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Plan Family Time This Christmas

The year I declared that I was done with the crazy Christmas season is still etched in my mind.

No longer did I want to wake up on December 26th and wonder where the month went.  I wanted to savor time as a family instead of rushing around like a mad woman focused on decorating and shopping.

It was time to plan some purposeful family time during a month that flies by faster than most. Continue Reading

Holidays, Homelife, Uncategorized

Begin a Jesse Tree Tradition

It is evening during the season of Advent.

Our family gathers in the family room and plugs in a small, lighted tree.  Hot drinks and yummy snacks serve to make this purposeful Advent tradition even more special.  Someone reads the designated scripture passage and we discuss its meaning.  After a brief discussion, an ornament is hung on our Jesse Tree as a reminder of the scripture passage we read that evening. Continue Reading

Books We Read, Brave Writer, DIY, Homeschooling, Periscope

Christmas Ornament for our book clubs

This school year, each of my daughters are involved in a book club with their homeschooled friends. It has been such a sweet time of friendship and learning for each of them.

When I happened upon this ornament, I knew it was the perfect craft to make in honor of this memorable year of our book clubs.  With a few minor adaptations to make the construction a bit easier and somewhat more secure, I knew this would turn out as a precious memento of our year!

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Of course, my book design has my name on the front, but each girl will create and personalize their own book.  The “pages” of the book contain the names of each of the book titles that we studied this school year.

On the back “cover” of the book, I thought the girls could write the names of their friends who are participating in the book club with them.

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The supplies are pretty basic and you will probably find that most are in your house this very moment:  card stock, paper cutter (or straight edge with exacto knife), tape, pencil, glue, ruler, ribbon/string/embroidery floss for the ornament tie, and fine tip markers.

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Once you have gathered your supplies, you can check out my periscope on how to make this mini-book ornament.

If you want to learn more about my Boomerang or Arrow book Clubs, then feel free to read previous posts by clicking on those terms.