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March 2014 Around the Web by @littlesanctuary at www.habitsforahappyhome.com

John Stott’s Prayer for the Next Generation

Why We Shouldn’t Neglect to Meet Together

How to care for your family into eternity

Is Your Grandmother More Alive Than You?

Will America Be Judged?

Preparing Your Teen for College

Beyond Blushing

Sin and the child of God are incompatible. They may occasionally meet; they cannot live together in harmony. ~John Stott

Kim ~littlesanctuary

Mar 102014
 

Here at Habits for a Happy Home we love Pinterest! It’s a tool that we use for building habits. Collecting ideas for making happy homes.
Building Happy Homes with Pinterest - Our Favorite Boards www.habitsforahappyhome.com
For example, Kendra created a bedroom sanctuary with inspiration from Pinterest. You can read all about how she did it in her post, Surviving Life with Boys: Creating a Sanctuary.

Most of the authors here also shared our favorite Pinterest finds a couple of summers ago. So many great recipes and ideas!

So, today, we are highlighting our Pintastic Pinterest boards. We hope our collection of boards will inspire you in building happy homes…



1. Developing Habits – because we all know that happy habits don’t develop overnight.

Follow our Developing Habits board.



2. Heavenly Habits – the most important of all!

Follow our Heavenly Habits board.



3. Our Recipe Box – feeding the family doesn’t have to be hard! A board full of recipes!

Follow our Recipe Box.



4. Household Habits – for the nitty gritty of getting it done and blessing our family.

Follow our Household Habits.



5. Habits series – our authors have shared several series on many topics for building a happy home.

Follow our Habits series.

We invite you over to browse all our Habits for a Happy Home Pinterest boards. And, of course, we hope you will subscribe so you won’t miss a post! (simply enter your name and email address in the upper right hand corner to subscribe).

 
Today I’m also sharing my favorite Pinterest boards for Hodgepodge and The Curriculum Choice!

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Be sure to visit all the Pintastic boards from the bloggers of iHomeschool Network!

Grace for Ordinary Days

 Posted by on March 4, 2014  2 Responses »
Mar 042014
 

Winter can be a dreary time of year.  Lots of rain or snow make the sun disappear for days at a time.  Little irritations can seem so much bigger than they really are. The promise of spring is ahead, but just out of reach.  And the kids.  They just want to be outside!  (How do you help a two year old understand that he cannot ride his bike when it is 30 degrees outside?!)

How does one make it through the long season of short days and longer nights? Only by His grace.  There have been many days lately that I have felt like a failure as a Mom.  I have felt like I am doing this all wrong, and that my children will bear the ill-affects.  But when I start thinking like that, I must remind myself that it is not all about me!  The ultimate good of my children rests in the hands of my all-wise Father, and He can use me in spite of the times I fall.

My boys both got bikes for Christmas, and sad to say, they have both already had little wrecks here and there.  Do they quit, though?  No. They cry a little, get Mama to kiss their ouchie, and then get back on and pedal some more.

Yes we will fail as Moms. We’ll have those days when all we can do at the end of them is to beg God for grace for the next day.  Don’t give up.  Keep trusting His grace, knowing that “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (I Thess. 5:24)

Freezer Meals for Your Slow Cooker

 Posted by on February 25, 2014  5 Responses »
Feb 252014
 

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals www.habitsforahappyhome.comThis time last year I made it my goal to cook dinner for my family more often. You can read about it here. I was living up to my promise to my family until my son was hospitalized and our lives got busy with doctors’ appointments and tests. I knew I needed to get back to providing home cooked dinners, so I decided to finally try some of the freezer meals I see posted online.

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Say Yes in Your Homeschool

 Posted by on February 17, 2014  6 Responses »
Feb 172014
 

If ever there was something I could go back and tell my younger self about homeschooling, it would be to say yes moreSaying yes is a habit we’ve talked about before here at Habits for a Happy Home.

Say YES in Your #Homeschool www.habitsforahappyhome.comI can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life… Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! II Corinthians 6:11-13 MSG

I’ve grown into the yes gradually. And this is, of course, a habit that extends beyond homeschool. So I want to encourage you to say yes, my dear, while the children are near:

  • Yes, you can stay up just a little later so we can finish reading this book.
  • Yes, you can play in the mud (she says as she puts towels down from the back door all the way to the bathtub).
  • Yes, pull out…every…last…foam…craft…heart and have at it!
  • Yes, paint every day!
  • Yes, let’s go visit great-grandmother today.
  • Yes, a pancake breakfast is just what we need to start the morning right. Even if it is already a little late.
  • Yes, let’s make a tin foil boat and watch it float down the street.
  • Yes, please make fudge! (and I will try my best to smile and not to sigh at the pile of mess in the sink)
  • Yes, I will stay up late and chat with you about all sorts of things.
  • Yes, I will ignore that overflowing pile of laundry and play Blokus.
  • Yes, why not? Let’s go to the park!
  • Yes, we can put down this and learn all about the brain today.

I’m not saying that I would have said yes and set aside all the regular learning all the time. But I would have said yes more. Because time is a vapor. See, I blinked and now my eldest will graduate in just two years. That baby of mine, my youngest, is soon to be a first grader.

Boundaries and rules definitely have a place. But so do freedoms and fun. And saying yes.

The love of the Father is like a sudden rain shower that will pour forth when you least expect it, catching you up in to wonder and praise. ~ Richard J. Foster

I’d also grab at some subtle yeses. A big hug. A pat on the back. A squeeze and an ‘I love you.’

God has called us into the joyous ministry of giving His love away to others. ~ Don Lessin

Yes, I will wear that crown of clover you made around the town! (and I hope to see you wearing yours too.)

The habit of saying yes.

Bottom line, wasn’t life itself a special occasion? ~ Jan Karon

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I invite you to join all the ladies of iHomeschool Network offering up advice to their younger selves.

What can you be saying yes to more often?