Our 2014 Advent & Christmas Book List

2014 Advent & Christmas Read-Aloud Book List

A few truths about me: I love reading aloud to my kids. It’s my favorite way to “waste time” with them. I could spend all day in a library reading children’s books. Advent is my favorite liturgical season. In my home educator role, I’m learning that I’m energized when I can pick a little from here, […]

Why Rest On Thanksgiving If Not Every Sunday?

Pledge to Rest

Maybe you’ve seen the following image floating about social media lately? We agree. And we get it. We both have siblings who work in retail, and we understand the conflict that occasionally arises when choosing between providing for and celebrating with your family. And while we appreciate the push for a Thanksgiving Day fast from consumerism, it seems like […]

November Daybook

November daybook collage

Outside My Window … Even with falling leaves, bare trees, frosty mornings, and the extra work required to bundle up the kids, I think I love November about as much as October.  And wow, look at that there. The camera captured a smile from Jude! :) Giving Thanks … For my husband. We celebrated our tenth […]

Daughters, Fathers and the Activities that Strengthen our Relationships

Dad and me at Chicago Cubs game

I’ve heard it said that daughters carry their fathers with them even when they aren’t around. Today is the anniversary of my father’s death, so that phrase is on my mind today, a phrase that certainly rings true for me. I probably carry Dad in my heart even more today, five years later. September 30, […]

Thirsting for Holy Leisure: Our Decision to Homeschool

Lucy Homeschool - Year 2

When we started this journey, I’m not sure that Joel or I would have been able to even defend our choice to homeschool. So WHY, indeed are we even doing this? When the going gets crazy, and it did and does, what’s the overarching goal that we can come back to, to help us reset and regroup rather than prematurely throw in the towel? Well here’s a little behind our WHY, and it’s what I come back to when the going gets tough.

Six! The Year of the Roller Skates

Lucy skates - blue court backdrop

Six years ago today, at about at 2:00 in the morning, I labored our first-born child, a daughter we named Lucy, into this world. September 1, 2008, was also the first Monday in September, or Labor Day as we celebrate it here in the United States of America. I labored on Labor Day. I love that […]

Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

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Marriage is a lot like a roller coaster, fun and exhilarating, but also full of twists and turns, loops and corkscrews. So how does a marriage survive while routinely being thrown off track?

What’s one thing you can do to strengthen your marriage this summer, to lower the lap bar and fasten the seat belt so to speak? We share a few ideas; what are yours?