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A Prescription for Tired Hearts

Our hearts were tired yesterday.

It’s been one of those weeks.  Nothing tragic, just recurring struggles magnified in the lives of some of the littles.  Struggles that bring stress to us all.  Mama, Daddy, babies.

Sometimes we just need a down day for our weary souls to rest and recover.

I try not to make this blog too homeschool-centric, but I have to say—this is what I love about homeschooling.  In an ordinary setting, the littles would be rushed off to school like any other day, but instead…

Our exhausted one sleeps in.  We move slowly through the day.  Our regular seat work is suspended and we fill our time with documentaries, The Magic School Bus, play doh, drawing, quiet learning games, library books.  I wear the one-year-old who has been a bit short on snuggle time during the past couple tumultuous days.  He falls asleep against me and the Ergo carries his sweet, sleeping, heavy little body on my chest as I go about my work.  It forces me to slow down.  Solo piano station on Pandora.  Encouraging reading.  Nourishing food.  Rest.

 And it’s a beautiful, healing day.

~Linking to Simple Lives Thursday~

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For the Children’s Sake Friday: March 16, 2012

“If we have any insight at all, we will quickly identify the fact that Christians begin from a very different starting point when thinking about education.  It is not merely a question of what we want to teach, who teaches it, or what exactly is right or wrong.  It is deeper.  We speak of who the human being is.  We do not have to achieve anything to earn self-worth; we know that the person is a creature of this planet into whom God breathed the spirit of personality.  Yes, we are created having that within ourselves which is so unique that God could say,” ‘Let us make man in our own image; male and female created He them.” “

~ For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, ch. 2

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Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas

On my Facebook, I asked for ideas for candy-free Easter basket fillers–just for myself.  The ideas from my friends were so good, I am passing them on to you!



water bottles








disposable cameras



coloring books


a small toy


jump ropes



nail polish

sidewalk chalk

play doh


laughing cow cheeses

goldfish crackers

fruit leather

change in different amounts

bug boxes



art supplies

a kite

beach towels and swim suits

silly putty


Don’t I have smart friends?


Blueberry Baked Oatmeal for a Crowd

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

6 eggs

1/2 c. honey

1 can coconut milk plus 1 1/2 c. water OR 3 c. whole milk

6 c. old fashioned oatmeal

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. vanilla

1-2 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen

Mix wet ingredients well, then add and stir dry ingredients.  Gently fold in blueberries.  Pour into oiled 9X13″ glass baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for around 35 minutes.  Enjoy with extra honey and cream!

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For the Children’s Sake Friday 3-9-12

“Get to know a child.  It may be your own or somebody else’s.  Don’t think of it as either a menial or a professional task.  Do it for its own sake.  I can assure you, the child will bring more to you than you can bring to him or to her.  A child can be the very best friends in all the world.  They are so responsive.  Their minds are challenging and wonderfully surprising.

Get a few really good books, and read them together aloud.  Set aside a good regular chunk of time.  This will be one of the most rewarding and stimulating relationships in your life.  Guess what?  If you have the courage to be honest, that youngster’s comments and questions are really going to make you think, think hard.  You can throw away all the manuals.  That child has an awful lot to teach you.  Your mind is probably in a worse state than his. After reading together, go to a really nice place outside for a couple of hours at least.  Don’t rush.  Turn a rock over and watch the beetles run away.  Throw rocks in the stream and slide down a hill.

Talk together.


It isn’t all as hard as the experts make out.  We are human beings, persons, created to live.  To have life more abundantly.  Wonder together; grow together.  Together share the struggles of knowing that we cannot perfectly follow God’s law.  We are fellow-pilgrims.  We walk side by side as human beings under the love and authority of Him who made us.”

~For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, ch. 2


Not an Expert


Recently I had the opportunity to write for a local parenting magazine.  My editor asked me to write “how to” pieces.  I was pretty thrilled for the opportunity, especially since this is my first paying gig, but I had to laugh a little bit too.  “This makes me sound like a total expert,” I told my husband—and we laughed together.  Because I am a mom in the trenches and most days I feel like I don’t have a clue.  I may be able to give some ideas about how to help your kids eat more healthfully or how to read aloud, but here are a few topics I will probably NEVER cover.

How to Keep a Tidy House

How to Make Your Kids Stop Fighting

How to Teach Your Children to Write Thank You Notes (I just cringe at how bad I am at this.)

How to Keep Your Three Year Old From Cutting Her Own Hair

How to Raise Musical Children

How to Teach Your Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

How to Have a Serene Home With Toddlers

How to Have a Great Bedtime Routine

How to Create a Perfect Schedule

How to Teach Your Children Not to Write on the Walls

How to Throw a Great Birthday Party

How to Have a Beautiful Yard with Kids

There ya go.  That’s just scratching the surface of the lamer side of my mothering.  I don’t do it all.  I can’t.  I do my best and lean on the grace of God, and just a tiny bit at a time I learn a lesson here or there that’s worth passing on.  Hopefully my kids will forgive me where I lack, and hopefully I will grow in those areas.  But an expert?  Maybe when I’m old and gray!  If expert advice is what you want, check back in 40 years!