Category Archives: The Living Room: Homemaking

Spring Cleaning . . . It’s More Fun With a Group!

Here.  You might be looking for one of these soon. We’re winding down our school year–whoop, whoop!–and will be heading to Orlando in about 2 weeks for a Classical Conversations Practicum and Tutor Training . . . and a little … Continue reading

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Good Morning! And a Prayer for You.

Good Morning! “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with … Continue reading

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The Rose Garden Myth . . . Or Is It?

This week in my Classical Conversations class, we read a chapter in Josh McDowell’s book Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door which was entitled, “Exposing the Rose Garden Myth.”  It was all about how sometimes people think that when … Continue reading

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A Grace-full Mama

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray Much has already been said in cyberspace about a recent article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  In her newest book, Battle Hymn … Continue reading

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God is Good. All the Time. Gifts . . .

Some days, especially, counting gifts is an act of war. Today, for instance.  When truck is broken, children have strep, schoolwork looms large and vacation seems too far away. Ann says, “Only the Word is the answer to rightly reading … Continue reading

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True Alchemy: How to Really Have More Hours in Your Day

“life so full it can seem empty . . . ”  Ouch. This line from Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts  jumped out to me as I read Chapter Four.  How true that statement is!  Because my life, too, is so full of … Continue reading

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He Loves Me! He Loves Me! He Loves Me! 1,000 Gifts

What a wonderful thing, this whole concept of Valentine’s Day. A day to focus on love.  To tell someone you love them.  To tell lots of someones you love them, in my case.  My kids woke to the usual table … Continue reading

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A Cake by Any Other Name

Could it be as sweet? Years ago I stumbled across a recipe for “Dump Cake.”  Now, awful name aside, the recipe itself looked really weird to me.  Take a look for yourself . . . 1 large can crushed pineapple … Continue reading

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inCourage Book Club–One Thousand Gifts Chapter One!

So . . . I apologize for not being “around” here much last week . . . but you see, I’ve been reading. Oh. my. stars. Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. If it’s not on your bookshelf, get thee to … Continue reading

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1,000 Gifts . . . again

It’s been a long day.  The kids got most of their schoolwork done, since everyone is finally feeling better after our family-wide joust with a stomach bug (blech!)  It was a beautiful day weather-wise, and I was able to get … Continue reading

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