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How Do You Combat Homeschool Burnout? Every January I like to look at and evaluate several aspects of our homeschool.  Below are 5 questions that I ask myself to make the second half of our year dynamic! What programs/curriculum are working and what is NOT working for my family? What scheduling tricks seem to be …

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Celebrating Advent before Christmas is my favorite part of the holiday!  I did it with my family as a child, and it was one of the traditions that I carried with me when I started my own family.  The wonderful thing about Advent, is that you can do it in so many different ways!  I …

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In today’s world, it is so easy to miss out on the true meaning of Christmas.  There are constant reminders that Christmas is coming… Pretty trees, lights, decorations, sales, toys, Santa, stocking, etc.  In some countries the true meaning of Christmas is completely missed because they only see the “trappings” from America. I found myself …

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Have you ever wanted to approach topics from around the world with your children, but didn’t know how to go about it?  This World Awareness Prayer Journal will give you the tools you need to approach some tough topics in a soft way.  It will broaden your world view with a Christian perspective. Included In …

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You wake up late, the baby is crying.  The teen is asking for breakfast, and the tween is fussing because her brother teased her. The coffee spills all over the counter and soaks the bread, that you just made the day before and you were going to use for toast and sandwiches today. Your quiet …

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How do you enjoy fall in the tropics? 6 Ways to Enjoy the Season When There Isn’t One! {This post may contain my referral links. You can see my full Disclosure and Cookie Policies or my updated Privacy Policy for more details.} It is hard to celebrate the seasons when the weather doesn’t change.  How do you …

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My husband’s last remaining grandparent died today.  We weren’t there.  Sometimes that seems to be our mantra when thinking about our family across the world.  We aren’t there.  I am always afraid to tell my kids things that are going on “back in the U.S.”  Either they are sad because something bad has happened and …

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Sore muscles.  Skin hurts to touch.  Hips too sore to walk.  Stomach aches.  Sore throat.  And MORE!  My body was betraying me and I felt stalked by failure!  Homeschool, taking care of my family, being a good wife – all of it was more than I could bear. We were in the process of raising …

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  “Do all that you can to live in PEACE with everyone.” Romans 12:18 (NLT) When my firstborn child was little, I allowed my own selfish opinion and ego to get in the way of an important extended family relationship.  To me, it was too important to state my opinion and allow my mommy emotions …

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