February, 2013

  1. Rock bugs

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    Last week, we were having one of those days.  Everything was frustrating and nothing I had planned for the day was working out. The kids were feeling a little trapped inside.  The youngest was sick and a lot of my attention had been focused on her. I sent the kids outside to get some smooth…

  2. Bird Ballet

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    One of my little girls loves birds. I pinned this video the other day, and I couldn’t wait to show it to her. While we were watching it, the old homeschooler in me couldn’t help but ask the girls, “Why do you think they do that?” The older ones tried to humor me by giving…

  3. Fun Runs

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    Fun runs are a great way to get kids involved in giving back. Most adult 5Ks (and even marathons) for a cause have a children’s fun run attached to the event.  It’s a great way for your kids to raise money, awareness, or just be active for a cause that they care about. If there…

  4. ACC, fabric, and perspective

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    Largely because of our work with Congo, our family has become involved with the African Community Center in Denver, primarily with the We Made This program. It’s been so thrilling to have the girls actually meet refugee women from other countries, and gain the perspective and depth of thought that has come with imagining what…

  5. Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.  

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  6. “What do I desire?”

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    I’ve heard a lot of negativity about this theory, but I won’t apologize for loving it. I don’t care that it doesn’t fit into the world we live in. I feel like it is a waste of time to push my kids to find a life that they are miserable in so that they may…

  7. Praise each child individually for what that child is, and help him or her escape our culture’s obsession with comparing, competing, and never feeling we are ‘enough.’

    Jeffrey R. Holland

  8. Not a lot of teaching going on

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    Ever since she saw Soul Surfer, my little girl is hooked on the idea of surfing.  She wakes and sleeps surfing.  It doesn’t matter that we are living in the middle of Colorado and that she has never seen the ocean.  She is going to be a surfer, and she knows it. She started a…

  9. Yoga for Congo Women

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    Matt and I founded Yoga for Congo Women several years ago out of a desire to raise awareness and help women survivor’s of Congo’s horrific war. The subject matter is pretty rough.  It’s not something that’s easy to talk to kids about.  Matt and I feel, though, that it’s very important for them to be…