Four Principles of a Family-Friendly Job

When I worked full time in the corporate world, I was blessed to work for a company that was family friendly in almost every sense of the term. Most everyone in our 30-person office was married. Most of our outside staff were also family men and women. We had company parties that included spouses and […]

Can You Work AND Homeschool? I Do

It’s tough getting by on one income. Like tight with a capital T. I quit working full time when I was pregnant with my second child, the week after I finished my MBA. Great timing? We thought we were in pretty good shape. No debt, except the mortgage. A little savings. A budget. Boy, were […]

Testing My Resolution to Do Less

I expounded on my resolution to do less this year instead of more, but I have met my first resistance. The decision to re-up for another year of homeschool co-op looms on our horizon.  I thought I had a pretty good case to not return when I examined a few realistic facts. Fact #1: Expenses […]

Faith Isn’t A Formula. Teach It In Real Life.

Is there such a thing as teaching faith to children? I mean faith is one of those things you really have to experience to get good at. Sure an infant has “faith” that someone will feed him, especially if he cries loud enough. A toddler has “faith” that a parent is going to snatch him […]

Add the Good Food, and You Won’t Miss the Bad

I’ve said it again and again and again.  Diets are a drag.  Boring.  Torture disguised as some sort of food penance.  I like to read about them and then take great satisfaction in never doing them.  That is, if we’re talking about diets that center around one principle, such as a certain food,  institute an […]

Not Normal #2: Do Less, Not More

I am a habitual over-committer.  I can always find more to do until I make the Mad Hatter look like he’s on tranquilizers. Of course, when you look at just my normal life, you would think I have a reason to be busy.  I mean, I have five kids.  Just keeping them all alive is […]

Lavender Essential Oil: Heavenly Helper, Plus Two New Ones to Try

I mentioned that one of my new alternative health treatments is essential oils.  I have three favorites that I plan to never be without, and I’m trying a few more as I can.  I’ll try to review them here, so you know what I’m using and how it works. My three favorite oils are lavender, […]

Mid-Year Homeschool Update…Just Keep Swimming

We jumped back into school today with renewed vigor and determination.  Yeah, right.  Well, my kindergartner did, anyway.  I heard her screaming because her older sister said she was going to get her books ready.  The K-child flew into a rage demanding to go first.  Why couldn’t they all have her desire to “do school”?  […]

NOT Normal #1: Searching For Health In Alternative Places

My first NOT normal decision this year is to seek alternative medical advice and help.  I’ve had a number of health challenges over the last five years.  Some have resolved on their own, but most of them have stuck around and gotten worse.  I’ve seen doctors, had tests, had surgeries, taken this medicine and that, […]

A Year in Review: 2013

A lot happened in 2013. We bought a home and moved to our land. We setup a homestead, sort of.  Okay, we setup a small garden area. We bought a tractor. We bought chickens. We butchered chickens. We got eggs from chickens. We had a calf explosion.  Six in nine months. We stopped taking dance […]