Learning With Littles

Lucas David: A Birth Story

Monday was the first day of spring and the 9th anniversary of the first time I became a mom.My first baby and only son was born right at 37 weeks—a little jaundiced, but otherwise perfectly healthy. My husband and I were 25 years old and still living somewhat of a fairy tale, just 2.5 years after […]

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Olivia Grace: A Birth Story

One of my goals this year was to write my children’s birth stories as their birthday’s approached and this month I’ll be writing two! I have four children all of whom have a unique story—each delivery was different! I hope you’re encouraged and empowered as a mom by these stories that I hold close to […]

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Mess-Free Cookie Decorating With Kids!

I’m not a baker. But I love baked goods and the kids love making a mess!So naturally, decorating sugar cookies is much-loved seasonal tradition. We love making sugar cookies for several holidays including, Valentine’s Day! I’m a sucker for red and pink Valentine’s Day crafts, decorations and cards. I get drawn into every store display […]

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Laundry: My Routine for Our Family of 6

Laundry. I don’t know many people who love it. Some say, “I love doing laundry!” but then honestly admit, “But I hate folding it and putting it away”. Here’s some news. The word “laundry” describes the whole chore in its entirety.

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Fall Bucket List

A few months ago, a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of her “Summer Bucket List.” Her list included things like, “Go to a splash pad. Eat a picnic dinner in the park. Make homemade ice cream.” While I’ve seen bucket lists used for “life goals” before, I’d never seen them used for […]

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50 Things You Didn’t Know About Prematurity

Yesterday was World Prematurity Day. I had this post almost ready to go, and one thing after another kept me from finishing! Such is life! Even though I missed posting on the 17th, prematurity awareness is still a relevant and important topic close to my heart! As I mentioned a few days ago, we are […]

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Jesus Loves Me, He Who Died

As we approach the 1-year anniversary of bringing home our micro-preemie, Harper Joy, I am continually overwhelmed by God’s grace. I often find myself scanning pictures of her 4-month stay in the NICU and it is so surreal. I see her tiny body under the florescent blue lights and the whirling sound of breathing machines, […]

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Setting the Turkeys Free {Storybook Craft}

One of my favorite things to do with the kids is read. But I also love doing crafts and projects with them, so I try to combine the two as much as possible by pairing some kind of craft or activity with the books we read together. There is so much color and imagination in children’s books […]

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10 Reminders to My Future {Mama} Self

Today at the pool as I quickly showered my girls, dressed, combed hair, and periodically checked on my son who sat outside the women’s locker room patiently waiting for us (a gift from God to his future wife), an older woman that had been quietly grooming herself in the mirror stopped to impart some words […]

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How to Give Your Newborn a Bath: The Swaddle Bath Method

This is undoubtedly one of the best tricks I learned during my preemie’s 4 month stay in the NICU. My older 3 children hated getting a bath when they were infants. Why? Because it’s cold! I could kick myself for not thinking to wrap them in a blanket during bath time. Harper just loves her […]

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A (Instagram) NICU Story

Harper Joy is my beautiful preemie girl, born July 25, 2014 at just 25 weeks gestation (a normal pregnancy lasts between 37-40 weeks). Today she is alive and well!It was always my desire to write down Harper’s journey since the day she was born, but a gifted journal from a friend remains blank. There simply […]

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt {Storybook Craft}

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, retold by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, is a beloved classic and one of our favorite children’s books. The kids have fond memories of learning to sing the story with their former sitter and have had it memorized ever since. It truly never gets old, and now they have […]

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Teaching Kids Their Phone Number: Free iPhone Printable

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I drew up this iPhone graphic today to help my kids memorize and practice dialing my phone number. We only use cell phones these days so I thought the iPhone graphic was appropriate since that's what I've taught them to make out going calls on in case of an emergency. Make [...]
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Homeschool: A Day in the Life

UPDATE: As of fall 2016, we have stepped away from homeschooling and enrolled in our local public school system. It has been a much needed transition for our family with our challenges surrounding the birth of our preemie in July of 2014. I am still very much in love with the idea of homeschooling, but […]

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Fun With Flashcards

When I used to think of flashcards I thought about cramming for a test, or boring memorization of facts. I never really understood how to use flashcards with kids or why they were even effective with kids. I imagined trying to sit across the table from my 3 year old holding up one card after […]

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Scripture Handwriting Hearts

As a quick addition to last weeks post, I created more printable hearts for your children to trace! I have a preschooler and kindergartener, and writing a long-ish message or scripture verse without guidance can be frustrating for them. Hopefully these hearts will allow your kids some guided writing practice, all while making a few cute […]

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Handwriting Hearts: Printable Valentines

For the past two years I’ve downloaded free printable valentines from a few generous bloggers, and this year I wanted to give back! Every time the kids and I make valentines, I do most of the work 😉 My 4-year old daughter is a budding artist/crafter and I wanted a valentine that she could make for […]

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Halloween Box Costume Tutorial: R2-D2

Last week I was challenged by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to make a couple of box costumes for Halloween. We ended up with this great R2-D2 costume and a Disney Princess in a box! Here is a little tutorial on how I made the R2-D2 costume for my son. This costume is truly cheap and […]

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Moving With Kids: Tips to Help Smooth the Transition

Moving with kids can certainly add to the long list of moving stresses. And I’m not claiming to have all the answers. However, I have moved a time or two (or three) with kids, and twice across country (while pregnant!). I’m really not sure how we did it to be honest. It’s one of those […]

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Character Qualities: Free Printable!

I recently  found this great little chart titled, ‘Operational Definitions of Character Qualities’, over here thanks to the Duggar family! It was a small 8.5 x 11 inch file so I redesigned it a bit and made it into an 18 x 24 inch poster. I really wanted to hang it up somewhere where I could […]

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