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Hi! I'm Tiffany blogger and creator of Counting Joys! I live in rural Iowa with my hubby and 2 kids. Together we are learning to lean into God's grace, navigate life as a homeschooling family, and working on finding joy in the everyday!

3 Year Old Pre-School

My Honey Girl is now in 2nd grade. She didn’t attend preschool until age 4. That was her only year in public school. I was convinced with E-Man that I wouldn’t do anything structured until kindergarten. (With slight introduction at age 4).   Since last year he has been insisting on “doing school” with us. We’ve found a great program that gently introduces each letter and is easily adjustable to suit the needs of your child. No, I didn’t plan on doing anything structured for my 3 year old this year but as we all know… things don’t always go as we plan. Continue Reading


Live For Real

My E-man is 3. Being 3 brings lots of questions. Mostly: Why? Why? Why? ” Mama why do we have hair?” “Mama, why do tree’s have leaves?” “Why is that car red?” ” Why do you want me to not ask anymore questions right now?” His most recent question “Why do people have to die?”.  Continue Reading

A Few Of Our Favorite Things, E-Man's Picks

Books For Busy Little Boys

E-Man has recently turned 3. It wasn’t until the last few months that he would sit through a whole book. This was quite different from Honey Girl who would sit through book after book at 6 months old. I wasn’t sure how to handle this at first. There was no making him sit still. We searched far and wide. I so badly wanted him to love books as much as I do but didn’t know how to make that happen. While I don’t know if E-Man will grow up to love books as much as I hope he will, we have found books that he truly loves. Through these he has learned that books can be fun!  Continue Reading

Family, From the Heart, Looking Back

How My Dad Taught Me To Be A Good Mom

I’ve been blessed to have so many strong women in my life that have stepped into motherly roles after my mom passed away. I am incredibly blessed by another woman whom my children call “Abuela” (grandma). She came into our lives when I was just going into those wonderfully awkward teen years. But before then, for nearly 6 years, it was dad and us. In those six years, he help mold and shape me into who I am today. He has taught me to be the mom I am today.  Dad’s you matter! Continue Reading