Refocus Your Homeschool for the New Year

  The Christmas presents have been opened and the Christmas fudge is gone.  It’s time to refocus on the coming new year. I love a fresh start and have been gradually diving back into my computer and catching up on all of the blogs I love. As I pray over where to go with Abundant […]

10 Things You Should Know About Large Families

Over the past nearly 22 years of motherhood, I have heard many and varied types of comments on the size of our family.  Having 2 kids was acceptable – we had the ‘perfect’ family! When we had our third, the questions began in earnest.  Why would you have more kids?  Don’t you want a […]

Top 10 Favorite Recipes From my Kitchen Garden

  The colors!  The smells!  The taste!  What is not to love about a summer kitchen garden? In honor of the beginning of summer, I’m collecting 10 of my favorite recipes from the garden to share with you today. Zuchini Recipes Anyone can grow zucchini, regardless of whether they have a green thumb or […]

10 Healthy Snacks That Your Kids Will Eat

 Photo Credit If you’ve been around kids for any length of time, you’re familiar with the cries of hunger – in between meals.  It sort of goes without saying that snacks are a regular part of any active kids’ day.  Finding whole food snacks are not only, um – healthy, they’re less expensive than […]

10 Simple Lifestyle Changes for More Energy

Who doesn’t want more energy?  In our fast-paced society, we always seem to be on the go.  Add a few kids, running a home, and homeschooling, and just thinking about the day ahead makes us tired!  Fortunately, there are simple, doable things that we can implement into our daily routines to improve our energy […]

10 Books About Dyslexia That I Read Again and Again

  If you’ve been around Abundant Life for any time, you know that most of my kids learn differently because of something called dyslexia.  I have had a love/hate relationship with coming to understand this style of learning.   On the one hand, dyslexia causes reading, writing and spelling to be so painfully difficult.  On […]

Top 10 Toys That Encourage Creative Play

  Having a large family living in a small house can be a real challenge.  Finding bed space, organizing clothing, designating homeschool areas and carefully managing storage needs are critical lest the house be overrun with messes and stuff. One way we have managed our stuff is to focus on toys for our kids that […]

10 Things I’ve Learned About Myself From Homeschooling (lots of) Kids With Dyslexia

  So when my awesome blogging network, the iHomeschool Network, suggested running a 10 week series of top 10 posts, I was pretty excited thinking that the posts would be somewhat like a creative writing assignment – off the cuff, easy-peasy posts.  However, as I sat to write about this week’s topic, What I Have […]

10 Truths About Homeschooling a Large Family

After writing for the past two weeks about homeschooling with a large family (click here to read the entire series) I gathered a few final thoughts – universal truths you might say! 1.  It is often loud. 2.  It is always messy. 3.  Schedules are made to be changed. 4.  Mulit-level teaching is awesome! […]

Top 10 Best Open-Ended Toys

The week following Thanksgiving seems to be all about finding the good deals and saving money on stuff.  I’m all for saving money but more than that I am into finding good value.  Over the years I have noticed an interesting trend in my children’s play habits.  Although they like to open and play with […]

10 {Good} Reasons to Get up Earlier

I love sleep as much as the next person.  In fact this post was inspired by a few days of sleeping in late and napping long during the afternoons.  My body needed the extra rest to fight some weird flu.  So why would I write a post like this? The Reasons 1.  It’s Biblical. […]

10 Little-known Advantages of Dyslexia

Did you know researchers have found that self-made millionaires are 4 times more likely to be dyslexic than the rest of the population? While the school years can be a difficult time for dyslexic learners, their exceptional gifts and talents have made them some of the most successful people in the world- outside the […]