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Cheap Family Vacations!

Taking vacations with the family are awesome — you get to see new places, do new things, spend time together & make memories… but the expenses can add up FAST. Here are some ways to cut costs to the bone, so you can travel MORE and experience MORE with your money! TRAVEL OFF SEASON Like I mentioned in my post about all the ways homeschooling is cheaper than public school, homeschooling gives us the awesome benefit of traveling off season. We went to Spain in February (hello sunshine!). We did a 3 week tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland in September. We went to Italy Read More

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Life with One Vehicle

A few years ago when Byron decided to go to seminary and leave full time active duty Army service for a season, we made a lot of decisions about what our life would look like during this period of time. For example — we were adamant that we would pay cash for a house. We did spending freezes to boost our savings. We cut back on certain indulgences in our lifestyle. And we transitioned to a one-car family. I wanted to tell you a little bit today about how much it has benefited us to do so! Benefits of having just one vehicle   More Read More

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GIVEAWAY WINNER {& some family life updates!}

Well, things are getting sort of crazy here in our home. We have lots of big changes on the horizon, which have my head spinning — so I thought I’d take a break from my regularly-scheduled programming to share them with you! As you probably know, my husband is currently in seminary. He’s in a program called the Chaplain Candidacy Program, which took him off active-duty status in the Army, and into the reserves while he goes to school. During his school break, he has to return to Army training for one semester (3 months) to complete the Chaplain Officer Basic Course. After finishing seminary, Read More

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Mansfield, Ohio

We love doing Field Trip Fridays in our homeschool! I’m going to share with you about one of our recent trips – to Mansfield, Ohio! First stop: The Mansfield Fire Museum There were a lot of things I loved about this place. First of all, it was FREE. They even gave my kids some free fire hats as souvenirs! There were a lot of things to do and see: real fire trucks, equipment, photos, costumes, and more. There were a lot of don’t-touch displays, but some hands-on stuff for the kids as well. Click here for their website with address, hours, etc.   Stop 2: Read More