Ministering to Military Spouses: Dressing Appropriately

As many of you already know, we are preparing for another separation. Jay will be leaving at the end of May to do a year-long tour in Korea.

Even though this is not our first separation, I don’t think it makes it any easier.  As we struggle to work through minor details and major emotions over the next 6 weeks, I have been praying for a lot of grace.

During this time, I am also losing some of my awesome, supportive friends due to military moves.  These are the guys and gals who stood by me during the last deployment when I was pregnant and hormonal.  They drove me home from the hospital after having our baby boy.  They prayed for me when Jay was lost in a sea of plane flights trying to get home to see our newborn.

How To Make Strewing Cards

Do you have books sitting on your shelf getting dusty and rarely being browsed?

I am the thrift store queen.

One of my favorite things to bring home from the thrift store or garage sale is books. I love colorful illustrations from vintage pages.

But my kids rarely if ever read the old books that I bring home.

So when I was cleaning out and sorting bookshelves I was left with a stack of really great, informative books. I didn’t want to just get rid of them! Their fate would have them end up back in the poor thrift store!

I decided to figure out a way to make the information in these old books new and exciting for my kids.

Beowulf Poetry Unit Study

I mentioned before that the girls asked me to read Beowulf to them.  Odd choice?

Well, it contains heroes, monster, dragons, and all the other adventurous things that they normally love.I promised I would share some more of what we are doing- and so I shall.


The story of Beowulf is bloody and full of strange monsters, but its historical significance make it well worth the read.

There are three “chapters” or main parts of the poem:

  1. Beowulf defeats Grendel
  2. Beowulf seeks out and fights Grendel’s mother
  3. Beowulf returns to his homeland and later defeats a fire dragon

5 Things You Should Never Tell a New Homeschooling Mom

So your friend is thinking about homeschooling, or she just started homeschooling. You are so excited that you can’t sit still long enough to rattle off all the information she will ever need, EVER

But just hold your horses!  Think back to when you were new to homeschooling.  Think about where you are now. Have some perspective.

There are just some things you shouldn’t tell your new-to-homeschooling mom friend.

1. Magical Curriculum and Formulas

Don’t tell her what curriculum is “the best“.  This will be very hard because she will want you to tell her what to buy.

But remember that just like every child is different, every family is different too.

What the Kids are Reading March 11-18

Since I know I am going to be swamped busy on Sunday- I am going to go ahead and do my “What the Kids are Reading” meme now.

Because really there is not much to share.  Most of what has been happening at our house is a lot of running around.  And a lot of this:

It has been so nice outside lately that we hardly have any time to read!  Well, the girls at least.  I have been reading The Hunger Games series.  They were recommended to me by a good friend, and now I am anticipating the movie for a possible date night with the hubby when he gets back from training.

Free Train Notebooking Pages

Remember when I said my son was obsessed with trains?

Well, I have been collecting some train illustrations for him to color and cut away on from various public domain resources online.  I decided since I had a whole collection that I would make some train notebooking pages to share!

A Definition of Spiritual Abuse

As part of the Spiritual Abuse Awareness month, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and experiences on the topic.  The next few posts will be short little vignettes that I have collected in my notes and studies.

I guess if I want to write about spiritual abuse, I need to define it first.  There are some great definitions out there already.  In my last post I shared this definition:

Spiritual abuse occurs when someone in a position of spiritual authority, the purpose of which is to ‘come underneath’ and serve, build, equip and make God’s people MORE free, misuses that authority placing themselves over God’s people to control, coerce or manipulate them for seemingly Godly purposes which are really their own.  -

Book Review and Giveaway! How We Love Our Kids

Would you like to connect deeper with your kids?  Do they sometimes confound you with their actions, their feelings, or their lack of communication?

Most of the times we look for answers to the questions above through books and advice that focus on the child.

But what if the thing that really needs to change is yourself?

How We Love Our Kids: The Five Love Styles of Parenting
by Milan and Kay Yerkovich helps you identify your love style based on experiences from your past as well as how your children express and identify love.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls

I saw a great recipe for these no-bake peanut butter balls last week and shared them with my sister online.  I planned on getting the ingredients to make them the next time we went to the commissary.

Somehow, I forgot to bookmark or “pin” the link, so when I had the ingredients I couldn’t find the recipe!  I found one that called for crushed up graham crackers but that didn’t sound appealing to me.

So I tried to remember the amounts and came up with my own version.

Don’t they look delicious?

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 2-3 TB honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Waiting for the learning moments

When we first began our unschooling adventure at the beginning of this year, I was nervous about what it would look like.  Not only to us as a family, because we have slowly progressed to this point after several years of careful prayer and discussion.

I wondered what unschooling as a Christian family would look like to the world, to other homeschoolers, to other Christians.  There are so many myths surrounding the unschooling way of life, especially in Christian circles.  To be misunderstood is one thing, but to be judged and criticized over choices that you have prayerfully made is quite another.