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A Scheduled Summer

I try hard to balance training children into young adults and allowing them to enjoy their childhood. Kids today grow up too fast, and if there's one thing I’m learning to appreciate in this season of life, it’s the cuddling up in a hammock and talking of nothing much....

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Virtues of Gardening

It has amazed me how receptive our children have been to the work and the enjoyment that gardening has brought. Maybe it’s the fresh air and the tranquility of all things in order. Perhaps it’s that kids, in a world full of consumerism and video games, simply enjoy the basics...

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Guest Ready

By working margin into your life, recognizing that fellowship is more important than being the perfect hostess, and making sure that there’s always a “company” stash in the pantry or freezer, being guest ready will become an automatic and natural part of life!...

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A Healthy Family

That well-rounded target we are aiming for could possible be the cause of a great deal of stress, both for us and for our children. As you lay out your schedule, plan a new school year, and fill in all of the extras, keep the health of your family in...

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Life Skills Practice for Elementary

Children don't automatically become efficient in organization or in keeping up with chores, no matter how many checklists, fun charts, or lectures we hand down to them. But, as your child progresses from elementary age to middle school, she will begin to understand the reasons underlying the foundation you've laid...

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Solid Decisions

Always remember, though, that your greatest confidence comes through the hope of Christ. If your decision is grounded in the clarity brought by his Spirit and is founded in the boundaries he has led you to set for your family, then rely on him also for the confidence to hold...

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Kitchen Clean-Up

For years, I would arrive at the dinner table completely drained. Cooking a meal after a long day of caring for young children and then immediately sitting down without the energy to converse with my family completely dampened the evening. ...

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Five in the Morning

Each of our families have different priorities and needs, but finding and planning a morning routine that can instill healthy habits as well as good character will not only be helpful to them, but will also help keep those early parenting years more structured and stress free....

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Enjoyable Cleaning

With five kids between the ages of ten to eighteen, it is much easier now than ever to whip the house into shape, but it hasn’t always been that way. Here are some tips I've learned from years with and without helpful kids!...

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Schoolroom Spring Cleaning

To avoid the inevitable disarray getting so disorganized that it becomes a chaotic snowball, regular “spring cleaning” is a necessity. Organizing our school stuff is a vital part of homeschool planning. If I’m scrambling to find things, I’m not at my best, and our school time suffers. I’ve learned that...

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Cleaning House

There is a fact about me that I have always been a little embarrassed to share. I hate housework of any kind. I have tried to narrow it down to my most and least favorite tasks, but the truth is that none of it appeals to me in any way. I...

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