5 Ways to Make Meaningful Conversation in Your Marriage

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Do you remember when you first met your spouse? Think back about that time and remember how great it felt to talk for hours on the phone, or how having dinner together was a treat just because you were able to spend quality time with them and have great conversation. You enjoyed one another and couldn’t wait to hear about each other’s day, family, and/or dreams. However many years into marriage … [Read more...]

10 Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities to do with the Kids!

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I love this time of year!  The fall colors and cooler weather remind us that the holidays are coming soon!  Thanksgiving is one of my favorites and I love all the fun activities you can do to remind you of gratitude!  I love you can do them with your children also. Gratitude Journals -  We do this all year but if that is too much the month of November and December are great months to keep … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Encourage Learning in the Home

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Learning and knowledge are wonderful things, however our kids don’t always see it that way. Many times they have a negative outlook on learning because the only thing they can think of when hearing that word is school work. It doesn’t have to be that way.  There are several things we can do to make our homes a home where learning takes place naturally.    We want to give our kids a love of … [Read more...]

10 Frugal Family Night Ideas

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Life is busy!  It is so easy to get caught up in a schedule that separates you often as a family!  You even have to be careful with kids activities and sports schedules because although you are often there at their practices and ballgames you don't get much time for conversation and building relationships! This is what I love about family nights!  They are an intentional activity that helps … [Read more...]

5 First Day Back to School Traditions

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We are homeschoolers but we love the 1st day of school just like everyone else!  I can't always guarantee they will love the work load but they will love their 1st day of school traditions!  I always try to make a big deal of the first day to make it special! Here are our 5 favorite first day of school traditions! A Special Breakfast - We always do a box full of fresh doughnuts on the first day … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Back to School

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Summer time goes way too fast!  Very soon we will be preparing for back to school!  Now back to school for us is back to school at home because we homeschool but even with that we have to get our minds and bodies back to "doing school" and it takes some preparation!  For many families back to school will mean sending their kids to a different building every day with a new teacher for the year!  I … [Read more...]

12 Marriage Devotionals to Strengthen Your Marriage

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A devotional to do together as a couple  can be a wonderful way to grow your marriage and your relationship with the Lord!  I have put together a list of great devotional books for couples that can strengthen your marriage, these are the best of the best and have some amazing authors! *affiliate links included The Love Dare Day by Day Devotional Book for Couples   Alex Kendrick Night … [Read more...]

How to Help Your Kids Love History

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I love history!  Truly to me there is no more beautiful subject to study!  It is unfortunate to me that history gets a rap for being boring, I think it is anything but!  I think the reason history often gets the reputation of being dull and dry is many children learn just using text books and they are not usually the best resource for adding excitement to a subject!  There are ways to bring … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Family this Summer

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We love summer!  It is just such a fun season to enjoy as a family!  There are picnics, swimming, vacations, and just sitting on the porch eating ice cream.  Days seem to last longer (although they really don’t) and you just feel more relaxed as a family without the hustle and bustle.  The summer heat can be tough on our family and there are things we can do to keep our family healthy during the … [Read more...]