Want your kids to be better travelers? Put away the screens.

Friends ask all the time how our children fare while traveling? Do they throw fits and get antsy? How do they handle flights? For the most part, our children are great travelers. We exposed our kids to planes, trains, and automobiles at a young age. We drove 14 hours to the Florida panhandle when our boys were just 2.5 and 6 months old. Our first domestic and international flights were when they were 5, 3, and almost 2. Other than …

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What I’m Reading This Summer

Whether it’s poolside, at the beach, or on the deck, Americans get pretty giddy over summer reading! ?To be honest, I tend to read more when I’m cooped up in winter, but nonetheless, having a summer reading list?helps me to stay focused on another goal in my life- to read good books. Without further ado, here is what I’m reading this summer: Fiction The House Girl – From the publisher, “Alternating between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, The House …

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What I’ve been reading – Books to check out in May 2018

With a broken hand, I found it easier to read books than to do dishes or work on the computer.? So I guess I should thank my clumsiness for the fact that I’ve read a few books lately!? Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading – are there any you want to check out?   Raising World Changers in a Changing World is the newest book by Kristen Welch of We are THAT Family.? This book is a call …

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Fall Reading List – 2017

I blinked and summer is behind us. ?Booo. ?But never fear, there is fall-foliage, crisp mornings, and chilly evenings that all make it a perfect time to curl up with a good book. ?I’m excited to share with you my fall reading list for 2017! Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do – Chris Guillebeau is best known in travel circles for having visited all 193 countries. ?However, he’s been able to build a …

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The Friday Five- April Life (not the giraffe, the month)

Hi everyone! ?I haven’t done many posts lately on what I’m reading or our family life, so I thought I’d do a general post for my #FridayFive! ONE My grandma passed away a few weeks ago and although she was nearly 99 years old, it’s been a sad time. It’s weird to think that that generation, which was a huge influence in my life, is gone and there’s only my parents left. ?Has anyone else felt that? Anyhow, Sunday night …

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How to be more productive by doing nothing

It’s 9:19 on a weeknight…. and no one needs me. The children and the husband are asleep. The house is quiet. Sure the kitchen is still showing its?post-dinner exodus – a dirty stove-top and unrinsed dishes. ?Thomas the Train has spewed his track all over the living room floor and there is a pile of graham cracker crumbs on the side table. There is no one to ask me for another cup of milk or if the budget is up-to-date …

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How Fair Trade Friday turns ashes into beauty

“He has sent?me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn,? and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,? the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a Spirit of despair” ?Isaiah 61: 1b-3a When the words I’m trying to say or write don’t come easy, ?I’m at …

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2nd year of homeschooling – planners, curriculum, and controlling the circus

It’s crazy?to believe we are racing to the finish of our?second year of homeschooling! ?I’ve made changes to our approach this year, as I’ve learned more about myself and more about my son! Last year seemed like the year of personality struggles and the big adjustment to schooling full-time. This year feels like a full-blown attempt at scheduling & curricula. Things you should know: Momma doesn’t always know best (sshhh don’t tell anyone) The hardest part of homeschooling for me, …

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