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Fun Games for Young Children and Families

By | January 28th, 2017|Character Training For Children, Family Fun, Toys and Activities|

It is so good for families to play games together! They can bring so much laughter, and also important character development such as delayed gratification, patience, perseverance, good sportsmanship, being a kind and respectful friend, and fairness. *wink* But it can be harder to find games that the whole family enjoys, especially if you have [...]

A Public School Stay-at-Home Mom – Time Management, On Purpose

By | January 12th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

In fall 2016 my world was turned upside down. *chuckle* At least it felt that way. It has been my first year as a public school mom after 13 years of homeschooling. Talk about a life change, ho-ly-cow. *laugh* Over the course of the past 18 months I have had a number of circumstances converge [...]

Christmas Uncluttered

By | December 30th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Organization, OUR HOME, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

Decorating- uncluttered Simple delights Simplifying celebration plans Making a list, checking it twice Keeping the calendar uncluttered The Christmas story   We have been slipping out of summer here in Washington and in to the clean, crisp air of the fall season.  *smile*  I love our four seasons here in the United States, and I [...]

Scheduling Weekends: what to do

By | August 18th, 2016|Family Fun, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency, Toys and Activities|

I've had many questions about whether or not I schedule weekends.  The answer to this is yes, and no.  *smile*. I'll share with you what our plan was like with mostly very young children since that is the season most of our readers are in; but these principles apply beautifully also to older children as [...]

Scheduling for Fall – How I Create Our Schedules

By | July 22nd, 2016|How Do We Do That, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Having a weekly schedule (click here for what that means and what it doesn't mean) for our family of 11 is crucial to fostering family life and healthy relationships.  With a schedule we have productivity, predictability, consistency, and on average - balance.  It helps to produce peace and eliminate chaos.  Not that we don't ever have [...]

Family Practical How-To’s: Professional Photos, Meals, Errands, & Bathing Kids

By | July 9th, 2016|Family Fun, How Do We Do That, Mom Tips, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

We personally love to network with other large families for ideas that enable us to be more organized or more time efficient.  It’s encouraging, and it helps give vision for what large families can be like.  If some people are reading our blog only because they’re curious about what large families are like, then by [...]

Family Practical How-To’s: Transportation, Birthdays, Hair cuts, 1-on-1’s, & Laundry!

By | July 4th, 2016|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Surrender and Blessings|

When people see our family of 11 people out and about doing life, they often tip their head to the side, get a puzzled look on their face, and ask, “…How do you do_____?”  This always makes us chuckle because we’re “just us”, and we’ve become the larger group of “just us” gradually, one person [...]

Scheduling & Routines: You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. – Part 1 of 2

By | June 25th, 2016|Large Family - Small House, Marriage, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

In this part 1 we will look at: Why I began scheduling How I began scheduling My overall scheduling framework Additional benefits to scheduling In part 2 I will cover: Winging it vs. planning it The blessings of planning Common road blocks Additional benefits of scheduling You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.  This is what we desire in [...]

Productively Occupying Young Children

By | July 17th, 2015|Large Family - Small House, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Toys and Activities|

In our homeschool we strive to not just occupy non-school-age children, but to include them; to not chase them away, but to draw them in.  Children need to know they are a valuable part of our family, and not just to be tolerated until they’re older. “Moomyyy, Tyler is standing on the kitchen table and [...]

Family Audio books – With an On-Going List of Recommendations!

By | June 15th, 2015|Family Fun, Toys and Activities|

Are you setting out this summer on any adventures that involve long car rides or air plane travel? Have no fear for occupying children's time! And for great listening together as a family, laughing together, learning together - enjoying listening to a book together.  In our opinion this is such an excellent occupation of travel time, [...]

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