Sunday, October 9, 2016

Everyday Porridge Farewell

It has been a great little adventure, even though it has been so short lived. You'll never know how things might turn out unless you try--and to have never given something a chance can sometimes end up as a bigger regret. In this final call Toni shares why she and Emily need to say farewell to Everyday Porridge as a podcast. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Call no. 8: The Art of Staying Flexible

It happens to all of us. Sometimes even the best laid plans get whacked with a curveball you didn't see coming. Sometimes, it's the little things that challenge our "perfect world". Whether changes are serious or silly, large or small or even a welcome surprise, it's something that we all experience. The ability to stay flexible is essential to living a life with less stress and more joy. And sometimes these unforeseen changes will have silver linings that would not have come any other way. In this call we chat about the future of Everyday Porridge (don't worry, we're not going away) and some of the reasons we need to personally stay flexible in our own lives right now.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Call no. 7: Modeling and Teaching Faith To our Children

For the Christian parent passing on to our children faith in Jesus, what the bible teaches us about God's incredible love and power and how to go about life is a top priority.

In this call Emily talks with Toni about how her and her husband lived out this great responsibility with their children, 4 of whom are adults now. Toni talks about making the decision to keep the children with them in the adult service instead of sending them to Children's church. About bible curriculum not being a tool they ever used, and how eventually the family left the organized church to meet in homes and build community with other likeminded families that had an impact in their children's lives and faith.

Families will be led to do things in different ways.The most important key that Toni shares is to make sure your faith is living and real.

Favorite resources that Toni loved using through the years are:

Your Story Hour--dramatized audios on people of faith, history, and exceptional character.
(please note: many new titles have been added since Toni has used these that the family hasn't heard)

The Gospel According to Matthew--a visual dramatization of the book of Matthew. The script is word for word from the bible.

Acts and John--more from the visual bible series.

Show music by our friend Michael Rans 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Call no. 6: Taking Time to Fill Your Own Cup

When does a busy mother get a little time to herself to pursue things that bring her personal joy and that help to recharge her spirit? What does that look like when you're a mama to babies and preschoolers or grade schoolers and preteens?

There are as many answers to that as there are mothers and it will look different for each of us. The seasons in child raising change, bringing with them a different set of challenges but also a new set of benefits. These seasons will shape what our personal time will look like and how we can go about it.

Show music by Michael Rans

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Call #5: Encouraging Your Young Entrepreneur

Is every child an entrepreneur? How do you know if you have one? As a parent, how do you balance helping them grow without taking over?

These are just a few of the questions I asked Emily when I interviewed her about her oldest daughter Ruby, who started her own Etsy shop at age 11. Now, at 14 years old, Ruby manages all the details of a thriving little business selling her macrame wall hangings.

Find Ruby's Etsy shop here, Native Fern and you can find her mama's shop over at Blue Corduroy.
Our show music is by Michael Rans

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Call #4: The Importance of Character Development

If we don't make character development a daily priority in our children, our job will become exponentially harder. Homeschooling them with joy can be close to impossible. Charlotte Mason claimed that 1/3 of education is discipline. She says, "The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; on the other hand she who lets habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction."

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning

Special thanks to Michael Rans for creating our show music. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Call #3: Finding Beauty in Your Ordinary

In our broken world and lives, loveliness tells us of something beyond that brokenness. "To cultivate beauty is to act in keeping with my faith in God's goodness."

That's a quote from this call where we talked about cultivating beauty in our homes, in our relationships, and of the powerful spiritual connection of beauty in creation.

Books we've mentioned from this call are:

The Life Giving Home, Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming

The Hidden Art of Homemaking