parenting

Why Kids Should Do Chores

I have a large family, six of whom are children. In this family we are a team. We often work together or independently for the greater good of our team. We serve each other, often reluctantly, but nonetheless. My husband and I believe that our children will benefit from hard work, routine, and serving others.… Continue reading Why Kids Should Do Chores

Christianity · parenting

To Trick or To Treat?

My current inside view, which I have dubbed Mt. Malcolm. This is about a day’s worth of laundry for my family of eight. My current outside view. There is snow on Halloween and tonight is trick-or-treating in our small northern Michigan town.                     Even though I… Continue reading To Trick or To Treat?

Christianity · faith · frugality · parenting

Proverbs 31 Lessons from My Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma

Family History I love history. I may not remember directions or how to get somewhere, but I recall most every story ever told to me by family members. Family history is important to me, so I can pass those stories down to my children and some day grandchildren. Family Heritage I was blessed to have… Continue reading Proverbs 31 Lessons from My Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma

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Teaching Your Children a Lesson By Letting Them Fail

  Morning Routines Every morning  my children follow the same routine Our routine allows my six children to move like a well-oiled machine as they get ready for school.  We have the routine nearly perfected and it works well for us. However, today our well-oiled machine was not running smoothly at all. Somebody must have forgotten to… Continue reading Teaching Your Children a Lesson By Letting Them Fail

parenting

A Typical Busy Saturday for our Large Family

Saturday’s are typically busy for our family. Even though we may all be home together, we often are going in many different directions. We all have a list of chores to do on Saturday’s.  There are always the same ones, but depending on the time of the year they may vary. Once chores are done,… Continue reading A Typical Busy Saturday for our Large Family

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Pinterest Perfect Mommy and the Mommy Wars. Am I doing this right?

    Those Moms, I Know We Have All Seen Them (Insert a slight amount of sarcasm when reading this) Maybe you have seen the picture posted by that one mom who snapped a picture of her toddler sipping almond milk from a BPA-free sippy cup while eating avocado tzatziki dip and wearing fair trade… Continue reading Pinterest Perfect Mommy and the Mommy Wars. Am I doing this right?

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Before I lost my son, David Cooper I had never heard of October being deemed Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with it now.  Back in October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. He was quoted as saying; “When a child loses his parent,… Continue reading October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

faith · parenting

Don’t Hinder the Little Children

“But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 (NLV))   Being a parent entails many responsibilities.  We know that we are to provide them the basic physical necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. And we… Continue reading Don’t Hinder the Little Children