The Greatest Gift of All ~ Jesus Christ

The Greatest Gift of All ~ Jesus Christ

As I deck the halls and shop the malls, I think about the true meaning of Christmas. Even though we don’t know exactly when Jesus was born, December 25th is when we celebrate His birth, the greatest gift to mankind. The stores are filled with Santa Claus as the symbol for Christmas, and for many …

Cranberry-Grape Salad ~ A Holiday Favorite

Cranberry-Grape Salad

This is a recipe from my husband’s family. It’s a favorite that everyone in his family expects to find on the table for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I actually asked for my mother-in-law’s permission so that I could safely share her recipe for Cranberry-Grape Salad with you without fearing for my life. (Just kidding!) It’s …

A Special Christmas Announcement

A Special Christmas Announcement

In December of 1997, Scott and I had a special announcement to make. We had just found out that we were expecting. It was already going to be a special Christmas because it was the first one in a new home that we had just built. Both sides of our families were going to be …

Stitch Fix News ~ December 2016

Stitch Fix News December 2016

Since December is the month for giving, rather than receiving, I just couldn’t schedule a Stitch Fix for myself. Instead, I purchased one of their gift certificates for someone special on my list. (Shh! It’s a secret!) This post contains affiliate links, which means that I earn a commission if you use them to make …

Show Me Your Christmas Tree ~ Powell

Show Me Your Christmas Tree ~ Powell

Welcome to Powell! I was excited about participating in Show Me Your Christmas Tree, a blog hop featuring Christmas trees from around Missouri,¬†and made sure ours was decorated in time to share. I want to thank our hostess, Terri Steffes, of Our Good Life, for organizing this fun holiday event. We have an artificial tree …

How to Have Happy Homeschool Holidays

How to Have Happy Homeschool Holidays

December is such a busy month with so much to do! When our kids were younger we took a break from our usual curriculum and did things related to the holidays. Kids are always so excited and restless during that time, anyway. Just not fighting that battle reduced a lot of stress. Letting the kids …

3 Mistakes I Made as a New Blogger

Self-hosted WordPress blog

Before I started blogging I tried to research whether I should start with a WordPress.com (hosted) or a WordPress.org (self-hosted) platform. Being brand new and feeling overwhelmed by all the terminology, I decided to play it safe and start off with WordPress.com which is the free, hosted platform. Although my learning curve was steep I …

Eggstra Special Gift Ideas for Homesteaders

Eggstra Special Gift Ideas for Homesteaders

Gift buying is challenging. In an effort to help you with some gift suggestions, I asked homesteaders what was on their wish list. Here are some of the more UNhelpful responses: Rain A mate for an angora rabbit A four-wheeler Two cords of wood, delivered and stacked A good man A good woman A tractor …

7 Lessons I Learned from The Animal School and How They Shaped Our Homeschool

Homeschooling encouragement

During our early stages of homeschooling I did a lot of reading to learn about approaches, learning styles, and such, to create a vision for what I wanted our homeschool to be like. Somewhere along the way I came across “The Animal School.” It’s a fable that was originally written in 1940 by George Reavis, …

In Defense of Leaves