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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proverbs 31 Lady: The Real Ideal? Part One

We ladies can so easily fall into the comparison trap. Church-going ladies often find they are comparing themselves with the well-known Proverbs 31 Woman. To many of us, she seems like an impossible measuring stick that does nothing but discourage us. She’s the “perfect” wife, mama, Believer, home-based business owner, charity worker… she “does it all.” Many of us feel that we need to do it all, too.

There are two huge problems with that. The first is that this wasn’t a description of a real woman. This is a description of an ideal. The “virtuous” woman. All of those things listed are there because they are examples of things a virtuous woman could do. This is not a checklist of all the things a virtuous woman must do. This list needs to be divided into two categories. The “character” category and the “examples” category.

In the Character category, […]

Back Into the Swing of Things

Life has been so crazy with all our adventures, lately. Just a year ago we moved into our cute little 1940’s farmhouse fixer-upper and we’ve been working on it ever since. We’ve made friends with some wonderful people in the area and we’re working on growing those relationships. We’ve also been gardening and I’ve learned a lot about how different it is going to be to garden here in the hills.

With our first year here under our belts, we’re making some fun plans for our second year. I’ll be cleaning and repairing the chicken coop so we can have our own laying hens. The previous owners took the nesting boxes with them, so I’ll be building some and I plan to take lots of pictures for those of you who might want to have a tutorial. We’ll also be building a chicken tractor for meat birds, though I haven’t […]

Renovation Adventures: Master Bathroom Demo

A year ago, we bought our adorable little 1940’s farmhouse. We love it and we love the area. We love that it’s a fixer-upper. We did quite a bit of work on it before moving in, which you can see here, here and here.

What we weren’t loving was the funky smell coming from the master bathroom. It got so bad that we had to do some exploratory demo to try to find the source of the smell and the ominous dripping we could hear behind the laundry room wall downstairs when we flushed the upstairs toilet.

Here’s the catch. We don’t have the money right now to buy all the things we need to renovate our master bathroom. We can only demo and try to fix whatever the problem is and then put the bathroom back together into our dream bathroom as we can afford it. My friends, we […]