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Very Random Things

Warning: This might be the most random post I’ve ever written. I’m wearing white jeans and sandals today…after Labor Day. Please don’t tell my dad. At least my sandals are not white, and I do have on a cardigan. (And it is in the 70’s today) At my 8:15am dentist appointment this morning, the hygienist… Read More Very Random Things

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Homeschooling: The Beginning Of An Ending

I can’t believe I wrote this post eight years ago. Today arrived much faster than I anticipated: Kayla’s first day of her senior year, and my first day of my last year of homeschooling. Does that mean it’s my senior year, too? Because it kinda feels that way. Just look at this cute little second grader… Read More Homeschooling: The Beginning Of An Ending

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Spring: “Filled & Fried”

“We were both so filled at Easter, and also kinda fried,” is what my friend Christina said the other day when we were catching up via text message. (Hopefully she doesn’t mind me quoting her.) She is also a pastor’s wife, but you don’t have to have that role to feel that way. Everyone I… Read More Spring: “Filled & Fried”

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Big Kids Back To School

It’s been so fun seeing all of the back to school photos on Facebook lately.  We used to be able to take back-to-school photos, too. Here’s one from about 5 years ago. Chocolate waffles, bacon, and new school supplies greeted my homeschoolers that day. Always a fun morning and a fresh start. I’ve only got… Read More Big Kids Back To School

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Final Exams And Other Festivities

Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure a final exam does not technically meet the definition of a festivity (the celebration of something in a  joyful and exuberant way), but maybe the completion of the final exam does. I took my final exam in Systematic Theology I (cosmological, moral, and teleological arguments, the… Read More Final Exams And Other Festivities

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Back to School 14.0 (And Back From Texas, Too)

Starting our 14th year of homeschooling today. I can hardly believe my baby girl is in high school this year.  Wasn’t she just beginning kindergarten?  Wasn’t she just 3 years old and taking ballet class and afternoon naps and losing teeth? And completing her first “chapter book” ever?  Oh, those were such milestones and proud… Read More Back to School 14.0 (And Back From Texas, Too)

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Gluten Free/Paleo Friday ~ Mushroom Spores & Meatball Soup (Coffee Concerns, too.)

Before I tell you about our mushroom outing and observation, and about a meatball soup we tried this week, I just have to share a recent discovery about the connection between Celiac Disease and coffee.  I found a message in my Facebook inbox today from a friend who figured I already knew it, but thought… Read More Gluten Free/Paleo Friday ~ Mushroom Spores & Meatball Soup (Coffee Concerns, too.)

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Pondwater, Polynomials, Philosophic Discussions, and Pizza

This week marks the halfway point in our Classical Conversations Challenge II semester, and I can hardly believe it.  This is my second time to tutor this level, and I really enjoy the hands-on nature of the curriculum ~ even though biology and algebra II are a challenge for me.  Actually, the entire curriculum is… Read More Pondwater, Polynomials, Philosophic Discussions, and Pizza

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Classical Confessions {Lent Day #23}

Cooper and Cameron on debate day! I’m getting ready for a Classical Conversations information meeting tonight.  At 7pm my house will be full of parents who are looking into both homeschooling and the Classical method.  My friend Sarah, who is our local director, will talk about the early years in the program, and I will… Read More Classical Confessions {Lent Day #23}

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Harms of the “No Pizza” Status Quo…

Did you know there really are some harms in NOT having your Challenge I tutor bring you pizza for lunch every Tuesday?  It’s true.  And they would be very convincing, too, if they weren’t completely ridiculous.  But it was the resolution for the first practice debate for my Classical Conversations Challenge I class.   Resolved: … Read More Harms of the “No Pizza” Status Quo…