Review: UberSmart Software

Mathfacts! Everyone might not agree with me but I think my children need to have absolute mastery over their math facts.  In my opinion it’ll just make the rest of the mathematical education that much easier.  My oldest son who is nearly 9 seems to have this one step forward two steps back issue with […]


Welcome Baby Eliza

Our family was blessed to welcome little Eliza Grace into the world on July 31!  Her brothers, sister, and mom and dad are over the moon!  I know I’m biased but isn’t she just beautiful!


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 […]




Our family recently had the chance to review by Learning Wrap ups.  Our primary goal with this program was to help my children further solidify their math facts.  Memorizing math facts is a constant challenge around here.  Especially for my 8 year old Noah who would rather be dreaming about, and drawing, horses than anything math related. […]


Review: Teaching the Classics from Institute for Excellence in Writing

Literature, BOOKS, stories, other worlds, I just LOVE that stuff and fortunately my passion for all things in the world of literature has spilled over onto my children.  It’s difficult to get books OUT of their hands at times.  I want them to get as much from their reading as I can.  When I saw the […]


Our FIRST Official Day of School!

Today we launched our homeschooling journey!  To me this just seems like is a natural extension of what I’ve always done.  Some of the very same activities we did today we’ve done many times in the past.  In any case,  I wanted mark this day and fill it with fond memories and new traditions.  Of […]


Welcome to the world precious Baby A!

Welcome to the world precious Baby A! Every time I have the opportunity to photograph a beautiful newborn baby I just fall in love all over again. Every baby becomes my absolute FAVORITE baby. Baby A was no different. I just adored her and her family! The day of her session Baby A was a […]



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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