Homeschooling – Our First Week!

Tracy / August 12, 2015

We’re beginning our second week of homeschooling for the 2015-2016 school year. We have been homeschooling now for 21 years! Each year brings unique success and challenges. Homeschooling for 2015-2016 is off to a great start. Teaching Textbooks, The Mystery of History, Illuminations, and The McGuffey Readers are our curriculum favorites, so far! Each of these curriculum choices have some…

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ETHAN Project: Enjoy the Mess!

Tracy / August 11, 2015

The last week of the summer 2015 ETHAN Project assignments has arrived. We’ve enjoyed each week of this project- each one brought an adventure. We made lots and lots of memories. “Enjoy the Mess” is the final assignment. I’ll admit, this one gave me a little bit of a scare. I mean, I spend lots and lots of time trying…

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ETHAN Project: Enjoy the Drive

We have had the best summer. There have been so many memories made and many projects completed. I don’t remember another summer when we were able to accomplish so much. This week’s ETHAN project assignment was to Enjoy the Drive. As it happened, Paul had a work trip to Tampa, Florida and asked me to join him for a few…

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Book Review: I Love You Even When

Never once did I ever doubt my mama loved me. I have so many sweet memories of her. She was never one to allow me to get away with just anything, but when I did make mistakes, she was always there to scoop me up, dust off my pain and tell me she loved me. I hope my children realize…

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Book Review: Say and Pray Bible

When my oldest was very young, I used to sit in her bed with her each afternoon and read through her favorite books. The one that most stands out in my mind was a well known author who writes books with simple story lines. His books are full of colorful, fun illustrations and simple sight words. Courtney and I would…

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Preparing for Pregnancy and Babies

An “experienced” mom. That is what I am these days! I don’t feel old enough to be “experienced”, but these lines on my face, this gray hair and all the photos lined up across my living room wall tell stories of days and months and years. Times that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’ve learned a little bit along the…

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ETHAN Project- Enjoy the New!

When I began this summer, I never dreamed in a million years how amazing the ETHANProject would become for my family. We have enjoyed each and every week this summer. Each one has been purposeful and fun. We have made memories and enjoyed time together. We’ve revisited the place where my husband proposed. We have painted. We have cooked. We…

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ETHAN Project: Enjoy the Sound!

Are you still following the Ethan Project for summer ideas? The summer is almost over. We only have a few challenges left but it isn’t too late to join along. This week’s assignment is “Enjoy the Sound”. Paul and I have had an extra-special blessing this week. It’s been easy to “enjoy the sound”. Meet Gabriel Elijah, our very first…

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Homeschooling 2015/2016

I know I can not be the only homeschooling mama excited for the new school year to begin! These school supplies being stocked in stores are a good reminder it’s almost time. I find myself walking down the aisles just to see what’s new this year! Yesterday, I found a couple of pretty great posters in Target’s dollar spot (and…

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Not Just an Old Wive’s Tale…

When someone told me that ants wouldn’t cross a chalk line I thought it must be an old wive’s tale. This morning, we noticed a line of ants crawling up our wall. I sent one of my older children for a piece of chalk and she drew a line of the wall to see what would happen. No pesticides. No…

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Book Review and Giveaway: Just For Me Bible

Most nights, after supper, our family gathers in the living room of our home to have devotion time. Each member brings their Bible and their prayer requests. My husband teaches. My children are learning to use their Bibles and how fully the Lord can answer our prayers and guide our lives. While each of my older children have their own…

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Evening Routines

I’ve been working to post my home management/diligence card system today. It is still a work in progress. I foresee cards for evening chores, a mid-day routine, school work, a reading list, and I’m not sure what else. These cards have worked so well for us, I’ve found myself wondering why it took me so long to figure all of…

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