Favorite Family Christmas Traditions

favorite family Christmas Traditions

Traditions are very important to families. Traditions bring us together. They give us events around which we can form relationship bonds. Being a part of family traditions gives us a sense of belonging. Traditions can be big events- traditional family dinners with all of the extended family gathered. But they can also be small and simple- opening a pair of pajamas every Christmas Eve. As we approach the Christmas season and you begin to plan on things to do with your family, I’d like to share with you some of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions. The Advent Wreath Our church Continue reading

Creating Christmas Traditions

Creating Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to create some memorable traditions for your family. Dr. Dobson says:‘The great value of traditions comes as they give a family a sense of identity, ‘belongingness’. All of us desperately need to feel that we’re not just a cluster of people living together in a house, but we’re a family that’s conscious of its uniqueness, its personality, character and heritage, and that our special relationships of love and companionship make us a unit with identity and personality.’ A tradition is something that can change over time or be created with a sense of purpose. Special moments need Continue reading

Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day! (Circle Time Book Review)

Many times, homeschooling parents have one common lament: there’s not enough time to get to everything I want to do each day! Often it is the group time that is sacrificed for those things that *must* get done: phonics, math, grammar, etc. Sadly, it is the time spent together as a family that led many parents to homeschooling in the first place! Kendra Fletcher has found the time that you thought was lost. She calls it Circle Time. In Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day!, Kendra will walk you through strategies to help you plan your Continue reading

Begin 2013 by Creating a Memory Jar

A few weeks ago, I read a book of Amish fiction, written by Tricia Goyer — The Memory Jar. In the book . . . Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she’s also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Do you blog, journal, or scrapbook? After reading The Memory Jar, Continue reading

Blog Cruise — Making Time for Dad

Most of us would say that one reason we homeschool is so we’ll have more quality family time together. But in reality this is what happens.  Mom is the primary teacher and caretaker of the home. Dad is the primary breadwinner.  Most of time, Dad works all day outside the home, while Mom works all day inside the home. By the time Dad gets home from work, Mom is exhausted and ready for a break from the kids, and Dad is exhausted and just ready for dinner and some downtime.  No sooner are the dishes washed and the leftovers put Continue reading