Charlotte Mason for the Daft (and a book give-away)

At the Book Store

I’ve been toying with Charlotte Mason for nearly a decade. I’ve “known” about her methods for longer than that. I have never been able to totally put myself in the Charlotte Mason box, though, even after becoming a bona fide veteran homeschool mom with a homeschool high school graduate attending college. In hopes that I […]

Advent Begins 2016

Amaryllis Christmas Flowers

I know it’s been a while since I blogged… in fact, I think this past November was the very first month I didn’t blog AT ALL since I began blogging in 2005. I am sure you can imagine, that a cancer diagnosis changes a lot of things, and I just let my blog take a […]

Beatitudes for Parents

What a Friend we Have in Jesus

I get a lot of junk mail, email, and information pushed at me as a blogger and homeschool mom – and let’s face it – as a human being. This week, however, as I got ready to trash another newsletter I didn’t have time to read, a date caught my eye in small print. 1895. […]

Creating New Family Traditions: Reformation Day and All Saints’ Day

Placing a Stone

Yesterday we celebrated Reformation Day with our crew at the bee-hive. There was Mexican food, pie (because why not have pie?), and lots of discussion about what the Reformation was and all sorts of church history trivia. We heard a nice little 15 minute devotional by Dr. Stephen Nichols. We watched “Luther” again as a […]

Teaching Kids to Care for Those Who are Less Fortunate: Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

It is hard to read the news these days with what is happening in the middle east. There are people being tortured, killed, separated from family, and children being sold into a life of slavery. Their pain is beyond what I can comprehend. Not just in this time of crisis with the fanatical soldiers of […]

Whoo Wants to Create Another Picasso?

Owly Handprints

In my house we love art. Not just the realistic kind that most people aspire to… but the whimsical. The abstract. The personal. I mean, there might be a thing as too realistic. When you can’t tell the difference in a photograph and a piece of art, why not use a camera? That’s what I […]

When Hollywood Gets it Right

Movie Goers

Don’t you love it when there are movies worth going to see at your local theaters that your entire family can watch? There were a few of them lately that we enjoyed enough to add to our DVD collection… and there are a few we are anxiously awaiting. Here’s a quick snapshot and blurb about each […]