Robotics in the Homeschool?

My daughter used to really love Lego Robotics, so one year for her birthday we purchased her a robotics kit. A few years later, my son received the kit as a hand-me-down and has love it every since. He has the ability and patience to read the manuals, put the pieces... read more

Why We Homeschool

Updated Summer 2016:  We are still homeschooling. Since the original post back in 2008, Christina has graduated and gone on to own her own business while staying home with her two children of her own. Sarah is now 18 and graduated this May, after struggling in some... read more

Win 2 Tickets to the Hillsong Concert in Louisville, KY!!

Join Us For an Evening with Hillsong United Freedom Hall/KFC Yum! Center Louisville, KY Thursday, July 28 7:00 PM Special thanks to Grace Hill Media!  We are partnering with Grace Hill to welcome you as our guest for the Hillsong United Concert in Louisville, KY... read more

Making Sushi at Home- Easier than it sounds

We have a sweet friend who makes her own sushi, so she kindly offered to come teach us how. The Menu: Tuna Rolls, Smoked Salmon Rolls and California Rolls Since we don’t eat a lot of sushi (it’s kinda pricey for us), we told her to make whatever she... read more

Downloading Music for FREE – Legally!

One fun perk of being a Prime member of Amazon is the ability to stream/download ALL KINDS of music at NO additional cost. I have two teens who devour music, and my husband and I both love music as well. Our family iTunes account is sizable, but it did not come cheap.... read more

Review: My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) has generously given me the use of their school planning product My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping for my 3 youngest students, David (11), Daniel (6) and Rebecca (3). This is an online product where the teacher (me) goes into the interface and... read more

How I Make it All Work Through Delegation

This post was originally written in 2008, I am reposting it with some updates that reflect how we have used delegation in our family as all of the kids have matured, and increased!  I now have 6 children and two grandchildren. I received an email from a mom who is a... read more

25 Years of Marriage

Today someone asked me what 25 years of marriage felt like. There is no way I could answer that in a quick sentence. Here is the more complete answer. I hope to update this at 50 years! Dinners Date nights Saying goodnight and I love you to the same person 9,125... read more

Review: Forbrain

Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd  gave us the opportunity to review their unique product in our home. Forbrain‘s tagline is: Use your voice to boost your brain. The product looked very simple: A set of headphones with a mic. How it is supposed to work is as... read more

Review: Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017

Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017  from The Old Schoolhouse is now on my list of essential homeschool tools for the year!  I was fortunate to receive a print copy of this planner to review. I love my current planner that I use for our family,so I was not... read more

Momspiration Sale Event

What inspires you? This morning, I woke up inspired. I have a mission today. Our family is going on a mission trip in a couple of weeks, and this one will include both my husband and me and all our children still living at home. Ten years ago, for our 15th anniversary... read more

Blogging, Working from Home and Being a Homeschooling Mom

Working from home has been a blessing for my family, it is something I love sharing about because I want to help encourage other moms who want to help improve their family’s finances, but I also want to give them a realistic picture of what that looks like in... read more

Review: Science Shepherd

My son, David (11) absolutely loves science. He also really loves learning via video, which I have learned this year, so he was excited to review Science Shepherd ‘s Curriculum, Introductory Science, Level B. I was immediately pleased to find that this... read more

For Sarah on Your Graduation Day

For Sarah on your graduation day: You are the bravest girl I know. You stood up to me at age two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen. About age 16 you realized we were better as a team and the continuous... read more

For Anne Mary on Your Graduation Day

Dear Anne Mary, When you were little, we thought you might be slow. You were so very quiet. Long after all the children your age would have been speaking in full sentences, you barely spoke. Then one day you started to speak in full, perfect, easy to understand... read more

Review: Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization

Institute for Excellence in Writing has provided our family with their product, Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization.     We received the Teacher’s Manuel and CDs. Included in this product as it is sold is a downloadable student workbook.... read more

Book Review: The Kid’s ROTH IRA Handbook

I had the pleasure of reviewing The Kid’s ROTH IRA Handbook: Securing Tax-Free Wealth From a Child’s First Paycheck or Money Answers for Employed Children, Their Parents, the Self-Employed and Entrepreneurs and I think it is a great resource. If given to a... read more

Review: Zeezok Publishing

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to try and review Zeezok Publishing LLC ‘s Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades. Recipient of this hearty music appreciation curriculum. So far, I love it. It goes through several composers. For each... read more

Review: Socrates Meets Jesus

This book review was written by Anne Mary Russell, my 15-year-old daughter, and student at Boyce college in Louisville, KY. Kreeft, Peter. Socrates Meets Jesus: History’s Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1987.... read more

Review: The Pencil Grip, Inc : Kwik Stix 12 pk

My daughter, Rebecca (3) was the very happy recipient of a set of Kwik Stix 12 pk from the The Pencil Grip, Inc. company. These beautiful paints come in 12 tubes that look similar to glue sticks. But they don’t work like glues sticks! These are a vibrant, smooth... read more

Still a Woman in Need of a Savior

So many times we want to be so much more than we really are. And, we expect our children to be so much better, faster and stronger, smarter and wiser than we were at their ages. I catch myself doing this all the time with my 17 year old. I know the pain that my own... read more

Watery-Youth Gospel by Anne Mary Russell

The following was written by my fifteen-year-old daughter, Anne Mary Russell.  Anne Mary attends Boyce College in Louisville, KY.  I hope you enjoy it. The church is built on the Bible. The Bible itself says that it is “living and powerful, and sharper than any... read more

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