In my garden: lessons learned

lessons learned in my garden

Remember when I said this was the year I'd learn to garden? Things didn't go quite as planned -- but that hasn't stopped me from learning some important lessons in my garden this summer. Birds eat apples. So do squirrels. And they're greedy little critters. My apple trees are going to have to step up their game if I'm ever going to make an … [Read more]

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS #icebucketchallenge

When I first heard about the ice bucket challenge, I didn't get the point. What the heck does pouring a bucket of ice on your head do to help those suffering from ALS? But then I saw how much money has been raised: as of … [continue reading]

An excuse to share pictures of my kids

silly students

I try to take pictures every year around the start of the homeschool year so I can look back and see how little - or big - the kids look from one year til the next. Since this week's NOT back-to-school theme is "student … [continue reading]

Back to Homeschool: first week

silly kids

We started {not} back to school this week, and overall it was wonderful. We celebrated our first homeschool day with chocolate milk and molasses cookies. And of course, a few photos which quickly turned into giggles and … [continue reading]

Welcome to our homeschool room(s)

Homeschool Room

Y'all should know by now I never leave well enough alone when it comes to our homeschool spaces or furnishings in general in our house. I think my furniture rearranging is a genetic condition inherited from my mom, so … [continue reading]

Changing the kids’ blog names


Typically, when a child is in foster care, photos and real names aren't allowed to be shared online. Even non-bloggers use nicknames and hide kids' faces when sharing on facebook, etc. But once an adoption is finalized, … [continue reading]

Elementary Homeschool Curriculum Plans

elementary ocean study

We have two little learners in our home this year: five year old Jim (formerly referred to as "Jem") and seven year old Abby (formerly referred to as "Scout"). That puts both of them in the Core Phase of learning. Read … [continue reading]