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School Pick Up: pleasant, peaceful, and restful – With a Plan

By | January 30th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

One of my big adjustments to having our children in public school was simply dropping them off and picking them up again. *laugh* Right now we would rather do this than have them ride the bus, but at first it was a very frustrating experience. However, did you know that it can actually be very [...]

Large Families On Budgets – Making More Out Of Less, Part 1 of 2

By | November 15th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Surrender and Blessings|

We are approaching Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, and then Christmas and the wonderful season of gift giving next month! I thought this would be a really good time to think through the concept of choosing carefully how we use the finances the Lord has given us.  *smile* While you are thinking of [...]

Developing the Character of Faithfulness

By | November 2nd, 2015|Character Training For Children, Parenting|

There are certain things in our home that seem to re-occur all the time - or not *chuckle* - unless I help improve a child's character in that area.   Character qualities such as faithfulness, being responsible, having a thankful heart and attitude must not only be expected by parents but taught.  Our children like [...]

Enjoying Being at Home

By | October 11th, 2015|Large Family - Small House, Large Family Matters, Organization, OUR HOME, Parenting|

Addressing the heart issues - 3 recommended books Offering some practical "how-to's" So many moms do not enjoy being at home, so they have their eyes outside their home focused on what they’d rather be doing or think they “should be able” to be doing or what it looks like other women are able to [...]

PODCAST: “Large Families Living in Small Houses”, with Tom & Keri Lamar of A Happy Home Media

By | May 19th, 2015|How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, OUR HOME, Surrender and Blessings, Videos & Podcasts w/ Erika|

Bob and I were honored recently to be invited by Tom & Keri Lamar (homeschooling parents of 8), of A Happy Home Media, to do an interview together with them via podcast about how our family of 11 lives in an 1,100 square foot house. *smile* We had such a fun time as we laughed together, [...]

Choosing Thankfulness

By | April 20th, 2015|Character Training For Children, How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Marriage, Surrender and Blessings|

Being thankful is a choice.  We may not always want to be thankful in a situation or circumstances (not thankful for difficulty, but thankful in it), but we can learn to be if we pursue it - and this will bless us deeply, as well as everyone around us... Let's consider, Does choosing thankfulness doom [...]

Motherhood with Vitality! – Part 2 of 2

By | March 16th, 2015|Parenting, Schedules and Routines|

In part 1 I covered practices to encourage being well-rested; in this part 2 I will cover additional practices for being energetic, and for looking energetic!  *smile* Daily time with the Lord Water Green smoothies Vitamin D Shower before the children are up Make-up tip Avoid sugar Choosing thankfulness I am often asked by people who know me or just see me out and about, [...]

Computer Learning For Kids – How We Utilize It

By | March 29th, 2013|How Do We Do That, Toys and Activities|

What learning programs are they using? Do they do online learning? Which kids use the computers? Where to find computer learning programs?  When and how long to do they "play"?  Computer as a tool or a toy? We have found that computer learning can be incredibly valuable for our children, when carefully monitored, and with [...]

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