Simply five

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People have asked (often) how we celebrate birthdays. I’m not sure exactly what the fascination is, myself. Sometimes I feel a little bit like June Carter Cash apparently did when Johnny Cash told her, “I like to watch you talk,” and she snapped back, somewhat bemused, “I’m talking with my mouth!” We do what we do, just like everyone else. Is it odd? I don’t really think so. I suspect it’s less what we do and more the sheer number of times per year we do it that garners attention.

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I count my blessings

Our Christmas got off to a rocky start thanks to continued septic woes. No one wants to cancel Christmas Eve dinner because their toilet is overflowing, but that’s what we did. A few emergency stop-gap measures later and we’re not in the clear yet (think drain field overhaul and a couple thousand dollars needing to be invested) but we’re functioning, and that’s enough.

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Continuing Christmas

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Christmas is here.

After the long anticipation of Advent, we’ve arrived. It’s time to rejoice in the fact that God came to dwell among us, and to rest in the fact that His sacrifice allows us to approach His throne unashamed, set free of our sins.

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Signs

As a parent, I fret over the small stuff. Oh, I invest plenty of hours praying over the major details. But I major in the minors, as they say. I police the perimeters, knowing that prayer, my attentiveness, and a whopping dollop of grace goes a very long way indeed in cultivating spirits that eagerly desire to live and serve the Lord, and others.  “It’s not the eruption,” I tell myself often, “It’s the tremors signaling the build-up.”

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11 Gifts for Little House Lovers (under $20!)

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Pretty much every homeschooled little girl I’ve ever met has had a Little House phase. Is this because we Mommas also have a Little House obsession buried in our hearts? Maybe. But few things are as sweet as seven year-old girls pining for an apron, or asking if they can try Johnny Cakes like Laura and Mary. (I’ll save my thoughts on batting around pig bladders.)

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Why We DON’T Take A Year-By-Year Approach to Homeschooling

Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.

“Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”

Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” —2 Kings 14-19

 

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Welcoming the wait

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Yesterday, the wait began. Advent officially kicked off, and like millions of Christians around the world, our family entered into the season of remembering the longing for the arrival of the promised Savior while looking toward the second coming of Christ.

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