How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading

Christmas Advent: Our 2013 Plan

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I love Christmas! The birth of Jesus is such a wonderful reason to celebrate! Counting down to Christmas is a beautiful way to demonstrate to our children how the world was holding it's breath as it waited for the Messiah, waiting for the Savior of the world. There are so many ways we can count down the days to Christmas with our little ones. This year my oldest will be nearly three years old. Continue Reading

Family Game Nights: 6 Board Games to Play with a Two Year Old

Need some board game ideas for your next family night? These 6 board games are even great for two year olds!

We love family game nights with our two year old. It is so much fun! The choice to implement family game nights means we are spending intentional, uninterrupted time with our toddler. This is quality time spent as a family while our son has the chance to learn some valuable lessons through play! I've shared some of our adventures on Instagram and have in turn answered a lot of questions Continue Reading

Why Our Family Prepares, Eats, and Cleans Up Meals Together

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As we enter the busy holiday season, it's easy to let family time suffer. I know this is the time of year when I want to slow down. I want to enjoy my family and really focus on Christ. But with busyness of the season, it can be hard. We have to be intentional to guard our family time.  Family meal time is sacred for our family. Sometimes it is the only time of the day we actually sit down Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Brothers & Family Devotions {Day 2}

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Brothers. Sweet, sweet brothers. I'm through the roof excited that we welcomed another little boy to our family. Boys are just sweet on their mamas. Yes they are dirty, rambunctious, and loud, but mamas get a sweetness shared with them that compares with nothing else. Moms of boys, you know what I mean.  This moment captured - I never want to forget it. "Timmy, who made you? God made Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: A Bath Interrupted {Day 1}

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This post is part of 31 Days of Everyday Grace series. You can see all the posts here. My throat ached and my eyes drooped. Sickness set in on our family like a thief in the night. With the lack of sleep and changing seasons, my immune system plummeted and there was no escaping the evil cold complete with sore throat and achy bones. My oldest was enthralled in a movie with Daddy. I looked at Continue Reading

I Am Observing What Mama’s Doing {Intentional Homeschool}

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Toddlers are very interested in what mom and dad are doing. Spending time with my toddler is hands down my best teaching tool. My husband and I love allowing our toddler to come alongside us in our day-to-day activities. However, it's not always feasible or wise to allow our toddler to actually participate in certain tasks. For example, when I'm chopping vegetables, he simply needs to observe Continue Reading

Clear Your Calendar Day and Ignore the Mud on the Floor

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Last week I posted this picture on our Facebook page with the following words: I have dishes in my sink, floors covered in mud, beds unmade, and laundry the size of Mount Everest. So I decided to do some painting with my toddler. #priorities I was overwhelmed with the response to this simple little gesture to encourage others to just let it all slide for a day. One fellow mom said: I Continue Reading

Have You Seen the Outdoor Schoolhouse?

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I am really excited about a new blog that recently launched, Outdoor Schoolhouse. One of our contributors, Alina Joy, invited me to be a part of the site, and after hearing her mission and ideas, I wholeheartedly agreed to write for her monthly. With the implementation of Intentional Toddler Time, I see this website supplying me with endless ideas and inspiration for teaching from God's Continue Reading

Toddler Airplane Activities and Tips

How to Occupy a Toddler on an Airplane

The month of September included 8 airplane rides for us, all of which included our toddler! This year alone we have been on close to 20 airplanes as a family. Whew! Right now the thought of another airplane ride makes me sick. But maybe our experience can help you. Stop Stressin'. Flying with a toddler can be stressful. However, for the most part, every child loves the adventure of flying, if Continue Reading