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.



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???


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.



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)!


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.


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: . 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:

Colossians 2:2-3

 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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