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The kindness of strangers

Like much of the country, we have endured a blizzard the last 36 hours. It was an amazing display of snow and wind in all its wintry glory. But to me the real story is not those who got stuck in the snow (like me), but those who were helping their neighbors. When I got stuck there were no less than 5 people who stopped to check on me. The first pickup of 20-something dudes … read on, my friend…

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Open house–us in a nutshell

I haven’t updated on our family in a while, and since we are starting a new school year soon (and since it’s open house time at The Homeschool Lounge) I thought I’d bring you up to speed on my brood. I should start by saying in this open house post that we homeschool because we feel we are called to do it. That is not the case for everyone, but it is for us. And … read on, my friend…

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The family newspaper

I had come across this great idea from Lady Lydia and liked it so much I started doing it here and from the beginning it was a big hit. It’s so simple I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before. It’s a family newspaper. The premise is simple: take a sheet of paper and fold in half. Fill the pages with all sorts of interesting things. Give it to your kids to read. I … read on, my friend…

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The most powerful creative tool

The most powerful tools you can have in your homeschool arsenal is–are you ready for this–a schedule. Many creative types see that word and run the other way. Before you write the idea off hear me out. Why do I say a schedule is a tool? Because it gives you control of your time. Because it helps you. It helps you keep on task and lessens frustration. That’s one handy tool. Why do I say … read on, my friend…

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Raising good cooks: part two

Becoming a good cook isn’t about being flashy or complicated. I think the best cooks are a ones with a few simple techniques that they do well. There are some things that will give any cook confidence. Reading a recipe. Knowing how the recipe will flow helps you be a more confident cook. And also knowing if you have the ingredients/equipment on hand is good to know too. Knife skills. Learn chopping, dicing, peeling, and … read on, my friend…

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Raising good cooks: part one

When it comes to preparing your children (daughters and sons) for adulthood, kitchen skills can be a little overwhelming. All that goes into keeping a good kitchen is daunting, especially if you are a perfectionist or feel you lack skills in this area. Pick recipes from a favorite cookbook or family album and get to practicing. Part one in this series is a list of recipes. A good cook does not need a hundred recipes. … read on, my friend…

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Happiest closet ever

If you are like me you are always looking to improve your storage situation. With all the papers and books and other supplies your home can turn into a classroom in a hurry! What about thinking outside the box closet?… This is the cutest craft closet ever and it is filled with great ideas. Click on the picture to see the slide show at Better Homes & Gardens magazine. It’s worth the time to see … read on, my friend…

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Luther on motherhood

Our natural reason looks at marriage and turns up its nose and says, “Alas! Must I rock the baby? wash its diapers? make its bed? smell its stench? stay at nights with it? take care of it when it cries? heal its rashes and sores? and on top of that care for my spouse, provide labor at my trade, take care of this and take care of that? do this and do that? and endure … read on, my friend…

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The power of choice

Choice is a powerful thing. I have the ability to shape my life (with God’s help) with the decisions I make. If I am unhappy with my life, it is because my choices have brought me here. If I am happy, the cause is the same. Internal attitudes determine outward behaviors and what results is, well, life. This is what is meant by thinking governmentally, thinking about who or what is directing controlling restraining my … read on, my friend…

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Needlework goodness

I have been pursuing art in the paper medium, but lately I have been very interested in something more, shall we say, domestic? I have been perusing the web for some vintage patterns for my kitchen towels and other projects. Some links I have found myself frequenting include: Primrose Design Stitch School has amazing tutorials on about twenty stitches and they are not to be missed. If you have wanted to teach your daughter or granddaughter some … read on, my friend…

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