The holidays are over and we're off and running into a brand new year. Although my mind is refreshed from the break in routine, my body, well, not so much. So along with a new year and a renewed vision for our lives, I'm sharing with you, 6 ways for busy moms to have more energy so that we can live the life we so want to live! Get up early Although getting up early to have more energy seems contradictory, for me getting up even a mere 30 minutes before my family, helps me to be the mom I’d like to be. How? First, I start off by reading the Word and then some time for prayer. A cup of Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, our holiday preparations are entering their final stages. We are busy wrapping gifts, mailing the last of the Christmas cards, baking treats and goodies, and preparing our homes for the big day. For many of us that includes getting together with family members from both near and far. While this can be a great source of joy, in some circumstances it can become a source of dread. Childhood memories may be fond but as we grow and become independent adults, often our viewpoints and values take different paths. This can cause a lot of friction but with some Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Currently, we are reading and studying The Love Dare for Parents. We’ve already completed our fourth week of our study, day 20 of our 40 day challenge. And today, Marianne Sunderland,one of our lovely team writers, is sharing how God is faithfully working in her own heart through this study. If you’re interested in joining us for our online study, it’s never too late. In His Service, Carlie & Megan Last week Sarah shared beautifully how she and her husband were being challenged by The Love Dare for Parents to parent more intentionally. This study has been that for our family as well. Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
It is early days yet in this homeschool year. Many of us are still tweaking our schedules and figuring out new curriculums. These days can be difficult with the extra work for mom and extra time and effort required to ‘finish’ our school, making it difficult to get into a groove. You know, a groove - when you accomplish a reasonable amount of school, in a reasonable amount of time with a reasonable amount of trouble. As our family enters their 18th year of homeschooling, we are finding our groove more quickly than in years past. Experience has taught me to keep my expectations reasonable Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
For the past few months, our family has taken on the challenge of consciously weeding out more and more of the processed foods we have become accustomed to and working our way towards a more whole food based diet. There is a lot of talk about the benefits of eating whole foods but the reality of doing that, especially with a large family, can be overwhelming. Why Eat Whole Foods? Essentially whole foods, whether rice from the fields or tomatoes fresh from the vine, were created to nourish us with vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes to help us digest it all. Processing foods by cutting, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I listened as my two youngest daughters played and laughed together in the next room. Strangely, instead of the feelings of joy that you would expect those types of sounds to evoke, I felt a pang of fear. Does motherhood ever scare you? It does me. Having 8 kids ranging in age from 21 to 3 years old, I have already experienced several of my kids navigating the stormy teenage years, followed by pulling up anchor and heading outside of the relatively safe haven of our home. From driving, to friends, to finding their purpose, to finding their spouse--it is no small thing watching your Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
There is a lot of talk these days about being intentional. The longer I live and dream and long for my life to be one of purpose and excellence, the more I realize that without being intentional about my goals, I am destined to miss the mark. In our modern world, busyness and distraction are at an all-time high. How is a parent to step outside the craziness and grab hold of the ideal life? Be in Prayer Ultimately, if we are not in tune with our Creator, our lives are going to quickly spin out of control. We were made for this relationship. There is no better way to stop the noise than Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Photo Credit Successful parenting is as much about imparting wisdom to the younger generation as it is getting wisdom for ourselves. There are many voices clamoring for our attention - yet not all of them are worthy of it. Yet, how do we discern the difference? Sometimes, God has amazing ways of showing us! When our oldest daughter was about 9 years old, we lived on our boat at one of the local islands. We were there for the summer before our family set sail south, down to Mexico in the fall. It was a test of the boat systems and the family systems – to see if we could handle being Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
If you are a busy mom like me, you have a lot to get done and you pride yourself on your accomplishments. In fact, many of us measure the success of our days by how many items we were able to tick off of our to-do lists. Kids, school, laundry, cooking, cleaning, shopping, field trips, carpooling...the list goes on and on. It seems like almost every minute of the day is spent in overdrive, rushing to get from one thing to the next. We rise early to get a head start on the day and stay up late to squeeze a little more productivity into our 24-hour allotment. Even when we are doing Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Many parents who learn that their child (or as in my case, children) have a learning difficulty like dyslexia, can become overwhelmed at the implications of the diagnosis. They may remember having difficulty in school but it wasn't until the 1960s that the term learning disability was first used. Because of the many myths and misunderstandings surrounding learning disabilities and a fear of being stigmatized by family, friends or teachers, parents may not speak up about their child's problems. The truth is that connecting with other parents of struggling learners can be one of the best Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.