Twelve Christmas Stories to Read to Children

12 Christmas stories to read to children

Looking for Christmas stories to read to children? Natalie has 12 to share with you today!    By Natalie, Contributing Writer My favorite thing to do with my kids is read to them. Chapter books are great for reading out loud in the afternoon and at bedtime (and if you read to the end, I have a couple of bonus recommendations in that category). But the younger children find beautiful picture books especially delightful–particularly during the Christmas season. There are so many lovely Christmas stories […]

How to Host an Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party

How to Host an OCC Packing Party

Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer For the past few years, I have loved being able to participate in packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child with my kids. I usually let each of them choose the items at the dollar store, we decorate a card and pack the boxes all while listening to Christmas music and drinking hot beverages. It’s been a tradition of trying to teach them to care about others around the world that might not have as much as they do. And […]

One Chaotic Day in the Life of a Mom with Three Kids

One Chaotic Day in the Life of a Mom with Three Kids

By Erin, Contributing Writer In last year’s Day in the Life post, I confessed that I was in the midst of a very chaotic season. I had three kids; my oldest was a new 4, and my youngest was a newborn. The girls are now 5, almost 3, and 13 months. Life is still chaotic. Although I can say…since my baby turned 1, the fog is starting to lift! We moved into a new house in August, and I am still getting the house set […]

An Unexpected, Spontaneous Family Day

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As I sat down to write this day in the life post, I thought: “This was not really a ‘typical’ day for us, but, honestly, who has typical or normal days when you have little kids at home?!” Am I right?! This was a Monday–a day that turned out much differently then I had originally expected but became so much more than I could have even planned for. Keeping an openness and spontaneity is so important to my husband and […]

A Day in the Life of Natalie: a Work-at-Home, Homeschooling Mom of Nine

A Day in the Life of Natalie- a Work-at-Home, Homeschooling Mom of 9

By Natalie, Contributing Writer It’s Monday, September 9, 2013. This is week two of school. Ready. Set. GO! 6:30 a.m. I roll out of bed, shower, dress, throw in a load of laundry, bring up a tray of cured soap (I own and operate Apple Valley Natural Soap), grab some coffee and sit down in my “office” (a re-purposed family room with three walls) for some time with the Creator. I’m just finishing up a powerful study in Ephesians using Wendy Alsup’s Bible study By […]

A Day in The Life of A Brand New Stay At Home Mama

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Hi! I’m Diana from My Humble Kitchen. I’m a brand new, full-time, stay-at-home mama. I’m just smitten to be able to write that, and I am looking forward to the day when I am able to shake someone’s hand and confidently tell them that my full-time career is home educating my children and serving my family. It was a long road traveled to get here. My husband and I worked on smashing our debt, living simply and, through it all, finding joy […]

A Day in the Life of a Pilot’s Wife (With Three Kids Under Five)

A Day in the Life of Beth

By Beth, Contributing Writer It’s a typical Wednesday night, and I’m about to record for you a typical day in my house. Kidding! Silly readers – there’s no such thing as typical when you’re married to a pilot, have 3 kids (sometimes 4), work part-time from home, write a blog, and are just waking up from five years of massive sleep deprivation. Oy vey. Friends – this “day-in-the-life” thing is… shall we say… a huge challenge for me. I swing wildly between feeling like supermom […]

Day in the Life: Homeschool Mom Recovering from Illness

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By Stacy, Contributing Writer Earlier this year I hit bottom. By bottom,  I mean, complete burn out and exhaustion. The breaking point was finding myself in bed for ten days with shingles. Since then I have been making a concerted effort to have more margin in my life. A lot more. It is important for my physical, spiritual and mental well being. There are still many busy days, but fewer of them. I’ve stepped away from a number of commitments and given myself permission say […]