Family

Simple Thankful Tree

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

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 | InspiredRD.com

“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 | InspiredRD.com

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 | InspiredRD.com #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 | InspiredRD.com

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? | InspiredRD.com

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. InspiredRD.com

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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Better Than the Last

August 5, 2014
Better Than the Last - Loving every stage of parenting | Angel Haynes

One of the best pieces of parenting advice I’ve ever received came from the friend who I turn to often for wisdom and guidance. The friend who cuts through the craziness of mom guilt and bad advice and gets right to the core of what is important. When my babies were babies, and I started […]

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It’s my birthday, and I’ll do what I want

July 2, 2014
Alysa Bajenaru InspiredRD.com

For my last two birthdays I have posted a fact about myself for each year I’ve been alive. (33 Things About Me & 34 Things About Me) I was going to do it again this year, but I’m in Montana with limited internet. And I just don’t want to. So this is my birthday present […]

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Journaling for your kids

June 23, 2014
Journaling for your kids.

I’m what you might call a horrible journaler. First of all, I never stick with it. I have stacks of half-finished journals around the house. And when I start a new journal, I freak out about the first page. Usually I skip to the second page to begin because what if I mess up on […]

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