Change your routines, change your life. Just as the Grand Canyon was created over time, our routines can change our lives over time. Image of an aerial view of the Grand Canyon.
Personal Enrichment

Change your Routines, Change Your Life

Routines. You may hear the word routines and think, "Tired. Monotonous. Boring!" We all have routines, whether or not we call them routines. We have breakfast every morning before we start school. We prayer together as a family every evening. These are  some of our family's routines. A routine is not something we do once… Continue reading Change your Routines, Change Your Life

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Family

Fun Family Date Night

Do you crave time as a family aside from the day to day activities and responsibilities? Time to have a picnic or play games together, or time to just be together to enjoy each others' company? This is what family date night is all about--creating downtime to have fun and just be together as a… Continue reading Fun Family Date Night

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kids

Planning a Kid Date Night

So, did you read the title of this post and wonder to yourself, "What is a kid date night?" Well, I will tell you. When my husband Alex and I were married, we knew we wanted to do all we could to forge strong bonds with our children. We wanted to make sure they felt… Continue reading Planning a Kid Date Night

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Homeschool

5 Steps to Successfully Planning Your Homeschool Year

One of my favorite times of the school year is the spring. I look forward to the winding down of our current homeschool year and the beginning of planning for our next one. Each year I follow the same format for planning. Since I started doing this, planning is not so overwhelming or intimidating to… Continue reading 5 Steps to Successfully Planning Your Homeschool Year

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Homeschool

5 Steps to Successfully Organizing Your Homeschool Year

A new school year is approaching. You have selected and purchased the materials you chose for the year. Now, if you are like me, these materials are in a pile or two on a flat surface or on a bookshelf, waiting. Now what? Does seeing the new materials make you smile or feel panic? Are… Continue reading 5 Steps to Successfully Organizing Your Homeschool Year

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Faith, Personal Enrichment

Learning to be Greatful

Before I get into the heart of this post, I want to say that yes, I did spell greatful that way on purpose. To me, a grate is a grid or part of a cheese grater, not a condition of the heart. Our hearts can be great in love and gratitude; they can inspire us… Continue reading Learning to be Greatful

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Faith

Learning to be Like Mary, My Mother

Growing up I wanted to learn about Mary, the mother of Jesus. I was named after her, so I was also curious to learn about her. I had the idea she was quiet and in the background of Jesus' life. I tend to be a quiet person myself. In fact, when I was little I… Continue reading Learning to be Like Mary, My Mother

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kids

Keeping Track of Kids’ Milestones

Baby books, journals, photo albums, online logs . . . How am I going to keep track of everything I need to and want to keep track of for my kids, especially when I have more that one child? Does that overwhelmed cry sound familiar? If so, I must have said it louder than I… Continue reading Keeping Track of Kids’ Milestones