Spring Fever

Oh friends. It has been six days since I popped in. SIX WHOLE DAYS. That’s almost an entire week. Where has the time gone? I feel like I blink and days have passed. How does that even happen? Like, it was February and then POOF! It’s March. I hope this month might go just a wee bit slower. Goodness knows I need time to just get things done and with it flying like this, I feel so behind all the time.

Life over here has been the same as always: busy and chaotic. School seems to be a bigger struggle every single day. I keep telling myself that this is normal but some days I wonder if all children can be as resistant to doing their school work as mine. But, resistant or not, it gets done; even if it takes us all day and several meltdowns later to say we are done. Sometimes you just have to do what you have have to do.

Spring fever has officially made it’s way here and I truly believe this may be the biggest reason school is a struggle. This time every year leaves us all desiring road trips and vacations, sunny skies and warm sand. Yet, here we are in freezing temps with rainy skies and muddy tracks left on my floors. Oh how I am ready for Spring. I am also ready for a break in school, hikes and beach time, sand and sun and I am especially ready to be able to go home and visit my family. Spring fever is definitely making us feel like school is just a burden these days.

But even “burdens” must be carried if they are important and school is definitely falling into the important category. So, to liven up our moods and spirit, we ordered our curriculum for next year and I am hoping once it arrives, it will spark excitement back into our hearts and that by seeing what we are working towards for next year, will also bring back some much needed motivation on both our parts.

Do you ever feel like Spring can’t here fast enough? Boy I sure do. In the meantime, it’s deep breaths and let’s get back to it for us. I hope your school days are a bit easier than ours!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤


Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Books?

I have an immense love of the written art. Books are a staple in our homes and my life.  I am extremely concerned with literacy in both our home and our nation. As a homeschooling parent, one of my top goals has always been to ensure that our home is filled with the right kinds of books and that I am creating an atmosphere of adventure and learning through reading.

In a world where IPads, IPods and Iphones have given our children access to anything and everything this world has to offer, it has become an addiction that has begun to steal our children’s contentment and intellect. Where children used to fill their hearts and minds with books and toys that allowed for creative play, exploration of new ideas and concepts and critical thinking, they now fill them with digital video games and YouTube videos or social media apps that foster a need for the constant state of “having more” and are stealing from them valuable growth and exploration. With our entire nation, especially our children, plugged into screens more than ever before, we have begun to see a rise of the generation of “boredom”; nothing satisfies them or is ever enough. Being inundated with videos and shows such as toy reviews or reality television and bombarded with the constant advertisement of the next “coolest” thing has led our children to become obsessed with having material items simply for the sake of being able to say they own it.

Books are a hidden and, often times, under appreciated treasure in our world today. They fill the shelves and libraries often untouched and unexplored. They have become an object of disdain among a vast majority of children because they are seen as “work” rather than something of enjoyment.

Books and reading are vital to both emotional and academic growth in our children. They help our children to explore their own feelings and passions. They open up a world full of possibility and adventure that our children so desperately need.

One of the most common statements I hear from individuals is, “You have way too many books.”  This always surprises me and saddens me for two reasons: 1. I feel like I do not have nearly enough books and 2. How is it that in a world where we value the art of collecting gadgets and apps on our phones, we have lost the art of  valuing and collecting a good book?

While we are teaching children that they can never have enough toys, games or the next coolest app, we should be teaching them that they can never have enough books; they can never read too much or explore enough.

If we are wondering why we have an increase in depression and dissatisfaction within our next generation, I feel we must stop to ask ourselves if it could coorelate to how much time they spend “plugged in” and how little time they spend exploring a good book. We must ask how much technology surrounds our children rather than books. Books educate, yes, but they also provide an escape and can give our heart a sense of purpose and encouragement and joy that is currently lacking. Books can provide an escape for the hurting and the broken. They can ignite inspiration and change. They can provide a place of safety and security when our hearts need it the most. Sometimes, a good book can change the way we think or feel, sometimes they can even provide healing and peace among a world of chaos and grief.

Literacy is a struggling issue in our nation and our world. We have lost the art of holding a good book in our hands and with that, we have also begun to lose our sense of wonder and adventure.

I encourage you to look around your home. Do you fill it with books? Are they in your bedrooms? Your home offices? Do your children have access to all kinds of reading material or do you find your home and rooms to be full of merely electronic gadgets and screens?

We all want to be a part of the ways that our country grows and evolves and we all get excited and pulled in by the enticement of the next big thing but while we are a society that has become so very “plugged in” day in and day out, I feel we must take back our children and teach them what it means to foster a love of reading and books. It is time we unplug and begin to become fully aware of the crisis in our nation that is technology. These screens are robbing us of our time, our contentment and our humanity.

Someday, our world may experience a regression in technology or worse, we could face a crisis in which access to the internet could become threatened. If that happened, how would it affect your family?

For centuries children had but a few small toys and shelves of books and from among them arose a generation of explorers and inventors who created the most extraordinary, life changing things; a generation of people who asked the questions no one else dared ask and who pioneered unit the unknown with courage and fearlessness. Where are the next great explorers of our times? Who will our children become?

I fear that if we continue to push literacy aside in the home for a more “hip” and easy fix of temporary entertainment or fulfillment, we may someday soon find that the last of the great explorers and inventors have come and gone.

Books are so much more than words on a paper. They are the hope of our children and the legacies we leave behind. They are the secret to taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

So the question should never be if we own too many books but rather if we own too few.

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️

Indestructibles: Books for the Little Destructors in Your Life

This past week, I came across an advertisement for some special books, called Indestructibles, made specifically for babies and toddlers. These adorable books are 100% nontoxic and are made to be chewed, twisted and crumbled by the littlest of hands. Why? Because they are literally indestructible.

Besides being the perfect size for small hands, they are also colorful and adorably illustrated and tell short and sweet stories that capture the attention of even the busiest of babes. Even better than all this, they are chew proof, rip proof and they are washable.

When I saw this, I HAD to get some to try them out. We are a book loving family. We are always reading something and while I love our books we have now for our Little Miss M, it is sometimes hard to allow her near them because her constant chewing and pulling is not very good to them, or my sanity for that matter.

So, I set off to find these amazing books on Amazon and I was stunned when I saw how affordable they were. This had to be too good to be true.

I ordered two. One was around $3 and the other around $4.BB2DDCBB-9E89-4891-B4B8-701F25B7BF06

I was so excited when they arrived last Sunday. I immediately opened them and gave them to our little destructor. Her reaction was priceless! She was so excited and of course, they went straight to her mouth. She chewed on them and played with them for hours. They were soaked in drool and crumpled.

After I laid her down for her nap, I began to pick up everything and realized that the books were not damaged at all from the moisture and even more than that, all that baby drool had not changed the integrity of the paper in any way. All of the places where she had crumpled them were now back to normal and had not one single rip.

I am happy to report that three days later, these books are still going strong and have zero evidence of drool or wear even with her chewing, tugging and pulling on them.

I am amazed. Seriously.

So, if you are a book lover like me but don’t trust your littles with them, these are the books for you.

No book deserves to be chewed on. Well, unless they are indestructible like these that is.


In Christ’s love,

Kristy ❤️


Oh, Mr. Rogers, How Much You Knew…

As a child, I grew up watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”. I loved the music and the “Neighborhood of Make Believe”. It was a show that created a calming and soothing effect and I can remember feeling like it was a safe place. Anyone could be a part of his world and anyone would be treated with kindness. He taught us things, he opened up ideas and thoughts and helped us to realize things we might be feeling or thinking. He created this mutually understanding that life was about constantly growing and changing and learning how to be okay with that and do it in a way that promoted healthy and stable environments, emotions and relationships.

As the years went on, I am sad to say that I forgot about the things that Mr. Rogers taught us. I became consumed with the need for friends, the latest boy bands, trying to fit in at school and wanting to be accepted. I became consumed with television shows that seemed to always be about a boy falling in love with a girl or a girl trying to win that boy’s affections; shows that seemed created this need to be someone other than myself.

Even shows that seemed harmless seemed to, while trying to get across some very valuable principles and lessons, often times pushed into my mind these thoughts that I wasn’t enough. And then there was the music and the magazines and the commercials that all seemed to also push sexuality onto us, and in a lot of cases ideas of bullying and even violence. They were so subtle that they were often over looked.

By high school, we were hooked on shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, MTV’s the Real World and too many others for me to even bother mentioning. Our minds became bombarded with images of physical sexuality, drug and alcohol exposure, underage bar hopping, bullying clicks in school, and so much more. But no one told us that it wasn’t safe for us to watch because most didn’t even realize what was happening. These shows were actually targeted with a young viewer age range in mind and we bought into it. Every. Single. Episode.

From there, it went downhill very quickly. Shows began to use foul language and we became so used to it that after a while they added harsher foul language and we didn’t even notice or pay attention. They also began to slowly and steadily introduce nudity. It started with small things and then we began to see actual nude female bodies until it became the norm to see naked men and women on television. Shows began to incorporate very graphic violence and where we started with video games like Super Mario Brothers, we quickly escalated to games like Call of Duty, Halo, and Grand Theft Auto, which let you go into places to “purchase” and have sex with prostitutes or shoot cops. They are so graphic and yet, this game was sold across America without anyone really blinking an eye as a whole and was played by varying ages. Most thought it harmless because after all, it was just a video game.

And then it slowly began. This spiral downhill trend of our children and our society. With these rapid increases of exposure to violence and sex, we also began to change how discipline was viewed in our society. We took children and began to treat them as adults, teaching that the days of  strict discipline were outdated and also harmful for our children. Spanking became taboo and wrong, even though it had been used for centuries and the vast majority would tell you that they suffered no harm mentally or physically from this. There is and was a difference in a spanking and abusing a child but that line no longer existed and it became socially frowned upon to spank/paddle for any reason. Then that led to this notion that any form of strict discipline, even those that did not include spanking, caused lasting emotional trauma for children.  That slowly led to a trend of approaches in which children became the navigators of their own lives giving them the freedoms to think, say and do as they saw fit for themselves. We took away from them the ability to remember that they are only children and still need guidance and instead, gave them this idea that they are already grown enough and know enough to be able to navigate life but this approach has failed many of them because they are and were actually not emotionally or mentally mature enough to handle the realities that having to make these kinds of choices and decisions bring in life. They were and are not mature enough to navigate life but we have taught them that’s okay. Just go for it. You can do it. But they can’t.

It was a slow but steady decline that has now led us to a nation of youth who are many things. They are strong, determined, intelligent and highly vocal. This is good, of course, But while those things are good, they are also so much more that we often do not want to fully take accountability for or discuss. They are also angry, they are irrational, they are intolerant of any view that is not their own, they are entitled (Yes. I said ENTITLED. And they are. They believe they should have whatever they want with little or no effort.). They are also depressed, they are suicidal, they are careless with their words and they have little regard for anyone who does not do things their way or think the way they do. While they are not all these things at once, they are some of them at different times. There are exceptions and there are moments when the good outweighs the bad but at 40 years old, I can tell you that growing up, suicides among young people were not this prevalent and we certainly did not have 5th graders taking their own lives at the rapid rate we do now in this society. I had never even heard of a childhood suicide of that age until the last few years. I can also tell you that while we had teen pregnancy issues, we did not have the crisis and epidemic of babies having babies that we do today and I can tell you even  more certainly that we absolutely did not have the amount of youth that we have today who thought it perfectly acceptable to stand at a platform and scream and yell and demand for anything. We did our best to take a stand while still showing at least an ounce of respect for others and trying to speak and debate in a manner that was becoming of debate itself.

We were taught the value of human life and while violence was a problem then, it is an epidemic now. It is a daily norm to wake up and see children murdered and stolen and for us to see events such as school shootings or mall shootings or people being blown up by bombs at marathons or events. All of these things became something that slowly became socially acceptable to allow children to role play with in video games and take in day after day on the television shows that began to replace the programs that once taught life lessons and educational concepts.

While our generation is called narrow minded and out dated, I can tell you that in my time as a youth, we did not see these types of crimes happen as prevalently as they do now. The decline of our nation and the rise of violence began to rapidly increase when we took away the rights of parents to truly discipline and we began to expose our young people to things that their young minds should not yet be exposed to.

Mr. Rogers once spoke before the Senate floor, urging and asking for the funding for his program to not be cut. He made mention multiple times of the concern he had for children and the things they were being bombarded with now that television had become a household item. He was concerned with what these outlets were teaching our nation’s children and he wanted to be sure he could provide an outlet that taught them value for human life while also teaching them how to navigate their feelings and their emotions. He spoke of the importance of teaching children that they were loved, that they were accepted and why his program was so instrumental in helping do this. He won the Senators over with this speech and two years later, they increased his funding budget by millions. His show began airing in the United States around 1969 and continued until 2001, when the show was cancelled because of his terminal illness. He lasted 31 years. He fought the good fight for 31 years and provided an outlet of safe, educational entertainment for children all across the nation.

But where are the Mr. Rogers of our nation now? Why are we, as parents, not as concerned for our own children and nation? How have we let ourselves become a nation where children taking their own lives or the lives of others is something we just know is going to happen and we just feel sad about but don’t stop long enough to ask WHY?

I am not here to debate gun control. I am not here to place blame on anything other than where it should be: ON ALL OF US. The harsh reality is that we are all a part of this decline. We are all a part of the problem but this is not a popular opinion or wanted response. It is however, the truth.

As a mom, I am ashamed to admit that I have not been diligent enough to be fully aware of the things my son is exposed to. If it is marketed for children, I have naively assumed that it is safe. That it is content worthy of viewing but that is NOT at all accurate. Many of the cartoons he has been watching have promoted such things as bullying, either in speech or action, killing “bad guys”,  and being a part of the “cool crowd” just to name a few. At 7 years old, I have had my son ask me if he is fat. I have had him ask me if I think he is cool. I have had him ask me if I think he is popular. How is that even something that a 7 year old should have a concept of or be worried about?

I was naive enough to think that video games created and available on his iPad that are clearly marketed with children in mind were safe. But this morning, I sat down to look at them all and realized that a VAST majority of them, while seeming innocent on the surface, had horrible undertones of violence and disrespect all through them. One such game was a game of cops and robbers. This game allowed you to be a robber and your end goal was to be able to take out as many cops as you could. I was heart broken. My son had a video game in which the end goal is to take out men just like his father, who happens to be a military police officer. I had watched him play this before and yet, this part of the game had managed to go unnoticed by me because it was marketed as a race car game. I deleted it and began to purge his entire iPad. The devastating reality that there is so much deception in these outlets was overwhelming.

Trust me when I tell you that I check his technology ALL the time. I constantly have him show me what he is doing and he has to have permission before downloading things, but unless you sit and watch them for a good deal of time you may miss what is in them. I did and it upsets me to know the things I have naively allowed my children to be exposed to over the years because I too had begun to be exposed to them as I got older and it was allowed. It was the norm.

But it shouldn’t be.

The truth is, the trend in violence and self harm can not be undone by one person or one thing. It will take us ALL. It will take MANY OUTLETS OF CHANGE. It will take a level of commitment that we may not even fully be able to understand yet or be comfortable with as an individual (change and blame is hard to swallow sometimes) but we have to be willing to go beyond ourselves and work harder to break this cycle in our nation.

I cannot fix the entire world or every person in it but I CAN fix what’s broken in my own home. I CAN evaluate what I am exposing my children too and I CAN change what I am allowing to be the norm in our home. I can work harder to remove poor content. I can work harder at being okay with being the “mean mom” and I can work harder at teaching my children about discipline, kindness and respect. I can work harder at paying more attention to my children and less time to my own screens (let’s be honest, we struggle more than they do). I can work harder at teaching my children about the value of human life and why EVERY life matters and is important. I can work harder to teach my children what it means to work hard and be the kind of person that will work hard to do what’s right and help those around them. I can work harder at being the kind of example they need to see it all in action.

This won’t happen overnight. I am aware of that, but it just takes the decision to do it. So, today I made that decision not just for my son but for MYSELF. I too have become desensitized to the violence and the sex and the drugs. So, I have things I am having to give up also for the good of my children and home. If I can’t have a life free of these influences, how can I expect my children to? Giving up what we like is sometimes a deal breaker but it also very necessary if those things we enjoy are contradicting what we are teaching our children.

While we may never fully be able to rid our world of violence and death, we can at least work to no longer ignore them or allow them in our home to the best of our ability or allow them to invade our minds on a daily basis and influence the hearts and minds of our children. It’s time we have real conversations with our children and we start addressing the decline of morals and discipline (all forms of discipline) and respect in our nation. It’s time we find the roots of the problems and one by one begin to work on them. If we work together, one at a time, and we determine within our selves to change as parents, we WILL begin to change our children.

The responsibility does not lie upon the teachers, the administrators, the politicians or anyone else. The responsibility lies upon US, the parents. It starts and ends with us.

So the question becomes, what will WE do about that?

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤


Desperate Measures Call for Serious Creativity

With Little Miss M added to our mix, we are finding it harder and harder to be able to keep up with our homeschool schedule and work. It seems we are always playing catch up or trying to make up stuff we had to miss. At the rate we have been going, we will be lucky to finish our school work by the end of June and that just makes me cringe. I know. I know. We are not on a time frame but I love my summer breaks. If I don’t get one, I will be soooo crabby. I am fairly certain I won’t be the only one.

So, I decided that enough is enough and took to Pinterest. I needed options, I needed major help. Thank goodness I did because I came across these nifty little activities for babies and toddlers called sensory bags. They are so easy to make and consist of simple things like water, baby oil gel or aloe vera gel and items such as buttons, wiggly eyes, sparkle rhinestones and other little flat trinkets that won’t bust the bags.

Once you feel the bag with the liquid of your choice and add the items then you seal the bag and you can use tape and tape it to a table, a high chair or in my case, a plastic plate so we can use it in multiple places. Here is our first sensory bag:


I used some cheap green aloe vera gel from the Dollar Tree and different sized wiggly eyes and buttons I had in my craft supplies in our classroom. So far Little Miss M has loved this. As you can see, I taped it using some packing tape so it would be much harder for her to pick at or pull off. She loves the squishy, soft feel of the gel as she moves around trying to get to the objects inside and she also loves to lay her cheek on it sometimes because it always stays cool to the touch.

While we will need to have other options for her so they continue to spark her interest, this has given us some great help for now and I am hoping that we will find other awesome ways to keep her engaged and entertained so that we can make our homeschool days a bit easier. I guess you could say that we are officially launching our very own baby school. Desperate times and all.

What ways do you keep your babies entertained so you can school your other children? I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas or things that have worked for your family too.

Until next time!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤

Hip Hooray, President’s Day Stations

I apologize for being a bit quiet the last week! We had a crazy week after Valentine’s Day and I have been working hard to organize and purge my classroom and to get lessons planned and see where we will be in May.

So, today was our homeschool group meeting and I planned all our activity stations. I was excited to have found such amazing ideas on Pinterest and could not wait to set them up. The most loved station was the Macaroni Monument station where the kids were all instructed to build their own “Washington Monument” out of pasta shells. We had Penne and Rotini shells. Using clay, glue and the pasta, those littles spent almost the entire time at that one station! The second favorite station was definitely the “Quill” station where they turned an ordinary #2 pencil into an old fashioned writing quill. It was so simple and easy but the kids went nuts over it!

It was a really successful meeting even though I was so exhausted I could have slept standing. That’s seems to be my norm these days.

Below is a snapshot of each of the stations. I highly recommend each of these activities for your next President’s Day.

Until next time!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️





Our Favorite Valentine’s Tradition

We stared a new tradition three years ago when Mister M was in Kindergarten: hosting a Valentine’s Party at our home with friends.

Every year, we host a small fun party with fellow homeschool families and exchange Valentine’s, eat lots of yummy food and play some games or do a fun activity.

Last year, due to baby showers, my pregnancy and preparing to move, we had to skip out on our beloved tradition so this year I made sure that we didn’t miss all the fun.

We invited our book club friends and decided to throw in a fun little contest. Each child was asked to make their own Valentine’s box and we all voted for our favorite. I also took pictures of each box with a number assigned and posted them on my social media so that my friends and family from all around the globe could take part in the fun. The kids did SO amazing and they all turned out awesome. We have a group of seriously creative, kind and smart children.

We made Mister M’s Super Mario Pirahna box using an old hat box, the tube from a roll of wrapping paper, green construction paper, white watercolor paper and two of our plastic bowls I painted red. We had so much fun hot gluing, taping and painting. We were so excited with our end result AND I felt really excited that we had a Pinterest success for once. There have been far too many fails in the last I am afraid.

After eating and getting to visit with friends, the kids all got to put their Valentine’s in everyone’s boxes and then we did a fun little science experiment using Conversation hearts.

*Disclaimer: When doing this experiment, do not open the soda and out in the glass until Just before you so the experiment. Otherwise, it the candy heart does not rise and float like it is to float. We had to learn this the hard way but the kids all still had fun!”

Our final activity was announcing our Valentine Box winners and awarding a prize for our 3rd, 2nd and first place winners. Mister M won 1st place with his piranha box and was so excited. Our 3rd place winner was our friend Eddie who created a Test Track Box in honor of his favorite spot at Disney and our sweet little friend Carlina, whose Pink Owl stole our hearts, took 2nd place.

We really had a wonderful day and already can’t wait for next year!

I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating the people you love the most!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️