Tea and Persuasion 

Sigh. Be still my heart.

I watched this today, as it had been a long while since my last viewing.

And on a cool, autumn-like day, it was the perfect time to watch it.
It is an absolute FAVORITE!

What is your favorite Jane Austen film?



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Oh, to be Wild and Free!

I don’t know about you but I, too often, find myself lost in the whirlwind of life… not that being a wife, homeschooler, mompreneur, friend, sisterhood tribe facilitator, woman, and the hundreds of other hats that many of us wear could, at all, be categorized as a whirlwind… ever. *insert sarcastic laugh* *snort*

Well, in that whirlwind I find that many of those beautiful, simple things that I value and desire to do tend to drop by the wayside. I have to be intentional and purposeful in prioritizing those things… an ongoing process.


Taking time to do nature study is one of those things that I adore but, for too many years (yes, years), has fallen to the sidelines. Last Fall, I discovered a community that shares a love for nature, beauty, simplicity, and community. I even attended a retreat that they were having semi-local to me and I fell in love with this growing group of people, as my heart was connected to their hearts. This community was Wild & Free. <– check it out!

After being inspired and recharged, I was eager to start a group local to me! And after a mere 9 months (*insert sarcastic laugh, again*), we have begun!🙂



Today was our first gathering and it was wonderful to see the interest and interaction of the children and the moms!


It was simple, informal, and natural. We explored, noticed beautiful and curious things, shared our findings, sketched some of them, and even explored more before running off to play at the playground. It was time well spent and it was a delight to see how relationships were being formed … with each other, with nature, and with learning.



I may have mentioned this in the past 18 years of doing it but it’s worth repeating…

I love homeschooling.


…Oh! And no bug bites. Yep. Lovin’ our oils!



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For the Love of Shoe Pajamas… I Miss Mama

It’s past midnight here…

which means it’s August 19th…

the day my mama was born…

and all week I’ve been really struggling with missing her…

almost like the loss is even more fresh than when it happened.

Grief is a funny thing. …

so what’s with the shot of these cool pajama bottoms??
These were mama’s. She wore them often.

Now I do.

I wish I could see her sitting around the house in them again.

I wish I could hug her… hold her…kiss her goodnight and tell her again that I’m so glad she’s my mama.

She was too young. And it’s not fair.

And yet… it is reality.

And we endure a lifetime adjusting without her. ♡

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A Really Crappy Post

​This is a crappy post…

I’m not exactly sure why I took a photo of this but I did.

 It seems our dear dog, Suzie (our Aussie/Shih Tzu mix), has a hidden talent.

She expresses herself artistically and uses what we fondly call “The Poop Deck” as her canvas. 

We discovered her recent creation today… a delicately sculpted poopman  (like a snowman, but far more disgusting). 

 I have now shared it with the world.
 Do you think it will sell?

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Intentional Productivity

Today we have temperatures in the high 90’s and a heat advisory… so I’m aiming to spend this time doing things that will help me to be more productive in all areas of life… a time of brain dumping, intentional goal setting, planning, creating, and more.



Colorful journals, pens, & my Elwood the unicorn mug make me happy & help the creative juices flow!

Here are two of my favorite references regarding how to be more productive:

7 Simple Steps to Getting Things Done

10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating


What are some of your favorite resources and tips?



Enjoy the journey… but it’s never too late

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First Childhood Break

This past weekend we experienced the first childhood “break” in our family when our youngest (age 12) broke her toe in the swimming pool.
After a couple of hours in the ER (and her first x-ray), we left with taped toes and an unfashionable shoe.



She has been such a trooper!🙂
Being the first child to break a bone in the family, she merited a reward…

so we gave her one…



The 1st child to break a bone award goes to…



So far, we’ve been able to keep the “owies” at bay using this blend…


4 to 6 weeks of taped toes and crutches.
What a champ!


YeHoVaH Rapha (my Healer) – “I am YHVH Who heals you.” – Shemoth (Exodus) 15:26
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Shavuot… Feast of Weeks


With Shavuot/Pentecost upon us, I wanted to share a few Scripture verses
and some links I’ve come across over the past few years.

We have only been observing/celebrating Shavuot/Pentecost a handful of years
and we are still learning SO much! It has been, and continues to be, such a joy!

I am continually amazed by Father’s Appointed Times/Feast Days!

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Shavuot means ‘weeks’ in Hebrew. It is The Feast of Weeks.
7 weeks (49 completed days), counted from the day after the weekly Sabbath Day
after beginning The Feast of Unleavened Bread.

In Scripture it is a feast of harvest.
It is, also, the celebration of the giving of the written Torah, by YHVH at Mount Sinai.

It is, also, the time known as Pentecost. Pentecost means “fiftieth” in Greek.

It is when the promise of the giving of the Set-Apart Spirit was fulfilled.

Some of the Scriptures referring to Shavuot…

and the Festival of the Harvest, the first-fruits of your labours which you have sown in the field; and the Festival of the Ingathering at the outgoing of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field” – Exodus 23:16

And perform the Festival of Weeks for yourself, of the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year” – Exodus 34:22

And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.
Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to YHVH.” – Leviticus 23:15-17 {and to verse 21}

And on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to YHVH
at your Festival of Weeks, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
– Numbers 28:26

And you shall perform the Festival of Weeks to YHVH your Elohim, according to the voluntary offering from your hand, which you give as YHVH your Elohim blesses you.
And you shall rejoice before YHVH your Elohim, you and your son and your daughter,
and your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are in your midst,
at the place where YHVH your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell.” – Deuteronomy 16:10-11

And when the Day of the Festival of Weeks had come, they were all with one mind in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from the heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Set-apart Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them to speak.” – Acts 2:1-4


A few links expounding on Shavuot:
{as with anything, read with discernment and prove all things according to Scripture}
Shavuot – Pentecost – Feast of Weeks {PDF file}
(article from Hoshana Rabbah site)

Shavuot – “Feast of Weeks”
(a little more ‘simplified’ article at Restoring the Way)

What is Shavuot?
(online article at Judaism site, Chabad.com)
Activities and Coloring:

Shavuot coloring pages

Crafts, Recipes, & Coloring pages

Shavuot Recipes and Crafts

Shavuot Lapbook/Lapfolder

My Shavuot Pinterest Board


And what’s a celebration without music?!


Rejoicing in the giving of the Torah…

I Love Torah

Oh, How I Love Your Torah

The Ten Commandments


Rejoicing in the Set-Apart Spirit,
Who writes Torah in our hearts…

Calling for a Flood

Joel 2

Empty Me

Bo, Ruach Elohim {Come, Spirit of Elohim}

Chag Sameach Shavuot!
{Joyous Festival of Shavuot!}

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