Tuesday, June 13, 2017

7 Week Brotherly Love Challenge

I never knew how many boys I would raise and I never put much thought into it. I just welcomed them in one.by.one....or two.by.two in our case. While I have four, currently only three, living with us, I'd gladly welcome more if our family were ready for that sort of expansion.
Have you noticed it can be hard for our male children to communicate. It can, also, be hard for some of them to show affection, at least to each other in a manner we, as moms, would agree with! 
Our boys have their own games, their own inside jokes, weird habits and likely their own "language" that only they would understand. They can make each other laugh like no one else, make each other cry like no one else, and drive each other crazy, like no one else can! 

The time they spend together playing cars, superheros, bad guys, and racing for the millionth time to the dinner table they are learning and teaching each other. All those lessons we, as mothers, desire to be ingrained deeply in their heart and soul are being taught amongst each other. 

However, sometimes, they forget that they are on the same team and that they are for each other and not against each other. 

Today I begin the 7 Week Brotherly Love Challenge
Today, remind them that they are playmates and pals. That their friendship will last a lifetime if they continue to feed it.
Three Legged Race
Do each others laundry
Draw a picture of each other and label with favorite attributes of the other
Write each other encouraging notes and secretly leave them for the other brother to find

Our friends will change often, throughout our lives, but family will always be family. 

What can you do to encourage your sons to create a lifelong friendship?

Hebrews 13:1
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Great Depression Homeschool Study

Our family has the tradition of celebrating the harvest each year with a harvest study. We have covered different countries, cultures, legends, and traditions. Last year I decided we would cover a time period. 

The Great Depression ran from 1929-1939 and affected one of America's greatest generations. Our family sought to understand how they lived and survived and even thrived, despite the hardships. 

A few of our resources included:

The Great Depression 
An Interactive History Adventure
by Michael Burgan

What Was the Great Depression?  
by Janet B. Pascal

A Secret Gift
by Ted Gup

 We finished our section in our harvest study with homemade Christmas decorations and a very simple meal of biscuits and gravy, but by Great Depression standards that was a bit of a luxury. Meat was a blessing for so many and a very rare treat for others.

What have you studied that affected yourself or your children greatly? 
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Leviticus 26:10
You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Celebrations

2016 Olympics Party
International Menu


Egg Rolls

Main Course:
Chili Cheese Dogs

Apple Pie



So, that's the plan! 


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Summertime Menu for Hot Days

Fish Tacos with Asian Coleslaw
Crockpot French Toast
BBQ Chicken Salad
Sausage, Crackers and Cheese
Skillet Lasagna
(Crockpot) Meatloaf Sanwiches
Burrito Bowls
Open Face Tostadas
Sausage & Peppers Skillet w/steamed rice
Taco Skillet Bowls

What do you serve when its too hot to turn the oven on?

 Updated with the previous menu:
Meatballs w/steamed rice
Dutch Babies (German Pancakes)
Chicken Salad Pitas w/Feta Chickpea Salad
Sloppy Joes
Sandwich Bar (sliced meat, egg salad, tuna salad with toppings)
Cold Tuna Noodle
Cereal (a special treat in a big family)
Cold Japanese Pan Noodles

Saturday, February 27, 2016

~*Busting Big Famiy Myths*~

We're going to bust some big family myths today!

The older children raise the younger: 

Biggest myth (LIE) out there!

How many diapers did our oldest two children change in one month? On average, UNO! And that's just to keep them in practice. It is always handy if one of them can take a little to the bathroom if I am knee deep in homeschooling or changing out the laundry, however, it is not a requirement. Yes, they occasionally babysit the younger siblings for a few minutes here or there. I do not feel that aspect is any different in a small family vs. a large family. 

The older children homeschool our younger ones:

Very similar to jumping in to take a sibling to the bathroom, they may occasionally hop in and help out if I get a phone call or need to assist in the medical needs of our son with Spina Bifida. JJ loves math so he is always looking for ways to flex his mind muscles and Kitty just loves Language Arts so she readily steps in if that is the subject currently being covered.

They must be doing all the cleaning and cooking, right?

Wrong! Yes, they are in charge of one meal a day and we rotate which meal and which little one is the helper, but that doesn't mean their mom sits around all day eating bonbons! We firmly believe it is to their benefit to be able to find their way around a recipe or two. And, I prefer truffles to bonbons anyway!

We rotate their chores but, honestly, they have many free hours to fill with their own activityies... maybe too many free hours in which to utter those most despised words, "I'm bored!". 

Siblings don't get along:

We are radically different in our family...yup, I'll give ya that, and one of the largest big family culture tidbits we have instilled in our children is that their siblings are their friends. Period. After all the other kids go home you still have your brothers and sisters, who are your friends first. So, here's the radically different attitude our children have, ready for it? 

They actually *LIKE* each other!
No, really! 
Quit snickering and rolling your eyes!
 Our children really and truly enjoy each other.
See, told you we were radical!


Friday, February 26, 2016

~*Vacay Part 2*~

Part 2: 

Here are a few other notable highlights:

The Deer Ranch

We got to bottle feed these babies! Sorry, no pics, they are very exuberant feeders and it takes two strong hands to hold that bottle!

It was right about here it started pouring!
 The Icebreaker Mackinaw

Nice curves, Dalton!

Nice muscles Ana!

I love how it says, "Team"....Devin and I are certainly a team!

Someone has a sense of humor

Our friends on a porta-potty break!

Sunshine is steering the wheel

Me giving directions!

Oh my how much weight I've lost!!!
Mama Mia's Pizza (and Museum)

Sunshine trying to be cool for Aaron but we know now it was completely fake/superficial

Can't get me enough of this girl!

Looking for the camera to wave at us!

Carousel Fun!

Fort Michilimacinac 

Preparing the cannon!

The fog rolling in

Fave pic of the day!

Gotcha JJ!

Beautiful blockhouse

Little Dude with a 'tude

He is looking so grown up here!


Can't stop looking at the Mighty Mac!

A picture of me!
Our friends came to the campground for some dinner and fellowship

Super sweet Aaron loving on sissy

Not to be outdone...especially with cameras around

A little peanut

Great kiddo...bad pic!

JJ and Aaron are good buddies

Curious Shawn trying to sneak into the camper

Brandon not sure what to do first

There is excitement in the air and the fakeness comes out in Ana.

Dalton handled things well

Sweet fambly....minus Daddy and baby brother

Nice pic!

Gotcha again JJ

Everyone is so excited when friends visit

Nom Nom Nom! Love this boy!
The Mill

Baby girl with baby curls


Gotcha gorgeous!

Zipline for mini people

Little man with a grand plan

If sissy goes down like this

He goes down like this

She's trying to help but....

He totally disagrees!

Dad's going down....

But something goes awry

At least he's got a fab sense of humor

God I love this man!

And I do it like a lady! 
A few last camping pics

Saying goodbye to Lakes Huron and Michigan

He would run up and jump into my arms
And I would fall back....he laughed so hard!

Kitty saw a face in our neighborly tree
Jeremiah 31:25
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”