Why We Love Samaritan Ministries

Most bills get paid, but they aren't really exciting. Our Samaritan share is different though. Each month, we write a card*, send a check, and pray as a family for a Christian with a medical need. We've been doing this for more than 9 years, and I don't think we could ever go back to…

Thankful Thursday: Cloth Diapers

I started this a few weeks ago, but it languished unpublished. I am so grateful to be able to use my newborn cloth diapers again. For the first few weeks, I use a set of newborn contours (discontinued) and Thirsties Duo Wrap diaper covers. One of these covers was in this post from 2011, so…

Doughnut Day

Jason and Zuzu made homemade doughnuts for National Doughnut Day +1. The girls remembered the Homer Price story about a doughnut machine run amok, so Zuzu and Eliza tag team read the story aloud. It's in the books Homer Price and Make Way for McCloskey.

Summer Bible Reading Challenge

    We started the Summer Bible Reading Challenge for Women today! I'm going to do the plan as written, reading four chapters a day. That's about 20 minutes a day with my audioBible or less if I'm reading it myself. My favorite thing about this challenge is the emphasis on reading what's assigned for the day without…

Dan’s Birth Story

When we reached the end of Tuesday, April 2, everyone kept saying--with slight disbelief--that nothing could have possibly gone better. I thought about doing a moment-by-moment account, but then I realized that I really want to focus on three things that went especially well. But first, this delightful birth was possible in large part because…

Term 1 Wrap Up

This is the collage I shared after going to dinner to celebrate the first day of school. When I scheduled my cesarean for Baby #5, I knew that it was going to be a tight fit to finish a 12 week term between Epiphany and the baby's birth day, but I determined not to be afraid…

Classics Challenge Quarterly Update

I'm going great guns through my list for the Classics Challenge, but I'm going to wait until further along in the year to assign books to final individual categories. For the sake of simple linking later, I'll review a few books at a time as I have the opportunity to string two thoughts together while…

Monday Morning Time

Mondays frustrated me all last semester. I had to kick off my private school week with  less than enthusiastic seniors and then homeschool my own children who seemed to forget our entire routine between Saturday and Monday. (Because my husband works on Saturdays, we have school six days a week.) Adding to the pressure, we…

Fighter Verse App

For at least six years, I have used the Fighter Verse App to memorize Scripture. I've written about it before, but the app has been improved lately and I think it's worth mentioning it again. Fighter Verses are a set of verses for each week of the year that rotate through five year cycles. It's…

2018 in Books

This year's Goodreads graphic clearly shows that I read less than previous years, but I'm proud of the goals I accomplished! Classics Challenge My wrap-up post for the 2018 Classics Challenge is here. I’m proud of finishing Moby Dick, but I most enjoyed reading Howard's End. I chalk that up in large part to reading along with…