Monday, September 1, 2014

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

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 How can we help? 

The Jessie Rees Foundation is a global childhood cancer charity dedicated to ensuring every child fighting cancer has the support and resources to Never Ever Give Up.  We fulfill our mission by 1) encouraging courageous kids to NEGU, 2) assisting courageous families to NEGU, 3) rallying communities to NEGU for courageous kids, 4) mobilize athletes to NEGU for courageous kids and 5) inspire the world to NEGU for courageous kids.

Each year in the US, the month of September is dedicated to “childhood cancer awareness”.   If you have a social media platform, please join our Going Gold campaign and help raise awareness of this devastating disease. 

As part of the launch team for Eric Rees and Jenna Glatzer's new book, Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and her JoyJars, I'll be sharing some resources this week along with my review of the book. To learn more, visit the Jesse Rees Foundation at

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

3 Easy Steps for Teaching Your Child to Read

Super excited to have my article featured at Crosswalk. Here's an excerpt -- head over there to read the rest!

Does the thought of teaching your young learner how to read make your heart race? I’ll admit that my two biggest fears when we started homeschooling were the prospects of teaching my child how to read and of one day having to conquer algebra. After all, reading is the basis for everything in between!
I learned along the way that the more I make learning a part of our lifestyle, the happier our days are. With laundry, errands, and toddlers, “life happens,” as the saying goes. Creating an environment for learning that happens naturally is crucial to success. Charlotte Mason’s motto was, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” Her living book approach to reading feels intuitive in many ways.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to teach reading. Start with real life experiences, use real literature, and even incorporate nature study. I’ll also let you in on a little secret—if your child isn’t reading fluently at age four, you are not a failure. Adopt a gentle approach, and it will eventually happen.
Crosswalk News

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hearts for Home Blog Hop # 80

Welcome to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop!

Every Thursday over 20 bloggers host the Hearts for Home Blog Hop
The blog hop runs from Thursday through Wednesday, so please be sure to stop back by and share your family friendly posts throughout the week! As wives and moms, our hearts are to be focused on our homes, and we all can use inspiration and encouragement from time to time! 
So please share your posts on topics such as: faith, homemaking, marriage, homeschooling, crafts, DIY projects, recipes, parenting, and anything else that can be an encouragement to someone!  

The most popular post from last time was:

The God Who Searches
from A Look at the Book

Check out some of my favorite posts from last time:

The Gospel According to
Mike Wazowski from
We Are 1 Blog
A Roller Coaster of Emotions
from Soul Survival
Creating a Book Basket for Babies
from Embark on the Journey

I hope you'll play along and share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links! Use the form below to enter your links. Please just kindly link back to this blog or display our Hearts for Home button in your post or on your sidebar.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Not-Back-to-School Homeschool Supplies

Every year as summer winds down, inspiration strikes me when I’m shopping at my favorite store. You know, the one with the hypnotizing bull’s-eye and all that inviting redness? When the water guns disappear and are replaced by colorful displays of glue, markers, and folders, I want to pull a school list from the end cap and start pitching notebooks into my cart. And the lunchboxes! I still fondly remember that red and black plaid one I had with its matching thermos…

My boys always roll their eyes when I suggest buying new backpacks and barrels of paste, then they remind me that we homeschool.

The Homeschool List
This year, I decided to make my own Not-Back-to-School Homeschool Supplies Shopping List: