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Opening up my mama heart

I have a confession: I’m struggling with this parenting gig.

Most of the time Eli (almost 6) has on a very tough exterior that’s incredibly heard to break into.  On the outside he’s rough and tumble, strong willed and at times, wildly unpredictable.  So far, parenting him has been one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced [...]

Homemade chicken stock - the easy way.

We love chicken around here and I love making one chicken go as far as possible.

My favorite and super easy way to cook a whole chicken is in the crockpot. It’s so simple and so delicious. You throw the chicken in (breast side down), season and put on low for 6-8 hours. Really, what could [...]

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup

For a while now I’ve been trying to incorporate more beans into our diet as a main protein for one meal each week and have been so happy with this navy bean soup recipe, there was no way I could resist sharing it with you.

I have adapted this recipe to suit our tastes and we [...]

Crustless buttermilk pie recipe

YUM!  This is one of the simplest and yummiest desserts, ever!

It came to me via my cousin, Alisa and it’s either our grandmother’s recipe or Alisa’s mom’s (my aunt).



Crustless Buttermilk Pie

Colored pencil tips


I’m not sure when I came up with this idea (or even if it was really my idea in the first place), but it has been very helpful for us.

Sharpen both ends.

It’s really quite simple. Though a tad time consuming when it’s time to sharpen, they don’t need to be sharpened nearly as [...]

Christmas tree photography

I have read some tutorials lately to help me learn how to take better photos of my Christmas tree – they help with photos of other lights, too – so I decided to share some of my successes with you.

Note: I have had my DSLR for about a year and a half and am by [...]

Homeschool hurdle

I’m sure at one point or another every homeschool parent has faced some struggles or hurdles. I am currently one of them.

I’m wondering… What (if anything) do you allow your children to do/work on during read aloud time?

I am dealing with two drastically different personalities – both are boys and the younger one is only [...]

My husband - he's a keeper

My birthday was Monday. Michael was scheduled to leave on Sunday for a 2 week TDY and wouldn’t be here for my actual birthday so he planned our traditional birthday celebrations for Saturday afternoon.

Saturday evening, after the children had given me their hand made birthday cards and our traditional store-bought birthday cake, Michael sent Eli [...]

Encouraging Creativity

We have a box of packing paper (large sheets of plain newsprint) that’s been sitting in our garage for a long time and I really just got tired of shuffling it around, so I decided to put it to use.

We were working on a craft at our school table last week that required the use [...]

Deployment is upon us... again

Dear friends, I would love your prayers as we embark on another deployment.

We have the rest of this week with Michael – as he’ll be leaving for a 2 week pre-deployment training on Sunday – and then we’ll only have approximately one week with him when he returns before he leaves for 6 months.

If you [...]

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