Keeping journals: 5 ways your kids can start now

February 26, 2015
5 fun ways for kids to start journaling |

This year, we started homeschooling our kids, mostly as a way of sticking together as a family. Because of my husband’s job as a professional baseball coach, we move a few times a year. As we began our homeschool journey, I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t want to have a million pieces of paper […]

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Cheering each other on

January 4, 2015
Cheer each other on in marriage |

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary. Jeff and I were married on a cold January day in Norman, Oklahoma at a beautiful church. It was still decorated for Christmas, complete with poinsettias everywhere and a giant Christmas tree. Thankfully, our color scheme was red and white, so it worked. These were the days before digital photography, […]

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Merry Christmas

December 22, 2014
Alysa Bajenaru

I’m excited for this week. I’m looking forward to taking a break from social media, snuggling in close with the ones I love. Watching movies, sipping tea, telling stories and nibbling sugar cookies. I’ll be back at the end of the month with the year’s most popular posts and a look ahead to next year. (I’ve already chosen […]

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Simple Thankful Tree

November 23, 2014
How to make a simple Thankful Tree with your kids for Thanksgiving |

I wanted to do a Thanksgiving project with the kids that focused on being grateful for all the little and big things in life. As I started to peruse Pinterest, I realized that A) I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, and B) I didn’t want to spend a ton of time. So […]

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Sometimes it’s ok to break the rules

November 10, 2014
Sometimes it's ok to break the rules |

“Mom can we start today with painting?” I hesitated. After lecturing him last week on how homeschooling means there is no set schedule. On how he needs to be flexible in his expectations. That “school” is never really over. I almost said no. To the kid who does what is expected. Most of the time without […]

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Tiny glimpses of Heaven

November 7, 2014
Tiny glimpses of Heaven |

Sometimes I’ll be going about my day, just my normal everyday activities of teaching, writing, cleaning, cooking, when all at once my breath catches and I see Heaven shining down on my kitchen. Nothing out of the ordinary is happening, but all of a sudden it’s like someone flushed out my eyeballs because I can so clearly see […]

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A Day in the Life

October 23, 2014
A Day in the Life | #OneDayHH

I joined Laura from Hollywood Housewife yesterday to capture a day in the life of our family on Instagram. I’ve never done anything like this before, and while my Instagram followers may have been sick of my hyped up feed by the end of the day, I anticipate looking back on this collection of photos […]

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Peaceful Daily Living

October 1, 2014
Peaceful Daily Living |

Childhood is not an emergency. So why does it often feel like one? Hurry, hurry, hurry, we’re going to be late! We never have enough time! Finish your homework! Hurry up, let’s go! So many people have told me they would never have the patience to homeschool their kids. The word “brave” has even been […]

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How free can our kids be?

September 16, 2014
How free can our kids be? |

Our family just spent three months in Montana. Three glorious months when our kids could run and play outside all day long. We lived at the top of a hill overlooking a small town. This was our view from the front yard. Aside from being breathtaking, it was the perfect place for Joe and Leila to […]

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Just because I’m good at it, doesn’t mean it’s easy

September 4, 2014
Just because I'm good at it, doesn't mean it's easy.

When friends describe me, the term “laid back” is often used. I’m pretty easygoing. Not much of a planner. I like to go with the flow. According to StrengthsFinder, one of my top five strengths is adaptability. As a baseball wife, this comes in handy. Jeff’s job is year-to-year. We don’t have a permanent residence. […]

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