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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 is involved in a book club. It has been such a sweet time of friendship and learning for each of them.

When I saw 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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