Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Character Training For Children - A Core Aspect of Discipleship

Announcement - Character First Curriculum has recently greatly improved the way that they make the curriculum available to homeschooling parents!  It's wonderful!  We have modified the way that we teach this curriculum in our home now, and I will share that with you...

Have you ever told your children that you expect "patience" or "orderliness", "diligence" or "gratefulness" from them, only to have them look at you with a mystified expression on their face revealing that they have no idea what you're talking about?  Or maybe when you tell them that you expect this type of character they ask you "...Why?" and then find that you can't actually explain that character trait to them in a way they can understand and apply it?  I certainly found this to be true for me!  I began to discover how vague descriptions of character traits were to children and how that made character very difficult  to understand.  Let's look at,
  • What is "character" exactly, anyway?
  • Why should we care about character?
  • One of the ways we teach character to our children
  • Our monthly plan
  • How our own character can re-enforce or undermine our teaching efforts

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Modest Dress: The Heart of the Issue Surrounding Clothing, Sexuality & Biblical Femininity

Our family had always tried to dressed as modestly as we could in our pants, however I wondered why some Christian families had all of their ladies wear dresses or skirts.  I couldn’t find a scripture that said, “Thou shall always wear dresses or skirts”, and yet we continually saw beautiful, conservative families dressing this way exclusively and intentionally.  We’ve watched clothing trends moved towards less and less material especially for women and even worse, less and less clothing for young women and girls – and disappointingly, the church is less and less a haven of refuge from these trends. 

I'll share with you,
  • How and why we began wearing skirts exclusively
  • My 4 Original Objections to Exclusive Skirts
  • Creating My New Look
  • Changes of the Heart 
  • Online Resources
 (A sweat pants skirt and sweatshirt - one of my favorite outfits *smile*)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Schedule 2014 - (for nine kids: 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 for this school year here is one additional new one for us since we have made some big changes in our family recently such as no longer having any nappers (for the first time in 15 years!).  Eliminating naps required us to then rework our whole morning activity plan for the youngest 4 kids, as well as adjust bed times and wake up times for all of the kids. So here is our Spring 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.  

(Click to enlarge once or twice)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Organizing a Home: More Tips for Organization, part 2 of 2

In part 1 of “Organizing a Home” I shared with you some general principles of organization that I keep in mind for our home, and I shared with you why organization in a home is valuable.  I shared three rooms of our home and gave you tips on how we choose to organize each one, including photos:  The Play Room / Computer Room, The Kitchen, and The Master Closet.  *smile*  In this part I will cover the rest of the rooms in our home:

- The Family Room
- Hallway
- Our Desk
- Dining Room
- 3 Bathrooms
- Kitchen Pantry
- Linen Closet
- Master Bedroom
- Boys Bedroom
- Girls Bedroom
- Laundry Room
- Under the Stairs Closet
- Garage Kid’s Clothing Closet
- Garage “Mud Room”
- Garage Elliptical Trainer & Tools Room
- Storage Shed
- Back Yard

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Organizing a Home: Principles & Tips for Organization, part 1 of 2

Bob and I choose to organize our home just like organizing our time – on purpose.  We try to use all of the spaces (or minutes) efficiently and without waste.  Our stuff can manage us – controlling where we can go in our home, how we function there, whether or not we invite people in, and how much we enjoy being there – or we can manage our stuff and have freedom!  *smile*  Here are three main reasons we choose to organize our home.  If we’re not organized then we waste:

1.  TIME by looking for things we need, or shopping for things we already have;
2.  FINANCES by spending money on items we don’t need and already have but don’t know it; and
3.  ENERGY that we don’t want to waste!  
In this post, part 1 of “Organizing a Home”, I will share with you both some general organizational principles I keep in mind for organizing our home, and some specific organizational tips for how I organize three of the rooms, including photos.  Part 2 will be a continuation, how the rest of the rooms are organized including tips and photos as well.  I hope it’s helpful.  *smile*  The rooms I’ll cover in this first post will be:

- The Play Room / Computer Room
- The Kitchen
- The Master Closet

Monday, February 17, 2014

Our Home - A virtual tour of our favorite place to be

We would like to help you get to know us better by inviting you into our home via photo tour.  We will show you the floor plan and then each of the rooms inside.  Welcome.  *smile*

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Recipe Organization

When Bob and I were first married I had my recipe cards stuck in a little recipe box.  This quickly frustrated me as I could not see all of my choices before making a selection.  So, I designed a whole new system for myself!  *smile*  I've used it ever since.  Now I have easy visibility which enables quick decision making for meal planning, and quick access to every recipe.  I have places for small recipe cards and for my full-page recipes now which show doubled and tripled sizes of recipes for our growing family.  And I even have places for my cooking tips in each category!  *beam!*  Here's how I do it...

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