The Ups, Downs, Ins, and Outs of Pandemic Schooling

On March 13th, 2020, our school was closed last minute so teachers could discuss and make plans for distance learning in case it became necessary due to COVID-19. Here we are two months later, in-classroom school is canceled for the 2019-2020 school year and we are in the throes of virtual pandemic schooling. Never in … Continue reading The Ups, Downs, Ins, and Outs of Pandemic Schooling

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Mother’s Day and All the Complicated Emotions With It

Complicated emotions abound this Mother’s Day. I am a mom, so this day is for me. The only problem is the realization that it has always been 25% about me and 75% about my mom on this day. I enjoy celebrating the love I have for my mom; celebrating our amazing relationship. So May 10th, … Continue reading Mother’s Day and All the Complicated Emotions With It

Schools are Closed – Grieving for the Loss of Normal

On April 2, 2020, Governor Whitmer announced an executive order to cease all K-12 in building school for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The news hits me hard, though I knew in my heart that it was coming. We are in difficult times. Making this decision could not be easy for anyone involved. … Continue reading Schools are Closed – Grieving for the Loss of Normal

How to Keep Your Sanity Working From Home

Over the last 8 years I worked at home a minimum of two days a week, all the way up to the full work week. You could say I have a love-hate relationship with working from home. I love the flexibility, the freedom to care for my children, and the lack of commuting. The down … Continue reading How to Keep Your Sanity Working From Home

Days in Isolation – Middle School Mania

We find ourselves in strange times as we practice social distancing and self-isolation to contain the spread of COVID-19. Trying to find some sense of normalcy during a national pandemic is a challenging task. One of our biggest challenges is inputting academics into our regular routine without causing unnecessary drama and tension. Preschool and Elementary … Continue reading Days in Isolation – Middle School Mania

Days in Isolation – Birthdays are NOT Cancelled

As we practice social distancing in an attempt to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to find new ways to do “normal”. Our first test came on March 20th as our sweet and sassy seven year old turned eight. A birthday cannot be cancelled! It needs to be special. This year special … Continue reading Days in Isolation – Birthdays are NOT Cancelled

Grace for the Resistant (aka Forced) Home Schooler

So here we are forced into “social distancing” by a terrible virus. If we can’t be social, it means are kids cannot go to school. How many people are feeling panicked? I know it is scary. For those of us who tried home schooling and it didn’t work for our family or those who never … Continue reading Grace for the Resistant (aka Forced) Home Schooler

35 Essential Pantry Staples for Simple Meals

As the country prepares for “social distancing” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, my first thought came to food. A family of five lives here and we need to be able to eat. As food flies of the shelves at grocery stores, I want to share my list of essential pantry staples. These items … Continue reading 35 Essential Pantry Staples for Simple Meals

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Creativity

Creativity and imagination are where new innovations are born. If we want our children to do BIG things in this world, we need to encourage them now to use their imagination and create. The creativity fostered now will grow to “out of the box” thinking. The world needs new ideas and people who see the … Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Creativity

Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms

As moms, we are going to have rough days. Maybe we feel like we were too harsh with our kids, or maybe we wish we had more money to send them to that private school, or maybe we are just exhausted from staying up all night with a sick toddler. At one time or another, … Continue reading Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms