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    Quitting Homeschool?

    I’ve shared informally that my oldest, who is 16, will be attending public school this fall. Many of you were curious why and how we came to this decision. This post will share some of our reasons. AJ is our oldest. He will be 17 at the end of this year. Wow, even typing that seems crazy! This is the same boy I have homeschooled since he was 4. He is almost a legal adult now. Keep in mind, even though I have 8 kids, I am ALWAYS a first time mom with him. We jokingly tell him he is our guinea pig child and, at best, we are winging…

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    Weekly Wrap Up: July 8-15, 2018

    New Videos: Did you catch this week’s new videos? We finally set up our little temporary pool! The kids were begging to have something to swim in. We all worked together to get it set up and then ran around getting odds and ends to finish the project. In Wednesday’s video, I released the first half of a LIVE Q and A I filmed on my Facebook page. I touched on a variety of topics. In Friday’s video, I shared my newest aluminum-free deodorant recipe! It’s amazing and easy and only contains 2 simple ingredients. I shared my original recipe here, but some people have baking soda sensitivities and the…

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    Weekly Wrap Up | June 11-15th, 2018

    New Videos: Did you catch this week’s new videos? In Monday’s day-in-the-life we enjoyed a lazy sleep-late (thank you Serenity oil!) kind of day, and I asked for some advise on a new rug (BTW, so many of you said you had the EXACT RUG I was looking at and LOVED it!). I also showcased our porch and what new plants are blooming on it, did a little bathroom cleaning, made a super simple meal for dinner and even snuck in a GORGEOUS sunset workout! In Wednesday’s video I shared with you a tour of our chicken coop and how we built it for absolutely FREE! And today’s video was…

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    Halloween Costumes 2017

    Happy Halloween! I wanted to share what our kids dressed up as for Halloween! It was so easy this year because our neighbor across our road dropped off a large assortment of costumes from his daughter and we keep most of our store bought and homemade costumes (that are worth saving) in a bin. I hung them all up and had them “shop” from what we had! Cora, Ezra, Georgia and Faith all picked out their costumes from those. Cypress dressed in the bear costume I made for AJ 14 years ago. It was the first garment I ever sewed! All 8 of our kids have worn it and it…

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    Breathe it in…

    He is the most like me. He is the one I butt heads with the most. The one that first called me “mom”, and he’s growing up. He hangs somewhere in the midst between boy and man, lingering in each category for a while before returning to the other. Reminders of his boyhood like these sometimes catch me by surprise. I know they will become fewer and fewer. Car keys will replace small boyhood toys, a deep voice replacing his once squeaky coos. We’re in the phase of letting go. Very slowing letting go, but letting go all the same. It’s a stage I embrace and mourn at the same…

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    34 Weeks Pregnant with 8th Baby

    SIX more weeks, folks! ONLY 6! Although, the days where my feet are sore and my back is achy and I look in the mirror at night and see THIS HUGE thing…. …I think more along the lines of SIX more weeks? REALLY? Can my body realistically get ANY bigger? This weeks update vlog touches on quite a few things: My weight finally decided to budge. It hasn’t moved since before 28 weeks and it looks like I have gained 2-3 pounds in the last 2 weeks. Normally I gain like a girl training for a hot dog eating contest in the third trimester so this is new for me.…

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    Friday Viewer FAQ 7-8-2016

    I started doing these FAQ segments a month or two ago and they are a really fun way of getting to answer your questions! The questions topics range from one end of the spectrum to the other. Here are a list of what is covered in this week’s Friday FAQ: Would I allow kids to hang out with friends that are not Christians? Tips for getting a toddler to allow you to brush their teeth What is my ethnic background? What insurance do we have? What do we drive? (Van tour linked) How difficult was it planting in our B2E garden? How do I maintain a personal relationship with each…