Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the?anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations. ?It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling. ?It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?

  I listened to a podcast yesterday by Michael Hyatt (I was busy with the kids while I listened, but if you want to know the exact one, contact me and we can narrow it down) and Mr. Hyatt said that he read somewhere recently that exhaustion is considered to be the new status quo. ?That basically, we prove our worth by proving how busy we are. For some reason that statement ran over and over again in my head …

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Christians: What if we did just this one thing?

  Yesterday was intense. ?When you have three little ones, at least a quarter of the days I?m fairly certain I may not survive. ?I?m not complaining, this season is just hard. C was teething badly and running a fever and Bubba was a hot mess because we had stayed out too late the previous night. ?He?s been going through the terrible twos and the tantrums have been a little crazy. ?(I would probably be losing my mind, but I …

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Two Words that Will Change Your Financial Future

After last week’s post when I related a lack of travel to a lack of money, I got a little flack. ?I know there are other reasons people don’t travel, but I do believe that more people WOULD travel if their finances were in a place that they could afford to do it more often. I know that money is a very personal issue and everyone has an opinion.?But when an article like this appears in my newsfeed this morning, …

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My Wish

Today the man in my life turns 33. ?He kissed me for the first time just 6 days before he turned 18. We watched our wedding video the other day. ?Two young kids, not a wrinkle between us, proclaiming that we would love each other like Christ and he would support me financially, and I would support his dreams. This comes easy when you are 20 and 22.   Fast forward to just 4 or 5 days ago?when a friend …

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Renting an Apartment or Vacation Home for Your Family

One of the dramas when traveling with the kids is always- SPACE!? Staying in a hotel room can work, but I hate turning out the lights when it’s the kids’ bedtime (not mine) and then tip-toeing to the bathroom.? The easiest way to cure this?? By renting an apartment or vacation home for your family. It’s so easy to book a vacation home.? Sadly, families have the misconception that it will be much more expensive to book a kid-friendly vacation …

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Best American Hotel Chains for Families

One?of the reasons that parents?don’t travel with small children?is they are worried about where to stay. ?I like my personal space, too, but I also want to know my kids are safe and secure.??We do?travel on a budget, but?we also don?t want to stay at a Rodeway Inn with 3 kids.? I know other moms and dads struggle with this, too, so I thought I’d combine my expertise as a former travel agent and couple that with my travel history.? …

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Five Things Your Firstborn Will Teach You About Life

Jackson turned 5 last week. ?Somedays it?s hard to believe he is not the skinny, sleepless baby that we brought home from the hospital. Other days it?s hard to believe we have survived 5 years as parents! ?As I was cleaning today, I was reflecting on how much life has changed since little Yoder Toter arrived! ?Here?s 5 things he has taught me- and you probably learned some of the same things when you brought home your first little bubby. …

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