Wordless Wednesday

(Well…almost)

I feel like I never have enough time to blog, so I figured that posting a few pictures is better than nothing, so here you goūüôā :

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…and, there you go!

Now I’m off to finish laundry, grade papers, and get ready for churchūüôā !

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Even when I feel like I don’t have enough of it, I’m trusting in this verse:

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I Can’t Keep Up!!!

How does life go by so fast?

I said that I would write this post about our trip to Liberty University last week and it’s already Wednesday night…of the next week!

I also think the title is appropriate for telling you guys about our trip to Liberty for “College For a Weekend (#CFAW).”

Didn’t I just drop Brendan off for his first day of preschool?

How can we possibly be researching college choices already?

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Anyway, we had an AMAZING time in Lynchburg! I had heard lots of people say how much they love LU and I knew that we’d be impressed, but¬†I have to say that we¬†were blown away!

The students and staff were all so friendly and helpful.¬†The campus was gorgeous.¬† We felt¬†welcome and like part of the “family.”¬†We got to tour the school,¬†go to¬†classes, visit open houses, attend convocation, eat in the dining hall, and basically immerse ourselves into the university for a few days.

Justin and I kept saying over and over, “We want to go back to college!”ūüôā

I was so excited to attend a gerontology class while the boys all went to a computer science class – yuck!¬† The professor asked for prayer requests and the class prayed for one of their classmates who had just lost her grandmother…I was floored!¬† It was just so different from any college class that I ever took.¬† I could tell how much the professor cared for his students and how much they respected their teacher. It was refreshing!

Brendan was impressed by the Computer Science program and enjoyed meeting some of the professors and current students. The facility is top notch! I just followed them around and had no idea what they were talking about РLOL!!!

Other highlights: Tim Hawkins was the guest speaker at convocation, I saw Karen Kingsbury hanging out in the bookstore (some of her kids attend LU), and we saw an Elevation Worship and Vertical Church Band in concert on Saturday night! It was sooo cool to go to convocation and worship with over 15,000 people Рand they do that 3 times a week!

AWESOME!

So now we wait and pray and visit more schools.¬† VA Tech is next on the list…they have a lot to live up to after #CFAWūüôā !

This is an exciting time and I can’t wait to see what God has in store (although I’d be ok if time would slow down just a bit)!

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Cherished Time Together

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Brendan and I spent two days at Colonial Williamsburg on the 14th and 15th…yep, I took my 16 1/2 year old on a field tripūüôā !

I knew that Brendan would be studying Colonial times this year and kept going back and forth in my mind…

Was it a bad idea to make him miss his “regular” schoolwork?¬† Would he even want to go?¬† What if we don’t go and I miss out on that special one-to-one time with my oldest?¬† Was it worth the extra cost?

 YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

It was soooooo worth it!

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We laughed together, learned some cool things, went out to eat, spent time talking, did a little shopping at the outlets (Brendan was a good sport), and just enjoyed being together.

This is probably one of the last official “field trips” that I’ll take with my oldest son (*sniff, sniff).¬†I knew that I’d regret not doing it, but that I’d never¬†regret just going for it – and I’m so glad that I did!¬† And I ‘m thankful that Brendan humored his mom and went along for the ride!

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Cherish each and every day that you have with your children!

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Coming later this week: a post about our AMAZING time at Liberty University for “College For a Weekend”ūüôā

WHAT? Two Weeks in a Row!

My goal is to post once a week this year….and I’ve met my goal twice so far – woot, woot!

¬† It’s so much fun to¬†look back at old blog posts and see how much the boys have grown, the fun activities that we’ve done, and how far they’ve come since we started homeschooling five years ago!

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This week Ryan and I have been reading some amazing allegories from a book called Kingdom Tales.¬† What’s an allegory you may askūüôā :

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noun
noun: allegory; plural noun: allegories
  1. a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Don’t worry if you needed to refresh your memory – I did tooūüôā !

I didn’t read¬†Kingdom Tales¬†with the boys back in 2011 because they were so young and it was a bit over their heads, but Ryan and I are really enjoying it so far. It’s been fun trying to find the hidden meanings.

We’ve also been studying the ins and outs of maps, ecosystems, and biomes.¬† We started Language Arts this week and¬†will add General Science to Ryan’s load next week.¬† Then he’ll be up to full speed for the year!

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Brendan started classes at Arete on Tuesday (Chemistry and Spanish 3) and had fun seeing all of his buddies.¬† So far, so good with MFW’s U.S. History to 1877!¬†This week,¬†he is¬†learning about the early explorers and said that it was “actually pretty interesting”¬† – LOL!

For the next 12 weeks, I have the privilege of teaching Brendan a lesson every Friday from Thinking Like a Christian (helping students to develop and understand a Biblical worldview in response to the culture that we live in). We got to sit on the screened porch this morning since it was so beautiful outside.  I love fall!!!

Here are a few of our activities from last week:

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Learning how our worldview impacts every part of our lives:

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An activity demonstrating that the Bible is as current as today’s newspaper!¬† It relates to ALL areas of life.

I hope that you all enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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Here We Go Again (2016-17)!

We have almost made it through our first week of school – yay!!!¬† Brendan is in the 11th grade and will be completing My Father’s World – U.S. History to 1877 (Bible, Language Arts, and History/Government), Economics (a Dave Ramsey course), Spanish 3, Algebra 2, and Chemistry.

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He is loving his job at Chick-Fil-A and the freedom of driving!  We have a busy fall ahead including three different college visits : Liberty University, VA Tech, and VCU.  Can you  believe it???

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Ryan is in the 8th grade and will be completing Exploring Countries and Cultures, Pre-Algebra, Language Arts, General Science, Guitar, and we are working on a P.E. option.

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For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, this will be Ryan’s second round of Exploring Countries and Cultures.¬† His first time was in the third grade – he was so little (and super CUTE)!

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As an 8th grader, he will complete the whole program again with extra reading assignments and literature studies, additional science, and detailed research/country reports.

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Since I will only technically be teaching Ryan for one more year (he’ll be mostly independent in high school) and because he wanted a change, our schoolroom is now downstairs:

So far it is working out great!¬† It’s nice to not have to trek up and down two flights of stairs when doing science experiments or outdoor assignments.

Some of the assignments so far are a bit young for Ryan, but because we are easing into the school year and because I know how much hands-on-learning and nature studies stick, we are still doing some of them!

This year Ryan and I will be specifically studying missionaries and the countries that they serve.¬† We are SUPER EXCITED to have two sweet friends who left to serve in Lesotho, Africa this past Tuesday!¬† It’ll be exciting to be able to learn more about the culture and people groups that they will be working with over the next two years.¬† Tyler and Rachel are an amazing young couple from our church and you can follow their journey also¬†on their blog:¬† https://glorifyingsteps.com/¬†. I know they would cherish your prayers also!IMG_9669

Well, that’s it for now.¬† I’ve got to run and prepare lessons for tomorrow!¬† I promise that I’ll try to keep up with blogging better than I did last year.¬† Thank you for reading and following our family’s adventure of homeschooling!

My prayer for the year:

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 My goal is that Brendan and Ryan may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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