When I was about 19 and in college, my mom and I were chatting on the phone one day when she told me about this amazing book she had been reading called Harry Potter. “It’s a children’s novel, but you would enjoy it. I like it!” She sent me a copy. Amused at the whimsy of an adult woman… 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. :)
Last year, when I put together the Year of Date Nights for a Valentine’s Gift for my husband, I didn’t realize what an awesome blessing it would be for us! Our year of preplanned dates was exciting a fun at first! My husband felt so loved that I had taken time to set aside for him. As the year went… Read More
I love gingerbread! I used to think it was boring, dry, and no fun at all. Why did anyone want to eat a hard, bitter, spicy cookie? And what in the world does it have to do with Christmas? Then, I got wiser. I learned that gingerbread doesn’t have to be dry or crunchy. That spicy, molasses-y flavor can come… Read More
What happens when you don’t plan for a peaceful Christmas Season? December 23 rolls around. Worst day of the year. At least, that’s what I used to think. I can’t tell you how many times I saw my parents dissolve into conflict under a mountain of stress and tasks on December 23. Maybe it’s the 24th for some of you…. Read More
If I’m being honest, and I’m usually a little too honest, sometimes I really dread Christmas. It’s not the celebrations. I LOVE Christmas. It’s the stuff. Every year, there’s this influx of new possessions that I have to house. I have this awful internal turmoil between being SO SO thankful for a sweet, loving, generous family and simultaneously frustrated… Read More
Tradition….Tradition! If you didn’t start singing, just now, I’m not sure we are really friends. I’ve included the clip from Fiddler on the Roof just so you can get the song in your head and we can be buddies forever. (Skip to 1:48) Unexpected Traditions My oldest child recently came to me and said, “I hate to break it to… Read More