Educational apps that work {Tiggly Words and Tiggly Math}

We’re not a screen-free family.The truth is, many days I wish we were. But I begrudgingly admit that it’s just not feasible– not for us, anyways. Between trying to stay in touch with my husband while he’s in various locations across the globe, to his teaching homeschooled kids from around the nation, to paring my daughter’s 75 pounds of medical textbooks down to a single, backpack-friendly volume, to utilizing all of the amazing “you are here!” options available all over the web… we do screens. That’s life in 2016.

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Swept up in a story

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In the list of things I want my children to look back on their growing up years and remember, my voice narrating truly inspiring tales is high. Very high. Top five, actually.

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Bring Him Home: Faith, love & miracles

Last fall, Mathaus and I had the chance to help out on a film project called “The 5 Day Adoption.”

Mathaus got to help with scene set-up and lights, and me, well, I got to do a little acting! It was a great day, and we both had a lot of fun, even despite the two-hour downpour we drove through to get home really, really late that evening.

The project has been well received, and it’s meant a lot to us because it promotes one of our favorite calls in life — adoption.

Now, the family who produced “The 5 Day Adoption” is working on another film project called “Bring Him Home.”

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5 perfect pairings

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It’s supposed to be cold this week.

I say supposed to be because I’ve found that my sense of “cold” has been permanently altered by bone-chilling, damp afternoons on the wet side of Washington, where the only thing to be done for a long stretch of shivers is to sit by a fire with a mug of something hot, a book, and a generously-sized lap blanket. I have beautiful memories of those grey afternoons spent bundled on a couch with a dog draped over my feet and children of various ages and stages playing quietly around the room, straining to hear the next chapter.

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The 5 Day Adoption {giveaway}

My God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.
The mountains are his, the rivers are his, the stars are His handiwork, too.
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do, for you!

Already, at 8 months, Jude knows this song. His eyes brighten I begin to sing it, his body lurches forward, waiting for me to grab his hands and lead him through the motions of mimicking mountain peaks and the river’s waves. This is one of the first songs I teach my children — because I want them to believe it, more than they believe anything.

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Dear Secular Artist

Dear Secular Artists,

Please stop singing about love. This sensation that you seem unable to divert your attentions from is not love, but simple passion and instinct-based lust. You want that man or woman, but you clearly do not love them enough to actually commit and put a ring on it. You are driven by passion, but I can tell you that even in all of your money and glamour and fans, you fight a nagging sense of hollowness and despair that nothing you do or buy or write can make disappear. This emptiness is the absence of Christ in your heart and the stress and drain of running a self-perpetuated life. Man was not made to live without God. It’s time you realized this.

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Current events, homeschooling, and filtering the world through faith {Christian Magazine for Teens}

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As you may have guessed, we discuss the world here. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful… we talk about it. Just as governments issue passports to allow you to immerse yourself physically in the happenings of other places, we believe that keeping up with news from beyond your backyard allows for a similar broadening of the mind. Continue reading

Good Reads for Crazy Teens

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It’s hard to find good literature these days. The shelves of our libraries seem to be stocked with the same ten plots, retold by fifty different authors. The same characters run through our minds and we yearn for something new, something outside the norm. For those of us teens crazy enough to be careful about our choices, it’s even more difficult.

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The 5 Day Adoption {your chance to DO SOMETHING}

We’ve completed two adoptions, and both of them were drawn-out labors of love spanning years. Ask us if we regret a moment, and both Christopher and I would be shocked that you’d even asked. As a matter of fact, since being back in the States, both of us have expressed a burden for foster children that, were I a betting kind of girl, I’d wager will eventually wind its way back to a licensing office and a home study in a few year’s time.

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By request: A painless meal planning system in 3 easy steps {2}

Got your list? Does it have more than two dozen potential meals jotted on it? If not–do not pass go, do not collect $200! No, seriously–you really have to come up with at least 24 meals to make this process work. Get creative! Even your picky, picky eaters surely have almost a month’s worth of meals in them. Think hard. Grilled cheese can count as supper. Write it down. You like to pull off the occasional breakfast-for-dinner, right? Write it down. No matter how ashamed you are to admit that boxed mac and cheese are part of your repertoire, it’s in there. So write it down. (And how do you think I feel about looking back and finding “chili dogs” on my original list, anyway?)

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