Category Archives: Thoughtful Thursday

Because child rearing takes so much thought, especially when home educating.

Children Tidbit: Math Practice Fun

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

Interesting and fun website: Dad’s Worksheets I really like the color by number. The sections to color have a math problem and the answer designates the color. There are even seasonal ones.

There are also “calculators” for a variety of operations, as well as printables galore. :) There are so many kinds of worksheets and covering so many areas: fractions, percentages, word problems, puzzles, too many to list.

There is a games section but I didn’t actually see the games. If you are interested, I imagine you could contact him and ask about the games.

I hope it is a blessing to you and your family.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

It’s New Year’s Eve! 2020/2021

The links I shared last year for New Year’s planning and review are still good (or updated). So I’m re-sharing that post here today. :) I hope it will bless you and your family.


I believe that we should always trying to better ourselves. The beginning of a new year is a good time to decide what area I want to focus on this year. Children can (and should) do this too. I found some good printables to help.

This first one is from 2014 but it is a good one. So, I recommend printing it out and putting a number sticker over the wrong year or using some correction fluid or correction tape, to erase it, unless you are one of those that can easily edit it before printing. ;) Here is the page describing this printable. The original link went 404 on me but I persevered! :D Click on the picture of the printable on that page and it will open the pdf.
This one is a little different but it goes along with what a lot of people do, creating a word for the year. It also has the individual write down a want, a need, something to share, and something in which to succeed. It’s a nice contemporary printable. At the same link is a New Year’s Eve bingo printable as well.

The same site also has a really cute Year in Review. I have shared this one before, I think but she updates it every year. It is really a nice printable and colorful, although you could definitely print it out in greyscale to conserve on colored ink, if you so desire.

This one is similar to the last. It too is a year in review printable. The author shares her family history with this and it sounds like a very sweet tradition that is a great memory maker. :) Like the previous one, it has you list some of your favorite things, which could be really interesting to look back on after several years and see what changed and what stayed the same.

Then there were a few game ideas that looked interesting as well. This memory game looked really cute! And here is a page with a lot of New Year’s Eve ideas to include children. The idea on the last link for glow stick games was so cute that I’m including a link to that one as well. With the days shorter, winter is a good time to try some of these games, if you happen to live in an area that gets some warmer weather this time of year. ;)

Finally there was a really cute idea for a decoration for a New Year’s party. If you happen to be one that takes their Christmas decorations down by the first, this could work for you. I, however, am not only not home as we go to my sister’s home, but keep my decorations up until Epiphany on January 6th. But it really is a cute idea. You could get a jump on some of the decoration clean-up by taking the ornaments off the tree and changing it over to a New Year celebration tree. Check it out here. :)

Well, I believe I have rambled on quite long enough for today. I hope you have a great New Year’s celebration with your family, whether it be at noon on December 31st, midnight of the first, or some other time. (I knew a lady that changed her clocks and celebrated the new year with her young children at 8pm, so they still got into bed on time. But you could just make it a thing, there are lots of ideas out there and listed above as well.)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve! And for us that means it is Christmas #1. :) When Michael and I were first married, we spent the night at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve and opened our gifts to each other there. When we had Brian, the first year we did as we always did. But around the 3rd or 4th year we got Brian and Sean some larger toys that we could not lug to my parents’. So I got the brilliant idea to get up Christmas Eve morning and act as though it were Christmas. Since Michael was already self-employed at that time, work was no problem. :)

It was great! We got up and did Christmas that morning and the kids were able to play with their new toys all day long! At my parents’ home they weren’t able to play with all their toys because there were too may people there and we needed to keep the mess to a minimum. So this was a huge win because if they got something they didn’t want to part with, like a stuffed animal or something else small, they could take that item with them.

Now twenty-five years later, we still wake up Christmas Eve morning and have Christmas here. Then on Christmas day we wake up and go to my sister’s home and have second Christmas. :) This makes our Christmas nice and full! :)

It is probable as time goes on that things will change. This year will be really different without my dad. :D But we will go with the flow as each change comes and let God help us through each one.

I feel sorry for those who have lost loved ones earlier this year. I imagine they have worked through their grief but now the holidays are here and they are having to work through it all again. I have prayed for them. I so appreciate the prayers that our family is receiving that I want to be sure to cover those other friends in prayer too. So Hardings  (Moores) and Roses, know that I am praying for you this holiday season.

I encourage you today to make this holiday memorable. Teach your children the blessing in giving and the blessing of family.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Links ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Picky Eaters, Christmas Audio, and Sciency Links

I have had picky eaters in my house at different times. For years I cooked with onion powder instead of diced onions because if my kids saw an onion piece they declared that they did not like the dish. And let’s face it, onion powder is easier to use than dicing up an onion. ;)

I saw this article about picky eaters and how what you do may be encouraging their pickiness. One thing that was mentioned was that you cannot expect your children to eat differently from what you eat.


I hopped over to HomeschoolFreebie.com to see what they were sharing and thought they were worth sharing.

I hope these will be a help to you and help you keep the kids busy and have some fun.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Few Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Activities Suggestions

I saw this post with some neat homemade stocking stuffers. I really like the idea for the story cubes. Maybe there are some ideas you can use too. :)

If your looking for some activities to do, here’s this list of some fun ideas, which include

  • hunt for red things
  • make snow angels
  • find pine cones.

Hope you don’t mind the quick post today but that it is helpful to you and your family. (It’s been a tough week.)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

It’s Time for Cinnamon Bear!

Thanksgiving ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s been such a strange year! With family members having Covid this month, we decided it was best not to all get together. Thankfully Brian, Lauren, and Liam are still coming up to spend the day with Tiffany, Sean, Michael, and I. :) Makes me very happy.

I love Thanksgiving!!! We have so much fun, although it is a lot of work getting ready. But hey, I now have a head start on everything for Christmas. :) I just love this time of year.

Cinnamon Bear ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpeaking of Christmas, have you heard of Cinnamon Bear? It was an old radio show with 26 episodes that aired in ’30’s, ’40’s, and ’50’s. It aired 6 nights a week beginning Thanksgiving night and went until Christmas.

It is an adventure of Paddy O’Cinnamon. Here is a synopsis if you want to know more details. On this webpage you will find all 26 of the audios. Finally, they are also available on this page, and if you go down to Now Try Download Land, you can download the original coloring book (mind you they are very childish drawings) that your kids can color while listening or later for fun.

The episodes are very short so you should be able to find a few minutes, even during the busy days of December, to listen to an episode. If you do happen to get behind, they are short enough that you can easily catch up again.

One word of caution though, this does have Santa Claus in it. I sure wish I could find the old You Were There Nativity series. I listened to it once a LONG time ago on the radio and have never heard it since. Well, that’s a topic for another time. For now, go download the audios and make some memories with your kids. :)

Until next time, God bless,
Michele ºÜº

Prepared for Advent

I post something about these books every year about this time, so that you have time to obtain them and be ready the Sunday after Thanksgiving. :) This year I’m just reposting it (with the dates changed). ;)


It is already November 19th and Thanksgiving is coming soon. I love this time of year but it moves so quickly. Before we know it, it will be a brand new year. :)

One of the things I liked to do during the Advent season when the kids were younger was to read an advent book. The ones I’m showing you today are for the older ones. Of course the younger ones in your family may also enjoy them but there are some tense scenes that may be too much for the littlest members of your family.

I’m sharing this week because you may need to order a book or request it from the library (if your system has it).

Advent Books ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have to admit that it has been quite a number of years since we’ve read this, so I don’t remember much of the story line. I do remember that we enjoyed it. We enjoyed it so much that I bought the sequels.

Advent ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdvent ~ lifeofjoy.meThe book would be started on Sunday, November 29th. But if you think you may have trouble reading it every night, I guess you could start early. ;)

Give Jotham’s Journey a try this year, if you haven’t read it before. Next week I’ll share some books that can be read with the younger ones next week (here’s the link to that post).

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Time Sensitive Freebies!

Do you remember the Back to School Blessing a few months ago? Well they have a Christmas Blessings Bundle 2020 but it has some other holiday themed stuff too.

There are things for Fall and Thanksgiving, including a fall themed alphabet for littles and a gratitude journals. There’s also a history of Thanksgiving freebie and a Thanksgiving planner.

There are Christmas printables galore. :) There’s even an interesting winter photo scavenger hunt, aimed at teens but a little with a love for the camera could participate too. I’ve know some littles that can use a phone camera better than some adults. ;) There’s themed writing prompts for fall, Christmas, and New Year, aimed for 1st-8th grade.

There’s a brick advent calendar which makes suggestions for things to build with “lego’s”. It seems to go with the Jesse Tree ornaments. Also available is a Names of Jesus advent calendar.

There’s so much available, including a history of Christmas trees and Saint Nick. There are activity pages and so much more. Check it out . . . but do it quickly, you only have until the 15th to get in on it and then everything has to be downloaded by the 22nd.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº