About Family Worship

At our house, we have a worship time every night after dinner. Each time this comes up in conversation, the person learning of our nightly ritual is (1) surprised (as noted by the signature lifting of the brows and downturn of the mouth) and, then, (2) curious. Very curious. I mean church is that place you go once-a-week, right?  How much sin do you have in your life that you need to go every day? you ask. We have some very […]

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Learner-Leader Day

In our revolving-door home, we always have at least one kiddo here at the beginning of each school year. No matter who’s here, each child has Learner-Leader Day to celebrate the beginning of another school year. Natural children, international students, whoever!  If a child moves in mid-term, he/she has Learner-Leader Day then. What that means, in layman’s terms, is that, if you  like this idea, you don’t have to wait until next school year. Do it now! Early on in […]

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THM-Friendly School Lunch Ideas

Is this that time already? Is it just me, or does it seem like the summer gets shorter and shorter each year? Awhile back, I put out a survey, and boy did you respond! Thank you! Many of you have asked for THM-friendly school lunch ideas, but the truth is that what you probably just need are ideas…any old school lunch ideas. Sure, they could be on-plan, but around about mid-October the 987th peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich is looking rather uninspired, and you just want […]

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Twenty Questions

Yesterday, the Diva and I traveled back from Memphis, where we had gone to attend the wedding of a beautiful, gracious, intelligent, lovely, and hilarious friend. Holla, Susan! As we headed back East, toward our snowy Mecca, the Diva suggested a game.  We had played that game for awhile (until we got to the Taco Bell in Jackson), when the Diva suggested we play Twenty Questions.  You know, the game where one player thinks of something, and the other/s ask […]

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Thinking Maps: A MUST have!

As an educator, one of the instructional methods I most lean on is Thinking Maps. It’s not the product that students produce, but rather a process for getting students (whether children or adults) to produce a richer, more well-thought-out product. The program includes a set of 8 “maps”.  Some people have referred to diagrams like these as graphic organizers, but beware, the Thinking Maps people don’t like that.  Thinking Maps is much, much more. Basically, there is one map for […]

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My Child Won’t Do Any Chores! A Solution…

At our house, as you know from the quee-chee post, we all do chores. Big Daddy gets a reprieve from alot of them for two, simple reasons: 1. He works outside our home. 2. We have no grass to mow, and the garbage needs to be handled when he’s at work, usually. Refer back to reason 1. While he does his fair share, the Diva and I do the bulk of the chores around here, and I don’t mind one […]

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The Diva Blogs!

The Diva has decided to try her hand at this blogging thing. Should I be proud or intimidated? Hi guys! It’s the Diva here!:) Let  me explain:  I wanted to blog, just once. If y’all like it, I will do another one. Who wants to know some fun facts about me? FACTS 1.       I love my mom. Duh. 2.       I love the color pink. 3.       I love chocolate meringue pie. I call it chocolate shampoo pie because the meringue looks […]

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Family Field Trip: Dry Valley Dairy

“When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you.” ~Pat Summitt, Head Coach Emeritus, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Awhile back, Big Daddy and I decided it was time for our now-suburban children to take a pilgrimage to the land of raw milk and farm-fresh eggs. For far too long, Big Daddy asserted, they’d been drinking milk and eating eggs that […]

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