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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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Gluten Free/Paleo Friday: Kale Avocado Salad (A brunch and providential produce, too)

Happy Friday! It’s beautiful here today, and as much as I dread the coming cold, it is nice to have a bit of a break from the humidity. Feels like you can breathe again. My fall wreath is now hung on the front door, which usually doesn’t happen until October, and I’m mentally planning a… Read More Gluten Free/Paleo Friday: Kale Avocado Salad (A brunch and providential produce, too)

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Delicious Words & Tears

Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.  Jeremiah 15:16 He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which… Read More Delicious Words & Tears

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Weekend, Wedding, Worship, Quiz & Woes

Coop, Curtis, and A Photobombing Friend in Boston  It was a very late night for a Monday, but it was worth it. Robert had to be in Boston for a North American Mission Board (NAMB) event, an it was one I didn’t want the kids to miss.  Truthfully, I didn’t want to miss it either,… Read More Weekend, Wedding, Worship, Quiz & Woes

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Full Days and Brain Breaks

A trampoline brain break The days are so full.  Yesterday, I went for a morning run, shopped for the week’s groceries, put them all away, emptied and re-filled the dishwasher, started preparing lunch, took a shower, read a couple of chapters from a missionary novel (Papau New Guinea Folopas) and a few chapters on American… Read More Full Days and Brain Breaks

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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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Growing and GOING: Right Before My Eyes

As I write this, I’m imagining a delirious Cooper getting off an airplane after nearly 24 hours of total travel time ~ and all without an iPod, which is definitely some sort of world record.  I woke up this morning praying that he would be energized and strengthened, not missing any detail of the incredible… Read More Growing and GOING: Right Before My Eyes

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Hello, Snow Days. (And School Days, Sadly.)

Today is a snow day for our entire state. Even the local college campuses are not having classes or meetings.  We’ve gotten over 6 inches so far, and it is still coming down in abundance.  Even though a snow day for a homeschooler is not quite as exciting, it still feels different and special. Here… Read More Hello, Snow Days. (And School Days, Sadly.)