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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!

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Review: Experience History Through Music by Diana Waring

Music!  Oh sweet music!  Who doesn’t love music!  And who doesn’t really enjoy LEARNING through and with and about music?  Music can tell a story.  Music preserves memories, history, and even the feeling of an era.  History and culture just cannot be fully studied without immersing yourself in the music of the time.   That […]

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A Lazy Sunday!

Sunday’s around here are hardly ever lazy!  We are usually bustling about trying to get our rear ends out the door in time for church.  Not this week.  General Electric hosts a road race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation.  The Petit family were victims of a gruesome home invasion several years back.  Dr. Petit, […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year To You and To Yours!  Let 2014 be the best year ever!

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10 Days of Heart Parenting – Identifying Character Qualities to Address Problems

My children tend to go through phases.  It seems we will be cruising along and things are generally just fine.  Sure we have our moments that need correction and even a melt-down here or there but the atmosphere in our home is overall positive.  Then, seemingly out of nowhere everything gets turned around.  With no […]

Schoolhouseteacher’s.com Review

  Hello to you all!  Happy December! Today I get to talk to you about a what just might be an answer to prayer for many homeschooling families.  I’ve been given a membership to Schoolhouseteachers.com in order to share my impressions with you. Schoolhouseteachers.com Is actually an extension of a pretty popular and much beloved homeschooling […]

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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!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

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

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