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    Book Reviews,  Holidays,  Homeschool,  Lifestyle,  Winter Fun

    Our Favorite Christmas Books

    In case you didn’t know, we love to read. Claire has always loved being read to, even as a baby. I remember her as a 14 month old, sitting and looking at books by herself for 30 minutes at a time. Clearly, I passed on my bookworm tendencies. Last week, I shared about some of our Christmas traditions and ways we are making Christmas special this year (you can read more about that here). One of the things I mentioned was that we were reading Christmas books every day. Some of them were ones we’ve read before, but a lot of them were new to us this year. I thought I…

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    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…

  • Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    Moving Tips & Tricks

    Hey, there. Tiffany Doyle, professional mover, nice to meet ya. Just kidding. I’m not technically a professional mover, but I might as well be. I’ve moved 16 times in my life (7 times since Peter and I have been married). I’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way. If you’re moving anytime soon or know someone who is, hopefully my plethora of moving wisdom will be of some help. Packing Tips A color coded system I have done this for my last 3 moves and it is the only way to go. You can buy colored tabs to put on all the individual boxes, but I…

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    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…

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    Different Homeschool Styles Explained

    When you’re first beginning to research homeschooling, it can be intimidating. Even though I grew up being homeschooled, there was so much I didn’t know – and plenty of things I didn’t even know that I didn’t know. When I started looking into kindergarten curriculum, I thought it would be as simple as preschool had been. But I quickly found that there were a lot more options than I could’ve imagined. It made my head spin. So much of it was classified in certain “homeschooling styles.” There were articles, quizzes and links saying things like “What’s Your Homeschool Style?” or “Finding Our Homeschool Style” and the like. It was all…

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    Lifestyle,  Spritual

    When We Don’t Recognize Jesus

    Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. — Mark 6:45-48 Jesus walking on the water. This is a very well known Bible story. In fact, many people who haven’t read the Bible have heard some sort of “water walking” reference.…

  • Lifestyle,  Plant Based

    Why I Made the Switch to Plant Based Eating

    Hey, all! Today I’ll be sharing some of my very personal (and probably semi-lengthy!) journey to health with you. This is a subject that I’m still a little hesitant to write about, both because I feel like there can be a lot of judgment surrounding the way we eat and I have only recently found my footing and become more comfortable sharing. Let me preface this post with two statements. First of all, the choices I’ve made have been for my own personal health. The benefits I have found may not be true in your experience and that’s okay – no judgment from me whatsoever! I’m sharing what worked for…

  • Homeschool,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    Why We Homeschool

    “Why?” “Oh, I could never do that!” “But our public school in this town is excellent.” “What about socialization?” These are just a few of the (nicer) responses I’ve received when I mention we are homeschooling our daughter. In today’s society, there seems to be more acceptance of homeschooling than in the past. True, there are still those that think all homeschoolers are backwoods, ultra-conservative, socially awkward families that want to isolate themselves and their children from the world, but I think a lot of those stereotypes are falling to the wayside. While it seems like many people are supportive, there are a lot of questions about WHY we do…