By Ralphie Jacobs
It’s that time of year, friends! Parents everywhere are searching and deciding what to do with their preschooler come September. More and more are turning to preschool co-ops. They’re free, intimate, and a great stepping stone to the real deal.
But some mothers dread doing a co-op, right? It’s completely out of their comfort zone. They’re either overwhelmed with having to come up with 3 hours of activities about the letter “B”, or the strict control of the curriculum leaves them feeling majorly boxed in.
I was totally one of those moms! It amazed me that I could have a degree in early childhood education and not want to teach preschool in my home.
But it all changed when one very important element was added.
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**Can we all agree to NOT judge this movie by it's cover?
If you do, you will be missing out on something GOLDEN! Yes, it's old--but it's fabulous!**
This TRUE story, The Scarlet and the Black, is absolutely amazing. You seriously couldn't make this up if you tried!
I love movies like this because they carry a sense of nobility within them. Courage and danger, sacrifice and loss, compassion and forgiveness are all center stage-- along with witty dialogue and achingly real characters. I have a lot of spoilers in this article, so if you want to be surprised, just go watch it already. If not, well--you were warned!
One of the most important things I have ever learned was taught to me by a baby.
Many of you might know the story of my sister Jessee and her daughter Ava, who passed away when she was only 3 months old. Jessee and her husband are amazing, faith filled people and they continue to inspire me. But what Ava taught me is probably one of the most important lessons I have ever learned.
But first, I have a confession: I never held my niece. Not once.
I've had a lot of internal shame about that for many years, though I'm finally at peace about it.
*I thought a kid's perspective might be helpful, so this post is written by my 12 yr. old son, Gideon (and there will be more to come!). Every time he had to stop reading this book to move onto something else, he would sigh and say, "SUCH a good book," so I asked him to share it with you.
I hope you enjoy it as much as he did!*
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Hey guys! This is Gideon, and today I’m really excited to share one of my favorite books! It has some great lessons and is a really fun read!
By Ralphie Jacobs
Aren’t traditions wonderful? They are the fabric of a family. They are the ties that bind.
Traditions make a family feel like a unique entity, separate from the outside world. Children welcome them with open arms because they bring the magic and joy to our everyday lives.
But, have you ever thought about writing them down?
See if any of this sounds familiar:
If this sounds like your family (and it does sound like mine, sometimes!) what do we do about it? We try hard, but sometimes we just don't know what to do...
I am super excited about this new community I just found out about, because it's not just for moms, not just for dads, but it's for the whole family--and it has a proven way to make our families more happy and successful.
All of us need a break sometimes. A lovely, happy, non-stressful break. For me, that often means reading a great book. I enjoy chick movies and chick lit as much as the next girl, but sometimes it is hard to find books without sex scenes in them. I enjoy well written books that have clean language, a few laughs and that aren't cheesy.
In this post, I will share my top 7 favorite romance authors (most of these are Regency style)--and they will give you LOTS of relaxing, happy, clean reading. They usually have kissing to one degree or another, but it ends there.
What can you do with two sticks of gum and a good heart?
You just might be able to change the world.
The story of Gail "Hal" Halvorsen, aka "The Candy Bomber", is a great one that is super fun to share with your kids. If you don't know his story, you are in for a sweet treat!
This is a story that needs to be shared. I love how Hal was just doing his job, when he found a way to go the extra mile and bless countless lives in the process. I think that we can do the same, even though it will look different than the way he did it.
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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