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As a homeschool mom, the end of summer has both positive and negative connotations. I take a moment to mourn lazy mornings and endless hours of porch-sitting with friends. I now must get back to some sort of schedule....

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As the school year started, I decided I needed to revamp my boys’ chore chart.  I wanted them to work on creating good habits that aligned with our new schedule.  I also wanted to put an emphasis on the...
Somewhere around 3am, after my four month old woke up for the third time to eat, I went to use the bathroom and wash my hands when I noticed…the water wasn’t working. I jiggled the faucet as the muscles...
When my five-year-old started kindergarten this August, I realized that I needed to create an after-school connection ritual with my children in elementary school. Before this year, when I'd had one kid in all-day school, staying close felt doable,...

Invite Her Anyway

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"Do you want to come over this morning?" I rushed out on the phone, half expecting my late invitation to be turned down. "Yes, actually that's exactly what I need today. I can be there after you drop the...
Although the school year has come to a close for most students, the anticipation of one particular grade level is alive and well! Sending a Kindergartener off on their first day can be scary, nerve racking and...
In July of 2021, our family took a trip to visit my in-laws in the mountains of Idaho. We decided to spend one of our days breathing in the fresh air and majestic views of Ponderosa State Park. It...
Before I tell you the story of how my life was transformed, I need to start with: Vacation Bible School (VBS) changed my life. I want to say that again for those who maybe didn't hear me the first...
Last year I sat in a classroom surrounded by high school students who wanted to make a difference in their school. As directors with Love Missions Global, my friend and I began speaking to these future world-changers about sex...
Vocabulary is not just a worksheet that comes home from school. It comes in all areas of life and is so important in teaching kids who they are and how to be safe: "So, Regina rhymes with vagina?" one of...
Libraries, like so many other institutions, went through difficult times during the covid era. I was just beginning to feel like I was ready to sit through story time on a regular basis with a toddler AND a baby,...
You always remember your firsts… The good ones. The bad ones. And especially the ugly ones. Personally, I will never forget our first deployment. Now, this probably requires a bit of back story to fully understand, but I’ll keep...

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What Families With Rare Children Want You to Know

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Happy Rare Disease Day! Rare Disease Day celebrates the 300 million people worldwide who are living with a rare disease. There are over 6000...