A Fieldtrip for Medieval History: The Medieval Times Restaurant

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling0 Comments

School’s Out! This year, we studied a combo of Sonlight’s Core C and Core G, focusing on Medieval History. Our homeschool evaluator came this week, marking the end of our school year. I love paging through the kids’ portfolios and hearing them talk to the Evaluator about what they loved and learned this year. I usually just sit back and listen … Read More

The Big Family Book Party: May, 2017

LauraAll Posts, Books

Although April showers are bringing May showers around here, we’re celebrating this month’s Book Party with flowers anyway.  Here’s what we loved in April and recommend for your May. 🙂 For the adventure-lover: The Green Ember series is sweeping the young adult and read-aloud communities by storm. Lia is the first person in our family to “hop” into the series and, boy … Read More

The Top Ten Resources that Have Made and Saved Our Marriage

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Stillbirth

Ryan and I are coming up on our 15 year wedding anniversary: years packed with happy memories full of laughter, intimacy, service, growth, dreams, wackiness, and adventure. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that our journey has also included many dark valleys. We’ve struggled through infertility, the struggle against sin and heartache from the past, intense arguments, pre-term labor, … Read More

We Can Change Our Husbands, After all! (What Happens When a Wife Believes the Gospel)

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Ministry

“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.” Proverbs 12:4. A friend asked me to tackle this question on my blog, “How can I be a “crown” to my husband?” She’s been thinking about Proverbs 12:4 and wants to figure this wife-thing out. (This is the essence of a … Read More

Make the Same Meals Every Week: 5 Surprising Benefits

LauraAll Posts, Food, Healthy Living, Motherhood

Food used to be my biggest headache… There was a time when I would spend several hours composing our menu each week, downloading new recipes, ripping recipes from shiny magazines, and paging through my pile of cookbooks for inspiration. My grocery list would be a mile long with new ingredients that I never bought before and may never use again. … Read More

The Birthday Book: THE answer for that ever-growing stack of greeting cards

LauraAll Posts, Holidays, Motherhood

Do you have a stack of greeting cards that will sit in a precious little stack for the rest of time? Do you wince when someone in your family spends $4.99 on a greeting card that, let’s face it, will just sit in that precious little stack for the rest of time? Do you want to treasure your family’s sentiments and … Read More

The First 7 Years: What Really Matters in Early Childhood

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Motherhood, Preschool, Toddlers

“Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.” – Aristotle Oh Aristotle, you always stop me in my tracks.  Seven years old, huh? That’s all the time I’ve got to shape my child?? The years before a child begins grade school are the most formative years of his life. We moms know this. … Read More

Easter Traditions: Resurrection Eggs and Easter Sunday

LauraAll Posts, Holidays

We’re getting ready to begin our annual journey through the Easter Story with our Resurrection Eggs. Each plastic egg contains a small symbol from the gospel story – a donkey, silver coins, praying hands. For the 12 days before Easter, we open one egg each day, gradually telling the story. I read a little picture book called “Benjamin’s Box: The Story of … Read More