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weekend links
We had the privilege of exploring our nation’s capital on the way to see family this weekend!

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Giveaway: $125 package from Sparkle Stories

Helping & Healing Audio Stories

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“Your son struggles with fear of the dark. Your daughter is sensitive, and gets overwhelmed easily. You want your children to be more generous with each other.

What can help? Stories. Children can learn new ways of relating, and can discover new inner resources, simply by listening to stories that address their challenges.”

Sparkle Stories produces original audio stories for children.  Our stories are simple, delightful and filled with a sense of wonder.  They inspire children to play, to marvel, to laugh, to be kind.

We have eleven original subscription Story Series – all of which follow the seasons of the year. Families can subscribe and hear fresh stories each week, or they can try our Audio Books — with easy downloads right off the Sparkle site.

We also have story packages for travel, story packages to give as gifts, and stories for all ages. Perfect for every day quiet times, car rides or family travel!

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My favorite thing about back to school time

My favorite thing about back to school time
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

“It’s back-to-school time, or as homeschoolers call it, stay-where-you-are time.”
~ Stephen Colbert


He wakes early–and I always know when.

I hear his voice drift down the hallway–starting the day with a song. Love songs for me, for God, for the gift of life itself. Ever the optimist, Jonathan greets the morning with joy.

But I wonder how the refrains would alter with a rush for breakfast, bus stops, and quick goodbyes.

Would we miss out on the music altogether?

Time for morning love songs–one of my favorite things.
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Weekend links

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IMG_7667Celebrating 16 years of married life with Steve this month – so blessed!

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Homeschooling 101: Getting your homeschool off to a successful start

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Homeschooling 101 Getting your homeschool off to a successful start

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The feeling is common–the one I felt so strongly seven years ago–the one I get emails from readers about regularly:

Something within (or without) draws us to homeschooling, but we have no clue what we’re doing. We stumble along and by trial and error gradually find our way. We pick up confidence as we go, though we still face days and nights when the fears and doubts come upon us.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a resource–a start up guide, so to speak–to build a solid foundation and educate us in the basics of homeschooling? It wouldn’t eliminate all the struggle, of course, but it would serve as a launching pad for our homeschool journey.

That’s why I want to introduce you today to Homeschooling 101: Getting Your Homeschool Off to a Successful Start by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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