The Best Adventure!

I was looking back through some of my old posts this afternoon and came across this one from 4 years ago. It’s so much fun to look back at how much the boys have grown and how homeschooling truly has been “The Best Adventure” for our family!

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This morning we read about the death of Moses and how Joshua was given the huge responsibilty of leading the Israelites into the promised land.  Over and over again, God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous.  He says, “do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”  (Joshua 1:9).

I was reading from The Message last night and these verses jumped out at me:  “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.  For the Lord is your life…”  Wow!  When we give our lives to Christ, he gives us the gift of…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Justin and I often sing this song sarcastically as we fill the calendar with activities and fight the crowds while shopping 🙂 every December, but all joking aside, it really is a wonderful time of the year.

We had a great Christmas and hope that you did too.

I can’t wait to share 2017 together!






Home Educators Association of Virginia

Guess what? 

The 2017 HEAV convention is only SIX months away and…..   

Registration Opens for Members January 9!

Next year’s convention is June 8-10, 2017!

Three days.

The whole family.

It will change your life.


Why should you attend?

Watch this to find out:

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Justin and I had the privilege of teaching a group of highschoolers a Dave Ramsey course called Foundations in Personal Finance over the past few months. We had taken the Financial Peace course at church last year and couldn’t believe how much we learned!  We both said that we wish we had learned how to be smart with our money years ago and  agreed that we should teach our kids how to handle their finances the right way from the start.

What better time than highschool when the kids are still debt free, getting their first jobs, opening bank accounts, and are becoming young adults?

I loved how they all opened up as we continued meeting and each one participated and shared what they were learning.


One of the best nights was when Justin held “mock” interviews 🙂 . We gave the kids a handout to study the week before and told them to be ready…they did amazing!

Haley (our only female student) even dressed for the part!!!  Brendan ran upstairs and grabbed a few jackets, but the boys definitely weren’t dressed to impress – LOL!


It was a good way to practice in a safe environment and get honest feedback from friends.

Not that I’m biased or anything, but I think any employer would be lucky to have one of our students working for them one day!


Now that the kids have a good foundation on how to be smart with their finances, it’s time to out into the world and put everything into practice!

Wordless Wednesday


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 go 🙂 :


…and, there you go!

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


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?


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!” 🙂

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 – LOL!!!

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 – and they do that 3 times a week!


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 #CFAW 🙂 !

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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