What follows is a beautiful excerpt from For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of  Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.  I felt it was worth sharing, and perhaps it will resound with some others the way it has with me.  This book, as well as the Charlotte Mason-style methodology has profoundly influenced the way I view, relate to, esteem and educate my children.  I highly recommend any parent read it!***********Twaddle. If I were to have to label much educational… Read more »

Hey friends.Want to come alongside as I tackle a new D.I.Y project?This is one I am super excited about.And a tiny bit nervous.  But mostly excited. So, here’s the deal.  We just welcomed our fourth child into the fam last month, and when I was pregnant with him, about the only thing I really wanted to change around our house was our dining situation.  For the past 2 1/2 years, we have been squishing 5 people around a 4-person round… Read more »

“You shall Love  the LORD your God  with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand… Read more »

Goodbye store-bought granola.  Hello homemade goodness. Ingredients: 3 cups rolled oats½ cup slivered almonds (or whole if you like)½ cup cashews¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds (hulled and unsalted)1 cup shredded coconut (I use unsweetened but you can use either)2 Tbsp. sesame seedsWanna make it even healthier?  Add in a tablespoon of flax seed. No one will notice, I promise. ¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar ————— ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup OR honey¼… Read more »

A sweet little place for friends to meet Some work left unfinished Little miniature geraniums and hens and chicks, happy for the rain Wagon near the garden gate Peeking out from the garden to the big world The little beehive Mini sedum, in full, vibrant color                                                    Just a little bit of happiness on a rainy day! These beautiful miniature perennials can be purchased and direct-shipped from Maplestone Ornamentals, owned by my talented horticulurist brother and sister in law!

Week 2: Story: Read and discuss Genesis 37:12-36, 39 Joseph is falsely accused, and thrown into prison.  Yet, he continues to trust God, and he is given favor. *For parents wanting to remain true to the story, yet be sensitive to subjects such as rape (Potiphar’s wife accuses Joseph of attempting to rape her), we suggest you simply explain that Potiphar’s wife was NOT a kind woman, and she did not love God, and she decided to lie to get… Read more »

Welcome to the Story of Joseph mini-unit. Before you consider doing this unit together as a family, or with your children, I would encourage you to read (or re-read) the account for yourself, in its entirety, in Genesis chapters 37 and 39-50. As you read, ask the Lord to “open your eyes, that you may behold wonderful things from His Word!” (Ps. 119: 18) If you are unfamiliar with or have never studied Biblical typology, you may want to brace yourself to… Read more »

Week 3 Story: Read aloud and discuss Genesis 41Joseph interprets Pharoah’s dream, and prepares for famine.  Grain is stored up by God’s wise servant, Joseph.  The grain will be used to care & provide for ALL the people of the world, and eventually, Joseph’s family too. Craftivity: Trace a barn template onto a piece of red construction paper.Have your child cut it out, and also cut out the doors so they open up. Fold them back.Glue barn onto another (whole) piece of… Read more »