Berries, Birthdays, Books, and More!

We managed to get a few walks in on hot summer days to pick berries, before these recent days of summer rains and thunderstorms set in. On these rainy nights, we joyfully listen to the sounds of the storms and enjoy date nights at home after the kids are in bed. For our evenings together, we

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An Update

Thank you, dear friends, for your patience as I took a long break from this space. Those of who have kept in touch through social media or email (and in person) have truly been a blessing and encouragement through an incredible season of change.

The past year has been full, with completing my prerequisites for midwifery school,

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Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives

Awhile ago, I shared about a change we made as a family to ditch the chore charts for our children, in order to refocus our efforts and establish tools that fit our family values. In case you missed it, visit Keeper of the Home to read the full post, to see what we’re doing instead!

In

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Weekend Links {11.9}

In between midterm exams, I was able to do a bit of reading this week. Here are some of my favorite links. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

An Open Letter to the Online Community: Let Kindness Reign at Keeper of the Home

Leaf Stars- Craft from Autumn Leaves at 5 Orange Potatoes

The Happiest

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Thoughts on Screen Time for Children

A couple months ago, a friend and I were chatting about our hearts’ musings over “screen time” for our little ones. As homeschooling mamas, we’ve discovered many helpful aspects for learning, such as educational apps, informational videos, and online teaching resources. And yet, we wonder, how do electronics fit with the wholesome, gentle, peaceful

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Wrapping up Summer

What a whirlwind of a week we’ve had!

We were thrilled with the last-minute news that Calvin was accepted to paramedic school, so he has waded through the stacks of necessary paperwork, appointments, and orientation classes to begin the year-long journey.

I am heading into my last week of a required Childbirth Educator’s course, and am

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Our Homeschool Year

Many of you have requested details on what we are doing this year for our homeschooling. So, here is my annual post with all the details! I am a “mish-mash” homeschooler, combining various methods and resources, and using what works best for us.

I rely on the free Charlotte Mason curriculum from Ambleside Online,

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Tools for Peaceful Parenting Without Fear

Now that we are in the midst of the “back-to-school” season, I am sharing some of my heart at Keeper of the Home this week. Join me there where I’m looking at some Tools for Peaceful Parenting Without Fear.

It is my goal that my children will experience peaceful parenting, not fearful parenting, so I try to

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Now He is Four.

Dear Sweet Boy,

Four years ago, you took your time wriggling your way into our arms, and it has been incredible to watch you grow into a strong, dedicated little boy (just what your name means!).

In the past month, you’ve grown an inch and a half! You’ve

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Glimpses of Gifts

The summer days are passing quickly, and moments are full of passing glimpses of gifts.

My little girl in a dotted tunic, dancing with the chickens around the future site of her auntie’s upcoming wedding…

My busy toddler, speeding around in curiosity, stopping only to visit mama for a quick kiss on the “bumps

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