"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." ~Aristotle This year, we're reading Home Education in our homeschool group. Home … Continue reading Charlotte Mason and Habit Training (Thoughts on “Home Education”)
At the very end of elementary school, I discovered I could run. It shocked everyone, myself most of all. You see, I was painfully awkward. I was always the last to be picked when we divided into teams in gym class. I liked playing sports about as much as I like eating fried liver. Which is … Continue reading The Day I Ran and What I Learned (The Secret to Winning at Motherhood and Life)
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of the earth.” (Genesis 1:26, The Message) Dominion. What does … Continue reading Join Our Stewardship Challenge!
“Come here!” She continues to pick up toys and throw them on the floor. “Come HERE!” It’s as if I don’t exist. How is it that I’m in the same room but she can’t seem to hear me? “COME HERE!!!!” I’m sure my voice must be loud enough to break some sort of sound record, … Continue reading The Moments that Matter
My husband and daughter walked down the street, a foil-wrapped loaf of banana bread in hand. Evelyn had been talking for two days about the "banana bwead" for the neighbour. Already at two-and-a-half, she loves to bake things for people. They knocked on the door and the old man answered, a smile lighting his face. … Continue reading Tea, Cookies and a Little Child
The kids were safely buckled in their car seats. In the front, tucked behind my feet, was a bag filled with muffins, sandwiches, water bottles, and fruit. The diaper bag was stocked and we had toys to keep the girls occupied on the long drive. My husband climbed into the car and looked at me. … Continue reading Road Trip – Creating Lasting Memories
The little girl threw herself on the sidewalk, screaming. "NOOOOOOOOOOO! Stay outside! Say hi to doggie!" "Sweetie, it's time to go inside," the harried mother said with forced calmness as she bounced her fussy seven-month old on her hip. Teething and tantrums - it wasn't even 9 a.m. and already it was proving to be … Continue reading Seeing Beyond Today
I stayed up late writing a blog post for today. It was pretty funny, if I do say so myself. But this morning, as I was reading my Bible, God spoke something entirely different to me. So .... change of plans. I want you to picture Abraham. His hair is grey - perhaps he's slightly … Continue reading Looking to the Future
My almost-two-year old has been throwing some pretty big tantrums lately. We’re talking the throw-yourself-on-the-driveway-screaming-in-front-of-the-neighbours kind of tantrums. She usually does it when my hands are full, which means that I have to drop everything (literally) so I can wrestle her inside. I have the bruises to prove it. Some days, I think I would … Continue reading Seeing Beyond the Tantrums
“Come to me all who are weary and who carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 – NIV) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life.” (Matthew 11:28 – Message) This is for the weary ones, the ones … Continue reading Are You Weary?