Good to be Back

Oh how I have missed blogging! I missed everything about it, and it wasn’t until I took a break that I realized just how special this blog is to me as a spiritual and emotional outlet. So I’m very glad to be back.

Let me catch you up on the HUGE changes in my world that have happened in the past 6 months…

-We have two foster kids that have been with us since June. Miss Priss is 3 and Little Man is 2. And Buggy is 4. For those of you keeping score at home, that means I have a 4, 3, and 2 year old at home. I’m officially insane. But really, I love it. More on them later.

-We bought our first home last month. Our closing date was October 10th. I loved our sweet little rent house, but it was too small for our growing family, and we were eager to become home owners and be licensed for MORE foster kids {I know…I’m insane} and God opened the door for that to happen. So now we’re setting in, and I’m constantly amazed at the fact that we even found and were able to get into this house. God is good!

-I started my Masters of Arts in Counseling in August. So far, so good. The terms are short terms year-round, and I finished up my first term with a 4.0, something I never did in college. So that’s exciting. I’m loving the idea of counseling others and working with children more and more, and I absolutely love the program I’m in.

-I’m juggling homeschooling Buggy with the two littles and moving earlier this fall, which was NOT easy. Things are finally settling down, so I am able to school him more frequently and I’m able to get back to blogging, which I have sincerely missed.

-I have been tackling DIY projects all over the place in our new home, which is so exciting -and exhausting. I’ve waited a long time for a home of my own to design exactly how I want, and I’m really enjoying using my house as a creative pallet to express our family’s vision and priorities.

I’m amazed that even in my hiatus, you guys are still checking in and reading my little ole blog here. It sure is humbling! Thank you for hanging in there with me while I took a much needed break, and thank you for inspiring me to keep going with my writing, which I so dearly love.

More to come!

Kat

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Friday Freebie: Philippians 4:13 Memory Verse Printable

Every week, I introduce a new memory verse for Little and we sing songs about this verse, I usually make up motions to help him memorize it, and I’ll often scour the internet for any kind of printable to go along with it. Sometimes I’m lucky and I find a cute printable to help him remember it, but this time I couldn’t find anything so I just made one myself.

I thought you might enjoy collecting different memory verse helpers to hang around your own home to help you as your write the word of the Lord on your child’s heart. So for a Friday treat, here’s a free Philippians 4:13 printable with cute images to help your little ones remember the key aspects of the verse! Clink the link below for the pdf. Enjoy!

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Blessings,

Kat

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Kitchen Table Classroom: The Rainbow Fish Lesson

I’ve already mentioned that we’re working on an ocean unit right now, and a great book to go along with ocean studies is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

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Simple Sensory Starfish Craft

We just started our ocean unit last week, inspired by the newest member of our pet family: a red beta fish aptly named Lightning McQueen. Continue reading

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Follow Me on Pinterest!

I’ve been busy working on a Pinterest profile specifically for Love Makes a Family for the past month! I have had a personal Pinterest board for a while, but it dawned on me that as much as we talk about crafts with kids, homeschooling, projects, and the trials of being a mom on here, there should be a Pinterest wall to collect goodies from around the internet.

So, without further ado, please feel free to follow me on Pinterest!

Kat

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The “Job” of Ministering in Foster Care

I have to admit to you my lovely readers, that I have been remiss. We got a call a few weeks ago for a little boy in need of a foster home and said yes. He’s close to Little’s age and the two are now as thick as thieves. To say the least, fostering again has been keeping me very busy and this is why I’ve been M.I.A. So I do apologize. I must have sat down a dozen times to write a post announcing our newest arrival and something {or someone} would need my attention and off to the draft file it would go. Continue reading

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Earth Day for Preschoolers

Happy Earth Day! Around here, we’ve been super busy celebrating God’s beautiful creation and learning creative ways to care for the earth. Little’s idea of Earth is the hanging blow-up globe we have in our homeschool room {AKA our dining room}, but he loves the idea of caring for his “balloon Earth” anyway 🙂 Continue reading

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Make Your Own Gold Bug

I recently had a fun Facebook chat with one of my absolute FAVORITE bloggers, Vanessa from Silly Eagle Books. I landed on her blog years ago and was drawn in by her love for children’s books and the fun activities she does with her little girls based on the books they enjoy together. Continue reading

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New Books We Love

I love children’s books! I love expanding our home library, and I have a dream that when we live in a slightly larger house someday, I can have an entire room filled with beautifully illustrated children’s books and wonderfully imaginative chapter books. YAY! Since we don’t have that perfect dream room right now, I stuff children’s books in every nook and cranny I can find and Little and I spend hours pouring over them together. I love when I can purchase a new one and share it with him. He gets so excited! I guess children’s books are my vice, but I just get so excited about them! Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Classroom: Art Appreciation, Preschool Style

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Teaching kids to love art is simple!

The most obvious way to teach our children to appreciate art is by giving them as many opportunities as possible to experience and create art in various settings and all different mediums. Kids are expressive, imaginative, and creative by nature, so arts and crafts come naturally to them. Art gives children many different textures to explore, exposure to colors, and allows them to practice those fine motor skills that lead to writing.

Charlotte Mason, a 19th century homeschool pioneer, was a huge proponent of teaching children {even very young children} art appreciation. No, this isn’t like that boring class you took in college with slides and a droning professor. Art appreciation with kids isn’t about forcing them to memorize names, dates, and influences. It’s about instilling a love of art in children and showing them the multitude of ways to express oneself creatively. Continue reading

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