Friday Five

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Faithful Follow-through My latest innovation is doing the girls’ hair during Morning Time. I was rarely getting to it before we got started, but we have more “seeing people” days than not now and I really needed to bump up doing their hair on my priority list so they weren’t perpetually disheveled. It’s much better for everyone when hair is out of the face. So, rather than “try harder” I “tried smarter”: tie the task that never gets hits to … Read More

Friday Five

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1. Thinking How you start your day matters. 2. Answering I received this question about filtering email from Maria: Wow! I didn’t realize you could only have 10 emails. I’m definitely getting close to the 12,000! Until a friend mentioned it one time I didn’t even realize it was only the unopened ones. Many are advertisements. Do you find it’s better to just get off the list for some of those to cut down on your inbox? So I made … Read More

Friday Five

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So you know, all Amazon links are affiliate links. If you purchase anything after clicking, I get a few pennies. I only link what I use. Thanks! 1. Faithful Follow-Through It’s been a solid week in the books here, with a nature walk appointment on the calendar for today. It’s crazy how much can happen with short, focused lessons. In 3 1/2 hours a week – 1 3/4 hours, 2 days a week – we accomplish history, Bible, science, Shakespeare, … Read More

Friday Five

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1. Thinking Recently a wholly unexpected minor operation badly interrupted my list of things to be done that week. But because God is my sovereign Lord, I was not worried. He manages perfectly, day and night, year in and year out, the movements of the stars, the wheeling of the planets, the staggering coordination of events that goes on on the molecular level in order to hold things together. There is no doubt that he can manage the timing of … Read More

Friday Five, with a winner (or two)

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And the winner is… Yolande, who wrote: I would love to win Mere Motherhood. I have been reading your blog for over a year and I enjoy its meatiness. After a season of survival homeschooling I am excited for a season of abundant life and learning! and Erika, who wrote: REALLY want to read Cindy’s book, but can not afford it at this point. Would LOVE to win this! Congratulations, ladies! And, if you still need the book (which you … Read More

Fantabulous Friday Five

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1. Focus Frustratingly true: From the book Do More Better by Tim Challies 2. Framework Follow me on Instagram I’ve been more consistent lately with my daily index card method, and it helps so much! It’s worth it to make that card, even when not everything on it gets crossed off. Try it out and don’t overcomplicate it. Most of my fallings-off have been due to trying to do too much or add too many list-making rules to the process. … Read More

Friday Five this week – with a giveaway of Mere Motherhood!

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Giveaway time! CiRCE and Cindy Rollins are offering for giveaway to two winners an autographed copy of Mere Motherhood, Cindy’s newly released memoir that I consider a must-read for all moms who count themselves in for the long haul. Homeschooling is really simply an extension of motherhood, and Cindy’s memoir is aptly titled: It is a mothering book rather than a homeschooling book. As she shares her story, she shares her heart and her hard-won perspective that those of us … Read More

Friday Five

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1. A quote for productivity What’s Best Next is one of my favorite productivity books – I think it’s better than Getting Things Done. And I love Perman’s definition of “gospel-driven productivity”: He goes on to say We should be radical and risky and creative and abundant in using our effectiveness to make life better for others. and one way to do that is to Implement systems that enable you to ultimately expand your capacity overall. …which is exactly what … Read More

Friday Five this week

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1. This week in our homeschool My literature class with middle schoolers starts next week and our group Elementary Lessons as well as piano lessons starts up the week after Labor Day – I feel like I’m holding my breath waiting for the avalanche to fall. When it hits, then I’ll dig out and build a snow fort, but until then we’ll plug away with Morning Time, math, and Latin. 2. Something’s up this week I’m back to interval “running” … Read More

Friday Five

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1. A quote for keeping focused Yet a thing begun is half done. No matter how unpleasant a thing is to do, begin it and immediately it becomes less unpleasant. Form the excellent habit of making a start. – Joseph Morris Starting is the hardest part. Once you can overcome the hurdle of beginning, you’re well on your way to finishing. Whatever the task is, it’s probably not as bad as your imagination is making it out to be. Get … Read More

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