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Joy ..

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I am Joy, wife to Daniel and mother to Elaina, Abigail and Zoe. I am a breastfeeding, baby-wearing, pierced pastor's wife. I am in my mid-20's and a crunchy mother who is striving to be a better cook, better provider and to express myself creatively as much as I possibly can. I often admit how... Full Bio
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Transformed Dining Room by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Summer slump has hit so now is the time to do a lot of house projects that won't easily get done once school starts or the holidays hit. I bought paint for my dining room ba ... Read on »
Ambleside Schedule 2014-15 by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting (Note: In case you're coming in on this post with no clue what I'm talking about... Ambleside is a free online curriculum utilizing Charlotte Mason's ideas for teaching chil ... Read on »
Homeschool 2014-15 by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Who knew planning school could be so time consuming? I feel like I've been at it, on and off, for weeks now! In fact I've been trying to organize many areas of my life these ... Read on »
Judah-isms by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Sometimes I go out on the front porch to photograph jewelry (natural light and all that jazz - I'm usually in pajamas, too, so I'm sure the neighbors think I'm super weird t ... Read on »
Rethinking the V-word by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Before Silas was born the hubsters and I started discussing, well, how to prevent pregnancy. Permanently. Without going into much detail I will just say we are very much int ... Read on »
9 and 1 by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting  My oldest and youngest were also my ONLY binky babies. Elaina's first birthday pics had binkies in them as well. So stinkin' cute!  So Elaina's birthday is up firs ... Read on »
DONE by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A week after my broken molar was extracted I went back to the dental school. I almost chickened out. But the night before I was in so much pain I had to speak like a ventril ... Read on »
Goodbye School Year, Hello School Year by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting We are at the end of our school year and I've already begun the process of laying out the calendar for the upcoming school year. I'm finally to a place, after little man's b ... Read on »
Chores for Kids by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Things have gotten a little (err a LOT) overwhelming lately. My husband's back is really bad so all of the physical labor involved with keeping a three-story house clean fel ... Read on »
All Five by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Late to the party, as usual! Easter was probably the first time, in a long time, that I got pictures with all five kids together. I actually had nothing planned that wee ... Read on »
The Day the Baby Fell Down the Stairs by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A few weeks ago I was sitting in my studio which is on our second story. The hallway outside is square shape so I can easily see my bedroom door and the bathroom door when s ... Read on »
My Boys by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Goodness gracious the boys are getting so big!   They are like night and day... The girls... *sigh* Trying to photograph them is a trial. Have to catch the ... Read on »
Purging and Little Man Update by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The moment spring hits I always get that need to purge. To minimize. I think the cabin fever of wintertime definitely contributes to the need. But it's worse this year becau ... Read on »
Sleep, Sweet Sleep by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I always joke that I've been sleep deprived for the past 9 years, since our first baby was born. I've been pregnant and then had a newborn, pregnant, newborn, pregnant, etc. ... Read on »
Moving On by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Well we are officially working on getting our house ready to sell. We live in an historic neighborhood, the gutters are falling off and the entire house needs to be painted ... Read on »
Because Imperfect IS Perfect by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I came to a realization recently that sometimes we honestly just don't know what we want. Or we think we want one thing only to find that the very thing we thought we woul ... Read on »
Three Quarters of a Year by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I can't believe my baby is four months from his first birthday! At 8 months old Silas is sitting up on his own, though he doesn't quite know how to get out of the position. ... Read on »
Kindergarten Curriculum by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Check out my post on PreK Curriculum HERE . Check out my post on Choosing Curriculum HERE . So technically for PreK and even K you can get away without buying a single ... Read on »
PreK Curriculum by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Check out my post on Choosing Curriculum to help you narrow down the choices! Zoe just turned 4 and loves to "do school" with her sisters. She gets very upset if I don' ... Read on »
Choosing Curriculum for Your Homeschool by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I've had several people ask me what curriculum we're using this year so I thought I'd start a series of posts, starting with how to choose curriculum. Last year we tried man ... Read on »