Your Beloved {Day 15}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day Fifteen Your Beloved Scripture Memory: “My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” Song of Songs 2:16 Download the .pdf version of this article. After a while married life can get in the way of your love life! I touched on this yesterday, but I want to reinforce the importance of romantic love between you

Family Adventures July 2015

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We have had a fantastic summer. July has been busy, but lots of fun. Lots of good memories! Some new things this month were Hannah and Laura started taking gymnastics – fun! There’s a local girl who’s teaching gymnastics and dance and Laura has been asking for a while to try gymnastics. I think it’s going to be really good for both the girls. I’m

The Perfect Mom

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I’ve always wanted to be the perfect mom. And the perfect wife. Really, I’d love to be a perfect person! Unfortunately, I’m not a perfect anything. For years my expectations for myself were incredibly high. It didn’t matter how many obligations I had. I was going to cook three delicious meals everyday, for 7 people or more. I was going to make homemade bread several times

S is for Scavenger Hunt

{ABC's of Summer Fun} S is for Scavenger Hunt @

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your kids this summer? Or maybe with a group of kids? Scavenger hunts are exciting for kids of all ages. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. I love doing nature scavenger hunts with my kids, but I think it’d be a lot of fun to try some different themes! S is for Scavenger Hunt

R is for Reading Challenge

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R is for Reading Challenge I am so thankful that all of my kids love to read books. I didn’t love reading books until I was about 12 years old, but from the time I first fell in love with books I never stopped. And it was a summer reading challenge program that first gave me a love for reading! Today I’m sharing a great list

The Disconnected Family

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 72 You can read the rest of this series here. Scripture Memory: We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way. James 3:2 A few weeks ago, I was on facebook and noticed a “status” on a friend’s page that went something like this: Family time: Mom’s on iphone, daughter’s

Our Summer Schedule

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Our Summer Schedule In my book, summer is all about having fun and making memories. One of the reasons I love being a stay at home {work at home} mom is that I get to choose my own schedule. Since my husband is a pastor, his schedule is flexible, too. Well, having said that, I should point out that being a pastor is not all

ABC’s of Summer Fun {O is for Outdoor Movie Night}

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Outdoor Movie Night In our house, summer is a time for being laid back, loosening our schedule, and making fun a priority. Hosting an outdoor movie night for your family and/or friends is a great way to make something ordinary {movie night} into something the kids will remember for a long time. Of course, any time you can see a movie on the big screen,

ABC’s of Summer Fun {N is for National Parks}

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ABC’s of Summer Fun Over the years our family has enjoyed visiting many national parks around the country. We have plans to visit several this summer! On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant established Yellowstone National Park as the country’s first national park, but the National Park Service did not come into existence until 1916. Without a doubt, National Parks are one of America’s

ABC’s of Summer Fun {M is for Marshmallows}

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M is for Marshmallows You can find the rest of the series here. We have this fire pit in our front yard – it’s nothing fancy. Just a few large rocks in a circle. And we have two picnic tables plus a toddler size picnic table to accommodate our large family. We have family gathers on a regular {often weekly} basis in our yard during