Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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He LOVES stuffed animals, babies, and his blankies. Cuddling with them, kissing them, carrying them around, and always always snuggling with them in bed. It’s seriously the cutest. πŸ’™ #fentonleo

Monday, May 27, 2019

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He has a little mullet situation happening that I need to take care of, but that first haircut is always the hardest! 😭✂️ #fentonleo

Friday, May 24, 2019

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We’ve barely seen the sun for more than a few minutes this week, but that doesn’t matter to these cuties who are happy to play (or be pulled around 😁) rain or shine. 🌧

Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Curled up and snuggly on a cold and rainy day. 🌧 Or as Mister Rogers would say, “It’s an ugly day Made of mugly gray It’s a better-wear-your-sweater And be snuggly day.”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Switching out the kids books will always be one of my favorite things. 🌷 #homeschoolmom #spring

Monday, May 13, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

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“Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.” Cecil Alexander

Friday, May 3, 2019

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These two picked out matching outfits today (Astrid took off her butterfly shorts) and I’m definitely positive that they couldn’t get any cuter. πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸ˜ #astridevangeline #emeryesther

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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*spots mom out of the corner of his eye eating a cookie on the opposite end of the house* Fenton, 3 seconds later: “Maaaaaaaaammaaaaaaaa!” πŸͺπŸ˜† #theywillfindyou #momlife

Instagram Pic: May 01, 2019 at 03:23PM


Grandma gave the kids a tent that they’ve been waiting to bring outside, but with the current forecast looking pretty grey and cold we decided to use it inside for a bit. ⛺️ #oscardanielranem

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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I’m thankful for a warm and cozy home and a flexible homeschool schedule when spring decides to send a three day snowstorm that closes roads, downs trees, and cancels co-op classes. ❄️❄️

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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I got a couple smiles out of this clingy teething bub today. Also, can someone please tell me where my baby went and where this little boy came from?! ☹️ #fentonleo

Sunday, April 7, 2019

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We took a walk to get some fresh air since Fenton is feeling a little better (and it’s 60° out!) and we baaaaaarely made it inside the house before it started down pouring. Of course the kids went back out in rain coats and got soaked anyways. 🀷🏻‍♀️πŸ˜†

Thursday, April 4, 2019

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I love being able to spend extra time with her on Thursdays while the big kids are off at co-op. Although sometimes extra challenging, 3 is one of my favorite ages. 🌸 #astridevangeline

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Thankfully, she told me she’s going to move into a house right next door when she grows up. πŸ‘Œ #emeryesther #myfirstbaby

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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A homeschool table in spring. 🌷 . . #ranemschoolhouse #homeschool #homeschoolfamily

Monday, March 25, 2019

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That spring sunshine lighting up every room. 🌞 Plus, boys beds that are made! πŸ™Œ

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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I was trying to find Fenton and I turn the corner to this little face, proud as can be, sitting at the desk. He may not be walking quite yet but he sure loves to climb anything and everything. πŸ˜† #fentonleo #13months

Saturday, March 9, 2019

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There may be a million more inches of snow coming today, but I am surrounded by my favorite people so it isn’t so bad at all. πŸ’—#typicalsaturdaymorning #seethegood #family

Friday, March 8, 2019

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We’re supposed to get anywhere from 8-12” more snow tomorrow, so I’m over here just trying to make the house feel more springy. Because after an ice dam caused leaking into our house (actually dripping down the wall and from our dining room light fixture 😳) the other day I am officially DONE with all the snow. #overthesnow #springpleasehurry

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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I found this little cupboard on marketplace last week to use in the basement, but it’s so cute and works just right for the kids’ toys in our front sunroom space so I might just leave it here. Or maybe I’ll move it 14 more times and paint it? 🀷🏻‍♀️πŸ˜‚ #ilikechange #whatcanisay #livinglifethrifted

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“God created the universe—from galaxies to water spiders. He created the breeze that calms us and the hurricane that terrifies us. All of it is to show us what he is like, to display his glory and personality.” #lent #firstdayoflent #preparingourhearts #homeschool #ranemschoolhouse

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Just another pic of this cutie in the sink after a potty accident. Since she’s only had a handful of accidents since learning to use the toilet months ago I almost wouldn’t be surprised if she peed on purpose just so she could get one of her favorite sink baths. πŸ€”πŸ€­πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»‍♀️

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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I cannot get over how grown up he’s looking these days. Busy, loud, always very generously giving out hugs and kisses, and looking more and more like dad each day. 🧑 #oscardanielranem

Sunday, February 24, 2019

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Daddy daughter ball weekend was a hit! πŸ’• @barrett.sara and @mattybpd thanks for taking such good care of these three this weekend!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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It is officially the snowiest February on record for the Twin Cities and we are officially running out of places to pile the snow. Not to mention we still have 8 days left of the month with multiple days of predicted snow this week. 😣At least it’s pretty? ❄️❄️ #makeitstop #buriedinsnow #snowyfebruary #mnwinter

Instagram Pic: February 20, 2019 at 03:21PM


Declan finished his first longer chapter book today and I’m so proud of him! It’s so rewarding to see a child through the process of learning to read and then watch as their eagerness to devour books grows. πŸ“š . #declanjamesranem #readinglife #homeschool #ranemschoolhouse

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Valentine’s Day is one of the few times each year when we melt chocolate for strawberries, turtles, and anything else laying around the kitchen that has even the slightest possibility of tasting good smothered in chocolate. #nothingissafe #mmmchocolate #valentinesday2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

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This little roly poly bundle of joy is ONE today! He is so well cared for and absolutely adored by each one of his siblings (sometimes a bit too much, which is probably why God made him a little extra hefty).πŸ˜† Somehow this year has sped by faster than any other yet! We love you, Fenton Leo, our little number 5. 🧑 #fentonleo #babynumber5

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Is there anything better than a nap in a cozy house on a cold and very snowy day? ❄️❄️❄️ #fentonleo

Monday, February 4, 2019

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It’s February! Which means we can make Valentine cards, banners, and all the decorations for the next two weeks and call it a part of school! Writing and spelling practice for thisπŸ‘†guy today.πŸ’˜ Also, maybe a good time to take down the Christmas twinkle lights and paper stars? Or maybe not, we’ll see. πŸ˜† #homeschool #ranemschoolhouse

Thursday, January 31, 2019

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In 9 days this guy will be one. ONE! 😭 How?? #holdme #fastestyearyet #imnotcryingyourecrying #fentonleo

Instagram Pic: January 31, 2019 at 11:13AM


It may be -14 out right now, but it’s warmer than yesterday (and getting warmer!πŸ™Œ) and this light is glorious. 🌞 Plus, we plan to snuggle up under blankets and read most the day instead of doing school for a homeschool “snow day.” #snowday #seethegood #homeschooldays ❄️

Monday, January 28, 2019

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Homeschool days can be really hard with a 3rd grader, 1st grader, preschooler, toddler and then an 11 month old crawling, climbing, getting into EVERYTHING, and wanting to be held always. But then I catch these little moments and it makes the hard days not as hard. Getting to watch these five doing life together and seeing how much they love each other is pretty much the best thing ever. #theranembunch #ranemschoolhouse #homeschool #homeschoollife #wildandfreechildren

Friday, January 25, 2019

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The other day TWO of my children asked if I was pregnant because, let’s face it, I’ve been pregnant a lot during each of their lifetimes and my belly is not what it used to be before kids and pregnancies. For the record I am NOT currently pregnant. πŸ˜‚ But I made a point to tell them that my belly and my whole body is different than it was when I was 20 because it was used to house and grow and nurture five little babies. And you know what? I don’t want it to look like it did when I was 20 because this current body has done some amazing things and it shows, as it should. God gave me this body to sustain life, to love others, to do good things, to be used. I want my kids to know that I am thankful for the body God gave me, ALL THE TIME. When my tummy is flat, when my tummy is round, and even when my tummy is extra squishy. And if I want my children to see their bodies as good despite the flaws that we all have then I need to show them that I see my body as good no matter the size, despite the stretch marks, and because it can be used as an instrument for His glory every day in all that I do.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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A study of shadows. πŸŽπŸŒπŸ“πŸŽ¨ #ranemschoolhouse

Friday, January 18, 2019

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I love this girl and her love of a good ol’ sink bath. πŸ’œ πŸ›

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It was a mandatory second cup of coffee day since a little 11 month old kept us up most of the night and then refused to nap today. ☕️😴

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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One of my absolute favorite things about homeschooling is being able to pick out books for the kids to read and for us to read together as a family. This year has been so fun to see Declan really grow in his reading skills and start to read some longer books. I love seeing his face light up as he reads, watch him laugh at the funny parts, and want to keep going to get to the best parts. . . . #raisingreaders #homeschool #homeschoollife #ranemschoolhouse #wildandfreechildren #declanjamesranem #declanandpuppy

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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When you’re five, you get mom all to yourself because the little siblings are sleeping and the big siblings are at co-op, and you get to lick all the chocolate coated things without sharing when mom makes brownies. Couldn’t get a whole lot better for this guy. πŸ˜„πŸ˜‹

Instagram Pic: January 10, 2019 at 12:45PM


I went to the kitchen to make lunch leaving Astrid and Fenton to play in the living room. Two minutes later I hear some giggling but mostly quiet, too quiet. So I went to check on him and the gate was somehow left open and he’s up at the top of the stairs, grinning and as proud of himself as a boy can be. 🀦🏻‍♀️ #nothingissafe #onthemove #11months #fentonleo

Instagram Pic: January 10, 2019 at 12:21PM


Today I’m thankful for the sunshine streaming through our windows even though it’s a frigid 20° outside. 🌞

Monday, January 7, 2019

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This guy + his perfect little lips 😍😍

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Hot cocoa and a book about Leif Erikson after quiet time today. Not pictured is Fenton having his post-quiet timeπŸ₯›while I read (and continuously bat his hands away from the book). #homeschoollife #ranemschoolhouse

Friday, January 4, 2019

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It’s that time of year. When I feel the need to declutter and go through all the drawers, cupboards, and closets and clear out the things we don’t need or use so there’s more breathing space around here. πŸ’« Does anyone else feel the urge to clean and purge with the beginning of a new year?