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Leah Hudson

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A Simple Christmas Tradition: A Pickle and a Gift

add a pickle search to your Christmas holiday traditions - ideas for making it a favorite tradition with your kids

My husband is notorious in our family as a lover of pickles.  He is a particular pickle lover – he only prefers peppery pickles.  Sorry, couldn’t resist the alliterations!  Anyway, we received a pickle ornament some time back because of my husband’s well-known passion for pickles (I may or may not stop).  Attached to our pickle ornament was a story of a pickle tradition in which a pickle ornament is hidden on a Christmas tree for children to find.  The first child to find the pickle receives a prize.  In the years following we have started to do this tradition with our kids.  And our kids LOVE it!  It is one of the only traditions for the holidays our kids discuss the moment we get the tree out of storage. Continue Reading

Growing Up, Nest Building

First Day of School 2018

What a beautiful homeschool space! I would love to learn here!

We just finished our first day of school for the girls (and AG, by surprise) in our updated homeschool space.  I know it is Labor Day. But Labor Day means Daddy is home and I have help for the day. We also have our first community day with Classical Conversations tomorrow.  I am trying to alleviate the busyness of the morning tomorrow whilst establishing an understanding that we do school AT home.  I had to explain this to the girls a few times because excitement has an affect on their ears!

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Nest Building

C-sections: A Survival Guide

c-section survival guide - 6 things you need to know
This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series Baby Days

1 in 5 are unplanned.  For our first baby I prepared to have her naturally (or as naturally as possible).  I read the books, prayed a lot, and psyched myself up for the big day when I.would.birth.a.human.  Then as the day approached our little surprise was breach – laying patiently on her side for the day of her (overdue) arrival.  We did all the things we could to try to turn her.  And she did!!  I felt her flip the night before the big day.  We got to the hospital and they did the ultrasound – she had flipped and was now sitting up straight – even more breach than before.

We made the decision: a C-section was necessary.

And suddenly we were in a whole new world.  We had no idea about what to expect, what to know, nothing.  We were just walking through the motions for the next few days with a new baby as new parents, me recovering from a major surgery.

Here is a bit of our story, told to illustrate the simple things I have learned about post-cesarean recovery. Continue Reading

Pennies from Heaven

Simply Saving Money for Disney

methods for saving money for Disney World - these 4 methods have saved hundreds of dollars off of the perfect family vacation

After months and months of waiting, I finally have gained permission to start planning our Disney World trip in earnest!  I started a little while back (before baby #4) and have most of the “plans” in place ready to be carried out.  In the meantime, I have been slowly saving money for Disney World.  It is not a cheap prospect for us!  But I am softening the blow to our bank account by employing some simple methods for saving money for Disney.

I have written before about our most successful method of saving money.  By this method we have purchased a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer combo, a custom leather sofa, and a backyard playset for the kids.  And I am currently stashing money away for our Disney trip that way, too!  But I have some other methods for saving money for Disney I want to share with you.   Continue Reading

Growing Up

Awesome Alphabet Books

Awesome Alphabet Books - must have Picture books for little learners

We have some young alphabet loving learners in our house!  It started early for my oldest girl and I think she passed it down to her sister and her brother.  G was able to sing the alphabet (with some little stumbles) at 18 months.  And just a couple months later, she had the whole thing.  Then she started working on learning the letter sounds.  By the time she was 4 she had just started reading (through a combination of phonics and sight words) without me “teaching her to read.”

To a lesser extent, W (5 years-old) is interested in the alphabet.  She has known all the letters for a long time and is proficient at writing them, too.  But she is less interested in finding out what sounds they make.  Teaching her to read has been an extended process which requires much patience.

And on her heels is AG (2 years-old).  In love with all things letters and books, he is well on his way to becoming a reader.  His most requested picture books are alphabet related.  And he spends much of his time identifying letters.  And he loves to match the “big” letters to the little letters.

I share this as an awed observer because kids (in general) amaze me.  They are seriously little sponges that make learning look completely natural and fun!  The way learning should look!  I did very little to help my kids fall in love with the alphabet.

But as I sit back and wonder at my kids and their learning to read without me, I try to evaluate.  I think, “What made this possible?”  And I come up with two specific things over and over:  Continue Reading

Devotion

Comparing Inductive and Deductive Bible Studies

How to compare inductive Bible study and deductive Bible study.
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series You DO Have Time for Bible Study

I don’t spend much time in Christian bookstores.  I have found that shopping for the latest Christian bestseller is usually a waste of time and money.  The sheer amount of worthless books I have to sort through to get to the worthy ones is overwhelming.

But, I do wander into a Christian bookstore every now and then.  Even though I know what I am looking for, it can be hard to find it.  The shelves are filled with books offering solutions to problems, theological perspectives that are popular and unpopular, and LOTS of Christian fiction.  Since I don’t read Christian fiction, I tend to find myself in the non-fiction aisles more often than not.  And what is to be found there is a conglomeration of options that can be quite confusing.

Today, I am going to try to help sort out the books you can find in the Christian bookstore and offer some comparisons, so you can make the best choices the next time you need a new Bible study.   Continue Reading

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