Celebrating My Mom’s Birthday with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies {share your tried and true recipe!}

September 23, 2014

Welcome! So glad you’re here. I’d love to have you join the community on my Facebook page and Instagram. Join in on the convo here by leaving a comment! Thanks for visiting! Pretend I served you chocolate or chai latte. Or both. May we grow in grace and truth together for all areas of our […]

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A Sign of a Critical Spirit and/or Legalist Mindset

September 21, 2014

There are signs that a critical spirit and possibly a legalistic mindset is ruling a heart.  I’d like to talk about one today. I’ve shared different aspects of my journey out of the legalistic camp and today I am hoping to open eyes and change hearts.  Yup, tall order.  I know,  Still, God did it […]

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Do We Suffer Well? {a la James 1:2-4}

September 17, 2014

Suffering is a part of life.  If you don’t believe that, then I steer you directly to the book of James.  Right off the bat, the Lord tells us there that trials are a part of life and trials, by definition involve suffering.  Not necessarily grievous suffering, but some level of suffering. I am grateful […]

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Do You Go to the Fair? And Do You Eat Fair Food?

September 16, 2014

This was our third year to make a quick trip to the New Mexico State Fair.   We had a nice time.  It wasn’t a skillet throwing contest or anything… but we had a sweet time and a trophy came home with us. This year’s trip involved me deciding that we would go on Dollar Day […]

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Homeschooling Curriculum Choices for 2014-2015

September 15, 2014

I am overdue in sharing this.  My apologies.  Every year I  share the curriculum choices we have made for each school year for a few reasons: It helps me remember when I look back later It may spark some research for others It could provide an answer someone is looking for in their own homeschool It […]

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We Need to Talk to the Children in Our Lives About Adoption. A lot. Seriously.

September 10, 2014

This post has been in the draft folder for months, but after last week’s experience, I finished writing it.  I’ve realized that there is a problem in our culture.  I have a sickening feeling it’s common in other cultures too. There is an incredibly strange conflict of thought in regards to unplanned pregnancies.  Girls and […]

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Getting a Negative Pregnancy Test Monthly: Waiting to Wait on My Adoption Journey

September 4, 2014

I have been blessed with the gift of fertility.  Rather fertile fertility.  You may have noticed.  I have not struggled with infertility and I’m grateful. There are times in my life, though, where I have seen negative pregnancy tests or I’ve had a cycle when I wanted neither.  I wanted a baby.   Times when we […]

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Helping Kids Learn Expectations for Room Cleaning {free printables}

September 1, 2014

One of the biggest struggles here at the Brouse House is room cleaning.  I am not naturally neat and, go figure, neither are my kids.  Some of them may be, but they live here, so it remains to be seen.  I am not here to tell you that your kids have to keep their rooms […]

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Back to the Books Celebration {giveaway #4: Jamberry Prize Package}

August 29, 2014

Time for another fantastic giveaway!  The last giveaway for my Back to the Books Celebration is a pampering treat for you, homeschooling mamas.  And… it’s Jamberry!  An entire prize package, even! Yes, Jamberry Nail Wraps is one of the hottest fashion trends right now. Yes, I think homeschooling mamas should be pampered. Yes, I think […]

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Long Term Effects of the Flat Belly Goal

August 27, 2014

Women in our culture have issues with body image, beauty, and weight.  I am one of those women.  And when I say we have issues, what I mean is that we have big problems that are such a part of our mindset that we don’t even know they are problems. We think they are normal.  And […]

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