how we cook it in our home. It's so easy! All you have to do is.... Bake it in the oven. Seriously. A simple ratio of 1 part rice + 2 parts water and baking it in a covered dish for Continue Reading

3 Things I Learned in January

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Since I haven't had a chance to post much this month, I thought I would join Emily and several other bloggers and share what I learned this month. Who knows, I may decide to join in every month! ;-) What I Learned in January 2015 The Importance of S L O W. It is not my natural tendency to doing anything slow. I like to work fast, usually on multiple things at once. I've realized that this often causes me to do a mediocre job and is just plain stressful. So, I'm attempting to allow for larger margins of time between tasks and appointments to create a more peaceful atmosphere and heart Continue Reading