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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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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 »
We FINALLY have a downstairs bathroom! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting  Long, long ago I mentioned our downstairs, pink bathroom was gutted. And I do mean gutted... We hired our brother-in-law (BIL) to renovate the bathroom. I got to d ... Read on »
I could NEVER homeschool... by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting "I could never homeschool!" I have uttered these words. And I have heard countless other people that I know, and strangers, say the same. I hardened my heart toward h ... Read on »
Zzzzzzzzz by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting There are a lot of pictures like this on my phone and apparently my daughter's camera. They love taking pictures of me when I pass out from exhaustion! This happened to be N ... Read on »
We like, we like to potty! We like, we like to potty! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Every time a child is getting ready to potty-train I get that tune stuck in my head but change "party" to "potty". I even sing it. Out loud, to the older girls' emba ... Read on »
Oh hello! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Recognize this guy?! Silas is 7-months and starting to get up on his hands and knees. He's going to be crawling before I know it. So far he just scoots (mostly ba ... Read on »
Hoarding by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting What is up with kids and hoarding? Every little scrap of trash, every little excess piece of ribbon from a package, boxes and bags galore... are treasures to my Abigail. Oh ... Read on »
Homeschool, Vacation, Ballet oh my! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting You know how there are periods in life where it seems like time is just dragging and you're just a big old poo pile of boring? Yes, that was me. But with the start of the ... Read on »
All Done by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The time has come to close the baby-cooker. Silas is our last bio baby. We are so blessed to have five babies from my womb and we also have two little angels awaiting us in ... Read on »
So Not Ready... by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The stores were filled with the smell of fresh pencils and stiff backpacks long ago but I still kept burying "school" in the back of my mind. Since we homeschool we have a l ... Read on »
Babies, babies everywhere! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting If you're anything like me then you can't get enough of birth stories, bellies and babies! So many of my fellow blogging mommas that I stalk, errrrr, follow... have just had ... Read on »
7 Weeks by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting My little redheaded, blue-eyed boy is 7 weeks old! (Photo actually of him at 6 weeks as this post has been sitting in my draft folder for a week, oops!) He's lost ... Read on »
Some Firsts! by Joy .. Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Zoe turned 3 last October and she just now got her first haircut! Judah was also in dire need. His hair constantly in his eyes and the back of his hair a constant tangled, f ... Read on »