Give Them Grace Preview Chapter 2 – Raising Grace-Grateful Hearts

“So many Christian parents fall into the trap of asking the law to do in the hearts of their children what only grace can accomplish.” – Paul David Tripp (taken from the book endorsements on the first page) This quote from Paul David Tripp exactly summarizes a common struggle in parenting our children in this […]

Bank-It! Family Game Night

A great way to spend time as a family on a Friday night? (or any night??) Family Game Night! One of our latest faves = Bank It, by Simply Fun Are you new to Simply Fun? They are a great family company who encourages play! According to their mission statement:: Play allows important human connections […]

Attitude of Gratitude for Preschoolers

With Thanksgiving approaching, I have been asking myself some tough questions. Do I thank my children enough? Do I demonstrate a spirit of thanksgiving? Do I have an attitude of gratitude? Am I injecting our day with praise so they will have an example to emulate? Sadly, the answer is no. At my house there’s […]

Give Them Grace Preview Chpt 1 – These Are The Rules

I hope you are joining us and reading Give Them Grace.  Each week an HSV writer will share a preview of the chapter we will be starting (rather than the typical wrap up).  We all have such busy schedules I hope this preview will give you an interest to be intentional and carve out some time […]

If You Give A Mom A Book

The ban has officially been lifted on this book (in my house). My WOMAN’s book club was set to read a book by A.A. Milne, author of the classic Winnie-The-Pooh.  My introduction to Milne allowed me to discover that the overly commerciliazed stuffed bear named Pooh is actually a character rich with endearing and memorable conversations. […]

Frugal Field Trips: Serving Others

I grew up in a small rural community. My graduating class had less than 100 students. The nearest town 20 minutes away only had a population of 40,000-50,000. I guess you could say that I was pretty sheltered. I don’t remember seeing a homeless person until I was an adult. I don’t know if I just […]

How Unschoolers Learn Bible

Most people are skeptical, at best, when it comes to unschooling.  Unschoolers are often times accused of rejecting the wise proverb, “Train up a child in the way he should go”. So how do our children learn about God and His Bible?  Like they do everything else – through life. They learn when they hit […]

Preschool: Gift Vine

The recent first frost triggered a rare domestic day for us as 4yo Esmé and I gleaned the grapes the birds and deer had left on our vines, steaming and freezing 20 quarts of grape juice. The vines held object lessons aplenty. We discussed Jesus’ discourse on “I am the vine.” I dispelled the notion […]

Weekly Wrap Up – Nov 1st – 5th

Another great week of posts … did you miss any ? Tuesday How To … Be Thankful in an Era of Entitlement, by Lisa Wednesday Special Needs … The Blessing of Homeschooling,  by Jennifer Thursday Hands on Homeschooling … Thanksgiving Science, by Marci Friday Family … Giving to Others, Joy Saturday Special … Thankful Banner, […]

Thankful Banner

Thanksgiving holiday is a natural way to bring up the topic of thankfulness, what blessings are, and what we are thankful for at this point in our lives. I decided that my children and I would create a thankful banner to use as a Thanksgiving decoration and as a visual reminder of the things we […]

Thanksgiving Science

I love science experiments for kids that are timely and practical. When kids realize that science is happening all around us all the time, sick they get excited about science instead of being intimidated by it. That’s why our science studies seem to rabbit trail here and there. We might be inspired to study photosynthesis […]

The Relevant Conference & Homeschool Meet Up!

I am incredibly thankful to Currclick for sponsoring me to attend The Relevant Conference this past weekend.  It was such a delight to meet up and spend time with Christian women bloggers!  You ladies have an amazing influence! I had the privilege to organize a homeschool meet up with my friend Jenn (Daze of Adventure) to bless […]

Review: Clubhouse Kidz

Scripture memory verses are a part of our daily routine around here.  I’m so glad that my kids enjoy learning Scripture . . . because my brain rebels at it.  Don’t get me wrong — I love the Word of God.  But I have ALWAYS struggled with memorizing His precious love letter to me.  Clubhouse […]

Homeschooling is SCARY!

  I was recently going through pictures from my niece’s birthday party and found these pictures. As a mother, I was terrified. It is shot after shot of my babies flying through the air with no protection at all. As a child at heart, I was wishing I’d been on the swing. Laughing, screaming, fearful, […]

Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl

I grew up with homemade pie crusts.  I have lived my entire adult life having never bought a store bought pie crust.  I simply can’t bring myself to it.  Once you have tasted the finest of crusts . . . a store bought crust pales in comparison.  But sometimes . . . I’m lazy. Enter […]