The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Yesterday, my mom called to tell me about a woman who called her for help but couldn’t speak English. “Nathana, while we visit, can you teach me some Spanish?” “Well, mom, I haven’t taken Spanish since my sophomore year of high school, I don’t really remember anything . . . “ “Oh sure you do, your teacher said you were a natural and so good you could teach it!” (I really wasn’t that good . . .) “It was a long time ago mom. I learned it fast, but I also forgot it fast. I mean, I only took it … Read more…

How to Encourage Your Child’s Education

Read the statistics. Ask the teachers. Ask the youth ministers. Parental involvement and encouragement are huge, whether considering your teenager keeping their faith when they reach adulthood, or your child or teenager embracing learning and education. Parents, please don’t underestimate your power of influence here, and the volumes that your example will teach your children. If you are homeschooling or your children go to public or private school, here are some ways that you can actively engage in their education as you encourage them to be lifelong learners. Educational Apps I will admit that I often resist technology. Just ask my husband. I … Read more…

First Day of Autumn: Sharing a Love of Nature With Your Children

It is officially the first day of Autumn, my favorite season! I cherish something about every season: Summer’s recreation, Spring’s awakening, and Winter’s gusty, swirling snow. Yet, Autumn encapsulates so much of what I love: the way the first nip of cold comes sweeping in on the breeze; the coziness of breaking out knitted sweaters; clasping a steaming mug of apple cider as you sit around a fire; hayrides bumping around dry, sometimes shaved-to-a-stubble cornfields; pumpkin patches bursting with orange and red pumpkins and gourds, ripe for the picking; the smell of dry leaves falling; the color scheme of Autumn with … Read more…

Permission to Live with Purpose

It hit me when my husband said, “I don’t know what it is like to have a wife who loves her job.” Pretty straightforward . . . and spot on. It wasn’t that I had terrible jobs. Outside of the heavy lifting and pushing, I love working at the library. To this day, I am thankful for all the opportunities that came my way. They helped us stay afloat financially and they taught me a lot. Even if the only thing I learned was, I do not want to do this for the rest of my life.  What it comes down to … Read more…

Begin at Home

What begins at home?

And so, SO much more!

Disclaimer: Can you learn these things outside of the home? Of course, but your home life has a huge impact on you and your child’s development. What happens at home can equip us to navigate life, or it can hinder us.

I dedicate this blog to those of us who want our home to be a place of refuge, learning, love, faith, comfort, growth, and good food!

We are not perfect; we cannot do it ALL, all of the time. Imperfections aside, for those of us who long to nourish these wonderful opportunities in our homes and in the hearts of our family, let’s take a journey together!