Fill A Backpack

The girls have been getting in on the ALIVE action. :p I've been helping a friend with her nonprofit this past month and while we've known of the needs of our community, it is eye-opening diving into even the behind-the-scenes work that is done. ALIVE loves and serves children who are experiencing foster care, homelessness,... Continue Reading →

Outer Space Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

Gracie’s Garden

Here's a look at some new books from B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Gracie's Garden Melody (age 13): I'm sure lots of us have read the Parable of the Mustard Seed. In Gracie's Garden, they talk about seeds,... Continue Reading →

Faces + People Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

Fruits + Veggies Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

Homeschool Overview 2020-21

In this post: homeschool options, homeschool methods, homeschool curriculum, learning styles, teaching styles, online resources Background (quick-style): We never had plans to homeschool but life is full of surprises. We've been homeschooling in various ways since the girls were preschoolers...and I guess really since they were born...and maybe in the womb since I taught Pre-K... Continue Reading →

Boats + Fish Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

Mina’s Ups and Downs

Here's a look at a new bilingual book for your family to enjoy in the Mina Learns Chinese series from Katrina Liu: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram *Mina's Ups and Downs Released: July 17, 2020 Publisher: Bowker Page Count: 35 Book Style: Picture... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [July 2020]

Here's a look at some new books from Zondervan + B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *I Can Read My Illustrated Bible Melody (age 13): With colorful illustrations on every page, and delightful Bible stories-what's not to love?... Continue Reading →

Vehicles Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

The Money Challenge for Teens

As someone who has a degree in business finance, it's always "fun" to learn about personal finance. I love that this resource is available to youth who may not be ready to dive into the nitty-gritty of managing lots of money but it gives them a good start in a conversational tone that teens can... Continue Reading →

Dino Doodle Fun

At the beginning of summer break, we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [June 2020]

Here's a look at some new books from Zondervan + B&H/Lifeway this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Berenstain Bears Very Beary Stories: 3 Books in 1 Melody (age 13):  The Bernstein Bears are back again! This book... Continue Reading →

Doodle Fun

Last month we had a lot of fun doing the 21 Doodle Days through Diane Bleck's Doodle Institute. The course is no longer free but there's still a fun way to join in the doodle fun this summer. Diane has a new app called DoodleTV and we are having summer camp together! It is 12... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading Programs 2020

It is always a fun bonus when there's a prize for reading books. I'll add to this list as the programs start and (perhaps give updates as we finish them!) 🙂 TIP: Make sure to have a timer on hand to track those minutes! (We used to have the timer bookmark lights we realized the... Continue Reading →

Where is Wisdom?

Here's a look at a new book from B&H Kids for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Where is Wisdom? Melody (age 13): This book is about wisdom. Wisdom can only be found in God because He is all-powerful and knows EVERYTHING and... Continue Reading →

The Edge of Everywhen

Here's a look at a new book from B&H Kids this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *The Edge of Everywhen Melody (age 13): This book is about a book - a special magical book, in fact! It can speak to... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [May 2020]

Here's a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family: *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here. Zondervan Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram *Fiona, It's Bedtime! Melody (age 13):  This is a cute and gentle book that shows different types of zoo animals. At the same... Continue Reading →

Shelter In Place Survey for Youth!

After I posted my Shelter In Place Reflections forms and journaling pages, the girls decided they wanted to make something for youth so here are some surveys. Not bad for their first-ish time during Google Forms. It's a beta version so let us know what you think - what can be added or adjusted? Thanks!... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas!

Here are some snapshots of our family through the year. We had fun in the ordinary things and in some big things. We look forward to different things in the new year and hope you will join us on in the adventures no matter how big or small and near or far!

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