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Lessons learned about mistakes

A couple of days ago, I fell. Flat on my face. Literally. I haven’t fallen so hard since I was three years old, and busted my lip and my favorite froggy toy wide open. My mom tells me that fall made me stop sucking my thumb, because it was too painful. And similarly, I learned a few things when I fell this time too. I want to share with…

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10 Days of Summertime Learning Fun

How do you keep your kids learning throughout the summer, instead of losing half of what they already know? Our brains get lazy when we don’t use them, so we have to fight back with some sneaky summertime learning! Stick around for the next great Homeschool Blogging Network series… I will be sharing with you some ways that I keep the learning fun going all summer…

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Giant List of Amazing Free Printables for your homeschool and summer learning!

Free Printables for your Homeschool

A few weeks ago, I posted about homeschooling on a budget, and I promised to bring you some more of my favorites.  So here goes! Of course, most of these free printables would be great for summer learning even if you don’t homeschool! Where do I find free printables for my homeschool? Oh my goodness! There are so, so many free printables online that you can use in…

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Why we need a vision

It’s been a long time since I posted on this blog. I have lots of excuses… It’s the beginning of summer and it’s been really busy. I was sick. We went to church camp. But all of these “reasons” would be just excuses. The real reason I haven’t posted in the past month is because I didn’t know what to write. Every time I sat…

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It's the small things that make the difference. Needles kill washers. Attitudes kill relationships.

It’s the little things

My washing machine broke the other day. Yeah. Not cool. We do a million loads of laundry a week. What was I going to do without my washer? Fast forward two weeks, after several calls to the repair company and a trip to the laundromat, the repair guy finally arrived. And fixed the washer. Hallelujah! Repairing that thing wasn’t an easy process. The washing machine…

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Homeschooling on a Budget

I know, I know. Everyone has a budget for their homeschool books and activities, right? Some are just larger than others. You know – the budget where you can buy whatever you need without thinking about it? Yeah, that isn’t my budget! There have been years when I had less than $100 for all three kids, and years when my budget was higher than that.…

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Are you missing the now?

A few days ago, we had a joint birthday party for my two spring-birthday kiddos (who are now 14 and 8!!!). I had invited a friend of mine, who has two boys, one of which is two years old. And as she was wrangling her toddler, as all toddler-moms will understand, someone mentioned how fast these days are gone. I think the exact words were,…

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When life isn't what you expected

When life isn’t what you expected

When I was a small girl, I dreamed of growing up and getting married to my knight in shining armor, and galloping off into the sunset, to live happily ever after. I wanted a house with a picket fence, and lots of babies, and maybe a dog or two. Life would be grand. But that’s not how it turned out. Nearly four years ago, I…

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Today is Day One

Day one. Clean Slate. No mistakes. Yet. Last night I went to bed discouraged. Defeated. The day didn’t go the way I wanted it to. None of my checkboxes got checked. I yelled at the kids. The house is still a mess. We didn’t get any school done at all. And I went to bed discouraged and defeated. But no matter how bad yesterday was,…

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