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I started this a few weeks ago, but it languished unpublished.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…

Thoughts of Thanksgiving

The past few months, it has been impossible to blog because of first trimester funk, starting a new job teaching senior English at a private school, and my computer giving up the ghost. I'm finally back in a groove with life, and I have a new computer that's zippy quick, so I'm popping on to…

Thankful Thursday: Advent Reality

We are well into the Twelve Days of Christmas, but I want to do a little past-tense blogging and share about how our Advent turned out. I had no idea what we had in store for us when I shared my Advent Hopes. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that jazz.…

November, Gratitude Month

October flew by, so I want to take some time at the beginning of November to track down and share resources that have helped me practiced gratitude throughout the month of Thanksgiving. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth is my go-to teacher on gratitude. Choosing Gratitude helped me so much when I read it about 6 years ago. I also…

Thankful Thursday: Imperfect Freedom

Patriotism has been a fraught topic for me as I've come to believe that I should be more deeply connected with my Christian brothers and sisters in other countries than with unbelievers who happen to be Americans. "America First" is a motto I cannot, will not, promote. I cannot seek the good of America if…

Thankful Thursday: Happy Birthday, Jason!

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 - 1861 How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the…

Thankful Thursday: Ballet

We have been blessed to have a home school dance class that fits our family so well! This is our third year with Soul Creative at the Community Homeschool Center. I love that the classes are during the day, on the same day, so it's manageable for our schedule. Amber choreographs sweet dances with simple costumes. This…

Thankful Thursday: Motes in the Sunbeam

I love reading aloud as part of school because it guarantees that I have to listen and ponder the stories that make up our lessons. About every other week, we read a story from Parables of Nature, one of Zuzu's schoolbooks for Form 1 (grades 1-3). Mrs. Margaret Gatty drew on her extensive scientific knowledge to write four sets…

Thankful Thursday: Hymns at Home

For years--years I tell you--I've tried to find recordings with singable versions of hymns with multiple verses to teach my kids. Most hymn CDs either have Christian Contemporary versions or choral arrangements. I can play the piano, but it's very difficult for me to sing past the first verse while playing. I'm training up accompanists, but it'll take a…