Biblical Encouragement For The Special Needs Mom

Please know I am only sharing based on my personal experiences. I understand the care of a special needs child varies greatly. Today I hope to share some encouragement from God’s word to your heart as you make the best decisions you can for your individual parenting situation. shared with the permission of my sweet daughter… I sat on the floor next to her begging God to calm her spirit. We were almost 2 hours into our daily bedtime battle. Tears streamed down my face as she continued. I had been roped into her nighttime rituals and I didn’t even know it yet. The compulsive checking, counting, evenness testing and repeated words started once again. Our other 4 children huddled in the other room trying to get to sleep despite the chaos. I had lost all hope. There was no hope in the night ending by explaining away the OCD. My heart ached to reassure her and convince her that she didn’t “need” to do these things. That everything is really ok. And then have her drift off to sleep. But there is no rationalizing with OCD. She would continue until she wore herself out and finally crashed. To watchREAD MORE

The Remarkable Truth About Intentional Family Devotions

I’ve been a Sunday school teacher at the same church for 10 years, so I’ve had the opportunity to see kids grown in their faith in Christ and serve, and I’ve also seen some of them walk away.  Intentional teaching of the word of God it’s not just up to you child’s Sunday school teacher. It’s your job as a parent. Trust me, I say this because I’ve met a parent or two who completely forget this fact. Statistics show that two-thirds of church kids walk away from church after questioning their faith before they become adults. How can this be? Why are we letting this happen? More importantly, what can we do to prevent this from happening to our own kids? One big step we can take towards completely eradicating this depressing statistic, is by starting intentional family devotions. Years ago, we began a Saturday morning Bible study as a family, and this study later inspired something amazing in the life of a group of boys. We’ve been reaping the benefits of that study ever since. To read more, head to Intentional in Life, and set-up a time for intentional family devotions today. To join our weekly mailing list, complete theREAD MORE

Homeschool Mother's Journal

I’m happy to say that after a VERY slow start this year we’re finally back into full school mode, and we’re still having a great time. Here’s what’s happening in our home this month. In my life this month… This month an aunt of mine will be making the 5,000 mile trip from Bolivia to the United States for the first time. She’ll stay in our home for a couple of days and we’re super exited to meet her. Aside from her charm, she’s famous for her cooking skills and we can’t wait to learn from her. In our homeschool this month… We’re reading Shakespeare’s Henry V this month. My girls LOVE to perform so the dramatic readings have been a ton of fun. There’s been talk of building a small stage in the garage for such performances. I’ll keep you posted. Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Basketball season is upon us so our week days are filled with practice and our weekends with road games from early in the morning, until very late at night. We will be spending a lot of time with other homeschool families as we cheer our teams on. This is one ofREAD MORE

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, I’m exited to share some Christmas traditions, and how we celebrate Christmas in Bolivia; my homeland. (This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) My family immigrated to the United States when I was just 11 years old, my husband’s family arrived from the Philippines in the same year. Seven years later, we married and formed a family that has managed to keep Bolivian and Filipino traditions, while also adopting American traditions, and in recent years British traditions. I guess you can say we love Christmas, and we love to pass down traditions. I’d love for you to grab a cup of hot chocolate, and learn a bit about how Christmas is celebrated in Bolivia. The Nativity and The Christ Child In the latter weeks of November, every family sets-up elaborate nativity scenes. These include lakes, hills, houses, all sorts of animals, shepherds and angels. Many of these take up entire rooms in many homes. I remember working on our nativity setting for hours with both of my parents. Just take a look at some of the pictures below. The central piece of the nativity of course is the Christ childREAD MORE

I am the oldest of 4 girls raised by a single mother, who worked 2 and sometimes even 3 jobs at the same time. We all took on chores early on, and learned to help mom in any way we could at a young age. There was no way our household would have survived, and that mom  would have kept her sanity if some of the daily responsibilities had not been taken on by us. 1. Chores allow kids to see themselves as important contributors to the family. A few weeks ago, I overheard my son jokingly telling the girls that mom and dad had done it the right way, by giving themselves ‘six-built-in-slaves’. When he noticed I had walked in the kitchen, he smiled and said he was grateful we had taught him and his sisters to contribute and not to be lazy. This was a big win for me. My kids understand that every time they sweep the kitchen, clean the bathrooms and take out the trash, they are taking part in the running of this household. They understand that these trivial tasks keep our home clean, comfortable and pleasant. 2. Chores equip kids with skills to function outsideREAD MORE

Super Quick Peanut Butter Cookies

Our final recipe comes from Amaya. Today she is sharing her super quick peanut butter cookie recipe. Amaya is 13 years old, she is an avid baker, photographer, videographer, executive producer (sister’s YouTube videos) and lover of books. She was a little hesitant to share her recipe, because she came up with it ‘by just throwing ingredients together’. We think these cookies are great, they tend to disappear pretty quickly. I encourage you to give your kids opportunities to try to come up with their own recipes, or variations of others. You never know what amazing dishes, pastries, or deserts they’ll end up with. Let their creativity run free! We hope you give this recipe a try, prep time takes roughly 15 minutes plus 10-15 minutes to bake. If you try it, please come back and tell us what you think. Ingredients 1 cup of sugar 1/2 cup of oil 1 egg 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1/3 cup peanut of butter 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 1/2 cups of flour Directions Preheat oven to 350° degrees F Grease your cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mix sugar and oil together, then add in one egg and vanilla extract. MixREAD MORE

The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I’m big on planning, organizing and pretty much trying to keep track of the many hats I wear on a daily basis. I love planners, yet I’m not into the glam planning that is so popular these days. I don’t do the stickers or elaborate layouts. I consider myself to be a ‘get to the point’ planner, as if that  was a real category. I have two big problems when searching for a new planner: Though there are thousands of planners to chose from, most will have a number of pages I’ll never use; and though I only have to print what I need, the price reflects the number of pages (as it should). I’m always wishing they would have included something else instead of the countless  pages I won’t use. That’s why for some time now, I’ve been using a spreadsheet as my primary homeschool planner, but my formatting always seems to be off when printing. Being the perfectionist that I am, I end up printing a million copies that end up in the recycle bin, until everything is sized and centered perfectly. Sigh. I’m anything BUT relaxed when this happens.READ MORE

For the last three years I’ve been a been able to work while homeschooling and successfully taking care of my home. Believe me when I say I’m not telling you this with the intention to toot my own horn, but to encourage you to ask Christ for His strength on your day to day routines. Our families and our our homes are a blessing and a great responsibility He has entrusted us with! here’s a peek at how we balance homeschooling and homeschooling at the same time.READ MORE

Our move has taken much longer than we originally planned. After looking at a ridiculous number of homes, we finally found one that is just right for us. The only catch, is that it is not available yet. In the meantime, the old house is on the market, our ‘everything’ is in storage, and we’ve been paying an extended visit to grandpa’s house in Arizona. Consistently homeschooling during this move has been almost as difficult as finding a house. By day 20 (yes 20), we are finally getting a hang of it. Here are 4 tips in case you’re ever in a similar situation; though I really hope you’re not: 1. Less is more. Long gone are the days of a dedicated school room, with manipulatives, whiteboards, science station, library, etc. These days our ‘schoolroom’ fits in a small box with wheels. For now we have decided to focus on core subjects, like math, science and writing, with an occasional Latin lesson. When we are settled in the new house we’ll ease back in to the rest of our subjects. 2. Flexibility is key. For 3 weeks the girls and I have been spending our weekdays in Arizona and weekendsREAD MORE

As mothers, we just want the best for our children, from a great meal to a great education. However this becomes even more trivial when it comes to their spiritual development. As their parent I have been entrusted with so much! It is crucial I make sure they are in God’s word daily. READ MORE