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Note: Accountable2You gave us a free year of their Family Plan in exchange for this review…which got a little longer than I had anticipated. Sorry ’bout that. If you want to read reviews from other members of the Homeschool Review Crew, which perhaps might be a little shorter and with fewer tears and less puppy talk, click on the banner below:   First, a little background…which most…

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When my children are at each other, I sometimes require them to do something nice for one other: make a bed, fold laundry, share something, do each other’s chores, scratch each other’s backs…gently. My seeester-in-law-and-in-love, Karen Baye, has taken this to a whole new level. When her four blessings were not treating each other like blessings, she invited them all to lunch at the Serve…

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Caution: This post contains my rather strong opinion. Proceed with caution. It happens every fall. Homeschooling mamas and papas second-guess their decision to keep their preschoolers and kindergartners home. Concerned parents lament that their three-year-old preschoolers are not thriving with the expensive curriculum they bought to “do preschool.” Some are certain their four-year-olds are educationally doomed, while others wonder if they should try other curricula…

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Life blows past you and suddenly you’re looking back at the last five months, five years, or five decades wondering what on earth happened to all your time. How much of your precious, irreplaceable time was spent on Facebook or stressing over your latte and politics or reading about how to be a better wife or mother instead of tying heartstrings? Probably too much. What…

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There was a time when expressions like “A penny saved is a penny earned” actually meant something.  You remember this poem, don’t you? Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without. What ever happened to financial responsibility and resourcefulness?  They have apparently been usurped by the need for instant gratification and keeping up with the Joneses, the Browns, the Smiths, and…

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Photo credit (Kim Siever) The ambulance blew by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. My mom was silent for a moment, and then the conversation continued. We kids all knew Mom said a little prayer whenever an ambulance drove by—she saw a need and wisely handed it heavenward. For years I did the same thing, only I took it one step further. When I saw an ambulance,…

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I love pie. In fact, I have deemed 2016 the year of the pie, and we are choosing a pie each month to bake; there’s a homemade peach pie waiting for us for breakfast. I should say that it’s waiting for my family, not for me. I’m not eating pie. And this is why: I’m on the Total Elimination Diet, which heretofore shall be affectionately…

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