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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 7, Try Something New

Luke 1:33 -And he shall reign over the house of  Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. One of the things that I like my children to know is that you are never too old to try something new. Our Advent message for the 7 is exactly that. Try something new today.  This could be trying…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 5, Pine Cone Ornaments

Luke 1:32 -He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,  I love creating inexpensive (and free) projects with my crew. We gathered pine cone from Nana’s yard and took school glue and glitter powder and made a dozen new ornaments for our Christmas tree….

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 4, Discovering Education – Creating a Nativity craft

Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash.   Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 3, breakfast egg biscuits

December 3: Luke 1:30 -But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. Try something new for breakfast. In our home, we like to make a whole breakfast wrapped up into one “sandwich”.  Once made the kids can grab and go. They will also stay good in the fridge and can be reheated…

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2018 Christmas – Advent Day 2, Nativity Craft

December 2: Luke 1:28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”  [download id=”5903″] Make a craft today. I love creating things… especially things with my kids. Here is a 1 page print out of a nativity scene for you. We made this many years ago and still print…

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Christmas Cookies & Desserts – Missouri (No Bake) Cookies

KrisandLarry.com presents 6 different Christmas cookies/desserts for your cookie exchanges – Missouri Cookies (No Bake) This is my favorite childhood cookie. My grandmother always made these and even would make and bring during visits into my adulthood. This is the recipe that she gave me on my wedding day.  Ingredients:  2 Cups Sugar 3T Cocoa Powder 1 Stick of Butter 1t…

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Elderberry Syrup for those winter colds

My children know that when they are starting to feel yucky, they can just go into the fridge and get out the elderberry syrup. And all they need to do is to take a spoonful. We have been making this for years.  Ingredients 3/4 cup dried elderberries (There are many places to get these… The best price that I have…

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Age Appropriate Chore Chart – FREE PDF Download

Living with a larger family full of kids and critters and homeschooling the whole crew, a house can get in disarray and fast. Here is an age-appropriate chore chart to help get you back on task. We recently re-implemented this with even our older kids as a reminder of what we can all work on together. (We did not add any pet…

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Colloidal Silver – What is it?

After 2 weeks of coughing and tight lungs, I finally went in to see the doctor. Dr. Chris took one look at me and said Walking Pneumonia…. ewww Every year at the same time, I get severe allergies and then cough an wheeze for months.  Fast forward to 11/7/2018 (now 5-1/2 weeks with a cough and mucus) It is time to hit…

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Himalayan Salt Lamp

I have been doing a lot of research on the Himalayan salt lamp and all of the benefits that it has. (This is psuedo-science and many western medicine doctors don’t believe that they are any more than a pretty light. But many eastern medicine and natural paths believe otherwise. ) However, after looking into more “natural” medicines in my home, I have found…

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DIY Jellyfish Halloween costume

What you will need: White or clear solid colored umbrella Battery powered tea lights White tulle, streamers, and curling ribbon Clear shipping tape Glowstick XL googly eyes Start with taping the googly eyes on the umbrella. Then, tape the battery pack to the umbrella and wrap the string of lights around.  Then hang and wrap the ribbons, tulle and streamers…

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Favorite Circus Cookie Recipe

One of my all-time favorite cookies is the Circus cookies. This is a recipe that we have been using for years. LOVE that the kids can help out (and since the littles are getting older, they can even do this one themselves) and make these as well. I picked up the mini Noah’s Ark cookie cutter set (Here is the…

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Happy Birthday Rowan

Happy Happy Happy 11th birthday to my Rosey Gorgeous!! You have grown up way too fast into such an AMAZING little lady! We love you, Rowan!

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Happy Birthday Miss Grayson

Back on May 11, we finally adopted our AMAZING little Grayson. It was a CRAZY journey; One that I will never forget. Tell you about that later. Happy 8th birthday to this beautiful girl. I love you a bushel and a peck! I am so happy to finally call you “daughter” forever and ever. You are an AMAZING and a…

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Our family update March 2017

For those who don’t follow us on facebook, March 2017 has been the worst month ever for our family.  The unimaginable has happened to this family …  On March 8th, our son, Breckin was playing in our hay barn (this is an 8x8x8 foot shed), swinging off of the rafters like he did so often and ended up getting caught…

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New Digital Scrapbooking site.

Hi Everyone,  For those who have followed me for the last 10 years knew that I was very active in both paper scrapbooking as a consultant and as a designer. About 7 years ago, I was a part of several online digital scrapbooking store, selling my designs. When I was going through school and adopting of my 2 little boys,…

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Happy 10th birthday to my storm trooper

Happy 10th birthday to my Berlyn. I remember how scared I was when the doctors used the word, “autism.” They said you may never read or write or even talk in full sentences… And here you are, doing amazing at our homeschool program. You are smart, and funny. I love you SO MUCH!  This year, you even made the Special…

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Happy 10th Birthday Breckin

Breckin, you are an AMAZING kiddo! This is the 3rd birthday that you have spent with us. We love you so much and are so glad that you are part of our family!!! You are handsome, smart and funny!

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Happy Birthday SHELBY!!!

I am so very proud of my SHELBY! Shelby, you have accomplished so much! You are an an amazing woman, growing daily into the person that I knew that you would become. You are a hard worker and that shows by working full-time and college full-time. All of the kids in the house look up to you. I honestly can…

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Happy 2-year anniversary GOTCHA DAY!

  HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!!! WE.ARE.A.FAMILY!  2 years ago today, my little boys moved into my home through Arizona Foster care. At the time, we did know the path that we were going to end up.  And had no idea that these were going to be our children at the time. They were blue from top to bottom from bruises and lash…

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Point Reward System for chores

I am serious when I say that I believe in NOT giving out allowance for everyday household chores. As a mom, I don’t get paid in money for washing the floor or folding laundry… why should my kids earn money for keeping their rooms clean or brushing their teeth? These are every day items that are required to run a…