July in Books

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We all need more book posts in our lives, don’t you think? I thought so. Here’s a new monthly series – and I hope you’ll share your July reads in the comments, too! My book budget, bookshelves, and husband might not thank you for participating, but I do. ;) Books I Finished Well, this is a poor way to start. Unless you count Acts and Romans, I didn’t finish any books in July. Was it July when I finished Deep … Read More

Friday Four

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1. Organizing One of my Instagrams sparked quite a bit of idea-generating, so I thought it’d be a good one to call out here. The question is: What to do with all those cups?! Possible solutions to the “too many cups out!” issue: washi tape + names written color-coded washi tape alone water bottles individual unique mugs rubber bands or drink bands colored cups We did the color-coded waterbottle thing for awhile: it worked well except when 2 people broke … Read More

Friday Five: back to the books, kids’ kindles, & more

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Faithful Follow-through Back to school after 5 weeks off! We survived and got back on track with only a few tears and bumps. With motivation to get out and play in the new snow, the kids hunkered down, moved through their checklists, and did good work (because not-good work means staying in to make it good). It helped that we only did review math for this week and there were no literature class assignments. It’s been a good week, but … Read More

Friday Five: goals, menus, & books

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1. Goal Setting Are you making goals for 2017? Here are some helpful articles I’ve written in the past to help you focus on what matters in 2017: 5 Habits for a More Productive Year Start the Year Well: Keystone Habits Make goals that fit your reality. Or maybe you’re tired of setting goals and forgetting about them by February? Do you want to get a grip and start making progress in your home and your approach to life but … Read More

Friday Five: gaming, goals, and garb

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Faithful Follow-through Not only did we have Christmas break this week, but my husband also took the week off! So it was board game city around here, with a few pauses for cleaning up Christmas and doing some website maintenance – oh, and recovering from the inevitable post-holiday colds. Matt found a steal of a deal on Food Chain Magnate and it’s currently our top pick. It’s a deep strategy game that nevertheless takes an hour or two per play. … Read More

Friday Five: Transforming Inboxes

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1. Thinking We must therefore allow children breathing-time from perpetual tasks, and remember that all our life there is a division of relaxation and effort. – Plutarch This was the quote from my post on classical education this week. It applies to us as moms in all we do, as well, for he notes this is true “all our life.” Do you have divided time for relaxation? Do you have divided time for effort? As we head toward a new … Read More

Friday Five: Snow, Codenames, ESV podcasts, and more

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Faithful Follow-through It’s been a snow week! Outside play, tea, hot chocolate, LEGOs, and lots of books have made up this week – a good week. Favorite Instagram of the week: Follow me on Instagram FAQ: Codenames Game Review A couple weeks ago I mentioned that we played the board game Codenames over Thanksgiving and several people asked for a review. We loved it! The game works by laying out a “board” of 25 cards that each have a random … Read More

Friday Five: Snow & Soup

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1. Thinking Do you set yearly goals? Have you started yet? How do you make a plan to reach them? With interval planning, of course. 2. Doing I took a meal to a family this week. The day was cold, I had a giant gifted butternut squash and turkey bone broth in the fridge, so clearly I had to make soup. But transporting soup is a pain. Here’s what I did: We get the giant jars of pickles, and I … Read More

Friday Five: with Christmas picture books

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Faithful Follow-through Follow-through looks different on break weeks – or break months – for sure. This week break week looked like getting back on top of the housework after last week’s big project push (our church fundraiser brought in $9,000 for the local Pregnancy Network!), play days with friends, Lego playing, book reading, doctor & orthodontist checkups, a little snow play, and some cookie decorating. This week my friend and I were definitely not white witches and were instead Christmas-celebrators, … Read More

Friday Five – with a giveaway!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Faithful Follow-through This was the first week of our extended Christmas break. We take off from Thanksgiving week through New Years week. Because we start in July, this is our half-way point and an extended break hits the spot. A couple of the kids will probably still do xtramath most days, everyone will still practice piano and do their chores, and we’ll have a brief Advent Morning Time so that we can sing Christmas carols and add ornaments … Read More

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