Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gearing Up to Get Back to Work

I’m spending time today going through my children’s tubs, laying out our reading books, and getting supplies together for Monday. I don’t know about you, but I love to plan and this time of year is a fun time to scheme! (I also re-evaluate in August and May.) Burned out on sweets, I’m looking forward  Read more »

Let There Be Lights!

Some of you have seen the “Amazing Grace” section of this video, but we love the whole show. Enjoy!

Christmas pics part 3

Christmas Eve Buffet This is a fun picture of Luke. The day after Christmas, Luke buried his nose in an 800-page book and we didn’t see him for 24 hours. Preparing for our family Christmas concert Rich sang “Wexford Carol.” He is blessed, like most of the children, with a beautiful voice like his father. Jackson played  Read more »

More Christmas Pics

I guess I put our best foot forward in yesterday’s post, featuring the prettier children in the family! Now for some of the boys who aren’t dressed nearly as cute: Rich, Matthew, Lizzy, and Harrison help Maggie open a present. Grandpa approves of Harrison’s Humvee. Matthew’s ukulele looks like Rich’s guitar’s baby! Jonathan patiently waits for Christmas brunch.  Read more »

Enjoying a Little Winter Break

We are taking this week to catch up on household tasks and spending extended time with several dear friends. In preparation for getting back to work, we’ll clean out closets and sort through kids’ clothes and be ready to go back to work on Monday. In the meantime, we thought you might enjoy some Christmas family  Read more »

On the first day of Christmas–Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Murphy family! May God’s love and joy permeate your celebration of His Incarnation.

What’s up with the “Twelve Days”?

Read Marilyn Rockett’s article on the Twelve Days of Christmas. She has created a nice family devotional based on this song that you might like to use.

Twelve Days of Christmas – December 26, 2011 through January 6, 2012. Celebrate with us by receiving a gift for the season!

Organic Homeschooling is partnering with Homeschooling Today magazine to bring you a special gift on January 5. Go to now and sign up on the home page for the Homeschooling Helper e-newsletter to receive our offer via e-mail on January 5. Homeschooling Today will send a special discount or gift from a different vendor each day of the Twelve Days of Christmas, but only  Read more »

Off Topic–Denise Sproul Has Gone to Her Eternal Reward

Many of you have heard about R. C. Sproul Jr.’s wife’s passing. RC writes for HST, he was our pastor for a time, and he changed to course of our homeschooling (and therefore our parenting) with his book When You Rise Up. Denise was a friend and one of the loveliest women I have ever  Read more »

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Each year on Christmas Eve, King’s College in Cambridge holds a service called a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Each “lesson” is a Scripture reading followed by one or two carols. Although there are variations, the service always begins with “Once in Royal David’s City.” This is the first of 16 parts, if you’d  Read more »