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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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!) ūüôā 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 →

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!

Christmas Jars (DVD Giveaway)

If you're looking for a feel-good, inspirational story that brings hope and kindness to light, this is the movie to see!!! From the start, you will be drawn to the wonder of Hope's story and the mystery of her past as well as her investigation of her present present - a Christmas jar! *Note: This... Continue Reading →

A Look Back at Summer

These "A Look Back" posts are probably more for us than it is for your enjoyment but hopefully they will spark a reflection spirit in us to review what has happened last month and reset ourselves for the next month. We'll try to share a little snippet of life in the previous months. I don't... Continue Reading →

Overcomer Books

Melody and I enjoyed the movie Overcomer so much! We heard some friends watched it more than once at the theater. So we were thrilled for the opportunity to check out these new books based off of the movie. Keep reading for our thoughts on them. *Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Read our¬†disclosure... Continue Reading →

Books for Young Readers [August 2019]

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 *The Berenstain Bears: The Trouble with Tryouts Emily (age 10): Sister Bear was a very good soccer player. There were soccer tryouts but... Continue Reading →

Day 5: Asia Adventures [Hong Kong 2019]

Welcome to the daily recaps from our Hong Kong trip. Each post will include highlights of the day, followed by a summary by Melody (age 12), then photos (by Joyce (mom) and Norm (dad)) with captions by Emily (age 10). We will be sharing reviews to the places and restaurants we visited after the recaps... Continue Reading →

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