Review Crew

Letting Go

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March is my favorite month of the year. It brings March Madness in college basketball and Spring Training in pro baseball. Yep. The. Best. At this time of year I start thinking and talking more in baseball analogies. I love everything about the game... the sounds, the smells, the way the sun feels when I close my eyes at the ball park and the breeze flows over my face. The giggles of children as they play and the chants from the dugouts. I love the discipline it takes for a player to become … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Open

Time for another Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung. The goal of Five Minute Friday is to write for five minutes straight, no editing or rewriting.... basically a flowing stream of thought. Definitely a good writing exercise. ;-) Kate's prompt for today is... Open. GO We were talking tonight in life group about trusting God... trusting that He knows what's best for our lives. Trusting that His ways are better than our ways ever could be. The thought occurred to me that when we try … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Pain

As some of you have probably noticed, I don't normally speak out about controversial issues. However, this time I can't be silent. The movie that the world has been buzzing about opens in theaters tomorrow. This is a rare moment when the self-inflicted pain that has shadowed me (and those close to me) for 20 years needs to shared. Be warned... what you are about to read is raw and ugly. My heart has pounded every time I've thought about writing this. I almost chickened out. There are pieces … [Read more...]

The Open Closed Door

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Okay, imagine you have some friends coming over tonight. As you do a good cleaning of the main areas of the house, where do all of your clutter-y things get thrown? Either you have a this-is-where-we-put-everything-else room or you toss things into your bedroom, right? :) If you're like us, the master bedroom door has always stayed closed when company was over. Not anymore. If you've read any of my posts in the last year or so, you'll know that we've been through quite a time of growth in our … [Read more...]

New Year, New Design, New Focus

As you can see, the blog has changed a little over the last week or so. I'm so thankful to Monique at Fantastique Designs who created this custom look for Grow Where You're Planted. For years, I've used templates and tried to make them work, but there have always been things I wished I could do differently. This year, I decided that now is the time to create a blog that, in every way, exemplifies what my heart and desire are for this ministry. Take a look around as some things have changed. … [Read more...]

4th Quarter

Jeffrey loves basketball... watching it, playing it, talking about it, doing play-by-play. It's pretty fun to watch him when he gets excited about making a shot (or when Duke wins). He plays for two different leagues right now, and yesterday he had two games back-to-back. The first game was amazing, particularly the 4th quarter. Our team was down by a few points and Jeffrey decided it was time for him to step up and take the lead. He had such focus, such passion, and he ended up scoring … [Read more...]

Blessed

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I walked into our school room after hearing giggling and saw this. My heart smiled. :) In all of the reasons for homeschooling, I never really thought about the kids starting to actually get along with each other better. This is an added blessing. In just a few months, this is what we've already seen in our babies: They have grown a lot closer as siblings; They are all progressing incredibly well academically; Teaching happens all the time, and it's continual in the same … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Welcome

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I haven't done a Five Minute Friday in a long time, but thought I would join in today. This blog hop is now hosted by Kate Motaung. The goal of Five Minute Friday is to write for five minutes straight, no editing or rewriting.... basically a flowing stream of thought. Definitely a good writing exercise. ;-) Kate's prompt for today is... Welcome. GO Lately I've noticed more about how people respond to each other. I've always been an observant people … [Read more...]

The 180 & The Anchor

Have you ever done a complete 180 in your life? You thought you were on the right track, but somehow your wheels got just enough off of the railings that you had to jump completely off and start over going the opposite direction? I guess that's a good way to describe this year for me. 2014 has been one of the craziest, most painful, most growing seasons of my span of 41. There have been so many changes in my life, internally and externally, that it's going to be difficult to fit it all into a … [Read more...]

Schoolhouse Teachers Site – A Review

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com, created and run by The Old Schoolhouse, is an incredible resource for teachers, homeschooling families, and also for parents who just want to supplement their children's education at home. This wonderful online learning center is absolutely packed with online courses, lesson plans, videos, planners, printables, and so many other resources. In fact, I'm sure that I have not even begun to see all of the beautiful learning opportunities offered... ALL IN ONE PLACE! Before … [Read more...]