Glad Tidings (Free Printable Coloring Page)

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I’m in the mood to decorate for Christmas, but still have a garage full of boxes from our recent move that need to be unpacked. So I’ve been setting goals for myself. Unpack a certain number of boxes before I work on some other fun project. If this, then that. … Continue reading

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Ice Cream for Breakfast Boosts Brain Power

Ice cream for breakfast boosts brain power... so eat up!

Eating ice cream early in the morning is actually beneficial to the brain. People who eat ice cream for breakfast have been shown to process information more efficiently and have better reaction times than those who don’t. Continue reading

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Who Gets What (Free Printable Christmas Party Game)

Free printable Christmas game: Who Gets What?

December is here. It’s time to celebrate! Not only is Christmas just around the corner, but our family is officially in our new house, having moved the very last box of stuff over late last night. Hooray!! We spent the entire month of November s-l-o-w-l-y moving, room by room — … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Word Find (Free Printable)

Free printable word find puzzle to keep little ones occupied until dinner's ready this Thanksgiving :-)

My youngest kids are at an age where they really enjoy working word-find puzzles. So, I created this Thanksgiving Word Find to help keep them and the grandkids occupied until dinner is ready. I thought I’d share it here today, in case you have young guests for Thanksgiving who might … Continue reading

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Free Coloring Page: Forget Not All His Benefits

Forget Not All His Benefits - Free Printable Coloring Page

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away? Yet having a heart of gratitude is something we should cultivate all year long. We need to count our blessings — which are many — not only on the fourth Thursday of November, but every day of our lives, morning … Continue reading

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3 Important Life Lessons Kids Learn through Play

3 Imortant Life Lesssons Kids Learn through Play

Our children love playing games. Whether they are gathered around the kitchen table with a deck of cards, shooting hoops in our driveway, or tossing a Frisbee with friends at a neighborhood park, they can often be found doing something competitive with their minds or muscles. For the most part, … Continue reading

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Warning Signs You Can’t Afford to Miss

Do you know the early warning signs of diabetes? If you miss them, it could be deadly.

If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you already know that we have twelve children. What you may not realize, however, is that three of our children have Type 1 diabetes. Since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and because early warning signs are often easy to miss, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Scattergories: Count Your Blessings!

Count Your Blessings! Free printable Thanksgiving Scattergories from

We passed out over a thousand full-size candy bars with our trick-or-treat tracts this year. As you can see in the pictures, costumed kids came by in droves to claim their candy. Since we’re currently in the process of moving, we decided to station a parent with candy at both … Continue reading

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Praying for Our Leaders (Coloring Page)

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Whew! What a week! Has there ever been a election like this one? Just nine more days until it’s over, for good or for ill. I’ll say one thing for this presidential race — it has served as an urgent reminder of how desperately our leaders and our nation needs … Continue reading

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Timberdoodle Review: Physics 101 is Family Friendly

Physics 101 is family friendly!

Although our family normally schools year round, I try to give the kids a little bit of a break during the summer months by choosing fun and interesting courses that don’t require much homework. So when Timberdoodle offered me a review copy of Physics 101, I gladly accepted, suspecting it … Continue reading

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Mailbag: Free Printable Trick-or-Treat Tracts

Free printable gospel tracts to share with trick-or-treaters this Halloween | from

With Halloween just a week away, my trick-or-treat tracts have been receiving a lot of traffic, so I thought today might be a good time to repost them. A few of our readers have written to request permission to add contact information to the back of the tracts and use … Continue reading

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God Makes Seeds Grow (Coloring Page)

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It’s official! We closed on our new house on Friday and will be moving shortly. However, just a few hours before closing, the postman delivered four huge boxes of spring bulbs I’d ordered from Breck’s, so before we ever moved a stick of furniture, we grabbed our spades and shovels … Continue reading

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17 of the Prettiest Pinecone Crafts You’ll Ever See

17 Beautiful Pinecone Crafts

We have lots and lots of pinecones at our house this time of year, but you’ll seldom ever see any lying in our yard. That’s because we also have an army of kids and grandkids who collect them every chance they get. My husband pays them a bounty for each … Continue reading

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By Their Fruit Ye Shall Know Them (Coloring Page)

Free printable coloring page - Matthew-7:16

Our family visited some citrus groves earlier this year. From a distance, it was difficult for us to tell one kind of tree from another, but once we got close enough to see the fruit, it was simple to differentiate the lime trees from the lemon and the lemon trees … Continue reading

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Finding Family Fun in Denver

Fun Things for Families to do in Denver, Colorado

Our family recently took a trip to Colorado. Our older kids were in school, so it was just my husband, myself, and our four youngest. We were only in Denver for a few days (passing through on our way to Aspen), but we packed in lots of great sightseeing while … Continue reading

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Mathematical Reasoning (Timberdoodle Review)

Mathematical Reasoning

One of the benefits of homeschooling twelve children is that you can really get your money’s worth out of non-consumable curriculum. Some of the things we tried with our older children got replaced as newer, better products came along. But other books have been handed down from one child to … Continue reading

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