Sometimes You Need to Help Your Kids Fail

Parenting an intense high energy child is a challenge, especially when they shut down at the first sign of possible failure. Sometimes you need to help them fail.

I’m raising a perfectionist.  I’m not doing it on purpose, he was born that way.  He’s the kind of kid who won’t do anything until he can do it perfectly.  He didn’t walk until he was 14 months old, then his first steps were at a run.  He didn’t talk until he was 3 and then all his thoughts came out in paragraphs.  I love this amazing little boy, but sometimes parenting him can be a challenge. We are currently participating in a running club at our local gym with a handful of other kids twice a week.  It’s a very informal group created for the summer to help moms stay sane with energetic ...

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With Lee in Virginia Audio Drama Reveiw

A review of the audio theater production With Lee in Virginia.

We’ve had a pretty busy summer: Camping, trips to the lake, family visiting and road trips!  Just before our big trip up the East Coast to Maine we received a package from Heirloom Audio Productions to review.  With Lee in Virginia is our second audio drama from this company, and we love them!  With Lee in Virginia is an audio theater presentation based on the book of the same title by G.A. Henty.  The characters of this story are brought to life by many talented actors including Sean Astin (the Lord of the Rings), Kirk Cameron (Fireproof), Brian Blessed (Star Wars), and Jim Weiss (Story of ...

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Our Adventure in Ancient Egypt (Home School in the Woods Unit Study Review)

Project Passport Ancient Egypt Review (Home School in the Woods)

I love learning about history, but often feel like I don’t know enough to put together quality unit studies for the boys.  Bebop and Magoo are both very curious about events in the past, and both were particularly interested in learning about Ancient Egypt!  We received a Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt digital download from Home School in the Woods to review.  This unit study is packed with so many activities it was almost hard to decide what to do! About the Project Passport Unit Studies The Ancient Egypt study is a multi sensory unit that is set up like taking a ...

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Dairy Free Split Pea Soup Recipe

A delicious soup recipe your whole family will love! This split pea soup is dairy free, gluten free, paleo and is flavored with bacon. YUM!

When we first transitioned to being a dairy free family, split pea soup is one of the first I made regularly because it is easy to get a creamy texture without actually using cream.  For a long time, I only made split pea soup on cold days.  Recently I've been trying to adapt my soup recipes to the slow cooker for busy days.  Now this soup has become a favorite to eat after family workouts at the gym. This soup starts with what I like to call my vegetable soup base.  Its equal parts of chopped carrots, celery, and onions.  This can all be chopped ahead of time and frozen raw until you are ...

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Today Was Hard {Repost from the First Day of Deployment}

I was working on things behind the blog this weekend, mostly cleaning up old post and editing categories and such.  My end goal is to make this more user-friendly.  As I was going through old posts, I found this one from the first day of deployment last year.  I had completely forgotten that I’d written…

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Deployment is not the Hardest Part of Military Life

Deployment is NOT the Hardest Part of Military Life

It’s just not. In my time as a military spouse, I’ve noticed that deployment is often treated as THE sacrifice that families make.  To the point that all other struggles are dismissed and often never addressed or supported.  Deployment has been put on a pedestal as something holy.  I mean that in the biblical sense…

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Contentment & Military Life

Contentment and Military Life

We’re moving next year. And 3 to 4 years after that. And probably 3 to 4 years after that too. That’s a big piece of military life. We know going into a new community that our time there is limited. That can make it very hard to engage with others at times, especially on short…

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Deployment Journal - The Reunion

Our Reunion – The Start of My Deployment Journal

I feel like I’ve been keeping a big secret from my blog readers because I never talk about being a military family. Some is intentional, as there are parts of our family life I choose to not blog about. For the most part our every day life is just like everyone else, so I had…

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