Joy

While I’m sure most of us are finished with our Christmas gift plans, sometimes we find ourselves surprised by a need for a gift or two that we weren’t planning on! This just happened to me yesterday, and I found out that I would need to figure out some gifts super quick! Here are just […]

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Needlework can be a fun and relaxing hobby, and it’s also a great way to make handmade gifts and to decorate your own home.  My aunt taught me how to cross-stitch when I was twelve years old, and I was thankful for that skill.  I don’t spend much time doing needlework these days, but I […]

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Easy Popcorn Balls

by Joy on September 16, 2013 in Food, Fun

  These super-easy popcorn balls are so good and fun to make (too bad they’re not healthy, too!).    It’s a fun treat for a fall party or family night.  Ingredients:  2 sticks of butter 1 cup of popcorn kernels 1 bag of regular-sized marshmallows (not the mini ones) 1.  Melt the two sticks of […]

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“In the mornings, Laura and Mary helped Ma wash the dishes and make the beds.  After this was done, Ma began the work that belonged to that day.  Each day had its own proper work.  Ma would say:  ‘Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on […]

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 This has always been one of my favorite poems: I hope my children look back on today, And remember a mother who had time to play.  There will be years for cleaning and cooking, But children grow up while we’re not looking. I know your to-do list may be long (mine is too!), but take […]

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        The Toddler If it is on, I must turn it off. If it is off, I must turn it on. If it is folded, I must unfold it. If it is high, it must be reached. If it is shelved, it must be unshelved. If it has leaves, they must be picked. […]

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Gardening With Children

by Joy on May 3, 2013 in Gardening, Tools

(Photo Source) Gardening is a wonderful and productive skill for children to learn, and there are many ways to include them in your gardening efforts.  Here are just a few ideas we have used. Grow a sunflower house.  We’ve been doing this for years, and it’s always a big hit with the children.  They love […]

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Sewing with young children is a joy!  They have such a natural enthusiasm for creating things, and they love the feeling of accomplishment they get with each completed project. With very young children, the process is just as fulfilling as the end product.  My little guy had just turned three when he successfully made this […]

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