Author Archive | Jessica Holst

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EXTRACURRICULARS I WISH EXISTED

Because we are a homeschooling family, I often get asked about socialization. Do your kids have chances to be out in the world learning how to be a person, they wonder. My husband and I often joke that because our kids are homeschooled, they are not seen out in public much. Honestly, the opposite is […]

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HAPPY LITTLE THINGS

Melancholy. Feeling blue. Despondency. Overwhelm. I wasn’t diagnosed with clinical depression until well into adulthood, but thankfully, I had by then found some small ways of coping. One of these is my Happy Little Things. Call it gratitude, thankfulness, looking for the silver lining, or just learning to stay positive. Whatever name it goes by, […]

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SAVING MONEY…OR NOT

We are a family of 8. We have one income. We thrive. But we have to be creative with our resources. I’m going to divulge our secrets. Clothes We buy a lot of used clothing. My 13 year old said to me the other day, “When I grow up, how am I going to know […]

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR WORLD STOPS?

My beautiful mother-in-love Joyce is an integral part of my family. She lives about three miles away and we see her on a daily basis. She is essentially my co-parent in many ways, especially during the spring and fall when my farmer husband is working inordinately long hours. She babysits regularly, so I can do […]

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THE BENEFITS OF MAXIMALISM

Along with many of the people in the America, the appeal of minimalism entices me. At the beginning of the year, I did some serious Konmari-ing on my house. I got rid of over half my books, my clothes, toys and kids books, kitchenware, kids’ clothes. I had a soothing bedroom. I created an inspiring […]

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SUPER SUMMER CHALLENGE

“Mama?” asked my 12 year old, “Can we please do the Super Summer Challenge this year?” “YES, My Love!” I unequivocally exclaimed. “I was already planning on it!” Over the summers we’ve pulled off the Super Summer Challenge, my family has reaped many benefits from it. Among others, my children have learned new skills been […]

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