Bad Homeschool Days Are Inevitable

25 ways to survive them

As we start another year of homeschooling, let’s talk about real life. There are going to be bad homeschool days, sooner rather than later, where you wonder what in the world is going on and why you ever thought this was a good idea. Anyway you dice it, raising kids, in general, and homeschooling them, in […]

The Simple Pedometer Goes High Tech

Fitness trackers offer something for every level

Pedometers have gone high tech in the last ten years. They are a great way to track your activity level, but some can monitor everything from your heart rate to your sleep patterns and report it to a central fitness app, usually loaded on a smart phone, to continuously track your health goals. They range in price from […]

Step 6: Walk Your Way To More Energy

A walk a day might keep the doctor away

When most people think of exercise, they think they have to join a gym or take a class. But every movement in our day is a form of exercise. So, to begin a habit of moving more is, itself, exercise. In our Step 6, we’re looking at ways to begin moving more, which will then […]

The Secret to Homeschooling Success

As a 13-year homeschooling veteran, I have one secret

Today is Day 1 of Homeschool 2017 at our house. My thirteenth year of homeschooling. I’ve graduated one child, and have four more to go. You won’t hear me brag about any of mine being geniuses. But so far, everyone can read, write complete sentences, and do basic math. They have some general idea of […]

Step 6: Simple Exercise Moves Your Health Goals Along

Walking is a good place to start

We’ve built five healthy habits in the last few months for our 12 Steps to a Healthier You Journey. If you’re still practicing them, keep up the good work. If you’re struggling or have stumbled on a few, keep trying. Every day is a great opportunity to make a new start. Now, let’s talk about […]

Life’s Manure Fertilizes Your Faith

Challenges aren't dead ends

Who started the rumor that God called Christians to a life of leisure, ease, and abundance? When and why did we start thinking that if it’s too hard it must not be God? Au contrare. We’re supposed to get muddy and beat up. If we’re not, then what in the world was Paul the Apostle […]

Kids Cooking Could Be The Best Idea EVER

Online video teaches kids to cook at their pace

Summer is starting to wind down around here. We have two more weeks before we dig out the books and start my 14th year of homeschooling. That number makes me slightly queasy. I’ve graduated one child, but I have four more to go. That means 11 more years. Now, I’m definitely queasy. You know something […]

Developing Relationships Is Hard Work That Pays Big Dividends

True wealth comes in strong relationships

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. In Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34, Jesus tells his followers to not bother with stockpiling things that will erode and rust or things that can be stolen. Instead, he encourages them to invest in treasures that are not affected by decay. There are few things in this […]

11 House Cleaning Hacks To Calm Your Chaos

Small chores make a big difference in the live-ability of your home

I love the expression, “Cleaning the house with kids is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.”  Doesn’t get more real than that.  When lots of people, especially children, live together in a contained space, messes happen. But don’t despair, there are house cleaning hacks for everyone. First, let me tell you up front, I am […]

Health Struggles Can Be Overcome With New Habits

5 steps down toward better health; 7 steps to go

Do you wonder if the people who preach good health actually live by their words? You know. Walk the talk? Everyone has health struggles. What’s the difference between the ones who talk about it and the ones who do something about it? I recently read a well-known blogger who admitted she was not as militantly […]