30 Day Flower Photo Challenge

flower photo challenge

  I know, I tried a photo challenge last year and I never finished it. Horrible! But, I'm trying again! I've been taking a lot of nature walks with the kids lately and I'm realizing just how little I know about local plants. I'm so ignorant of what is in nature that I'm actually a little bit embarrassed about it. So, my challenge [More...]


Plain Faith: Book Review

Plain Faith

Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish By Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, with Tricia Goyer Published by Zondervan Publisher's summary: This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young [More...]

Garden Update (Finally!)

vegetable garden

I've been meaning to do garden updates pretty much ever since I planted the garden in the spring. I'm finally getting around to it! Last year our garden didn't do very well. All of our tomatoes got blight. Our strawberries all got mold. Several other vegetables didn't thrive (I can't even remember what all we had now.) We definitely lost money [More...]

Chicken Pox!

chicken pox

Yep, that's what our week has been this week. Our eldest started with chicken pox on Sunday. He's been pretty miserable and complaining of pain on and off. I vaguely remember having them when I was 7 or so, but I don't remember being in pain. Poor kid! Oatmeal baths have been his friend. He's starting to be on the mend though. I didn't [More...]

Book Review: The Revealing

the revealing

The Revealing, by Suzzane Woods Fisher Publisher's summary: Naomi King has the gift of intuition---but most Stoney Ridge residents dismiss her hunches. When a young woman reveals a shocking secret about Naomi's beau, Tobe Schrock, Naomi can't ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work. As events spiral out of control, will she [More...]

8 Life Lessons Learned from a Nature Walk

nature walk

I've been taking the kids on fairly frequent nature walks so that they can become more familiar with, well, nature. The birds and bugs and plants. To become more observant. But I've been learning myself that there are a lot of life lessons to be learned on these walks as well. Lesson 1: Obedience. If mom says to stay off the parking lot, is [More...]

I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will: Free Charlotte Mason Printable

charlotte mason printable

  Over the past several months I've been learning about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling and have slowly been incorporating her ideas into our homeschool. I am very attracted to her ideas of short, engaging lessons, use of living books over textbooks, and the inclusion of artist, composer, and hymn studies into a child's [More...]