It’s hard to stay connected as a family these days. Even if you’re an at-home mom, you may be busy with household managment, homeschooling, or rocking a home-based business between loads of laundry. You’ve got a lot on your plate, and sometimes you worry you aren’t making the most of these family years. One of the best ways to feel… Read More
They're growing up so fast!
You have a lot of dreams and goals, but nothing is more important in your life than your family. Sometimes, it feels like we are hustling so hard to accomplish all we need to do that we forget to stop and just enjoy ourselves along the way.
My family has created habits of making memories that stand as mile markers in the mind.
Special occasions--even on ordinary days--that remind us of the joy we have together.
As homeschoolers, we are almost always in each other's presence, so it can be challenging to feel like "family time" is special. One way we do this is by creating special theme nights and celebrations around holidays, even silly ones like Groundhog Day!
Of course, the foundation of our family is our marriage. My husband and I have been through periods where we felt like roommates, present but disconnected. Life, busyness, exhaustion, even television can get in the way of maintaining a healthy marriage. We combat that slow decline with regular date nights. We plan weekly quite evenings at home where we just talk or play a board game, and monthly dates where we go all out (or stay in) with a special theme!
If you're around our family for very long, you'll soon learn that we go all out for birthday parties! It's not essential, of course, but we really have a good time with it! If your family loves themed parties, you'll enjoy seeing some of the creative ways we've celebrated our kids' birthdays. Fun Fact: With 4 kids, aged toddler to teen, I've thrown over 30 themed birthday parties!
I hope you find inspiration for your Family Fun times to create memories and grow your relationships.
I think of it as an insurance against my kids thinking all I ever did was work on the computer and teach them school. :)
Here at Gathering Joy, I’m passionate about helping moms get organized and make the most of their time so they can accomplish all they want to do and make memories with thier families. One thing I know for sure: a home runs better when the husband and wife have a strong marriage. And marital bliss doesn’t just happen. You have… Read More
Confession: When I was a little girl, I really wanted to be Dr. Seuss. I dreamed of being a children’s book author, and I was especially intrigued in the way Dr. Seuss drew people in to a world we had never been to and made us all feel quite at home among his fantastical beasts. I wanted to write books… Read More
I LOVE Dr. Seuss! When I was little, I wanted to be him when I grew up. When my second daughter was three years old, she could almost recite The Cat in the Hat word for word. She was adorable. We decided it would be her 3rd birthday party theme. As it turned out, pink, red, and aqua was an… Read More
I started planning my daughter’s 11th birthday party even before she was born. I was introduced to the wonderful wizarding world in 2000 and was well past my own 11th birthday…with no letter from Hogwarts. I knew her 11th birthday would be the year we would go all out and create all our favorites from the Harry Potter world! … Read More
When I was 16, I worked at a florist’s shop. I will never forget taking orders for Valentine’s day. We sold chocolate dipped strawberries that year as an add-on gift to the bouquets. Three of us employees sat for hours on end gathered round a Crock Pot of melted chocolate as we prepped order after order of strawberries. And the… Read More