Category: Thrive

In which we share the family occasions and rhythms on which we thrive.

  • Letters From Home, Volume 3

    This has been a unique Christmas Season for our family. As I mentioned in my reasons for a simplified Christmas this year, we drove to Orlando, Florida for a seminar Jeremy was attending, and were gone for 11 days at the beginning of the month. Coming home with just 12 days left to be ready…

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  • Top Ten Tips For A Stressful Christmas Season

    I hope you can read this ok, ’cause I had my tongue in my cheek the whole time I was typing… The key to a truly stress-filled Holiday Season is always keeping in mind these two goals: To impress. Everyone. But especially those you don’t know. To Meet All Expectations. Especially of those closest to…

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  • Letters From Home, Volume 2

    We’ve had a lovely fall. So many sunnier, warmer-than-it-should be days to treasure before Winter really sets in. This was one of those days. A free afternoon. With Daddy! What shall we do? How about explore a 6 story tree house that’s just down the road a ways?Yeah, that sounds like fun. Seeing as we…

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  • Of Mice and Men and Pride

    Prideful thoughts are kind of like mice. You know they’re there, but must of the time they stay hidden. Until one day that prideful thought grows a little too confident and goes public, like a sleek, fat mouse, suddenly waltzing across your kitchen in broad daylight like he owns the place. This is not just…

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  • Thrill Therapy

    There is something therapeutic about riding a Roller Coaster. As a mom, I have so much responsibility. Three small children, managing a house, cooking 3 meals a day, being a wife, running a business – so much depends on keeping it all together. Some days I feel like the Elephant in “Horton Hears a ‘Who’”…

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  • Relevant Highlight #1

    Laura Booz was my favorite speaker, handsdown, at Relevant.  With Ann Voskamp, Amy Andrews, Lisa Jo, and so many others, how was Laura my top pick? Because she was the most relevant to me. She’s a homeschool mommy of 3, and FULL of passion! Her enthusiasm and joy made her talks some of the most…

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  • The Most Memorable Moment of Relevant11

    I’ve just got back from a weekend in Harrisburg, PA, attending the Christian Women’s Blogging Conference, Relevant. It will take months to process and recount to you all the beauty, inspiration, and practical insight I received from this conference, but I simply can’t wait to share with you the Most Memorable Moment I exeprienced. No…

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  • I do apologize for how long it took me to get a video up for all of you interested in our Family Bus. If you knew the technical difficulties I overcame to post this, you would applaud. I’m listening…there – I heard you. Thank you very much. The Bus was originally a charter bus with…

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  • On Top Of the World

      Six Years ago today, Jeremy and I tied the knot…   (no, I did not scrape my name into the seat of the ferris wheel with my diamond – I just found my name and posed next to it!)   These photos of our family riding a ferris wheel last month aptly describe how…

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  • Letters From Home, Volume 1

    Letters from Home is my new format to stay personally connected with my readers even as I endeavor to fulfill my vision of maturing my blog into a resource for a growing audience. So, whenever I have home news to share, I’ll do it under that heading, kind of like the letters I wrote my…

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  • I get a kick out of the questions people frequently ask me, through the blog or in person. Here’s the top 10 I hear most frequently. Add your question in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer it! How many children do you want? Short answer: Lots. Long answer: We will welcome as many…

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  • There and Back Again: Highlights of our Summer Road Trip

    Nearly ever summer we join my husband’s family on a road trip. Usually the destination centers around a conference we are attending or that my father-in-law is speaking at (he speaks at homeschool and family conferences). This year we were attending a conference in Dallas for a company we are working with. We decided to…

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  • Past:  Homeschooled all the way second eldest of 7 kids grew up in Fl., N.C., and N.Y. Lived in a tipi Then a log cabin Learned to grow a {huge} garden, exercise hospitality, and eviscerate a chicken {in 6 seconds} while living on a homestead Married my {awesome} pastor’s {awesome} son in 2005. Present:  Living…

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  • I made Kombucha Tea today for the first time since Seth was born. Why, when I believe so strongly in the health benefits of this and other fermented drinks, would I quit making it for over a year? The answer is the same reason as it was in this post – “Seasons”. I was in…

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  • Seth’s Birth Story

    So, here, for those of you who’ve asked or wondered, and even for those who haven’t  – the first in a series! {TMI Alert} This is Seth’s birth story as written in my journal after he was born. I have edited it for the blog, but it may still be Too Much for you. You…

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  • IRL {In Real Life} Adventures

    Twice in the last few weeks I’ve had the immense pleasure of having a contact made through the blog turn into a face-to-face meeting – getting together with someone I’ve never met before, and ending our time as friends in real life. How cool is that!? Both visits happened ’cause these gals took my open…

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