A Creation Dinner (Learning the Days of Creation with Food)

I LOVE making learning fun. Anything that gets us away from dreary worksheets has me excited! The following is how we started world history with my oldest child a few years ago. I've been thinking about doing it again and thought I'd share it here. (The pictures are not wonderful -I'll update when I take new ones). If you read my old blog, you may have seen this before. This is an enjoyable activity for any Christian family (homeschool or not). Image by Duchesssa In Lorrie Flem’s Book, Welcome Home Daddy, she describes a special dinner which corresponds to each...
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The Importance of Giving Children Undivided Attention

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It has been impressed upon me just how important it is to spend FOCUSED one on one time with each child, everyday. Kids don’t just want attention, they need it. If they don’t receive it from us, they will look for it elsewhere. They will also use negative attention seeking behavior to engage us when we are not filling them up with positive attention regularly. Who wants that? I’m at home with my kids almost all the time, but that doesn’t mean I am constantly giving them attention. In fact, it is easy to be so busy with cooking, cleaning,...
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My Favorite Floor Cleaner (Homemade and Non-Toxic)

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Image courtesy of Microstock Photography This homemade floor cleaner is citrusy and fresh. And it's natural to boot. I LOVE it. It's also great for cleaning the counter tops. Oh yeah, it's super easy to make! Citrus Floor Cleaner Recipe adapted from The Naturally Clean Home Karyn Siegel-Maier 1 gallon hot water 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap 15-20 drops sweet orange essential oil 8-10 drops lemon essential oil Pour soap and essential oils into a large container (can divide between two half gallon jars). Fill with hot water. Pour some into a spray bottle to keep for cleaning the counter...
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Easing into Exercise: Establishing the Workout Habit

Image by Timtak We all know how good it feels to exercise regularly. But for many, it is one of the first things to be bumped off the to-do list. We use many excuses in order to avoid exercise, one of the greatest being “I don’t have time”, quickly followed by, “I’m too tired”. How do I know? I’ve used those excuses myself! The good news is, once you get past the excuses and start exercising regularly, it doesn’t take long before you feel the benefits. Give it a chance, you will WANT to workout. It's true. What do you...
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How to Get Your Kids to Keep their Bedrooms Clean: 9 Tips

Let’s call this a research project shall we? Do any of your children seem to mess up their rooms in twenty seconds flat, then take two hours (or two days) to clean it up again? One of my children keeps his room tidy without much trouble; however, another one of my children is extremely challenged in this area. (There is one more child, but she is still a baby, so she isn’t cleaning bedrooms yet!) The battle of the bedroom has been an ongoing one, something we have had to constantly work on. After scouring the internet and asking friends,...
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God Will Make a Way

Image by Francisco Diez Sometimes we can't see past the hilltop. Sometimes our peace is so far gone we feel that it will never return. Sometimes we have strayed so far from God it seems we can never go back. Sometimes the walls are too strong for us. But they are not for God. If we can learn to trust in Him, we will find much peace. He can do anything. I wanted to share a song we have been singing recently. I find it very encouraging. Maybe you will too. God Will Make a Way by Don Moen God...
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The Car Binder: Simplifying My Map Clutter

Since re-locating earlier this year, I have found myself printing maps frequently. A trip to the park, MapQuest. A trip to pick up my co-op order, MapQuest. A trip to hunt down the location of Trader Joes, MapQuest. And on and on it goes. I don’t seem to remember my way around very well. Perhaps this is because I am so often talking to my children while driving. Or they are talking to me. Whatever the reason, I have found myself re-printing maps to places I’ve been before! This is far from convenient, a waste of paper, and definitely a...
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Two Good Reasons to Trust God

It is difficult to trust someone who is deceitful (and really unwise to do so). Just one lie can cause us to lose faith in someone completely. Thankfully, God does not lie. In fact, it is impossible for God to lie! Hebrews 6:18 says “So that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.” And then we have Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should...
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Trusting God – the key to a peaceful life

Image from schmollmolch (Isn't it beautiful? I love it!) Stress and worry steal joy and peace. How do we overcome these feelings that often plague our lives? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle of trusting God. Sure, many of us intellectually trust Him. But how about real, step-out-in-faith trust? How about confidence that He is doing what is good and right, even if it makes no sense to us? That kind of trust is harder to come by. Rest and peace is offered to us as Christians, if we can just take hold of God's hand and...
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