family life

thrive, daily practicalities

Stuff I’m learning about thriving… 1. Go to bed earlier, get up earlier… I’m a midnight owl…because it’s quiet. I know that most of you know what I mean, because the digital world comes alive after the kids go to bed. But I love, love, love getting stuff done before nine, so early to bed tonight. … Continue reading

homeschool

what we really want our children to get from 2015

We all have blind spots– those aspects of our lives that might seem obvious to others but shockingly opaque to us. All of it, our children learn. The greatest things they learn from us are not taught by lecture, but the example of our lives. They are sent into the next generation, subconsciously mirroring our predisposition to their daily activities, … Continue reading

Christmas crafting
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Christmas crafting

  Why is it that crafts from Pinterest look nothing like what I make at home? I’ve tried all sorts of Christmas crafts, and pinned dozens of ideas. (And you can too, or see what I’ve tried.) https://pin.it/xa723adqajbybj The candy cane wreaths, the hazelnut glue-gunned squirrels, the present tags, the candy cane place cards, the reindeer … Continue reading

two nights before Christmas…
family life

two nights before Christmas…

“On the night before Christmas, all through the house, all the people were stirring, even the mouse… So I went to the lawn and in a moment, I had fallen asleep… Until I woke up and looked at the sky. It was tinted dark blue with no cloud to be seen, but to my amazement … Continue reading