Getting ready for Truth in the Tinsel

making Advent crafts with Truth in the Tinsel

Last year was the first time since Amanda published Truth in the Tinsel that I finally had kids in the target age range. I was excited to do these Advent activities with them, and we were off to a good start but fizzled out before Christmas because of two problems: 1) in mid-December, I had a mishap with a kitchen knife and had a ridiculous bandage on my thumb … [Read more]

Week-end: links & life

art journaling

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." -Thoreau Once again, I've dumped facebook. Basically, I'm just trying to streamline life wherever I can, and FB and I have been on rocky terms for a long time. But I'd been … [continue reading]

The dog ate my blog

dog ate my blog

Thankfully, the dog hasn't literally eaten my blog because I suppose that means she would've eaten my macbook. And while rugs, a wall, a couple of towels, a pack of kitchen sponges, and a windowsill have fallen victim to the BatDog, all … [continue reading]

It’s Shoebox time again!

operation christmas child shoebox gift

National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 17-24, so we're working on putting our boxes together! We collect items all throughout the year; back-to-school sales are a great time to stock up, and end-of-season … [continue reading]

Homeschool, life, and curriculum update

high school homeschool

We're a few months into our homeschool year, which means we're far enough in to see what's working and what isn't. Although I don't do any formal sort of mid-year review, I do try to stay tuned in to my kids so I can tweak our plans and … [continue reading]

My new hobby: Art Journaling

art journal pages

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ~ Beatrix Potter Over the years, my inborn creativity has been rubbed off and worn down from what it was when I was a child. Maybe I can't blame … [continue reading]

Meet the new [fur] kid!

Piper the bat ear dog

First of all, in case you missed the discussion on Instagram, WonderDog has a new name. In a crazy-weird coincidence, one of our adopted kids' real name was way too close to our dog's name. What are the odds of that!?!  Anyway, for the past … [continue reading]