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Announcing the birth of our new Daughter!

With overflowing gratitude for the mercy of Lord, Brad and I are pleased to announce the arrival of another daughter, our 4th child: Sélah Faith (We’re pronouncing it the Hebrew way: SAY-lah) 8 lbs Born at home at 6:11pm on November 5, 2014 “Blessed be…
With overflowing gratitude for the mercy of Lord, Brad and I are pleased to announce the arrival of another daughter, our 4th child: Sélah Faith (We’re pronouncing it the Hebrew way: SAY-lah) 8 lbs Born at home at 6:11pm on November 5, 2014 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the …
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Beautiful. Congratulations. 
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A Homeschool Mom's Sanity Saver: The Library

Craving peace and quiet but don’t want to turn on another movie or spend any money to keep the kids entertained? That’s why the library was created, y’all! (…wasn’t it??) I’m trying to make trips to the library a weekly thing. The kids adore getting new…
Craving peace and quiet but don’t want to turn on *another* movie or spend any money to keep the kids entertained? That’s why the library was created, y’all! (…wasn’t it??) I’m trying to make trips to the library a weekly thing. The kids adore getting new books out each time (I peruse them first to …
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When Field Trips Don't Go As Planned

For two weeks, we had planned on taking the kids to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Our son is obsessed with big machines, farming equipment in particular, and we knew they would enjoy the field trip -especially since Brad had booked the afternoon off of work…
For two weeks, we had planned on taking the kids to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Our son is obsessed with big machines, farming equipment in particular, and we knew they would enjoy the field trip -especially since Brad had booked the afternoon off of work to come with us! The big day arrived and we …
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Home School or Traditional School: Both Require Sacrifice

For most Moms in the province where I live, this morning involved buses and back-packs, boxed lunches and good-byes – some tearful, some joyful. Facebook newsfeeds are full of pictures of kids in uniforms, mounting the bus, videos of Moms doing the…
For most Moms in the province where I live, this morning involved buses and back-packs, boxed lunches and good-byes – some tearful, some joyful. Facebook newsfeeds are full of pictures of kids in uniforms, mounting the bus, videos of Moms doing the “Freedom Dance!,” and statuses that breathe relief over the commencement of normal routines, …
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Thank you. This time of year seems full of children in their uniform starting school and a time when it is easy to feel insecure about our ability to home educate. Thank you for this reminder about priorities.
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Pregnancy Update and Maternity Favorites

Brad and I had an emergency ultrasound this week. I thought things were improving with this pregnancy, so I haven’t been taking it as easy as I should have been. We had a scary bleed again, but this time much bigger than they usually are. The ultrasound…
Brad and I had an emergency ultrasound this week. I thought things were improving with this pregnancy, so I haven’t been taking it as easy as I should have been. We had a scary bleed again, but this time much bigger than they usually are. The ultrasound showed that the original blood clot has doubled …
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Growing Homemakers Link-Up #145

Welcome to our 145th homemaking link-up, Growing Homemakers (previously titled Teach Me Tuesday)! It’s a pleasure to have you visiting. I look forward to perusing the encouraging, informative, inspiring posts you share here each week. Growing Homemakers…
Welcome to our 145th homemaking link-up, Growing Homemakers (previously titled Teach Me Tuesday)! It’s a pleasure to have you visiting. I look forward to perusing the encouraging, informative, inspiring posts you share here each week. Growing Homemakers Link-Up Guidelines 1. We welcome posts that specifically encourage, inspire, and inform keepers of the home in their …
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You May Be In Your 40th Week Of Pregnancy If...

You may be in your 40th week of pregnancy if…. …you cry when your midwife appointment gets rescheduled for the next day because you thought that maybe the simple act of seeing your midwife would put you into labor …you can’t read a Psalm without crying…
You may be in your 40th week of pregnancy if…. …you cry when your midwife appointment gets rescheduled for the next day because you thought that maybe the simple act of *seeing* your midwife would put you into labor …you can’t read a Psalm without crying …you can’t watch Children are a Blessing without crying …
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5:30 am. The alarm clock sounds and Brad gets out of bed to go to work. I get out of bed to use the bathroom for the third time in 6 hours. (I’m almost 33 weeks pregnant, y’all.) 6:00 am. I hear wailing coming from the kids’ room downstairs. Judah must…
5:30 am. The alarm clock sounds and Brad gets out of bed to go to work. I get out of bed to use the bathroom for the third time in 6 hours. (I’m almost 33 weeks pregnant, y’all.) 6:00 am. I hear wailing coming from the kids’ room downstairs. Judah must have fallen out of bed …
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If It Hasn't Been Said, Don't Assume What Was Meant

If someone says, “We believe the Lord is calling us to homeschool for reasons x, y, and z,” it doesn’t mean they are saying, “Every Christian should homeschool and if you don’t, then you must not care about your kids as much as we do or be quite as…
If someone says, “We believe the Lord is calling us to homeschool for reasons x, y, and z,” it doesn’t mean they are saying, “Every Christian should homeschool and if you don’t, then you must not care about your kids as much as we do or be quite as righteous as we are.” If someone …
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Well said, Jacinda....seeing and believing the best about each other. Love it. 
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Back To Homeschool! Our Curriculum Choices for 2014-15

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since my last blog post! Honestly, I haven’t missed it a bit. After 18 weeks of morning sickness, followed by 6 weeks of bed-rest which required us moving in with my husband’s dear parents, we’ve thoroughly…
I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since my last blog post! Honestly, I haven’t missed it a bit. After 18 weeks of morning sickness, followed by 6 weeks of bed-rest which required us moving in with my husband’s dear parents, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last month of being back to “normal” in our …
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+Jenn Thorson Thank-you!
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Degreeless: Flipping Hamburgers or Earning Millions?

photo source “Wanted: employee. Competitive salary. Minimum educational requirement: college degree.” Anytime we open the newspaper classifieds, we are met with lists of such ads. It seems that most of the best jobs require the applicant to have a college…
photo source “Wanted: employee. Competitive salary. Minimum educational requirement: college degree.” Anytime we open the newspaper classifieds, we are met with lists of such ads. It seems that most of the best jobs require the applicant to have a college degree. We’re told if we don’t graduate from college, we’ll never make more than minimum …
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I was in a cooking rut for a long time. We rotated the same 8-10 meals for months. Hubby and the kids didn’t seem to mind, but I did. It was getting boring, and I knew a better variety would equal better nutrition too.

Plus, our grocery bills were getting a bit high. I’d buy our usual staples and then throw in a few expensive snacks because I hadn’t thought far enough ahead to know what I was going to bake that week. 

We were eating lots of take-out, too. Almost once-a-week. 5 o’clock would come around and I wouldn’t have a clue about what I was going to make for dinner. I was pregnant and exhausted – that was my excuse – but it was happening far too regularly. 

Then the first trimester nausea kicked in and there’s was no way in this world I could eat the same thing after getting sick from it before. 

Around the same time, I had the urge to jump back on the Trim Healthy Mama bandwagon again (minus the sweeteners). I typically gain 50-60lbs with each pregnancy, and didn’t want to do that to myself this time. But the energy to make THM meal plans? I just don’t have it!

Something need to happen. 

I share what that "Something" was in today's post!  

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I'm Jacinda Vandenberg, married to my best friend Brad, homeschooling mother of three, keeper of the home, coffee drinker, writer and manager of  Growing Home - a blog devoted to holistic homemaking for the glory of God.