My Rant Against Those Who Think SAHMs Don’t Contribute!

I’m a woman… whoa shocker huh? No really! I am a woman. I am a woman who happens to be a mother. I am a woman who happens to be a wife. I am a wife and mother who happens to choose to stay-at-home in order to care for my husband, my children, and my […]


Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms a Book Review

Book reviews are a lot of fun! Especially books meant just for me as a homeschooling mom! Summer is a fantastic time for such books as it is the time of year when I spend some time reflecting on the past year and planning for the year ahead.  I was recently given the opportunity review […]


Making Margins: Saying NO to Over Scheduling

When my oldest was just a toddler my husband and I began to seriously discuss the homeschooling option. We even dared mention it outloud to a few close friends and family members.  The first reaction was shock… not surprising as I had been a public school teacher.  Why would I choose such a radically different […]

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Review: Lessontrek Lesson Planning Software

Hello, my name is Crystal and I am a planner junkie!  I have been on the hunt for the perfect planner since I was in high school.  My search hasn’t ended yet!  So when a company offers to let me try out their new homeschool planning software and review it for all of you I […]


Review: HomeSchoolPiano

Music Lessons!  I am and forever will be on a quest to provide a musical education for my children at the most reasonable price I can possibly find.  I know a great instructor is worth their weight in gold, but as a mostly single income family… there isn’t much gold to go around.  So when […]


What Is God Really Doing On The Rough Days?

What is God Really Doing On the Rough Days? It’s was a rough day!  One child was up in the night with a fever.  Another has a pretty bad gash that may need stitches if the bleeding doesn’t stop soon.  The third one was displaying such an attitude that I felt about ready to rip my hair […]

Worship… there are so many ways!

There are so many ways to worship our living and loving God. In my church we sing contemporary music and lift our hands to Him. At home we sing the same songs and we dance as we do. Musicians worship with their instruments. Artists worship with their art. 2 Kings 17:38-39 Do not forget the […]


Encouragement for a Mother’s Heart… TIME MANAGEMENT! Ephesians 5:15-17

I struggle with Time Management!  Yep! There it is.  For all of you Moms who have looked at me and said… how does she doe it all… I don’t!  I don’t do as much as I could in any given day.  It just doesn’t happen.  There are too many time sucks in life and I […]

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God Bless America!

Happy Independence Day!


Do You Ever Wish You Could Freeze Time?

I do.  I write about this often on my blog.  My babies are just growing way to fast.  I joke with my boys that I want to just squish them back down and make them stop getting bigger.  Of course I’m just teasing.  So far I’ve immensely enjoyed each phase of my children’s lives.  But […]


Tenacity! CT Children’s Photographer

Are you tenacious?  What does that mean anyway?  I thought it might be one of those words I THOUGHT I knew the meaning of but perhaps I was wrong or off in some way.  So I looked it up.  Google is so my friend!  I realize it will be a struggle to teach my children […]

The Accidental Homemaker… My First Post at Purposeful Homemaking

Me, a Happy Homemaker?  How on earth did I get here? Photo Credit     The absolute last thing on earth I ever thought I’d be is a homemaker. The last thing I ever thought I’d WANT to be is a homemaker.  Some mornings I wake up and I think I must still be sleeping […]


Voice of the Martyrs and Helping Persecuted Christians Around the World

Did you know there are people in this world who are imprisoned, beaten, tortured, starved, and killed for their faith in Jesus?  It happens more often than I’d ever care to think about.  This occurs even in some countries that claim religious freedom. It is a hard thing for me to fathom as I am […]



A Little Look At A Great Girl

I have a number of photo sessions to blog.  Here is just one from a recent favorite… Ok they are all my favorites!  This is Sarah!  I had a ball with her! Be on the look out for her whole session soon!


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 2, The Basics of Shutter Speed

As an owner of a great DSLR camera I’m sure your goal is to take that thing out of auto and into manual mode so that you can have complete control over every photo you create.  Yesterday I brought you one step toward that goal when I introduced you to the exposure triangle and one […]


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 1, The Basics of Aperture

When you buy a great camera it is with the intent of taking great photos right?  Why else spend the money? Now a days you could just simply use your camera phone for adequate everyday shots that document your memories.  The fact that you own a great camera tells me that you want better photos […]


What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

Michelle and Tom said ‘I do’ today!  What  a wonderful day!


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