giving thanks: cards of appreciation

  ‘Tis the season once again to search among the voluminous displays of Christmas decorations to find the one obscure endcap that acknowledges that we have yet to celebrate Thanksgiving. And while that is slightly irritating, I try to put my energy into helping our family focus on the practice of giving thanks before the … Continue reading giving thanks: cards of appreciation

book review: miracles on maple hill

In midsummer, in search of a great evening read-aloud, after a string of duds, I pulled Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen off the shelf. Although it was one of my favorite books when I was younger, I wasn't sure how my two boys and husband would like it. In my hazy memory of it, … Continue reading book review: miracles on maple hill

homeschooling with a temporary bare bones schedule

(Joining in today with Simple Homeschool's Day in the Life series) Our homeschool days right now look much different than they did when we started our first official homeschool year back in August. Then, everything was neatly planned out; work schedules and learning time meshed smoothly--we were a semi-well-oiled machine. Then, in December, I was asked … Continue reading homeschooling with a temporary bare bones schedule

winter hike

With an abundance of sunshine in our area, we took to the woods yesterday despite the cold temperatures. Everyone bundled up, and our winter explorations did not disappoint.     The more cautious among us brought along shovels and hoes "in case of snow", and were able to use them to dig "special rocks and treasures" out of … Continue reading winter hike