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Back To School Like A Boss

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Whether your kids go to school or whether they “do school” (you know, only homeschoolers say “do school”) this time of year is sort of exciting and stressful and makes you want to order a pumpkin spice latte to drink while perusing school supplies. I love me some new school supplies. Nothing says happiness like un-cracked composition books and boxes of brand new pencils. Just breathe it in! That’s the smell of education, baby! Read More

Back To School

Whether your kids go to school or whether they “do school” (you know, only homeschoolers say “do school”) this time of year is sort of exciting and stressful and makes you want to order a pumpkin spice latte to drink while perusing school supplies. I love me some new school supplies. Nothing says happiness like […]

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Always Enough

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Today we are blessed to be guest posting over at Ordinary Lovely.  Theresa is doing a series all week on Large Families in Small Houses.  Creative and Contented! There are some very gifted and lovely ladies posting all week there about how they make it work–practically, spiritually, emotionally! It’s going to be great!  Whether you are three people in a cabin or seven people in a two-bedroom apartment or twenty people in a ranch house–or anything in between, I think you will be inspired! We could all use a little more organization, a little more inspiration, a little more grace. Go check it out!

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We are first up to bat. I guess we qualify because there are, at last count, a multitude of people living in this three bedroom, one bathroom house. We don’t know everything and we certainly have our challenges and struggles. But, this is life! And it’s a beautiful journey of all of us reaching heaven together!

An excerpt from the guest post:

My husband and I have lived a lot of places since we’ve been married—tiny trailers, apartments, duplexes, small houses and big houses. Urban, rural, upscale and Third World countries. We have always lived by the motto that there is always enough. In God’s economy there is enough room at the table, enough food in the pantry, enough hours in the day, and enough love and affection to go around. Our motto has been tested. Oh, I assure you, it has! But, it has held up. There is always enough.  Where there is love, there is room for more. (READ THE REST ON ORDINARY LOVELY!)

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Today we are blessed to be guest posting over at Ordinary Lovely.  Theresa is doing a series all week on Large Families in Small Houses.  Creative and Contented! There are some very gifted and lovely ladies posting all week there about how they make it work–practically, spiritually, emotionally! It’s going to be great!  Whether you […]

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40 Things To Clean Up During Lent

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We know that Lent is still a few weeks out.  However, it’s not too early to think about what you might do this year.  What can you offer up to the Lord?  It’s a good time to think about Spring Cleaning–of both heart and home.  The tangible things we do during Lent–giving up meat or coffee or wine, or spending more time in prayer or going to church more often, or fasting Facebook, or whatever it might be–is a prophetic act.  It is to serve as a reminder to us of what should be happening in our souls.  Making space, cleaning out, hanging onto the good and letting go of things less virtuous.

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40 Things To Clean Up During Lent

We know that Lent is still a few weeks out.  However, it’s not too early to think about what you might do this year.  What can you offer up to the Lord?  It’s a good time to think about Spring Cleaning–of both heart and home.  The tangible things we do during Lent–giving up meat or […]

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You Need More Provision Room In Your Life

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places!

The Provision Room www.theprovisionroom.com

FIND US ONLINE

We have a Facebook page where we share links and pictures and random quirkiness. Because that’s how we roll.

We have a new Instagram account, because sometimes there’s no other way to capture the essence of chalk covered babies, new shoes, recipes, and the occasionally deeply theological reflection.

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In The Kitchen

MEET WITH US IN PERSON!

We offer a variety of ways to connect with us in person!  We love meeting new people, sharing our love of home-centered living, and learning from lovely homemakers everywhere!

We offer the following classes:

  • Traditional Food (fermenting produce, kombucha and kefir, bone broth, etc.)
  • The basics of cooking and food prep
  • Cooking with children (Parent and child cooking class!)
  • Feminine Joy (turning “That time of the month” into a joyful expression of femininity and creativity!)

We also offer several retreats:

  • Daughters of the King (Weekend or One Day Events)
  • Embracing the Sabbath Rest (One Day and Half Day Events)
  • Food and Social Justice (Experience a local farm-to-table dinner and learn about food as social justice issue.)

Breathe Beautiful

CONTACT US

Contact us with questions, feedback, guest posting opportunities, or to schedule a special event!  theprovisionroom@gmail.com

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places! FIND US ONLINE […]

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Chores for all! (age appropriate chore assignments)

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Chores for all

Between us there are 10 children, ranging in age from 17 months to 14 years old.  That’s a lot of laundry, a lot of dishes, a lot of sock-matching and bathroom cleaning.  If we felt it was our job as mothers to do all the housework we would never see the light of day.  And we’d have a few more wrinkles.

Thankfully, we do not feel it is our jobs as mothers to do all the housework.  Our job is to train our children to be mindful and responsible members of society–and that starts in the home! They need to learn as soon as they are able to pick-up after themselves, to lend a hand in everything from meal preparation to basic repairs.  We are all members of this family and we all love this home.  Therefore, we are ALL homemakers.  In recent years our children have been doing more and more with us and for us–from helping us to host retreats to catering Christmas parties for clients.  They do amazing things with skill, beauty and most of all WILLING HEARTS!  This didn’t start when they turned 12.  This started when they were just wee ones toddling around our homes and making messes.

To encourage you in training your children to be equal and capable participants in your home life, we offer a list of what we consider age-appropriate chores for all.  Have thoughts about this? Leave us a comment and let us know what chores your children could do when?  And which ones do they despise and which ones do they like?  And most of all, which ones are you most eager to push off on them because you hate it so much? (I submit the dreaded job of matching socks.)

2-4 years old

  • change hand towels in the bathroom and/or kitchen
  • help put away non-breakable dishes
  • help put away groceries
  • help set the table
  • put toys in toy boxes and shelves

 5-7 years old

  • Tidy toys and bookshelves
  • Put away dishes on their own
  • Set table
  • Clear table
  • Water indoor plants
  • Help with food prep (such as peel garlic, wash vegetables, tear lettuce and greens for salads, etc.)
  • Sort dirty laundry and fold and put away clean laundry
  • Take kitchen scraps to compost bins or chickens
  • Make bed (basically just pulling up the covers)

8-10 years old

  • Sweep porch, steps, walk
  • Clean bathroom
  • Wash dishes (minus difficult scrubbing for pots and pans)
  • Clean cobwebs
  • Dust
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Prepare simple meals such as PB&J sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, etc.
  • Use stovetop with supervision
  • Help with food prep (such as chop vegetables, bake muffins and cookies, boil eggs, etc.)
  • Do own laundry (sorting, washing, drying or hanging on line, folding and put away)
  • Iron own church clothes
  • Hand raise animals
  • Collect eggs
  • Wash dog
  • Make bed (with higher expectation for neatness)
  • Change sheets

Kids Can Do Big Things

11-13 years old

  •  Help with meal planning and shopping list making
  • Prepare basic meals, including using knives, ovens and stove
  • Sweep and mop
  • Vacuum
  • Wash dishes, including scrubbing pots and pans
  • Clean ovens
  • Organize common spaces (pantry, linen cabinet, coat closet, etc.)
  • Tend to garden, including helping design and plan, harvest, etc.
  • Walk dog
  • Clean chicken pen
  • Tend to compost

14-16 years old (Our children are just entering this phase, so these are our goals for them.)

  • Handle meal planning and grocery shopping
  • Change the oil in the car
  • Change a tire (they must learn how before they get their driver’s licenses)
  • Start a little business to make some money of their own (tutor younger children, give lessons in instruments or dance, baking, babysitting, etc.)
  • Volunteer on a regular basis

Chores for all

Between us there are 10 children, ranging in age from 17 months to 14 years old.  That’s a lot of laundry, a lot of dishes, a lot of sock-matching and bathroom cleaning.  If we felt it was our job as mothers to do all the housework we would never see the light of day.  And […]

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We Have Something New For You!

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We all have full-up-to-the-brim sort of lives and the only way to keep it all going and still keep our focus on the important stuff, is to have mad calendar skills!  Here in the Provision Room we are always looking for ways to make life just a little bit easier and a little bit more joyful for you.  We have put together a beautiful new printable month by month calendar!   Read More

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We all have full-up-to-the-brim sort of lives and the only way to keep it all going and still keep our focus on the important stuff, is to have mad calendar skills!  Here in the Provision Room we are always looking for ways to make life just a little bit easier and a little bit more […]

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Answering Your Questions: Ordering food in bulk from Azure Standard

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Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Honoring Our Servants

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She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15

Don’t you just love your servants?  Aren’t they so faithful and lovely to have in your home?  Oh, you don’t have servants, you say?  Well, me neither.

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She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15 Don’t you just love your servants?  Aren’t they so faithful and lovely to have in your home?  Oh, you don’t have servants, you say?  Well, me neither.

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Kristina’s Classroom Redo

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As part of our August goals Daja and I set out to clean up our classrooms.  Most of you probably know we each homeschool our children and like the kitchen, the classroom is the heart of our home.  It has to function well.  That doesn’t mean it’s always neat and tidy, ’cause well that would mean we’re not actually living in them, but they have to be well thought out spaces for us to get some serious learning done.  Every once in awhile that means you have to seriously clean it out and start over. Read More

Classroom Redo

As part of our August goals Daja and I set out to clean up our classrooms.  Most of you probably know we each homeschool our children and like the kitchen, the classroom is the heart of our home.  It has to function well.  That doesn’t mean it’s always neat and tidy, ’cause well that would […]

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The Hospitality File

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Hospitality is a gift.  But, unlike other spiritual gifts, it’s not a gift you have.  It’s a gift you give.

Hospitality is all about opening up your heart to another, putting others first, finding practical ways of demonstrating the love and acceptance of the Lord.

Years ago I stumbled upon a simple little tool that makes showing hospitality a wee bit easier.  It’s my hospitality file.

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Hospitality File

Hospitality is a gift.  But, unlike other spiritual gifts, it’s not a gift you have.  It’s a gift you give. Hospitality is all about opening up your heart to another, putting others first, finding practical ways of demonstrating the love and acceptance of the Lord. Years ago I stumbled upon a simple little tool that […]