Unexpected Journey: Part 5

Hello and thanks for visiting. If you’re new here, you may sign up to have posts delivered to your email inbox for free or subscribe to my RSS feed. You may also follow Raising Olives on Facebook. Part 1: The Call Part 2: Doubts Part 3 (interlude) Part 4: Confirmation Continued…   From the beginning…

Managing with ONLY Littles

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Yes, we’re still here. I know that I’ve been absent from the blog lately, our life is very full and my priorities and responsibilities simply don’t fit with spending even a few minutes a day writing for the blog, but today the 4 Moms topic is managing with only littles and I really wanted to weigh…

Sleep Overs, Romance Novels, Peer Influence and Bible Translations: 4 Moms Q & A

There is so much I want to post about, but I find so little time to sit down and spend in front of the computer. So today, I’m just going to jump in and answer some reader questions from my email inbox and from the 4 Mom’s Facebook page. Gencie asks, “What Bible translation do…

Getting it All Done while Nursing a Baby

  This month’s joint 4 Moms topic is derived from a reader question (honestly, nearly all of the topics we tackle are from reader questions), but I wanted to share the whole question, because I wanted to answer all parts of it. (a)How do you nurse and get everything else done around the home without…

Joy in Homeschooling and Toddler Tantrums: 4 Moms Q&A

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Jennifer explains that, for a variety of reasons, they did not accomplish what they’d hoped during their last year of homeschooling and then she asks this question, “How do you go about regaining the joy of homeschooling and regaining your footing when you’re at the bottom of the hill” I remember one time in particular…

Relay Team: {Almost} Wordless

Our kids have run cross country for several years now, but this season they had the opportunity to compete in track meets with the local public and Christian schools. Our kids were chosen mostly for longer distances (both Matthew 13 and Alyssa 12 competed in the 3600 meter and the 4 x 800 relay), but…

Homeschooling Schedule Summer 2013

In our home we homeschool year round. This makes sense to us because we believe that everyone (kids and adults) should always be learning and we make a big effort not to separate “homeschooling” from everyday life. Every single day (even weekends and when we’re at the beach on vacation) our children spend one to…

Unexpected Journey: Part 4

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I want to step back for just a moment and tell you about our kid’s attitude and response to our talk of adoption and private, Christian foster care. Our children have been burdened for the orphan for a long while. When Matthew was 4 (he’s now 14), he told me…

Unexpected Journey: Part 3 (A Surprising Interlude)

I got the first two posts in this series up quickly, almost as events were unfolding and then……silence. For nearly two months I left you hanging. Here is a small explanation of how my momentum was cut short. Unexpected Journey: Part 1 Unexpected Journey: Part 2 I woke early. It was my birthday. No matter…

4 Moms Talk about Tattling

I know it’s been quiet here, but I’m working on finishing my story of Our Unexpected Journey, look for the next installment tomorrow!  (See now I’m accountable to all of you to get it finished up.) Be sure to visit the other moms of many as we talk about tattling: The Deputy Headmistress at The Common Room…

4 Moms Share Vegetarian Recipes {Link-Up}

When you’re feeding a crowd vegetarian options are a wonderful way to pinch some of those pennies. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so finding recipes without meat that don’t leave him feeling like dinner was simply an appetizer has been challenging. However, these two recipes fit the bill. Quinoa and…

Unexpected Journey: Part 2 Doubts

…continued. As I hit send, I fully expected to get  “you’ve got to be kidding me, we can’t get you approved in time” or “Whoops, you weren’t supposed to get that email”. Instead we received a list of things we needed to do and Mark and I rolled up our sleeves. That day we completed our…