• Christmas traditions
    Holidays,  Life Updates,  Lifestyle,  Winter Fun

    Ways Our Family Makes Christmastime Special

    Ah, Christmastime. If you’re a parent, you’re probably always looking for ways to make this season even more magical and special. In the past, our family has always done advent calendars. We began this tradition when Claire was two years old. I made an advent calendar to hang on the wall and each day had a Christmas activity and a Scripture to read. Fast forward a few years to 2017. I hung up the advent calendar, but we rarely opened the envelopes. Last Christmas was a very stressful season for our family, so that was probably part of the issue, but I also think it was difficult to maintain a…

  • homeschool first grade
    Homeschool,  Life Updates

    First Grade, Here We Come!

      Time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t believe Claire is in first grade! This is our second year homeschooling (third, if you count preschool). I love that Claire is so excited to start school. (If you’re curious as to why we homeschool, you can check out that post here) Our initial plan was to continue school throughout the summer (but probably a lightened version with reading lessons, math, read alouds, piano practice and nature studies). Summers are hot in the Midwest (not as hot as those of you in the South), so there’s not a ton of playing outside. I’d rather have the flexibility to take time off in…

  • Plant based meal plans
    Life Updates,  Plant Based,  Recipes

    Monday Menu Planning – Week 5

    It’s been almost a month since I have posted a menu! Honestly, I have not been doing a great job of sticking to (or even planning) menus lately. While we were moving, I had some leftover meals in the freezer and those were absolute God sends. I highly recommend prepping some frozen meals before moving gets too crazy, so you can still eat healthy, delicious meals. It will help you to feel your best (because, let’s face it, fast food every night makes you feel icky) and will save your wallet as well! Other than that, we just had salads, frozen veggie burgers from Aldi and easy to grab things…

  • 10 year anniversary
    Life Updates,  Lifestyle,  Marriage,  Spritual

    What Love Looks Like

    Ten years. A whole decade. A third of my life. That’s how long Peter and I have been married. At first it seemed easy to dismiss. After all, I know a lot of people who have been married for much longer than I have. But then I look at society around me and realize that many marriages don’t make it to the 10 year mark, especially for people who marry so young (I was 19 and Peter was 20). I have jokingly said that once I hit the ten year mark, I can confidently say that I will know half of one thing about marriage. There’s some truth to that…

  • church planting
    Life Updates,  Spritual

    Big News …

    And, no, I’m not pregnant 😜 I referenced in my last post that I was sticking to quick/easy/crockpot meals, because there’s a lot going on right now. I promised I’d share more about that, so here I am making good on that promise. On May 20th, Peter resigned from his pastoral position at our current church. We felt the Lord had brought us here for a season and very specific purpose. That purpose has been accomplished and the season is ending. Our last Sunday here will be June 3rd. So, what’s next? We are planting a church in IL! We are so excited. We have been prayerfully trying to reach…