But one day, we just began. We jumped into the homeschool thing. And we have had a BLAST!
My inadequacies with teaching are still abundantly clear, but we have discovered ways to get knowledge into our 5-year-old’s brain in vast quantities through memorization while still having lots of fun. We work our homeschool program around the Classical Conversations curriculum and it has been such a wonderful fit for her.3
One of the most interesting things CC teaches kids is memorization of basic math facts. A typical Classical Conversations year includes learning new information about history, science, English, and Latin. But every year, no matter what else is on the agenda, the math facts kids are exposed to are the same. Continue Reading
We have been slowly working our way through John chapter 1, using a modified inductive study method. We focus on asking lots of questions and reviewing the information a LOT! In the short time we have been working through John, we have learned much of the content. For more information and to discover how we walked through the first part of John, check out the previous post in this series.
Here are the simple ideas we used to learn John 1:6-8. Our girls are 4 and 5 years old. Continue Reading
Our girls have been in Awana this year and have absolutely loved it. W is a Cubbie, learning short Bible verses every week with the help of a rockstar leader. And G is a Spark, having a blast each week, playing games and learning about Jesus! All the leaders for the Awana program we go to demonstrate a dedication and love for these kids and the Lord every week. We are so thankful for them!
We were working on making some holiday gifts in the kitchen the other day and I had a flash of inspiration. We made the most amazing Christmas “Candy” and I was thinking about who we could give it to. (If I don’t give it away, I will eat it all!) And I had a sudden inspiration for a super simple Awana leader thank you gift. Continue Reading
The convenience factor for StitchFix is sky-high. The looks they send in their Fixes are super chic. And the service they provide is so WORTH it!
What if your Fix goes completely WRONG? What do you do? Do you chalk it up as a loss? Or do you complain? And if you complain, how do you do it?
I have been using StitchFix to help out my wardrobe woes for about a year and a half. I don’t get a Fix every month. Just when I know there is something missing in my closet. And I have had an incredibly positive experience with their service so far.
But last month, I was as specific as I have ever been in the comment section they ask you to fill out when you schedule your Fix. I thought I was going to get exactly what I had always been dreaming of!
The result: really WRONG!
So, I worked through the process of returning the items and had the difficult email conversations that come as a result of shopping on the internet. And I came up with some tips to make it easier for you, while making it absolutely fair to the company I LOVE, StitchFix. And I thought I would share with you what to do when your StitchFix is wrong. Continue Reading
Some of my favorite memories as a kid involved decorating our house for the holidays. Popcorn strings for the tree, oranges spiked with cloves for the dining room table, Christmas countdown chains! There must have been a latent homemaker in my little kid heart from the beginning. And now our girls are loving the process of getting ready for the holidays with decorations and activities leading up to the big day!
We do a number of things to try to get our house and our hearts ready to celebrate Christmas. It has been such fun to create traditions with our girls. One of our favorite things is our Christmas book basket. I put it out on December 1st for the kids to dig into all month. And every few days, I try to come up with an activity that goes with one of the books in the basket.
The sheer size of the Bible can be overwhelming when you approach it to study it. Where do you start? How can you possibly know all of the information inside? How can you begin to understand what men and women of God have pondered and debated for centuries?
And the answer could be discouraging:
You, in your own strength and with the power of your own brain, cannot understand this book. It is too much for you.
Before you click away and go off discouraged from studying the Bible altogether, let me assure you:
there is still hope for you.
There is a way you CAN understand the Scripture. But it is outside of you. Understanding comes only from one source – God! The most exciting part of the study of God’s Word is that He (the author of the book) comes alongside you and becomes your teacher!
Today I have some simple things to say about God, the Teacher of the Word. I hope you will find encouragement to continue the habit of studying the Word of God.