How We Celebrate Birthdays

How do you celebrate birthdays in your home, Mama? As the years have gone by, we’ve gotten simpler and simpler in our celebrations, and I’ve come to really appreciate the rhythm we have now. And with 5 kids, it’s been good to keep it simple! We start the day with a simple birthday breakfast, chosenContinue reading “How We Celebrate Birthdays”

Recipe for Sofrito

Recipe for Sofrito •2 Bell Peppers 🫑 •2 Onions 🧅 •One Bunch Cilantro 🌿 coarsely chopped •One Whole Garlic Bulb 🧄 chopped •1/2 cup Olive Oil 🫒 •1 tsp. Salt 🧂 Process in blender until all ingredients are combined. Store in covered jar in refrigerator up to one week, or freeze in ice cube tray,Continue reading “Recipe for Sofrito”

Good Friday with Kids

It’s Good Friday. An important day. A solemn day. A day that forever changed our relationship with God. Our family will spend part of today reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. We’ll gather together, take out some paints, crayons, or pencils, and make art together while we listen to the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.Continue reading “Good Friday with Kids”

A Simple Family Easter Tradition

Hey Mama, it’s almost Easter weekend. How are you going to share the Good News with your children this weekend? In our family, we set a simple table for Easter morning breakfast that always points to Him and His story. Sometimes there’s candy. Sometimes not. There’s almost always a sign something like the one picturedContinue reading “A Simple Family Easter Tradition”

Cocoa Amidst the Chaos

It was a rough night, followed by a rough morning. Multiple clothing changes, multiple night time calls, and I was awake far earlier than I wanted to be, accompanied by a sidekick. By 7:00 am the day was already spinning out of control in ways I didn’t want. Have you had one of those daysContinue reading “Cocoa Amidst the Chaos”

Purchases and Your Values

Good Morning, Mama. It’s Cyber Monday, and we’re just past Black Friday. What are you investing in? We have been saving gift cards for awhile now, and just purchased some patio furniture and a gas fire table. In November. In New Jersey. What might seem like a waste of our precious little resources to someContinue reading “Purchases and Your Values”

A Different Thanksgiving

How are you feeling about this week, Mama? Thanksgiving will be different this year. It feels like everything is different this year. Have you given yourself space to grieve the differences? Our Thanksgiving with a new baby will be nothing at all like I envisioned…and YET… He is still faithful. The King is still onContinue reading “A Different Thanksgiving”

How A Weekly Meal Plan Can Simplify Your Days

Good Morning, Mama. It can be exhausting figuring out dinner night after night. For me, it wasn’t the cooking, it was the deciding what to cook that was so hard!!! We’ve been using this simple rhythm for years, and it’s made dinner time so much easier. It actually allows for a lot of variety, whileContinue reading “How A Weekly Meal Plan Can Simplify Your Days”

All About Groceries

Curious how we grocery shop and meal plan? Once a month, we place an order for grocery delivery from our local warehouse store. The order we place is all the food that our family of 7 will eat for the next 4 weeks. Since all of our meals use the same base ingredients, we alwaysContinue reading “All About Groceries”

Brotherly Love

One of my hands down favorite things about homeschooling is the bond our kids have with each other. This morning, Mr. 7 and Mr. 14 sat side by side working on math together—and they truly enjoy (most days) spending time with each other. Of course, there’s arguing, and wrestling, and frustration…but more often there’s laughter,Continue reading “Brotherly Love”