Time for a Treasure Hunt!

The Hidden Art of Homemaking, by Edith Schaeffer, is a book that profoundly influenced my thinking and actions while our children were young. I love Mrs. Schaeffer’s infectious creativity, and the joy she took in making the lives of others more beautiful. One of Mrs. Schaeffer’s ideas that I grabbed hold of was the “Treasure Hunt Meal.” We had so much fun with these meals! I can hardly wait until […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 5: Saturday and Sunday!

It’s Saturday! You probably have a busy day ahead of you. Tackle as many of your Saturday tasks as you can early in the day. Some tasks need to be done at the end of the day, so it’s nice to get the other ones done early and out of the way. Remember, tomorrow morning is going to be a lot easier because of what you have been doing all […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 4

It’s Friday! What’s on your list today? Here are some ideas to consider: Pack your Sunday diaper bag. Include diapers, clean clothes, wipes, and snacks. If you can manage it, a special diaper bag that is only for Sunday is really nice to have. You can stock it ahead, and know that everything is still in it. It can be prepared ahead, put in the closet near the door, and […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 3

How did Sunday preparations go yesterday? If you didn’t manage to do everything you had hoped to, try to fit those tasks into today’s list. Be encouraged! If you got anything prepared ahead for Sunday, you’re going to have a better morning on Sunday! So tackle your Thursday plans today! Here are some ideas to discuss together. Make any food that can be made ahead and frozen. It might seem […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 2

“If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure, and speaking your own word, then you will take delight in the Lord…” (Isaiah 58:13-14a, NASB). Did you make your master list yesterday, and did you […]

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Preparing for a Day of Rest, Part 1

“…Call the Sabbath a delight…” (Isaiah 58:13) When our children were little, our Sunday mornings were not a delight, at least not until the Holy Spirit convicted us of our need to change. And as the household has grown smaller while everyone is growing up and leaving, I am noticing that we’ve gotten a bit careless and are leaving  more to do on Sunday mornings again. Time to rethink things! […]

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Our Confidence

If you read my post last week about the writing trip the girls and I took, you might remember me mentioning a speech that Susannah was writing for her graduation. She finished writing it, and did an excellent job of giving it last Saturday. We were all so proud of her. God honored her willingness to give this speech, and she saw once again the truth of Philippians 4:13, “I […]

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Dealing with Quarrels

“He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat” (Proverbs 28:25). Read this verse to your children and you may get some snickers! Who wants to be made fat? The answer to that question: a person who is hungry. The man who puts his confidence in God won’t be hungry anymore. He will be satisfied. Other translations of this […]

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Parents Graduate from Homeschooling!

My little sister is graduating tomorrow, and I am proud of her. Graduation doesn’t mean “she’s done learning, and now she can get on with real life.” She will keep learning and growing, just like the rest of us. Nevertheless, “high school” graduation has been an important milestone for me and my siblings as we move from one season of life to the next. Susannah will celebrate a 12 year […]

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Always Challenging Us

“…when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10b). Last week my two youngest daughters, Bethany and Susannah, went off with me to spend three working days at the beach. Our purpose was to focus on some writing projects. My goal was to write as many blog posts as I could. Bethany was wrestling through a revision of the book she is writing for young ladies, and Susannah […]

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