Parenting blog posts from Homemaking911

The Quest for Rest

A unique challenge to having many children in varying age groups is that once the little ones are in bed for the night, the older kids come wide awake.  But at the crack of dawn the little ones are up and ready to play. Oh the agony. When I had just one or two...

Overwhemed, bored or hopeless, Mother?

Do the staggering responsibilities of all the people in your care leave you feeling overwhelmed, bored or hopeless? Feeling this way is not uncommon among women, particularly stay-at-home moms and homeschooling mothers. It’s not uncommon, but it does not have to...

The Power of “Just a little each day.”

Little by little a tree grows. Each day, just a tiny bit- almost imperceptible. But over the course of years, the changes are obvious.  Growing up in our house on Hardwood Court, my dad planted a little tree in our front yard. Frankly I am amazed it survived because...

Preparing Your Teen for the ACT

One of the beauties of home schooling is that I get to personalize our education for each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Concurrent with that is that our two goals for our homeschool are as follows: 1.  Love the Lord, know Jesus and follow him. 2. Be...

Secret Shopping for Income and Free Services

For the past couple of years I have done “Secret Shopping” on a limited basis. Here are some of the things I have received free and have been reimbursed for my time as well: Oil changes,tire rotations, air filters on my cars Meals at restaurants Meals at...

Picasso Tiles: Perfect Gift for a Four-Year-Old

I admit it. The WHOLE family is enamored with these amazing tile-like things that have magnetic edges. Daniel saw these toys at a friend’s house and played with them the entire evening. Seeing how long this simple toy kept him happily occupied for a long time, I...

Living With My Own Imperfection – Revisited

**Revisiting this post from a few years back. And life is STILL just as busy, even though I don’t bake bread all day on Fridays anymore. I am still not perfect, and this is STILL a good reminder!** As I have been sharing with our readers of Homemaking 911...

Devotions: Done!

For years I have wanted to do daily devotions with my children- in addition to the Bible studies they do as part of their daily school work.  But it always seemed to monumental. Here are my lists of excuses reasons: Getting everyone up at the same time just did not...

Exposing What is Wrong at My Church

One of the most mind altering phrases I have ever heard in church came on a Wednesday Night Service. Our church was considering changing their Wednesday night services and one of the lay ministers was asking folks what could be done to make the Wednesday night...

Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

Duncan, Sarah (our 15 year old daughter) and I went to see a preview showing of this movie. About the Movie: Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter centers on pregnant teenager Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) who flees her drug-ridden mother (Rosario...

The Day My Heart Broke

OK, to be straight, it was not my heart- it was my blood pressure, whatever controls that thing. It broke. It broke several weeks before my husband and daughter left to go to Kenya on a 21 day mission trip. My indicator: I stopped wanting to eat much or sleep much,...

Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson: Chapter 7

Sacrifice in the Mundane (On selfishness) Wait a minute: Did this book for grown-up mothers actually include a chapter on SELFISHNESS.  Surely not.  Anytime I tell someone I have six children, they declare how self-less I must be.  They tell me what a high calling...

Sisters Tea Parlor- Mother/Daughter Date

For years my husband did father-daughter dates, as well as Father-son Guys’ nights out. Usually I did not do these because I was with the children all day, every day and it seemed like they had enough of mama time. But in the teen years, this couldn’t be...

Desperate by Sarah Mae Chapter 5

This chapter is called: When the Dark Invades. If you have ever suffered from depression (post partum or otherwise), this chapter was written for you. Two moms. Two different stories. Both have had periods of depression, darkness or sadness.  What is interesting is...

Desperate, Chapter 4 by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

Powerful chapter. I gotta dive right in by sharing a quote that I sat and pondered over and over since reading it: “Unfortunately, many moms have entered the battlefield of motherhood and are totally unprepared, untrained, and ill-equipped for the job. I know I...

Desperate, Chapter 3 by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

Oh. My. Goodness.  If this chapter did not speak to my heart, nothing would. An out-of-the-box child. Yes, Ma’am.  I have one or two or six. Here is the heart-stopping paragraph from the book: “I love the idea of formulas: the idea that somebody can give...

52 Ways to Save Time: Stop Wasting It

Ok, I admit it.  At times I get on the computer just to send an email, or check the bank balance, or to send a quick note to someone, or to pay a bill, and I get distracted.  I end up there longer than I like, and I end up wasting precious time.  I realized this was a...

The #UnWired Mom: Final 10 Thoughts

I finished my experiment through the book Unwired Mom by Sarah Mae.  Here are the things I learned: I spend less time wired than I thought. I still spend too much time wired. I am training my children to be wired, too and am taking the time now to talk to them about...

What I Learned Working in the Garden

Several years ago someone gave my daughter a beautiful rose bush. Because she wanted it. That rose bush was beautiful, and for a couple of years, we enjoyed watching it grow strong and wild and beautiful beneath our kitchen window, and just outside her bedroom window....

The #UnWired Mom-Your Ideal Day

I went ahead and wrote out my “Ideal” day, but this was not really tough for me.  I often make plans about my day and have had to learn that Blessed are the Flexible. I can make all the plans I want, but if I make the plan the idol, I have missed the...

The #UnWired Mom Challenge- Have an UnWired Day/Meet with a Friend

This was tougher than I thought. I have a business online and I was working really hard to get things together for the beginning of the school year.  I have never been a Pintrest addict, but I was using it to get together some fun preschool ideas for Daniel.  I have...

The #Unwired Mom challenge: Interview my Children

Part of the challenge is to interview my children.  Done. Here is what was revealed to me: The kids thought the following were my favorite thing to do: -Being with my husband -Being with my family -Sleep (David said this!) This was the only answer that gave me pause....

Co-Op Day List

Even though we homeschool, one day per week we have co-op classes that the children attend. Here is our new checklist for that busy morning.    Anne- Breakfast David Breakfast Sarah Breakfast Daniel Breakfast Malia’s Smoothie David’s Backpack including French, Hip Hop...