Caramel Dip…Don’t Knock It Til You Try It!

We love to dip Granny Smith apples in caramel dip in the fall!  But the sugar load can sometimes be just too much.  So I hunted  around and ran across this healthy version and our family loved it!  So here it is, my fall gift to you!     Salted Raw Caramel Dip makes about 1 cup Ingredients: 1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more to taste 1 teaspoon Read More

Fall Reflections

Fall Reflections

Yesterday was the first day of once a week enrichment classes for our kids.  We have been in this homeschool program for 10 years.  As I walked through the building for the beginning of yet another school year, I was somewhat surprised at the emotions that overtook me.  I had to fight back the tears. Our oldest was 12 when we started this program and now she has been married for almost a year and is due any Read More

Little Ways to Get More Nourishing Food Down!


We work so hard to nourish our children’s spirits, their emotions, educate them, and so forth.  None of this seems to happen without some effort and planning.  Feeding them, is no different! I have a few ideas that have worked well for our family and maybe you can put them to good use too! 1.) Start feeding them veggies at a very young age…soft and cooked, but veggies none the less.  Our children have acquired Read More

Untangling the Mess that is My Brain

I grabbed a second cup of coffee this morning, armed with determination and hope.  I wanted…no, I NEEDED to untangle all the thoughts floating around in my head of things that will need to be tended to when we get home on Saturday:  The kids’ fall schedules, the upcoming arrival of our milking cow, Home Link classes, canning 100 lbs of tomatoes, facing the giant weeds in our garden that need to come out before Read More

What I Have Learned (so far) about Homeschooling Boys

Silas and Sandy

(*Contains affiliate links*) I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination. Most of our years of homeschooling have been learning and re-learning as we go. But there are a few things I seem to stand out in my heart and mind-especially when it comes to boys. I can say that I have basically had two goals in homeschooling our kids: 1.) To encourage them to be life long learners(mostly by not burning them Read More

Please Don’t Make Me Start School

Don't make me start school

The internet seems to be overflowing with blogs by homeschooling moms who are organized and excited about getting started with the school year. Dare I say it?  I am not one of those people.  I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been doing it for so long (close to 19 years), if I am getting old, I’m tired, I’m bored?  Maybe it’s a combination of all of those things?  I even completely spaced on registration day Read More

Boys Should Be Boys

Boys should be boys

(*Contains affiliate links*) Last fall, we took a vacation together.  This would be the last time our family trip would consist of its original ten members.  We were about to happily and excitedly add two son in laws! As I pondered this huge change that was about to take place, my mind moved ahead to what the next season would look like.  Once the weddings were over, I could have an even more intentional focus on the ones Read More

Boys Really ARE Different Than Girls

What I've learned so far about raising boys

(*Contains affiliate links*) Today I brought a half dozen kids into town with me.  This now only involves ONE girl, but still 5 boys.  A very different experience than when our older girls were along as well(both are now married).  The only word that comes to mind is “SPAR”.  The definition of this word is  “to train with a real boxer, but not really trying to knock each other out, like a training partner”.  This pretty much describes Read More

Celebrating Silas

Silas post surgery

Today is a very special day for our family.  Nine years ago we gave birth to a son who had a major heart defect that was not detected before he was born and struggling to breathe.  I remember having a very surreal feeling in the delivery room as I pushed aside any thoughts that something was wrong.  A couple of our babies had a little trouble breathing at birth, so I chalked it off, thinking that he Read More

Why Your Work at Home IS a Ministry


Over the 22 years of being a stay at home Mom, I have had many a day of wondering how in the world being at home with children and plodding out the daily chores was holy in any way, shape or form.  It rarely has “felt” like I was doing anything truly significant and what about “ministry”?  I would look around and see moms who could be heavily involved in church and I knew in Read More