(First, a long introduction, then…) Monday FunDay–Do Something Creative

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No one was around when my friend dropped me off at home yesterday after the long drive from Grand Rapids. My family was at a soccer match. The house was empty.I dropped my suitcase not far from the back door.Got a drink of water.Climbed up the stairs to my bedroom.Flipped back the covers (The … [Read more...]

The Boy That Never Sees

I came across this poem in a reader that someone gave me many years ago, called Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 1: Second Edition.The Boy That Never SeesGod help the boy that never seesThe butterflies, the birds, the bees,Nor hears the music of the breeze     When zephyrs soft are blowing;Who … [Read more...]

WFMW Containerize Kids Laundry

Shannon is suggesting a "Greatest Hits" edition of Works For Me Wednesday. While last week's overnight crockpot steel-cut oatmeal instructions were wildly popular, this post was a big hit in its day. It first appeared in February 2007.I’ve never liked doing the laundry–especially for six people–but … [Read more...]

Monday FunDay (week 10)–Get Up and Play

Welcome!You've arrived at home base for Monday FunDay, a carnival dedicated to swapping simple, amusing–maybe even silly–everyday ways you enjoy good, clean fun.Monday FunDayTo participate in Monday FunDay, just post a story, idea, or explanation at your blog of how you and/or your family has … [Read more...]

The Simplicity of Reading

I recently came across a passage in a book called Graceful Simplicity.In a chapter entitled "The Politics of Simplicity," in a section subtitled "Education for Simple Living," the author claimed that "In educating for simple living, three building blocks stand out: fostering a love of books, … [Read more...]

Six-Year-Old Accountability Partner

Our youngest is extremely verbal. He listens, remembers, and repeats. He thinks about things a lot. He asks questions and when we're not expecting it, our own words will come back to us via his sweet, thoughtful, six-year-old voice. And when we state our intentions and commitments out loud, we're … [Read more...]

Monday FunDay (week 3)

** Works For Me Wednesday visitors get in on the fun by reading below. Find your way back to "Don't Try This at Home" here. **It’s Monday. Again. Strange how it comes around with such amazing regularity...Are you feeling a little down? A little dreary? A little blue?Monday FunDayJoin us every Monday … [Read more...]

Monday Really Was Fun

I sure enjoyed visiting the Monday FunDay participants' posts, storing up fun ideas to enjoy with my kids.La Donna Mobile wrote a post entitled "Let Children Be Children," highlighting a long passage from a book I'd never heard of, called Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay … [Read more...]

Monday FunDay

Monday FunDayOh, yes, it's Monday FunDay, friends. Time to swap simple, amusing--maybe even silly--everyday ways you and your family can enjoy some good, clean fun.A quick review--you can write up a little post with a story, idea, or explanation of how you and/or your family has livened up Mondays … [Read more...]

Feelin' Groovy

Sometimes I just stumble on something that I take for granted and suddenly realize that the kids have never seen, heard, smelled, tasted, encountered or ever thought about it.Like a famous line from an old movie. Just the other day, one of the girls had a friend over who had to work on some Latin … [Read more...]

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