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I am so. very. EXCITED!

It’s time to open up Registration for The Storyformed Child New England Conference!

The date is set for April 12, 2014 in Sterling, MA from 9 am to 5 pm and will feature three main sessions by the lovely and talented Sarah Clarkson from Storyformed.com as well as a choice of four workshops led by local homeschooling mothers with a passion for Story & Imagination. An optional boxed lunch will be catered by a local bakery with simply delectable food and the whole day is set up as a relaxing, fun, restorative and inspirational retreat for mothers who desire to shape their children with grand stories and creative experience. It’s going to be a wonderful day full of encouragement and fellowship!

I have a ginormous favor to ask. Will you, pretty please with a cherry on top, share these links with your friends who might live in the New England area, including New York and New Jersey?

Conference website: www.storyformedchild.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StoryformedChildNewEngland

Simply visit the website or the Facebook page and share from there, you will find links galore!

Thanks ever so!



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Highly Resolved!



Vintage Chalk Style Serving Plate at zazzle.com

Happy New Year!

I love a fresh start, don’t you? Though I must admit, I’m starting to understand all the naysayers with regards to making New Year’s Resolutions. Well, at least the muscles in my legs understand!

Okay, I confess. I blasted out of the starting gate a little too fast this morning. To say the least.

I wanted to do it all! I wanted to make my vision for 2014 happen all at once! So I woke up early (6 am after a late night with friends is very early indeed!), had a lengthy and enjoyable quiet time, complete with journaling and prayer, and I dove right into my day with an intense 60 minute workout. I gave my all.

Then I laminated a new chore chart for the kids and walked each of them through their responsibilities, ate a healthy breakfast, took care of the dishes, got a laundry load started, and went to take a hot shower. By the time I was dressed in my painting clothes to continue work on the kids’ bedrooms, I was zapped!

It was 10 am.

My legs were sore, I felt a little lightheaded and very hungry, and all I seemed to be able to see in every corner was all the stuff lying around undone, begging for my attention.

It was overwhelming!

What happened to all the bright, hopeful plans I had listed out in my journal just yesterday? What happened to taking the New Year by storm?

Well, what happened is just this: I stayed up until 11 pm last night. I ate frightening amounts of greasy food and sugary treats. I haven’t worked out since a couple weeks before Christmas. The kids have been out of their routine basically since Thanksgiving. The house is in disarray from a busy holiday season. And there is no. possible. way it could all be corrected in one day! 

Yet I love Resolutions. And I refuse to be discouraged! Because I have 364 more days to work on this. At the end of this year, when I look back on all that I so highly resolved to tackle and accomplish and work towards this year, I fully intend to be able to smile with satisfaction that progress was indeed made. Every year I’m surprised by how many of my Resolutions are either fully realized or at the very least partially fulfilled. I’ve never regretted taking the time to either formulate new goals or reflect upon the old ones.

So what did I do with the rest of my day? Did I surge ahead with my painting project and continue on from there with more tasks from my list?


I made an early lunch and savored the aroma and flavor of warm quiche and a mixed green salad. I cozied up in a big, fluffy robe and soft slippers and took a nap. I made a cup of tea and lingered by the fireside. I promised the kids a movie and popcorn tonight after dinner.

Depending on how you look at it, perhaps I accomplished more with the second half of my day than I did in the first?

A Blessed New Year to you! May you walk closely with the One who gave you Life and Breath. May each day be a gift that brings joy and delight. May you live life to the full, love fiercely, give generously, hope tenaciously, dance with wild abandon…may you taste and see that the Lord is good, and make your highest aim in 2014 to bring glory to his name, now and forevermore.

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