And the winner is…

  Lara Leger! Congratulations to Lara, who won the Giveaway for this book.  🙂 I wish everybody could have won, because I want everyone to have it. If you are still interested in owning this book, I have listed some links where you can find it: http://www.themysteryofhistory.info/volumeI.shtml and http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=mystery+of+history+volume+1&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCQ&nav_search=1&cms=1 Also, there are companion products, as well as volumes II and III (and soon…

A Way of Life

Sometimes I think about all the scriptures I want the children to learn, and I think, there’s no way.  They should’ve learned so much more by now.  There are so many more they need to memorize. I notice they don’t recite their multiplication facts quite as snappily as I’d like.  And I worry a little. I think about the list of US presidents I want them to know, and while we’re at it, the vp’s to boot.  And I hear the clock ticking. I flip through my favorite…

Connections… and a Giveaway!

Homeschooling is…       making connections. and I love when that happens. when our history lesson   becomes our story time   becomes our writing lesson   becomes our art    becomes our science lesson   becomes our math activity   becomes a project   becomes a character lesson   becomes a gift to someone   becomes a field trip   becomes family time…becomes life. and after all…isn’t that what learning is all about? In honor of connections  I want…

Kid-sized Priced-right Great-tasting GF Pizzas

Cute little pizza Yes, we do eat things that have nothing to do with pizza around here.  It’s just that pizza is such a kid-friendly, good-tasting comfort food, and GF people often have to pass it up or pay more for it.  Not this time!  These handy dandy little pizzas are just what the mama ordered.  Kid-friendly, good-tasting, comfort-giving, gluten-free aaand cheap and easy little pizzas.  With not even a bite of crust left over. I asked some of my favorite taste-testers how they liked them, and 4 out of 4…

Gooey Apple Crumble…EZ and Gluten Free!

Happy Independence Day, America! Today is a special day for Americans, and I wanted to share something very American…and what’s more American than Apple Pie, right? This “apple pie” isn’t really pie at all, but it has all the flavor of apple pie without all the fuss.  And without all the wheat.  It’s not in a crust, so it’s gluten-free.  But the best part is, you can make it, start to finish, in 15 minutes! All you need is 1 skillet, 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes. Ingredients…

A Fun Breakfast for Lazy Summer Mornings with the Kids…gluten-free of course!

It’s amazing what a teenage boy will come up with.  It’s also amazing that I never thought of it myself. But children are so undaunted.  So willing to take risks  (except those involving the words “good for you.”)  Not worried about the way you’re supposed to do it.  Not like us adults.  And sometimes, this can lead to good things. My son has one favorite food group: processed.  Getting him to eat healthy is an ongoing battle.  But he is creative.  He can even cook a little.  I want my children to…

A Froggy Funeral

Frogs.  My children love ’em.  Princesses kiss ’em, hoping for a prince.  I don’t think it’s worth it.  I just really don’t like them.  I don’t remember ever playing with frogs.  I made lots of mud pies.  I even convinced my cousin to taste one.  (He cried and wanted to go home after that.  Yes, I do feel bad now.) I mean, I am in awe of all God’s creation; I just don’t necessarily want to touch all of it, like my children do.  They spend…

Blooming Flowers and a Tea Party

Sara’s birthday “bike-with-a-basket” with hydrangeas from my grandparents’ yard We always kick off the summer around here with a birthday.  Our last “official” day of school is always on or about  June 12th, my daughter’s birthday.  Her last day is the 11th, however, since everyone in our school gets to take their birthday as a holiday.  This year, her party-planning sister honored her wish for a tea party by surprising her with one.  Her cake-baking-and-decorating sister made a cake.  It was a simple affair…

Homeschooling is…

Every now and then there will be a moment in my day when I see something that makes me stop and say, “That is homeschooling.”  It’s nothing big or really profound, just a little thing.  But after all, it’s the little things that really matter. Some of you already homeschool and you know exactly what I’m talking about.  And if not, then you may be curious about the little things that make homeschooling such a big blessing.  From time to time, I will share some of those little things with you.  Here…

Childhood

We’ve been busy the past couple of weeks, busy with a (mostly) childhood illness: chicken pox.  No, it was not fun for them.  But this cloud had its silver lining.  It forced us to slow down and focus on simple things, the way sickness always does: comforting a miserable child just by holding them, letting them sleep on your bed, running baths in the middle of the day, and special mom-and-me movie times while everyone else is out for the evening. Another upside to this downtime was watching them practice compassion as one child put a…