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Can you believe January is almost over?  The first month of 2016 just flew by!

We’ve been at all the usual events over here at the homestead: homeschooling, meal-planning, carpet cleaning (we have a lot of spills!) and laundry.  We are thriving in our routine, and setting family goals for warmer weather!  But, in the meantime, I’m working through my reading list for 2016.  Below you’ll find a couple of my choices!  Have a great weekend!


This book was a fast read and so encouraging.  Kristen Welch has a wonderful way of expressing what parents need to grasp to help their kids understand the importance of being grateful.

“If we expect our kids to give in, they might. But if we expect them to be different, to make hard choices, they will surprise us.

“I think this is why giving our kids a world perspective is so important. It doesn’t make their day-to-day peer pressure less, but it reminds them that even though being different in our society can be challenging, it’s not usually life-threatening like it is in many places around the world. It’s not the kind of persecution that puts their lives at risk or places them in desperate situations where they have to make unthinkable decisions to survive.

“The bottom line is this: All the right-from-wrong-teaching, character-building, faith-instilling, intentional parenting that you’ve made a priority in your home is producing children who do not fit into the mold our society has deemed normal.”

See more at: We Are That Family



We Are that Family


Do you ever hide behind business? Relish in it? Find comfort in the meticulously planned day? Yes? Me too. Breaking Busy is next on my reading list.

 This beautifully written post by Alli Worthington explains how you can identify your breaking points and it helps you make a plan for avoiding a meltdown.

We aren’t like our phones with flashing numbers that tell us we’ve reached our capacity.

“But there are signs our body gives us if we’re paying attention, signs that may look different for each of us. For some the warning signs may be emotional. For others they might be physical, relational, or spiritual.

“But rest assured, if you are over capacity, you will soon find out— the hard way.”



What’s for dinner? Few phrases can stop me in my tracks like this one can. No matter how much meal-planning I work on throughout the month, I always seem to be short a simple dinner or two for those busy evenings. Enter freezer meals! Find a couple friends, make a favorite recipe and get together for an evening. I’ve done it, it’s so worth it!

“With routine come busier schedules, am I right? One game changer that I started one year ago was a group of women that were willing to come alongside of me and join a freezer meal exchange group that meets monthly. Because, let’s be honest, our families ALWAYS want to eat. This is where the group “Fix, Freeze, Feast” was born. I put myself out there and was very pleased with the positive response of women who were like “This would help me too!” “Count me in!” “Yes! I would love to join”. The true testament to their love was that they ALL decided to join again this year. I was so happy.”



Grab some coffee filters, sit down at your table and enjoy a break this weekend with your kiddos!  Make a couple extras for the special people in your life to brighten their day!



Lisa-Jo Baker, over at Surprised by Motherhood, has some revolutionary ideas on supporting moms who work outside the home. Let us know what you think!

“If you’re a working mom, this is for you.

If you’re a stay home mom who doesn’t understand why some moms would choose to work, this is for you.

If you’re a women’s ministry leader who wants to serve the moms in her church better, this is for you.

If you’re a single woman who hopes to have kids and a job you love one day, this is for you.

If you’re a husband trying to understand the tension your wife lives in, this is for you.

If you’re an exhausted working single mom, constantly weighed down by guilt and other people’s opinions, this is for you.

If one time or another you’ve been all of the above, this is for you.”

See more at: Lisa Jo Baker’s Surprised By Motherhood


How did you enjoy your weekend?  Let us know!