Morning time: what it is, whether or not it’s only for homeschoolers, and how we structure ours

Over two years ago, when my oldest was in first grade at a local public school, and I began exploring the idea of homeschooling, the term "morning time" kept coming up in various places where I researched. Some homeschoolers term this "morning basket" or "circle time," but the principle of the concept remains the same, …

A Day in our Homeschool: some principles, rhythms, values and resources

Several people have asked me recently to share what a day in our homeschool looks like. I want to begin by sharing some principles I've found helpful in the two years we've been homeschooling. I really feel like these principles can be applied regardless of if you homeschool - any time that you have with …

Motivation behind our goal-setting; the empty promise of self-improvement vs. growth for the purpose of blessing others

It's February, so maybe the talk of goals and new-year-new-you has died down a bit, but the self-imposed pressure can still linger, right? Those who are successful are sharing about their victories in their goals of weight loss, new habits, new learned skills, etc., and the temptation to do something and do it well is …

Obedient, cheerful generosity over practicality; some post-Christmas reflections

The post-Christmas blues. It hit me even harder than usual this year, which is weird because I had it all planned to be the opposite. You know, I had planned on leaving the decorations out until the twelfth day of Christmas, and keeping the Christmas music playing, and other similar festivities. But, for some reason, …

Christmas Gift Ideas based on what we’re gifting our children

Years ago we heard the idea of giving gifts that fit into these categories... something you wantsomething you needsomething to wearsomething to read For the most part, this guides our gift-giving for our children, although there are times when something we want to give them doesn't necessarily fit into these categories...and that's fine. 😉 I'm …