Superhero Dads!

What would we do without our amazing dads and husbands???

Our homeschooling group wanted to honor the men who support our families and our homeschooling journeys, so we decided to host a special dinner night to demonstrate how much we love and appreciate them.  The theme was “super heroes” since they truly are heroes to us 🙂 !  The kids helped decorate, serve drinks and desserts, and clean up after the party.  The most special thing that they did though was they each wrote a personal letter to their dads. I loved watching the reactions and smiles as the fathers read their letters! So sweet!

It was such a wonderful night and I’m so glad that we got the chance to tell them all thank you for all that they do…we couldn’t homeschool without their love and support!


Ok, here’s your third and final chance to enter my giveaway for a FREE full family registration ($79 value) to the 2017 HEAV homeschool convention!

To enter, leave a comment on today’s blog post and tell me what your sweet spouse does to support you as you educate your kids at home….THEN GO AND THANK THEM PERSONALLY FOR ALL THAT THEY DO!!!

HEAV 2017

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 12th!

One of my favorite words: FREE!!!

(I’m so excited to announce that it’s my turn to host a giveaway for HEAV (Home Educator’s Association of Virginia)!

Each year the bloggers are blessed to be able to give one winner a full FREE family registration to convention ($79 value).

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Think you can’t enter the contest because you have already registered and paid for this year’s convention?  No problem!  If you win my contest, HEAV will reimburse your registration fee…they are THAT awesome 🙂 !

How do you enter you ask?  It’s super easy!  You’ll have three chances by leaving a comment on three different posts.

Today is your first chance and today’s question is:

What is the best advice you’ve ever received regarding homeschooling?

I can’t wait to hear your answers and share them with my readers.  I think it’ll be a blessing to everyone!

Ready, set, GO!!!

(Winner will be announced April 12th)

The BIG Announcement:

Barbara Hancock!


I know that the HEAV Convention will be a HUGE blessing to you and your family – thank you for taking the time to read my blog!


Thank you also to everybody who entered the giveaway!  I’ve really enjoyed reading your comments and getting to know you all a little better!  Please “follow” me if you’d like to keep up with our latest homeschool adventures and stay in touch.

***Don’t worry if you didn’t win this giveawayyou will have a few other chances before June gets here… 

My other HEAV blog friends will also be hosting giveaways on their sites!  I will let you all know how to enter their contests soon!


A Fresh Start

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We just got our first big snow of the winter and it was so beautiful!

I love how the ground gets covered by a shimmering blanket of white.  Everything seems to sparkle and look so clean and fresh.  The colors of the birds seem more vibrant and the sky seems be a brighter shade of blue.

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And then, it happens.

The plows come through and drop dirt and salt all over the road.  The kids trample though the snow drifts and leave dirty footprints.  The sled goes down the hill over and over until the mud and grass show through.  The dogs go outside to do their business, and well…enough said 🙂 . It makes me wish for another quick layer of fresh powder to cover the dirt again.

Homeschooling can feel like this sometimes too.  We start off with so much excitement and enthusiasm.  The new pencils are freshly sharpened and the notebooks look pristine.  Our lesson plans are ready and several fun field trips are scheduled.  The kids may even be ready for a change of pace and a regular routine after the long days of summer.

And then, it happens.

The first pencil tip is broken in frustration over a difficult math lesson.


 The notebooks now have eraser marks and get tossed around until they are ragged.  Not everything on the lesson plan gets done and a sickness interrupts the scheduled field trip.  The kids are already counting down the days until next summer.

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As homeschool moms, our “dirt” may start to show too.  We get grumpy when things don’t go as we planned.  Our patience starts wearing thin.  We get tired and homeschooling seems like a long, unending road.  We long for a fresh start.

We need to “renew our joy”!!!

One of the best ways to get a fresh start is to attend a homeschool convention.  The HEAV Convention is one of my favorite weekends every year!  I always leave refreshed, full of excitement, encouraged, re-energized, and ready (with God’s help 🙂 ) to tackle another year of school.


2015 Virginia Homeschool Convention

Greater Richmond Convention Center

June 11-13, 2015


Do you need a time of renewal? 

Would you like to attend this year’s HEAV Convention for FREE?

Today is your last chance to enter my giveaway (deadline is 11:59 pm EST)!

To enter the random drawing,  comment on today’s post by leaving your name and telling me what brings you the greatest joy in your life 🙂 !


Tomorrow I will announce the BIG WINNER