Small Laundry Room, Big Family

1. God is a God of order

Dear Nancy

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2. Wife-ing

I love being married. In fact, I tell my husband pretty frequently that I love being married to him. Sometimes I'll text him that my day was so, so exciting...

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3. Mom-ing

The biggest part of my day is spent mom-ing. And I feel like I do a pretty good job. Probably because my husband is a really great dad and makes me feel like a slacker which encourages me ....

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5. Reasonably Clean Housekeeping

I won't take credit for the idea of "reasonably clean". Leila Lawler became my savior when she used this tag on her blog "Like Mother, Like Daughter." She released me from feeling inadequate by introducing the idea that we don't strive... Continue Reading →

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4. Me, Myself, and I

We moms can feel like the most neglected person as we go about our vocation, but I rarely do. Partially, this is because I had the benefit of being raised by a faithful Catholic housewife who seemed quite content with... Continue Reading →

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Planning for a new school year

Here is a list of the flow from school year to school year. I'm teaching 7 levels this year (K, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, plus toddler) and have taught all of them before, and planning is a vital... Continue Reading →

28. Read aloud MODG

When I first reach for my earliest memory of the twins, it is the day they came home from the hospital. My husband and I, fairly clueless about what to do with 3 and 4 lb babies, placed them in... Continue Reading →

27. Finding your Catholic support group

Where are the NFP support groups? Have you ever wondered that? When we were first married, we needed an NFP support group, but we could hardly find a teacher. Occasionally the Couple to Couple League would send a no frills... Continue Reading →

26. Homeschooling with undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD

I apologize for this long post which is not as orderly as I prefer. It was originally a Facebook conversation which I have cobbled together here since this is information I frequently get asked about.  Our Dyslexia story: We have... Continue Reading →

25. Perspective art project

“Keep your eyes on the crucifix, for Jesus without the cross is a man without a mission, and the cross without Jesus is a burden without a reliever.” --Fulton Sheen Think for a moment about Christ on the cross. Usually,... Continue Reading →

24. Making Lent more penitential

Our family is blessed in that we are not spiritual novices. This makes Lent a bit of a challenge since giving up chocolate isn't really going to help any of us develop spiritually. I've always wanted to celebrate the Great... Continue Reading →

23. Teacher workday

February is always that month of the year where homeschool moms start dreaming the yellow school bus dream. If only our kids got on the magical yellow bus each morning, we would suddenly be transported to a wonderful land of... Continue Reading →

23. How to really clean a bathroom and save a soul

After glutting on the beauty and order of Auntie Leila's Reasonably Clean House posts, I created this set of instructions for my kids. We have 11 people in our family and 4 bathrooms. We do all or almost all of this "less... Continue Reading →

22. Plan, Do, Reflect

What I want to talk about is taking a teacher workday, but before we can discuss this important and practical tool for successful homeschooling, we need to discuss the principles that support it. Developing and articulating our principles in a... Continue Reading →

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