25 Days of Serving with Kids

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Christmas is my very favorite holiday.  I love the lights, the gifts, the parties, and most importantly, the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior. With all the shopping and parties, it can be difficult to set aside time to honor Christ at Christmas time.  For the last few years we have had an… 

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Trades of Hope Facebook Party & Giveaway!

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If you haven’t heard of Trades of Hope, go ahead and grab a cup of coffee and have a seat.  If you are anything like me, you will quickly find yourself pouring over the website, reading the artisans stories, and wanting to buy everything!  Trades of Hope was founded with the mission of empowering women… 

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Giving Thanks When Life Is Hard

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Background photo: Siddharth Mallya/Wikimedia Commons Last week I began planning our unit study on Thanksgiving.  I decided that I really want to take it slow and approach this holiday from all angles.  It is so important that my daughter learns to be thankful.  I decided we should memorize a verse on thankfulness.  I was going… 

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A New Focus on Intentional Parenting

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I am writing this post as a challenge to myself.  I have to be honest with you and with myself.  There have been way too many days lately where I after I put C to bed, I realized we didn’t have any intentional time together just for fun.  There may have been moments that we… 

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5 Tips for Homeschooling in a Small Space

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We live in a small two-bedroom apartment.  That doesn’t leave much space for a nice homeschool area. Over the last year I have had to get creative in order to come up with a functional homeschool space for us.  Since school time is fast approaching, I thought I would share a few tips I’ve learned for homeschooling… 

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God Stepped In

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 Photo Credit: Amanda44/Wikimedia Commons I don’t have many fond memories of my childhood.  My father was an abusive alcoholic, my mother was just trying to survive, and I didn’t have many friends.  I have a few memories of fighting, fear, and some especially traumatizing events.  I have even fewer memories of happy days.  I remember my… 

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Understanding My Gifted Child

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This year’s Great Homeschool Convention was fun and informative.  The most helpful session for me by far was “Uncaging the Cheetah: Homeschooling your Gifted Child” with Shelagh Gallagher.  When I first started homeschooling my daughter, I thought one of the benefits of homeschooling only one child would be that we could really take our time… 

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How to Find {or Start} a Homeschool Co-op

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I highly recommend participating in a homeschool co-op, especially if you homeschool an only child.  It is wonderful idea for so many reasons!  Co-ops offer: Support from the other moms A chance for your kids to see that other kids homeschool, too A chance for your kids to learn from someone else Field trips (at some… 

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Socialization and the Homeschooled Only Child

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  Is homeschooling an only child an issue? When I saw Carlie’s post on Facebook that she was looking for contributors from a homeschooling an only child perspective, I thought, “Hey! That’s me!”  I eagerly sent her an e-mail because I love this blog, but I didn’t expect to be chosen.  When I did receive… 

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