Are Your Kids Preparing for School and Life?

How many of you heard it said when you were little, usually accompanied by a pat on your head, "You're just growing up so fast!"  Or something along the lines of, "You can't possibly be old enough to go to school!" Seriously, it's a theme among well meaning relatives everywhere. I think they come in the door of every family … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Kids to Give

  We may have just come through the most jolly season of the year and a retailer's dream, but do you feel like you've just survived the apocalypse and your family priorities are all out of focus? Let's face it. None of us were born naturally generous. I have my first grandson now and believe me, when he wants something, he … [Read more...]

The Day I Flunked my Homeschool Kid

  It was just one of "those" mornings. The type of day that had been happening over and over for several months in our homeschool life. I went to check schoolwork and either it wasn't turned in, printed or couldn't be found. One day I even had the tried and true excuse that the dog ate it and it was actually true.  Letting go of … [Read more...]

Organizing Home and Work with Sharpie Markers

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS” Over the years as a homeschooling family we've collected a lot of stuff. Twenty years of homeschooling STUFF. Everything from school papers to … [Read more...]

Embracing New Motherhood: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

I am walking through a season of life that is new and exciting yet also terrifying. I am no longer "merely" a stay at home mom. I am a work from home, homeschooling mom of teenagers. I am a soon to be a grandmother. A nana. A lover of a precious new gift. As much as I enjoy and embrace these days I also find myself floundering at … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Homeschool Mom

  Most of you probably know our family has homeschooled a very long time, twenty years to be exact, with only three more years to go!  These years have been a commitment of time, resources and emotions. Homeschooling is a joyous life experience for the whole family, but it can also be isolating, frustrating, exhausting and time … [Read more...]

Day in the Life of a Homeschooler

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of  a homeschooler looks like? I can tell you one thing for certain. No two days are ever the same! The day might include schoolwork in the bedroom, with a kitty for company.   A certain person loves to read the comics so anytime he has to wait for me he has the newspaper in hand … [Read more...]

Breakfast and Homeschooling

(My son racing through his morning routine to get to his favorite part: the comics!) As a homeschooling, work at home mom, I certainly have the option of cooking a good, traditional breakfast for my kids. Sorry to shatter the illusion, but it doesn't usually happen. My husband would rather sleep than eat and I get up to work and … [Read more...]

How to Create Your Own Unit Study

How to create your own unit study, that is the question! As a homeschooling mom of 19 years I've put together many different studies on varied topics through the years. I thought I'd share a little bit about the process I use. One of the most fun things we do at least once a year is a unit study night. Usually it correlates with our history or … [Read more...]

How to Know if you’re a Mean Mom?

You know you're a mean mom when...... You let your child suffer natural consequences. Leave the bike out in the rain? Yep, it rusts. Say something ugly to your sister? No, she doesn't want to play with you now. You make your child eat leftovers (or heaven forbid, a meat sandwich instead of peanut butter and jelly). You make your … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned in a Corn Maze

What do you do when you want to find a fun activity for your family? You buy a Groupon, of course! I purchased a buy one get one free groupon for the local corn maze in our area. Thinking I was being smart, I bought two deals which gave me four tickets.  That was for us and our younger two. I had already talked to our married duaghter and she … [Read more...]

Real Life Homeschooling: Coupon Math

How do you teach practical math skills? Watch as real life and homeschooling intersect with coupon math! As a frugal mom, I  try to stretch our money as much as possible, and I also want to teach my children how to use their money wisely. When Harris Teeter had Super Doubles going on one week we jumped on it! I have found that I need to … [Read more...]

Spirit of America

Last Friday we went to the Spirit of America production sponsored by the Department of the Army at the coliseum in our town. It was a musical, drama, re-enactment and staged production honoring our country and the armed services throughout its history. It was a free presentation designed to draw in people of all ages, both veterans and children … [Read more...]

The Truth Behind Homeschooling

I am probably not your typical homeschooler. When I first began 18 years ago I was way more structured and rigid. I even got my daughter a little school desk for her to sit in. (And apparently, according to my husband, I made her call me Mrs. Walden. Neither she nor I remember that, thank goodness!) The desk lasted all of about two days. Her little … [Read more...]

52 Lists in 52 Weeks #29

List #29: Blog Memories This blog of mine has evolved quite a bit from its early days in 2008. Here's a list of posts that give insight into my crazy life! I'd love if you'd join me for a trip down memory lane! Very first blog post. I had no idea what I was getting into! Chick-Fil-A Cow Day #1. Still celebrating every summer. This year … [Read more...]

Purple Ink

S got mad today when I corrected her writing. The first thing I pointed out was how neatly she wrote. It was immaculate.  But then she started the first sentence of her writing with an incorrect word and it was downhill from there! She is very sensitive when I correct writing because that feels very personal to her. I realize that writing can be … [Read more...]

Homeschooling Children with Attachment Disorder

  Trying to sum up 18 years of experience with homeschooling both biological and adopted children is a daunting task but here is my best advice for you mothers homeschooling children with Attachment Disorder. (You can read more about our journey parenting wounded children through my adoption archives.)  What are your … [Read more...]

Project Life March 2012

I am finally getting caught up with my Project Life pages. I keep my memorabilia, journaling cards, pen and protectors in one location. Once I get the pictures printed I can then decide on the layout. This year's album has taken me more time to select layouts because I'm doing more themed instead of a picture a day.  The layout below is a local … [Read more...]

My Favorites…….

God's unfailing lovemy kids getting excited about going to the librarymy rocking chaircelebrating 25 years with my husbandmy new Ipod Nanosongs that make me cryS's 70% improvement in math skills in 3 years on her testingrainy days curled up with a good book and a fuzzy blanketsleep, pure and uninterruptedmy scrapbooksthe sound of laughtera freshly … [Read more...]

Transitioning to College (or the Adult World ) – For the Parents!

Tim and I had a wonderful conversation with our son a few nights ago and I reflected on how these past two years have been a transition into adulthood for us. I wanted to share them here in hopes they would help someone walking that parenting road from childhood to adulthood. Tim and I are normally very in sync with our ideas about raising the kids … [Read more...]

Homeschooling and Re-entry

I try to write encouraging and uplifting stories of our family and journey through adoption. I can thankfully say now that I have happy memories of some family events. However, for years I had very few positive things to say about our adoption story. Every event, family gathering, and was marred by one or more children sabotaging … [Read more...]

School at Home: What if…

On the difficult days of homeschooling most of us normal honest moms would say the sight of a big yellow school bus sometimes is appealing. Book bags packed, kids raring to go. Kinda like this. But if I sent my kids on to school we wouldn't get to walk to the library and see these sights.  Or scour the stacks of … [Read more...]

Ancient Rome Unit Study

I wrote earlier about the great anticipation of the culmination of our Ancient Rome unit study. Tonight was the night! We had our four here plus another homeschool mom and her two kids, as well as my oldest daughter and her husband. M and S were prepared with their costumes and we put the finishing touches on their written reports today (a lot of … [Read more...]

School at Home: Ancient Rome Unit Study

Today my youngest two and I talked about our Ancient Rome unit study night planned for next week. Another homeschool family and our oldest daughter are coming over for dinner and reports. We used to do this years ago. I would assign a topic (a time in history or maybe a country) and we would check out every book we could find at the library. The … [Read more...]