Thank You {Plenty FREE today!}

November 7, 2014

Happy Friday, friends! In honor of Thanksgiving month, I’d like to say THANK YOU to you. You are such a gift to me. You read, comment, share your heart and life with me and let me pray for you. Many of you pray for me. You make me know I’m not alone in this crazy journey of life. […]

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The weight of them all leaning there, on you.

November 5, 2014

I’m going to go crazy. Coming off the feeling-suffocated season, we slipped straight into sickness. Both kids. Then toss daylight savings in there and the kids waking up at 4:45am, and this Mama having not a single minute to herself in what feels like forever. I’m about to snap. They are always talking to me. Always touching me. Always […]

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When you’re pretty sure you are a disappointment…

November 3, 2014

I always thought the worst thing was not getting chosen. Being overlooked, left out, not being picked for the team or the party or the date. Do you remember that happening and how bad it felt? Realizing that someone purposefully didn’t choose you, that in someone’s mind they would be better off without you even being there. I remember […]

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Homeschooling — Our journey

October 31, 2014

“Why did you decide to homeschool?” I’m often asked this question. I enjoy sharing our journey with whoever asks, but I’ve never written it out here publicly, mostly because my intent is not to defend our choice or assert that we are “right.” Although I am passionate about homeschooling, I am more passionate about people. […]

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When you feel like you’re suffocating …

October 29, 2014

“I’m suffocating.” I didn’t know any other way to describe it to Jeff. I love my mundane with my two little bugs, but Heidi had become increasingly anxious and clingy. It started with tears when I’d travel to retreats. That was fine, I cried too! But then I was all done with retreats, and the […]

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Wiser than I

October 27, 2014

For some reason my parents’ house prompts rummaging.  The kids rummage through the various books and toys, always certain they’ll find some unearthed treasure.  Jeff rummages through the pantry.  I rummage through books, photo albums, sewing room stuff, and occasionally my mom’s closet. Every once in a while, I find a gem. This time, my […]

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The End of Mommy-Guilt

October 24, 2014

“Dear God, please help Mommy not be sad at her retreats because she misses us.” Oh sweetieboy. We were sitting around the dinner table. Jeff had asked each of us to pray one thing for someone else. This was Dutch’s prayer. The last weekend’s goodbye had been tearful. Dutch and I had held each other long […]

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3 ways simplifying might save your sanity {SimpleHomeschool}

October 22, 2014

I have this fantasy of fleeing into the far-off woods and living off-grid. In my (unrealistic) fantasy we live off the land with no iPhones, no trips to Costco, no internet, nothing. Whenever this dream crops up my husband shakes his head and patiently waits for it to pass. It always does. We love our life […]

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Simplified schedules and meals

October 20, 2014

Finally, we’re back to simplicity! The fact that it took me two weeks to get back to this series is proof that life is anything but simple. Emergencies happen, sleep doesn’t, and people inevitably get sick. But here we are and I’m happy to share the last two components of our Simplification Overhaul: Schedule & Meals. (Read here about simplifying Toys and Clothes) […]

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Marriage is hard …

October 17, 2014

{Today we’re welcoming Kurt Bubna, a brother in Christ and NW pastor. Kurt has a recent-released marriage book: Mr. & Mrs.: How to thrive in a perfectly imperfect marriage. Perhaps this is one of the ways you can continue to fight for your marriage. Have a wonderful weekend–thanks for reading!} ~ Many years ago, the […]

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