• Reading Aloud, the Best Way to Begin

    I was twelve years old, working on a Saxon math lesson in our family home in Pocatello, ID, when the doorbell rang. At the door was our neighbor, her four year old twins in tow, wanting to speak with my mother. “I need some advice,” she explained. I found my mom and settled back into… [Continue Reading]

    Reading Aloud, the Best Way to Begin
  • Another Parenting Fail

      Spring is settling into our valley, sweeping out the grey and washing with light the beautiful blue that we had almost forgotten existed in Idaho skies. With sunshine and dry sidewalks came a daily question from my two little boys: “Can we ride our bikes out front???” My response was always: “First tell me… [Continue Reading]

    Another Parenting Fail
  • Don’t Make Me Count to Three!

      Hi. My name is Copper. I yell at my kids. Typing those last five words is absolutely humiliating for me. I want to retreat to my bed, pull the blankets over my head, and never, ever click the Publish button. But I started blogging to encourage women to love their homes and their families,… [Continue Reading]

    Don’t Make Me Count to Three!
  • Tips for Teaching Preschool at Home

        Whether you’re planning to homeschool or just want to give your little one a boost before attending Kindergarten, here a few practical tips for teaching preschool at home: 1. Choose a Curriculum… or Not. If you’ve got the time and the creativity to plan educational activities for your preschooler, you go, Momma! An… [Continue Reading]

    Tips for Teaching Preschool at Home
  • Reflection

        Today Mike’s setting up his desk at the brand new headquarters of his employer. The fact that his gleaming new office building is across the street from the DirectTV call center is very poignant. Six years ago Mike had to stop pursuing professional golf and take whatever job he could find to support… [Continue Reading]

    Reflection
  • Happy Father’s Day

      When I married Mike, I knew I was getting a great partner. He was handsome, smart, hard working, athletic, thoughtful and funny. He loved Jesus and he loved me. What more could I want? But there was one thing I didn’t anticipate when I vowed to link my life with his: what an outstanding… [Continue Reading]

    Happy Father’s Day
  • Roasted Fennel Panzanella Salad

    One of my favorite summer side dishes is Panzanella Salad, a Tuscan bread salad. A wonderful showcase for fresh produce, the crusty bread soaks up the vinaigrette and the juices from the tomatoes. There are a number of ways to prepare the bread for panzanella, and the preparation of the bread is actually a topic of… [Continue Reading]

    Roasted Fennel Panzanella Salad
  • Wilted Greens

      This past week was a bit crazier than normal. I was preparing to speak at and then actually attending the CHOIS Convention, and my youngest brother was able to arrange a last minute trip to Idaho before he continues his military training. So we did stuff. Like, activities outside the house. Such a novelty!… [Continue Reading]

    Wilted Greens

From My Kitchen

Roasted Fennel Panzanella Salad

One of my favorite summer side dishes is Panzanella Salad, a Tuscan bread … [Read More...]

From My School Room

Reading Aloud, the Best Way to Begin

I was twelve years old, working on a Saxon math lesson in our family home … [Read More...]

From My Experience

Wilted Greens

  This past week was a bit crazier than normal. I was preparing to … [Read More...]

From My List

DIY Hanging Flower Baskets

When Mike asked me what I would like for Mother's Day, I had an answer in a … [Read More...]

From My Heart

Another Parenting Fail

  Spring is settling into our valley, sweeping out the grey and … [Read More...]

From My Finds

What’s Your Design Style?

I saw a design quiz floating around Facebook, so I had to check it out … [Read More...]