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Grow Where You Are Planted

We have a tiny garden.  We live smack-dab in the middle of a medium-sized city, so we don’t have the room for a huge garden like I’d like. That’s probably a good thing, as I don’t know if I’d be able to keep up with much of a bigger garden than we have! Early this…

Topics: Gardening, Peace

Is it Back to School Time Already?

Summer seems to have whizzed by this year! I don’t know if it was because we went straight from snow to heatwave, with no springtime here, or that the retailers actually put the school supplies out early or what, but I just can’t believe we’re at that time already! Thankfully, our little homeschool family has…

Topics: Education

Opening a New World: Teaching a Child to Read

I’ve always been a big reader.  I remember learning to read in Kindergarten, and I loved reading so well that my teacher sent stacks of yellow “I See Sam” readers home with me to read over the summer between Kindy & first grade.  I loved it.  Growing up, it was the Cat in the Hat,…

Topics: Education

Geocaching: A Family Treasure Hunt

Geocaching:  Using multi-million dollar government satellites to find Tupperware in the woods.  You’ve probably heard of Geocaching, but what exactly is it? Bumper-sticker slogans aside, Geocaching is a fun and inexpensive way for both parents and kids alike to get out of the house and out into nature.  The official definition from the Geocaching website…

Topics: Geocaching

Homeschooling: A Bold & Beautiful Choice

Today I had a meeting of the mom-minds…  with some terribly wise ladies who have “been there done that” with this whole homeschooling high-school thing.  Stepping past that milestone this fall is a big thing for me, knowing that I’m now going to be responsible for not only keeping track of school hours (Missouri thing!)…

Topics: Education

Chickadee’s Good-as-Restaurant Shredded Beef Enchiladas

I know this isn’t a food blog by any means, but every now and then I like to share a recipe or two.  You can rest assured I’ll only post recipes I’ve truly kitchen-tested and that have passed the stringent Chickadee-Family approval test. 😉  With three kiddos, it’s a tough test for sure! We can all use…

Topics: Recipes

A Good Father

I spent the afternoon today going through years of photos.  So many sweet memories.  For years I had wanted to put up a series of pics of the kidlets all at the same age, and today it finally got accomplished.  One pic per kiddo, each taken at their first birthday. It took longer than it…

Topics: Parenting

Fun in the Sun: Playing in the Dirt with your Kids

My kids are pretty picky eaters. They weren’t always that way though. There was a time when Ottergirl was a toddler, that she and Rocketboy would get into the garden and eat all my tomatoes before I could even harvest them. It’d become a backyard tradition for them: go out to play, snack on some fresh…

Topics: Gardening