Author: kmantoan

{SQT} Easter Happenings and Discovering a Love of Chainsaws

1. Happy Easter Friday- go eat some meat! And if you have any Easter candy left, have some of that too. We’ve devoured most of our goodies, except for Addie who rations out her candy far longer than I believe humanly possible. (It’s why I always wind up stealing more candy from her basket than Read More

Easter is Coming.

I am in a funk and suppose I do not have much to say. All is well here. School is proceeding well, and our home remains a happy and comfortable place. Yes, we all long to get out for various reasons, but we’re not suffering from crippling anxiety or depression or anything. We’ve started saying, Read More

{SQT} In Like a Lion, And Not Going Out of My Mind

1.Welcome to April 3rd, the 3,402,239 day of Lent 2020. Only 235,249 more days to go until Easter. Spring is finally here. To celebrate we’re getting lots of rain…among other things. 2.We got word that our town has it’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19. The mayor, police chief, and school district are posting regular updates Read More

Games and Toys Kids of Different Ages Can Enjoy Together

Despite my insistence in an earlier Facebook Live, I decided against titling this post ‘Minimal Screaming Toys and Games for Large Families’ because I thought it might affect Google search result traffic and Pinterest traffic. Sorry. Ideally, if your whole family is stuck inside together, you can enjoy one another’s company. We’ve spent our evenings Read More

Praying Together as a Special Needs Family

Most prayer books directed at Catholic families suggest praying together as a family. Many families struggle with how to work a family rosary, or other prayer, into their daily routine. Despite the importance of prayer, between school, work, outside activities, chores, errands and everything else, it’s not uncommon for family prayers to fall by the Read More

{SQT} Homeschooling Like Everybody Else

I keep seeing posts about people having all this free time now that they’re at home, and my inbox is filled with emails from bloggers telling me all the things I can do to fill my time now that we’re in quarantine (exercise! take a course! learn a new language! improve a habit! rewire your Read More

How To Get Stuff Done When Everyone is at Home

Your kids’ schools have closed, you need to stay at home to watch them, and possibly you and your spouse are trying to work from home as well. Maybe you can’t work from home, or your employer is temporarily closed. You’re stressed about finances, you can’t go out, and your kids are bouncing off the Read More

{SQT} Bedrooms, Choosing Hard Things, And A Fun Lenten Quarantine

Let’s talk about something that’s NOT contagious…at least for a bit, shall we? 1.This past weekend we got all the kids bedrooms switched around. The girls moved into the finished attic bedroom, and Byron moved across the hall into the girls old room. I disassembled the loft bed Byron used in the room he shared Read More

On Becoming “That Mom”

I dislike helicopter parenting. Very early on my husband and I both realized, and thoroughly embraced the fact, that getting these kids out of the house sooner rather than later meant encouraging independence from the get go. We agreed to let our children have the same carefree childhood we both grew up experiencing. As baby Read More

Mid-Year Homeschool Review

I wish I would’ve gotten in the habit of these mid-year (or 2/3 year) review posts earlier into my homeschool blogging game. From August to August it can be hard to remember all the things I changed and reasons for doing so, but after a couple semesters, it’s usually much easier to reflect and make Read More

{SQT} Telling You About Lent Won’t Help Me A Bit

First, things first. I hit 40,000 words on my manuscript and today I’m submitting the new and improved version to my editor. Prayers that I didn’t make it horribly worse! I’m so relieved to be done with this step! (Also I need to mention here that I have one Amazon affiliate link below or men Read More

{SQT} Eight Years Of Blogging Love

Today marks EIGHT years since I started my blog. ***E.I.G.H.T. *** I know that doesn’t seem like much to some people out there, but in an era when many websites come and go, eight years is actually like, 56 years on the world wide web (is anyone still calling it that?). Seeing as today’s Quick Read More

Reader Interrogation Time!

Happy St. Valentine’s Day, or happy feast of Sts Cyril and Methodius! I’m going to celebrate by performing in my church’s dinner theater production! While I expect everything to go well, and for the show to be well recieved, I will be glad to be done. I’m ready to have my weeknights back. I love Read More

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