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Twenty years, three things about love ‘n marriage

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This month, my husband and I plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our first date. I think, “Wow, twenty years. When did that happen?” Twenty years ago, we went on our first date. We went through the Taco Bell drive-through and then went to see a movie. We’d torn ourselves away from my husband’s… Read More

An Old-Order Mennonite Family: Like the Stars in the Heavens

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My husband and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage this August. We are taking the month of July to do a 4000-mile book tour with my memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. The Saturday before we left on this trip, however, we attended a celebration honoring Stuart’s maternal grandparents, Webster Clay… Read More

Little Bit Party

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In need of a summer activity to do with your kiddos? Throw a “Little Bit” Party! Haven’t heard of it? That’s because my husband created it! John came up with the Little Bit Party as a fun activity for  our kids and our three “adopted” grandkids, Cayla, Audrie, and Donovan. The concept is simple. Create a dinner menu… Read More

A Simple Summer

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So after a LONG winter, we are knee-deep into our summer. Are you making the best of it? If you’re anything like me, around March I start putting together in my mind’s eye all the ways I’m going to simplify our summer. Slower mornings. More pancakes. Playing outdoors. Reading more. As homeschoolers we are always… Read More

Five things to remember for simple summer getaways

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Hooray for summertime! Who’s with me? Time for a little unwinding, relaxation, time for “getting away” as a family. We tend to sometimes try to do the biggest, best-est, most jam-packed activities during the summer because, well, we know—it doesn’t last forever, and “before you know it,” school days and regimented schedules are upon us… Read More

5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer

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You know the old saying, “It is better to give than receive.” For many families the best gifts they can give is the gift of themselves . . . through volunteering. Family volunteering has been an interest to homeschooling advocates for years. Raymond and Dorothy Moore recommend an hour a day of home or community… Read More

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