Make a Good Middle

August means back to school. In some ways, August brings fresh resolve to explore new opportunities and improve on the previous school year. Yes, even for homeschoolers. August is a new beginning, a time to learn new things while building on old lessons. All of this culminates in preparing...

The BEST egg-free brownies

adapted from the “Hershey’s Best Brownie recipe INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup pureed Pumpkin 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick) , melted (this recipe easily doubles to a...

Dream Like a Turtle

Stick your head out Some folks are easily swayed by the opinions of others. Some are more likely to say, “What other people think of me is really none of my business.” Each must make a choice, to remain stationary or move forward. Did you know that a turtle...

The Magic of Mindset

“Reason” is a more acceptable word for “excuse” When faced with a busy schedule, a new challenge, or confronting the things you don’t want to do, do you come up with a list of “reasons” to avoid action? The more “reasoning” you do, the easier it becomes. In this...

New Lessons from Esther

I’ve been teaching Esther in our young ladies’ Bible class. My favorite thing about teaching, whether Bible class, VBS, or homeschool, is how much I learn in the process. The past few weeks have been no exception. If you aren’t familiar with this short book of the Bible, it...

Learning to Fly

A very happy birthday to Eric Carle, author of  A Very Hungry Caterpillar. We enjoyed learning more about butterflies and making butterfly crafts and snacks. We also learned a little more about the author himself. Earlier this year, we played at the Eric Carle exhibit at the Mayborn Museum...

Have a Do Nothing Day

Happy National Solitaire Day!  Did you know that the traditional game of “Klondike” solitaire has been around for over 200 years? The age of technology certainly increased its popularity. Microsoft first included this game with Windows 3.0 in 1998 – in order to help people learn to operate the...

A Very Fun Afternoon

One of the most read books in our house has been A Very Hungry Caterpiller. Even before the kids could read the words, they had the story memorized (so did the parents, from reading it everyday). I enjoy remembering the funny ways the kids said some of the words....

Our Allergy Story

UPDATE: Four Years after the original post, I’ve edited this with the latest information and new resources. You can also join us in our kitchen here. Hello. My name is Angie and I’m a mother of allergic children. The struggle started early in my mothering career, during a time...

How Strong is your Signal?

Do you crave connection? Are you looking for more from your relationships? As our online presence grows, do we end up losing more of our real life? Facebook messenger keeps me connected to friends and family – extremely vital during my years spent miles or oceans away from home....