It’s Okay to Let Things Go


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A new year is just around the corner and it’s time to slow down and think about where we are in life and what we might need to change. My husband and I like to spend the week between Christmas and the New Year evaluating where we’ve been [...]

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Do Our Children Have a Right to Privacy?

Before anybody leaves me a comment about how their parents read their diary when they were a kid and it traumatized them for life, let me just say that I’m not talking about the privacy between a child and his or her parents. I’m talking about the child’s right to privacy from the general public.

All this crazy media about the Duggar family and the debate about whether or not they should have publicly admitted their son’s actions has cemented for me my conviction about protecting and respecting the privacy of my own girls. Ever since I ran across the idea of respecting my child’s privacy, I decided to remove all photos of them from online, to not post personal details about their lives and to make sure I do not share anything that might embarrass them in the future. It probably sounds pretty extreme, but let [...]

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For the Mama Who Doesn’t Have Enough Hours in Her Day

I’ve recently seen a quote floating around about how we all have the same number of hours in our day and so saying, “I don’t have time,” is not an acceptable reason not to do something. I get it. I really do. The problem with it though is that although we all have the same number of hours, we also all have different responsibilities, priorities and demands on that time.

Often I “don’t have time” for something and it’s actually a matter of it not being at the top of my priority list. Other times, though, I really do want to do something, it’s on my priority list (not at the tippy-top, but it is on there!) and I truly can’t do it. For the longest time I was frustrated with myself for not being able to get all my priorities done. I cut all the extras out of [...]

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The REAL Truth About Blogging

Every time I turn around I’m seeing more and more people flocking to the blogging world. Most people assume that having a blog must be a good thing. Here’s the deal. Blogging is not good. It’s also not bad. In and of itself, blogging has absolutely no moral status. It simply is.

Blogging can be a job… it can be a hobby. It can be a ministry… it can also be an idol. It can be a great thing for your family… or it can distract you from the most important people in your life. It can help you be more intentional about how you spend your time… it can suck away all your time and energy so that you do little else. It can help you connect with like-minded people and develop online relationships… it can pull you so far into those superficial relationships that you [...]

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My Word for 2015: Intentional

I know, you’re shocked to see a post from me. I’m a bit shocked, too. After taking a long and much needed break, I wanted to pop in here and share something with you that might inspire you to try the whole word-of-the-year thing. Normally we do a New Year’s Re-evaluation, but as I worked through that this time, I noticed a theme.

I want to be more intentional.

In each category, it all boiled down to being intentional with how I spend time, energy, money and thoughts. Even though I’m really not a go-with-the-crowd kind of girl, I’m jumping on the one-word bandwagon and adopting “Intentional” as my word for 2015.

What does that actually look like?

With food, it means following the new Frugal Real Foods Menu Plans for this year (check it out- totally affordable and we’ve already saved money on these delicious meals!). I want [...]

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Change 3 Challenge

Change 3 Challenge

Take a moment to think about three fairly small changes you’ve been wanting to make in your life. Nothing huge. Just three things that you know would make a difference. Things for your health, your relationships, your attitude, your daily routine, your home… whatever you have thought, “I really ought to…” but never have done.

Now, take a month and commit to doing those three things just for this month. It may be that by the end of the month you decide that not all three are permanent changes you want to make, but the ones that really do help will be a habit. Then next month, you can pick three new little things to change. How might your life be different in a year?

I’ll share my three things for this month (November 2014) and then offer some ideas to inspire you. Please consider leaving a comment with [...]

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Facebook “Friends” are Not Enough

I know, I know. It’s wonderful to find like-minded people from all over the world. It’s encouraging to be in contact with people we can relate to and that we “get.” It’s so easy to keep in contact with old friends and even to find people that we knew years ago. It’s convenient to keep our families up-to-date on the happenings of our little family unit by posting pictures and status updates of the kiddos. But, sweet reader, it isn’t enough.

I’m not saying you should unlike all your Facebook “friends” like this brave lady did, though I think she has made a wonderful choice! I’m not saying that Facebook is wrong or evil or anything like that, though it certainly has the potential to be any of those things. I’m saying that we all need more.

We need the in-person, flesh-and-blood, real-life people to experience life with in [...]

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Why I’m Giving Up 7,700+ Facebook “Likes”

Goodbye Facebook

I know. Most of you probably think I’m crazy. As a blogger, haven’t I been working my tail off to get those likes?! What could possibly be more important than a Facebook page with nearly 8,000 people following me? So very many things. I could list out hundreds of things that are more important.

More time with God, studying His word, praying, living out what I learn.

Less time with my face glued to this screen and more time with it smiling at my sweet little girls.

Having more time with my hubby in the evenings and on the weekends, rather than catching up on all the things I had to put off while I was managing Facebook.

Having more experiment/explore/hands-on learning time with my curious little homeschooling six-year-old.

A house that is tidier and more inviting, instead of one that just has the bare minimum done, both for [...]

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Educational Games Tailored For Your Child- A K5 Review

Those of you who have been around here for awhile know that we are big into the “teach your child to LOVE to learn” method of homeschooling. Our homeschooling philosophy is something we began forming before we even had any children and it’s proven to be just the right fit for our family. One of the beautiful parts about it is that it is so flexible that we are always finding new ways to implement it. K5 Learning is one of the new things we are excited to add to our homeschooling collection!

K5 Learning is an online math and reading program for kiddos from kindergarten through 5th grade. Although we are homeschoolers, K5 can also complement public or private schooling.

Here’s how it works: Your child takes the reading and math assessments (not required, but highly recommended) and you get a report on what grade level they are [...]

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Proverbs 31 Lady: The Real Ideal? part two


Do you feel discouraged by the Proverbs 31 lady? Does she seem like an impossible standard that you can never live up to? Before you give up on being “good enough” let’s take a closer look at her!

We already talked about how that list isn’t really about what she does, it’s about her heart. It’s about why and how she does what she does. Be sure to start over there at that post if you missed it and then come back here.

The second big thing to keep in mind with this lady is that we don’t have to be crazy busy to be “virtuous” women! After reading that long list of things she does, we can start comparing our to-do lists with her big ol’ list. Don’t do it! Remember that this list isn’t a play book for us, it’s a description that is [...]

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