Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

  As I write this I am sitting in our cabin in North Carolina. The goal was to come up here to get better. Every morning as I look out the window at the mountains I am reminded of the majesty of God. This is truly “God’s Country” and the community here reminds me of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry. This is the first time in 34 years that my family is divided. After 20 years of homeschooling my children and 10…

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The Slow Season

The Slow Season

This past year has been one of the most difficult times in my life. Being sick for months and months and not really knowing why can really wear on you. The title of my website is the Joy in the Journey, and to be honest their have been times in the past year where I have found it difficult to find joy. I am thankful for my supportive family for encouraging me on the dark days. But most of all,…

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Lazy Mom’s Crock Pot Lasagna

Lazy Mom’s Crock Pot Lasagna

  Lazy Mom’s Crock Pot Lasagna1 ground beef (or however much you like in your lasagna) 24 oz of spaghetti sauce – store bought or homemade (you may need more depending on how much meat you use – it should be very saucy) 1 large container of cottage cheese (or you can use ricotta cheese) combined with one egg and fresh parsley shredded mozzarella cheese lasagna noodles (uncooked) ( I use this gluten free brand)   Brown the ground beef in a skillet….

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Love is…

Love is…

  2018 was a very difficult year for our family. The twists and turns were both surprising and at some times scary. The year started out with promise and optimism, but by February, things began to change. When you are young you take for granted that things will always stay the same. But as you get older, things like your health become more important. February of 2018 began a year of health challenges for me. Thankfully, after months of working…

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Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31

The Proverbs 31 woman. We have all read about her. Somehow she can make us feel so guilty! How could we ever live up to her example! Let’s take a look at a few of her attributes… She is described as virtuous. The term “virtuous” is from a noun meaning strength, efficiency, ability.  Here it refers to strength of character.  She is like a rare gem. Precious stones are precious and costly because they are so rare. She is trustworthy….

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Mexican Layered Casserole

Mexican Layered Casserole

We love this recipe. It has lots of variations and can be adapted to whatever your family prefers. You can add any ingredients or extra spice that your family enjoys to this casserole. (Green peppers, green chiles, black olives, tomatoes, etc) I sometimes add cooked shredded chicken to this recipe. It  freezes well and is great wrapped in tortillas. Enjoy! Mexican Layered Casserole ¼ cup water 1 onion (chopped) 1 clove garlic (minced) 2 c. spinach (chopped) 1 Can Ranch…

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True Treasure

True Treasure

We have accumulated a lot of “stuff” during our 32 year marriage. In fact we have a garage full of “stuff”. We are currently in the process of converting some of the garage space into office space and during the process we have had to clean out a lot of our “stuff”. We had to make decisions as to what to keep, give away or throw away. Some of those items were old and worn out. Some things my children…

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Developing a Philosophy of Education

Developing a Philosophy of Education

  Several years ago, when my children were young, I completed a CEU course on “Developing a Philosophy of Education”. This was primarily for a classroom situation, but it really made me stop and think about my goals of homeschooling my children. There are often many roads that will take us to the same destination, but without a road map, we might just drive around looking for where we want to go and never actually get there! Actually writing down…

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I have made this easy banana bread recipe for many years and it is a family favorite around here. I decided to try to adapt it to make a gluten free version. It turned out great, in fact my husband actually liked the GF version better! Give it try and let me know what you think! Butter for greasing pans 2 1/3 cups of Baking Mix (such as bisquick or this homemade version) I used Maple Grove Farms Baking Mix…

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Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings

  A few days ago my youngest child turned 20. I have mixed feeling about this mark of time. It seems like just yesterday he was a baby. I remember purposing to enjoy every minute of his childhood. Yet somehow the time seemed to go by so fast. He is now a man and is moving on into the future with enthusiasm as he sees what the Lord has in store for him. I must admit for the past year…

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