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Gardening in Colorado {links to some good info for us CO garden newbies}

I have grown up around gardens.  When I was a young girl, we lived next door to my Grandma who had a very large garden behind our house.  Since we lived in a rural community, it wasn’t unusual for people to invite us over to pick from their…

Using planners to run a household

  As a stay at home, homeschooling mom, I view what I do around our home as my job.  And I treat it as a job too.  Since I’m responsible for the education of five people, feeding & clothing seven people, and keeping our home at a reasonably…

Christmas decor {2015}

Today the Christmas tree and decor will be coming down.  While I love decorating for Christmas, I just need the clean slate feeling of taking it all down once Christmas day is finished. However, I want to document our Christmas decor before it is gone for the year.  In addition…

Goals {June}

Here we are half way through the month of June, and I’m just now setting my goals for the month!  However late I may be, having a few goals set, and then posting them here on the blog, gives me some focus and accountability…and my life…

Christmas is coming {preparing our homes and hearts}

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We spent the entire day with family and enjoyed quite a feast.  It was a great day!  We have so many blessings to be thankful for! Now that Thanksgiving is over, our thoughts turn to Christmas.  Every year, I begin thinking on…

3 in 30 goals {August}

I keep saying it but I can not believe that it is already August! Summer activity is winding down and school is gearing up.  For us that means our homeschool is receiving a lot of attention now as we organize and prepare for our first day.  It also means that…

Back-to-homeschool {part 2: the planning stage}

Our home is in heavy-duty back-to-school prep mode.  We’re cleaning school areas and purchasing supplies & materials.  The cleaning is actually still in progess (does it ever end, really?) but this weekend will be one humongous back-to-school planning session for the teacher! Over…

My first photoshoot and lessons learned

Years ago, I remember using my Dad’s Canon 35mm film camera to take pictures on a family trip.  And I remember the thrill of getting the film developed and finally viewing those pictures on film.  I especially loved the pictures that were what some would  call the &#8220…

Our most favorite, best ever salsa recipe

If I ever decided to give up gardening, I think my family would revolt.  Unless I decided to continue growing a few Roma tomatoes in containers.  Only then would they probably be okay with my new non-gardening lifestyle. Why the demand for Roma tomatoes?  Because my family has an…

Menu Plan for July 29 – August 3

I just typed August in the title…Is is seriously almost August? The summer has flown by and given us many opportunities to share the love of God with others through mission trips, to experience the love of God and draw closer to Him through various camps and activities…