Teaching Good Things

Practical Skills for Real Life

Teaching Good Things - Practical Skills for Real Life

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The truth is a peaceful home is constant work. We need consistency, self-control, a solid sense of purpose and love. We also need many practical skills to accomplish what we were designed to do.

The home is the primary, most important and most active mission base in any culture.  It is a constant work to manage it well. We all need encouragement and instruction on a regular basis to help us keep our focus, because our family worth it.


About Making Dinner Rolls and Making Money

making dinner rolls and making money

A few months ago I attended a Food Entrepreneurs Conference, in preparation of our commercial kitchen, it was GREAT! At the conference Patricia Barns, of Sister Schubert’s dinner rolls, was the keynote speaker. She was wonderful and had an incredible testimony.  Her love of the Lord and family and orphans left me in tears and speechless.

I never buy cookbooks any more, everything is free online, who doesn’t love Pinterest? But after I heard her speak I got in line to buy her cookbook Celebrations of the Heart. I was not disappointed when I read in the back of the book that all of the profits go to ALS research. The book is beautiful and filled with do-able family recipes with ‘normal’ ingredients and gorgeous pictures!


Why Many Homeschool Parents Quit

homeschool parents quit

I consider myself somewhere between an Eclectic Home Educator and one who embraces the Multiple Intelligences method, or even Relaxed.

No matter which method you choose, whether using a whole curriculum and finishing each workbook, Classical, Relaxed, community co-ops, etc…

The truth is, it’s down right hard! 

Taking the responsibility for your child’s education is a heavy one. It is one that every homeschooling mom wrestles with every year. It’s a constant,  ‘Am I doing it right? Am I doing enough? Am I ruining my child for life? What if…?’


From Daydreams to Sweat and Progress

Real Chronicles Bakers Daughter

“Please keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times” the train conductor announced over the out dated speakers as we started our trek around the zoo, “we’re moooooooving!” His old man voice, enthusiastically reciting the lines he gives so many times each day, rings in my head like a mantra. We’re moving! Not sell your house and box everything up moving, but “on-to-the-next-step-of-the-plan-we’ve-got-some-momentum-building” moving.


Sharing Our Childhood and Family Reunions

We're Still Here

It’s been weeks since I’ve posted, just wanted you to know… we’re still here! Or maybe I should say we’re back! 😉

We spent a couple weeks in upstate New York to introduce the three youngest to more of their family and share our childhood memories with them.

All of these things we hold even more dear because apart from God’s grace these three would have had no family. They’ve never known grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins until God brought us together. He is good!


Mercy Mondays – When children become your friend.

Mercy Mondays

Being intentional about seeing God’s mercy.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,

that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

Let’s start our week out with sharing how God has been merciful to us.

I have two things that really stuck out yesterday.

First,  after worship Jeff announced to the congregation that Aaron had a birthday last week. As he spoke he got a little chocked up. When God gives you something extra special like birthday celebrations of a child you did not birth you take note of that extra special mercy.  #adoption


Little Man Turns 10

Happy 10th birthday to our little man! He fills our life with so much love and laughter! …and noise.

Adoption! I’m glad we took the risk to open our home and heart to this little boy when he was 6. A boy who was insecure, a bit angry and very confused. I can not imagine our life without him.

He is his father’s shadow.

He is a hard worker who rarely complains.


A Few Recent Weddings

wedding cake

And this is why I don’t get to blog very often, buttercream and keyboards are not friends.   Here are a some events from the last few months.

Buttercream cake before the flowers were added.

This was a beautiful poolside wedding!

And this barn wedding cake is one of my very favorites!

This was also a barn wedding. I love these “naked cakes”.


With My Hand to the Plow

Lately I have days that I work until 2-3 am. I hit the bed hardly able to walk (literally). These are usually days that either I have over-committed myself or something has happened that day that puts me way behind.

All of my married life I have had some sort of home industry going on. Cakes and catering for family and friends has been great. I’ve quilted, I’ve done in-home day care, established and directed a church kindergarten, cleaned houses, started this website, written e-books, produced videos… the list goes on. Different seasons of life allowed for different avenues. The main thing was I always wanted my kids with me.