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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Currently


wishing the Cards had had a better outcome this year. Looking forward to next!

listening to Issues Etc.

finishing Emily of New Moon.

wearing Ike & Co earrings.

making meal plans for the week.

sharing a blog you should be reading! Lots of great book reviews & lists.

going to read Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs.

learning my limits.

deciding we need an art day soon! Usually we have art Thursday afternoon but the last few Thursdays have been very busy. I’m definitely ready to do an autumn project with the kids.

heading into the homes stretch with our homeschool. It seems impossible that they will all be done in 5 years.

appreciating the ages of my children. My father is in the hospital right now & they are doing their schoolwork independently while I sit with him.

looking forward to the holiday season, celebrating with, cooking, treating & caring for my family.

enjoying a few quiet minutes while my dad rests.

feeling grateful for so many praying friends.

loving on my family.

knowing the Lord knows all things & is in control.

laughing with my folks over silly things.

thinking about choices I need to make.

fighting a very old and bad habit of making poor food choices.

saying lots of prayers.

feeling loved.



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Day 5*

When I wake each morning my first thoughts are:
•what day is it
•what’s on the schedule
•whispered prayers of supplication
•whispered prayers of thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for God’s gift of family and
how He used it to radically change me. I
pray He continues to use us to His glory.


*let’s pretend 1-4 were posted as well
better late than never?

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Summer in pictures…

I don’t know what happened to June or July- I think someone stole them from my calendar.
I have some blog plans – loose plans- but plans nonetheless.
For now ~ our summer:








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Beach handstands

My family has been practicing handstands for almost a year, just for these moments today. Handstands on the beach, lots of joy!










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10 things

As I’ve only posted 5 weeks of {this moment} recently, I thought I’d better take some time to share this morning! It’s been a busy “season” and while I’m thankful I can quickly document something each Friday I don’t intend that to be the only posts I share.
So today I’ll post ten topics with details and perhaps that will kick-start some more writing in this space!

As a family we are watching The Amazing Race & Survivor, Jon and I die over Modern Family each week and the kids and I finished this last season of Face Off recently.

Listening to: Carbon Leaf’s album, “Christmas Child“, it is one of my all time favorite Christmas albums. Also Bob Dylan’s new album Tempest. When I saw my favorite blogger, Gene Veith, was excited about a Dylan album, I bought it right away & love it. Still kicking myself for missing his concert here last year.

Planning: our “handmade” Christmas. This year we are hand making all our ornaments, a advent calendar & maybe a few other things as well.

Thinking about: much. The book 7 has stuck with me, even though I did NOT like the author’s writing style. Basically the theme is we have too much & do too much and I can’t disagree with that. The author focuses on seven areas, each one for a month, and records her journey. When she only ate 7 foods for a month I thought it ridiculous. When she composted, gardened, purged items from the house, and only ate at home for a month I thought “we do that”. But as we plan Christmas and do some shopping I really find myself pausing even more and thinking about what the kids (and I) want/have/need.
I think this is going to be a less-is-more Christmas.

Loving: my quotes journal. (photos from this month below) I started this in April because I wanted to remember so much of Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts, and writing/doodling seems to be the only way I remember things lately. Since April I have written quotes from books (and sometimes blogs) I read each month in this little watercolor notebook & it is now something I treasure. And something I’ve done consistently.

Stressing about: finishing up this semester of our co-op and the concert. As always at this time of year, I’m ready for a break.

Looking forward to: the advent season, St Louis trip this Christmas, hubby’s vacation week!

Reading: Genesis (NIV), Seasons of a Mother’s Heart, & The Casual Vacancy.

Making me happy: looking forward to some of the Christmas plans we have!

Making me thankful:
time with family,
laughing hysterically while playing “The Game of Things“, Grace’s new job (that I know the Lord lined up for her!)





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Hot Fun in the Summertime

I have this quiet fear…as I sit with my coffee, journals, laptop, candle lit & dirty dishes waiting.. the fear that I’ll wake up one morning in November and I’ll be in the same spot ~ kitchen table, coffee, journals, laptop, candle lit, dirty dishes waiting. I am so unmotivated.


They aren’t really fighting me on the subject either ~

Image  It has been a fantastic summer too with some trips, family time & days full of imagination.




The last two years of schooling have been so full. Hear me when I say, not bad just full. There have been extras for me in the form of more classes, weekend retreats, and odd jobs for the oldest (therefore driving for me). Truth is, there will always be extras in some form. I suppose I will realize that one day.

I know I won’t really keep this up until November, even if I have this quiet fear (which, in reality, I sort of cherish) September will arrive with it’s birthday, new schedule and added commitments..it will be welcomed by some and denied by others..

here’s to hoping I can enjoy my coffee.

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What’s a girl to do with Halloween?


“I think it’s wonderful that Reformation Day is now the most popular holiday after Christmas. We scare ourselves as a reminder of death and damnation. Children go around receiving unmerited candy, which symbolize the gift and the sweetness of salvation. We wear masks to symbolize the doctrine of vocation. We carve pumpkins. . . .uh, I don’t know why we do that. Someone help me in my crusade to co-opt Halloween for Reformation Day.” – Gene Edward Veith
quote & lively discussion found here
While I am with Veith on this topic, I have had some life lessons to learn about our Halloween.


My mother-in-law, Nana.
She loves Halloween, loves dressing up, loves throwing the kids a party, invites all their friends & has even bought & made their costumes!
I used to s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e with the whole thing. Halloween, candy, Nana…..it’s true, I felt jilted.
I also thought it wasn’t God-pleasing. But really it has been relationship building! It is a special memory for our family. Nana is very generous, the kids & their friends can’t wait until party day.
What was once something I thought was terribly wrong, has become something treasured.
Aren’t life lessons curious things?

photos from 2006-2011






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