Transition, For the Love, & a Giveaway!

When I look back on this year, I will probably label it “the transition year”. It’s that kind of year. We’ve transitioned from a family of five to seven (and are figuring out how big families operate). Our big boys are transitioning from a semester of homeschool to public school. My baby boy is transitioning to kindergarten. AND, I am transitioning from being with kids almost twenty-four-seven for 9+ years to getting almost THIRTY HOURS a week to work, write and do whatever God’s whispers is next for me. I’m pretty excited. Have I mentioned school start…

Healthy Living: A Deodorant Recipe

If you’ve followed me for any significant amount of time, you aren’t surprised when I suddenly announce a new lifestyle change- whether it be the kinds of food I buy, do-it-yourself household cleaners, or personal body care. These things usually come from a newfound belief- whether it be new health studies, ethical practices, or a personal revelation as how I can live a more honest, healthy lifestyle. As I learn, I try to share as much as I can with you, dear readers, and hopefully we can all live a more healthy, honest lifestyle. Over a year…

Needing a Watchman

A couple of weeks ago I found myself reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I had it on my summer reading list and it was just the next book on the stack. But as I began to read it, things began to jump out at me. Comments here and there about religion, race, and the Bible. My ears perked up pretty high when one of the characters commented how the “foot-washers” believe “women are a sin by definition”. The story began to touch something deep within me. It brought up emotions in a fierce…

Our {Short} Homeschool Journey

This time a year ago I was diving head first into the world of homeschooling. Now, a year later, I’m kissing homeschooling goodbye and counting down the days till all FIVE of my kids head to school this fall. Here’s a little recap of our journey, what I learned through it, and why I’m changing course. Summertime is often when parents re-evaluate their education goals for their family, so if any of you out there are considering homeschooing, I hope this helps you in making your decision. Past School Experience Both of our girls started…