Friday, October 3, 2014

"Happy" Halloween?

My birthday happens to be on October 31st - yep, Halloween night.  As a result, I have had a long history progressing from celebrating Halloween as a child for my birthday parties, to not celebrating it at all with our children now.  And people seem to assume that because I was born on that day I therefore must know a lot about Halloween, and they always ask me questions about it.  *chuckle*  So as a result I have tried to educate myself over the years to be able to use my birthday for Christ; to use the questions as an open door to "unmask" the truth about Halloween for those who really want to know.  



Here are my answers about Halloween, and what scripture says about celebrating it.  There are the short answers for those people who ask a question in passing or out of politeness, and there are the longer answers for those who seem to really desire hearing more truth about it.  *smile*  When people question me I continue answering questions as they continue prompting for more information, and they stop asking when they're "full".  *laugh* 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fall Schedule 2014 - (for nine children: ages 16, 15, 11, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3 & 3)

I have consistently received requests from readers to see my current schedule for our family of 11. *smile*   And I'm so happy to oblige!  I have a topic in our home page "Topics" list where I will post our new schedules as I create them for the beginning of each school year in the fall, and one for the summer of that year.  So here is our Fall and school year  schedule for 1014- 2015 if you're interested to see it.  Hope it's helpful, and I'm happy to answer any questions you have about it.  


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Five Suggestions for New Homeschooling Parents

I was recently interviewed by Natasha Trudeau of the website and blog, Christian Homeschool Supplies, and she asked me to answer a question that I thought would be valuable for our readers as well.  *smile*  Here is the question,

"What are five suggestions you would give to new homeschooling parents?"

Monday, August 18, 2014

DOWNLOADS - Charts, Lists, & Scheduling

If you would like to download (for free) any of the charts, lists, or scheduling templates that I've blogged about please feel free to do so from Drop Box at any time. If there are any documents that you wish to see here that I have missed please feel free to request them.  *smile*


Blessings on your efforts!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Schedule 2014 - (for nine children: ages 15, 14, 11, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3 & 3)

I have consistently received requests from readers to see my current schedule for our family of 11. *smile*   And I'm so happy to oblige!  So I now have a topic in our home page "Topics" list where I will post our new schedules as I create them for the beginning of each school year in the fall, and one for the summer of that year.  So here is our Summer 1014 schedule if you're interested to see it.  Hope it's helpful, and I'm happy to answer any questions you have about it.  


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Making Sweatshirt Capes!

Our 4 boys always love to play the hero! Strong, victorious and mighty!  *smile*  I saw this idea for making capes on a boy at a local park near our house and thought it was brilliant!  I purchased used sweatshirts for our boys and turned the sweatshirts into capes. There is no sewing involved and it was very simple. I only needed a pair of scissors and some Fray Check... Here's how I did it. *smile*

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Managing My Time, part 1 of 2


Do you ever feel like you're just jumping from one thing to the next without time to think? Without being able to keep track of planned events and making sure that you're energetic and ready for them when they happen? Do you have a place for important papers and information where it can be located quickly and easily? Are you able to utilize those 5 minutes that you suddenly have, without wasting them just trying to think of how to use them? *chuckle*  Do you manage things like grocery shopping so that it can be efficient and easily manageable; and home maintenance with vitality and the help of the family? Well these things are very possible...and so much more.  *smile*

So far I have written over 47 posts for you on the organization of home and family.  *smile*  Amongst these I have been asked many time how I manage my time at home with a large family.  So in this post I'll share with you t why it’s valuable for moms to manage their time, and then how I do that using my desk, a calendar, a day planner, how I organize reading material, grocery shopping & errands.  After I published this post the first time a dear friend asked what my strategies are for organizing bills, mail, and coupons, and I realized I should have included those as well!  So in part 2 I cover those additional ways I manage my time.



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