Meet Marcus

This is Marcus.

His smile is heartwarming.  His enticing personality has a mysterious way of drawing people towards him.  Everyone that meets Marcus loves him and thinks he’s just the greatest thing since sliced bread.  What kind of mom would I be if I didn’t agree?

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Busch Gardens (through Marcus’s eyes)

Last week we went to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.  Marcus eagerly begged to use the camera and I agreed, since I figured it would be a good opportunity to see our day through his eyes.

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God’s Puzzle Pieces

I’ve always been a daydreamer.  Dream-chaser.  star-gazer.  A goal-setter and achiever.  Call it whatever you would like.  The truth of the matter is that when I dream I set goals, and when I set goals I do everything possible to make it a reality, if I feel it is within God’s will.

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The Importance of One-on-One in Large Families (advice needed!)

Being raised in a small family, one-on-one time with my parents wasn’t something I valued.  My brother is 10 years older than me, so by the time I was old enough to care, he was almost an adult and I felt like an only child.

Now that I have a large family, I recognize the value of one-on-one time with each child.  The dynamics of a large family are different.  There are more fights between siblings, differing personalities, increased financial demands, lack of personal space, and more time is required for the never-ending cleaning and laundry.  Especially for a large homeschooling family, the lack of personal space can feel greater because you’re always together.  In the midst of the choas it’s easy to forget about providing one-on-one time with each child.  

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