10 Favorite Books for Small Children

Reading is a huge part of our lives and our homeschool, even with children as young as ours. Here are 10 books that my little ones love. The Biggest Story ABC by Kevin DeYoung Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury Found: Psalm 23 by Sally Lloyd-Jones The Moon is Always Round by Jonathan… Continue reading 10 Favorite Books for Small Children

DIY Kitchen Decor with Succulents

If you’re looking for something unique for your kitchen decor and you just can’t add another Hobby Lobby sign to another room, try this out! A few years ago I collected some vintage ladles with the idea that they would look cool as kitchen decor. I decided to add some succulents to that idea and… Continue reading DIY Kitchen Decor with Succulents

Banana Bread

Ingredients: 3-4 overly ripe bananas 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, browned and softened 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 cups All purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup – 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts) Instructions: 1. Ahead of time, brown 2… Continue reading Banana Bread

The Lord’s Day – What it is, what we do, & what we don’t do

The Lord’s Day is like a beautiful park that was once full of flowers, neatly groomed trees and bushes, and comfortable benches, but has become completely overgrown, dirty, and uninhabited due to neglect. The Lord’s Day is what the Christian church has historically called Sundays since Christ’s resurrection. It is the Christian Sabbath day. This… Continue reading The Lord’s Day – What it is, what we do, & what we don’t do

What’s a Catechism and Why Does it Matter?

A catechism is simply a tool used by Christians to teach the principles and doctrines of the faith in the form of questions and answers. Many Protestant denominations have lost this today, but historically, even the Protestant denominations had catechisms. These were often used for children and new believers. They are not by any means… Continue reading What’s a Catechism and Why Does it Matter?

4 kids, 5 years old and under. Are we done?

Our family is considered large by most Americans’ standards. We get lots of looks and questions when we go out into public. Our youngest is our first boy. This inevitably causes the question- “Are you done?” I understand the question. In our modern age, many people make specific plans and use a number of measures… Continue reading 4 kids, 5 years old and under. Are we done?

Why We Homeschool

We’re a homeschooling family. We made this decision when our oldest daughter was 3. This wasn’t a decision made from fear or over-protection, but from conviction. We believe it is our responsibility as parents to disciple our children and provide them will a well-rounded Christian education. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to… Continue reading Why We Homeschool

At The Starlings’

We’re the Starlings! Andy, Peggy, and our 4 little ones. Come and see what we’ve been up to and get some great ideas for your family! We are Reformed Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ and strive to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Other things you’ll find… Continue reading At The Starlings’