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Happy Miracle Day!

Happy Miracle Day!

 April 15th.

It’s just another day to most people but it is known as “Miracle Day” at our house.


Happy Miracle Day! An inspiring tale of a man who fell so far, yet found himself on the top.

Well, because on that day my entire family was granted a miracle.

Let me backtrack a little bit.

This is my brother, Freddie. He is a globe-trotting, life-experiencing kinda guy.

You know the kind.

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He works for a little bit, saves his money and then travels the world until he runs out of money again.

At the tender age of only 32, he had been to over 36 countries.

Pretty amazing, huh?

In 2011, he had settled down in China, working as a teacher and living with his then-girlfriend, Tania.
We had never met his girlfriend and she spoke little English, so we had not really spoken to her on the phone much.
(She spoke French and knew just enough Chinese and English to get her by.)

On Tuesday, April 19th, my parents phone rang, at about 3 am.
You know the feeling when you’re phone rings in the middle of the night?

Imagine the horror when you have a child living in another country and you get that late night call.

Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

-Backyard Chickens-

The average American eats 248 eggs a year!

That’s a lot of eggs and a whole lot of hard working chickens.

I’ve wanted to get some backyard chickens for a while now.
Considering we barely make it through a dozen eggs a month, I didn’t really see a need for them but then I started thinking of the other benefits of having backyard chickens.

But, being the crazy person that I am, I talked Mr. Man into letting me buy 7 chickens.
I researched and read and asked questions and by the time we got the chickens, I still didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

Backyard Chickens

Why I Don’t Want a DVD Player in the Car

Why I Don’t Want a DVD Player in the Car

I see it everyday.

Kids quietly sitting in the backseat of the minivan, eyes glued to Tangled on the screen in front of them, while mom chats away on her cell phone.

Why don't I want a DVD Player in my car? Because I prefer memories over movies.

I can’t help but wonder if this is what our future holds.

Kids who cannot” behave” while in the car for a 20 minute commute.

Kids who can’t look out the window and *think.*

Do they constantly have to be entertained?

Would they scream and fight more if there wasn’t a DVD player in the car?

When I was a kid, we played tons of games in the car. We played the classic “Slug Bug,” we played the “ABC Game” (find every letter of the alphabet on the signs), we played the “States Game” (find a license plate from every state), we played the “Future Car Game” (the next “red” car is what “Jeremiah” will get for his 16th birthday) and we played the always entertaining “Future Spouse Game” (next person to pass us is who “Jeremiah” will marry.)
These games were fun! We would laugh and laugh when “Jeremiah’s” future wife turned out to be a chubby bald dude with no teeth, puffing away on his cigarette.

My drug of choice? Sugar.

My Drug of Choice


I have lived a pretty sheltered life.

I’ve never done drugs or been a drinker. I’ve smoked a cigarette, which was more like dying from coughing because I had no idea what I was doing. Not to mention, I’m allergic to smoke, so that didn’t help. Ha! Sometimes I wonder how teenagers even survive.

My drug of choice? Sugar.

However, I will admit that I am totally and completely, 100% addicted to sugar.
Everyday, I start my day by making a gallon of sweet tea.
And everyday, by dinner time, that gallon of tea was gone.

Now that the kids are home all day, it’s usually gone by 2 or 3:00!

But I don’t always drink sweet tea…

When I go anywhere, I always stop to grab a Dr. Pepper fountain drink.
Sonic’s “Happy Hour” is probably the greatest thing ever created. I can’t even count how many times I have driven the 15 minute drive into town just to grab a Route 44 Dr. Pepper. It’s just so good.

Have you ever stopped to think about what you are drinking? I never put much though into what I was drinking. Sure, I knew it was an unhealthy habit, but just how bad is all that sugar for you?

apple taste test

How to Hold an Apple Taste Test

Apples are one of the most popular fruit in America and we all know why! Whether you choose to bake with them, eat them raw with peanut butter, or make apple sauce with them, they are downright delicious! Holding your own apple taste test will help you learn even more about this glorious fruit!

With apples being so yummy and cheap, it’s no wonder the average person eats 65 apples a year!

In honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday (September 26th) and National Apple Month (October), fall is the perfect time to hold your own apple tasting.

Learn all about America's favorite fruit while you hold your own apple taste test. Fun hands on learning ideas and activities included!

How can a mom be okay with daughters who don't wear hair bows?

Why My Girls Don’t Wear Hair Bows

Why My Girls Don’t Wear Hair Bows 

Once upon a time, I was a young mom to the most amazingly gorgeous little brown-eyed baby. She was my heart and soul.

Bath times were followed by finding the perfect outfit for my princess. Once we found just the right outfit, we’d add the icing.

From the day my first-born was brought into this world, she always wore a hair bow, each perfectly created to match a specific outfit in her closet. This was back before big, boutique bows were in. Most baby girls simply wore measly little bows, no bigger than a Tootsie Roll, attached to a lace headband, that had been bought from (GASP!) Wal*Mart.

Everywhere we went, people commented on her custom-made hair bows. A local man even called her “Satellite Baby” . He said her bows reminded him of the HUGE satellite dishes that took over people’s backyards in the 80’s and 90’s.

I just smiled and reveled in the comments.

Why my girls don't wear hair bows! And I'm FINALLY okay with it.

Our Path to Homeschooling

Our Path to Homeschooling

-Our Path to Homeschooling-

Many people ask us how we knew the decision to homeschool would be the best fit for our family. After all, Mr. Man and myself both attended public school and we turned out fine. (That’s actually debatable. ;))

Well, here’s our story from the beginning…

Our path to homeschooling