5 Fun and Faith-Filled Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is usually associated with romance, chocolates, sweet gifts and everything related to love. Although it’s considered nowadays as more of a “secular holiday,” causing some people to either love it or hate it, I think it would do us well to try to trace the roots of this holiday, and teach our kids [...]

Dear Uncertain Homeschooling Mom

Uncertain Homeschooling Mom

Dear Uncertain Homeschooling Mama, I wish I could give you a hug right now. And just maybe have a chat over coffee. Because though I’ve been doing this for seven years, I still face so much uncertainty. And I’m not sure, but I kind of think there’s no end in sight. Because it’s that important.  [...]

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

The cold air blows in and covers the area with a wintry shine. Some days the cold brings a chance for togetherness and bonding. Some days the cold brings just coldness. Through the cold, we can keep the warmth even through the winter blues. Many people feel blue in the winter. It’s not just a [...]

How to Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing in Your Home

How to keep the focus on what really matters in your home.

This is the time of year when I fantasize about summer. In the cozy realm of my imagination, warm temperatures replace frigid ones. A tank top and flip flops replace my heavy coat and boots. Lazy and carefree days at the pool replace my down-to-the-minute homeschool/blogging/ministry schedule. Vacations replace field trips. And long afternoons outside playing [...]

3 Tips for Perfect Holiday Plans

3 Tips for Perfect Holiday Plans | Upside Down Homeschooling by Virginia George

The holidays evoke different emotions for everyone. For some, the winter holidays bring feelings of warmth and nostalgia, while others are consumed with tension and dread. Even if you have a family you enjoy spending time with, things get a bit stickier when you get married, and then again when you have kids. You have even more [...]

25 Ways to Celebrate Advent with Kids {free printable}

25 Ways to Celebrate Advent with Kids

      Christmas is one of my most FAVORITE holidays of the entire year. However, for this family, celebrating the countdown aspect of it (i.e. all of the Advent traditions) really didn’t start until just a few years ago. I had stumbled upon a ‘Jesse Tree’ (google Ann Voskamp’s amazing blog) Well, sure I [...]

Christmas Family Fun Bucket

Family Fun Bucket

I’m happy to be participating in the ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays Series hosted by Heather at Upside Down Homeschooling!  The letter for this post is Ffor Family Fun Bucket.  Twas the night before December at the Smith house kitchen table….the family was enjoying their Family Fun Bucket instead of watching cable….   Several [...]

10 Ways to Help Your Child Keep Christ in Christmas

10 Ways to Help Your Child Keep Christ in Christmas {yes, we do Santa too}

Today, I’m over at Blessed Beyond a Doubt, talking about a topic that is very dear to my heart…keeping Christ in Christmas. The society in which we live makes it hard for adults to remember to keep the focus of Christmas on Christ, let alone our poor children. They are constantly being bombarded with the [...]

Letting Go of Homeschool Pressure

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I’m a completely committed blogger. Except when I’m not. But it’s not because I don’t want to be. It’s because, like you, there are so many things that compete for my attention, my time, and my energy. With the flurry of planning and adjusting that accompanies the first several weeks of school (not to mention [...]

12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool

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It’s that time of year! Fresh reams of paper, spiral-bound notebooks, and packages of pencils with full, perfect erasers have replaced the bottles of sunscreen, pool toys, and beach towels on store shelves. Our beloved summer is drawing to a close. Our bookshelves have been purged of last year’s materials, making way for supplies prepared [...]