Thursday, October 18, 2018


Our beautiful Gabby is eleven today!  I can hardly believe it.

She is fierce.

She is loving.

She has her own sense of style.

She moves to the beat of her own drummer, at her own speed.

We love this girl!

Happy Birthday, Gabriella!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Our Katie is a teenager!

She is strong willed and caring.

She loves books!  Keeper of the Lost Cities and Harry Potter

The Greatest Showman is also at the top of her list these days.

She is so full of energy!

I love you always, Katie.  Obviously.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Our Elliana is five years old today!

She is full of energy and has orange bows with teal dresses.

She is funny and spunky.

She's learning to read and learning her numbers.
I think her greatest ambition is to weigh enough to ride in a booster seat!

Happy birthday to you, Ellie!

Love always,

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


I was always a reader, but I must admit, the past few years it has been harder to get through books further than the ones we're reading for school.  I've managed to get some reading done around the edges of our days lately though.

Everybody Always...finished.  I didn't agree with every word, but this was a great book about caring for our neighbor, especially that one you don't like.

The Daniel Dilemma...partway through.  Another book confronting living out faith in our current social climate.  I have been reading borrowed books from the library, so I’ve not gotten as far in this one, since I get to keep it.

Lessons my Father Taught Me...several chapters in.  A very interesting biography of Ronald Reagan by his son, Michael.  I was a child during the Reagan era so I remember his voice on the nightly news and the jelly beans on his desk in the Oval Office.  I also remember him campaigning for George Bush in my hometown.  He'd been shot several years prior, and while he was in the basketball stadium there was a loud crack.  He hit the floor, secret service men covered him.  He chuckled as everyone came to realize a balloon on the stage had popped.  It is great to read about this man from the perspective of one of his sons.

Persuasion...barely started.  I love Austen, but I do find books with lots of characters more difficult to pick up in the middle, which is how I read, in short bursts these days, but it is Jane Austen, a favorite.

What are you reading?

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Oven Disaster

So, there was a day this summer that I preheated the oven.  When I opened the oven door to pop the food in, however, there was a white light coming from the element in the bottom of the oven.  I've never see that before, and I don't quite think that an arc welder belongs in my oven.

I closed the door and turned off the oven.  When I checked, the burning had not stop.  I called for the kids to get their shoes, grab Katie's phone, and head for our 'in case of fire' meeting spot.  Thankfully, for some reason, Justin was home early that evening and thought to pull the oven out, as I was going for the fire extinguisher.  He unplugged it, and when we looked again, the fire was out.  Whew!

We debated for a few hours whether to replace the element or the range.  It was a bit of a toss up, not being certain that there was not a problem further back, but I read quite a few stories from people who had the same problem, and it seemed that just replacing the element fixed all of their problems, so it took a few days, but we got our new part and Justin put it in easily.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

P. E.: Climbing

One advantage of home schooling is that we can do things like head to places when they are quieter (when most kids are in school).  We visited the pool one day and we headed to a local climbing gym too.  We have great PE classes!

 Little Bit loves this, though if she looks down it is over.  By the end, she would climb a few feet and then drop, so the auto belay would swing her.

Nate was the first to make it to the top of a wall.

 Gabby climbs at her own pace, but she made some great climbs!
Katie, not to be outdone, also made some summits to the top.

 Justin made his way up on a rainbow climb (using many colored 'rocks' instead of just a single colored path).

I hate heights, but even I got up pretty high, though I climbed my way back down, instead of trusting the auto belay!


Monday, August 20, 2018

Start of School Pics

So, I might be a little late posting it, but here they are!

 Kindergarten!  She is so very excited about this and all it means--AHG, kindergarten at church, and perhaps most of all this book that means she gets to use scissors.

 3rd grade: Nate says this is his favorite book, "Because it is easy."  I guess we all need that thing we just 'get.'  It makes sense this would be his, since he has good dexterity.

6th grade: Latin is still at the top of her list.  I love that she loves it.

8th grade: Of course she has to be upside down!  She picked on of her history books as a favorite.