My Happy Place

Well, summer is winding down and we are gearing up for a new year.  I’ll be sharing about our upcoming school year in the next few weeks, but first let’s focus on the fun stuff 🙂 !

We just spent four nights at the Natural Bridge Jellystone Campground and had soooo much fun!  I wasn’t sure how it would feel staying in a cabin verses our travel trailer (sold last year), but it wasn’t too bad at all – we got to see what life would be like in a tiny house…a little tight – LOL!

We spent time fishing, riding around on our rented golf cart, tubing down the James, eating dinners out, playing Exploding Kittens (some weird card game that Justin learned about from a friend), and just spending time together.  I LOVE making these memories with my sweet family!  I am treasuring each moment more and more knowing that Brendan will be leaving for college in a year and the boys are now young men.

Cherish every day you have with your kids!!!


Happy Easter (a few days late)!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! The weather was BEAUTIFUL here in Virginia! After celebrating our risen Savior at church, we went on a family picnic.  The kids had fun fishing (even catching a few using JELLY BEANS for bait!), playing ball, and the younger ones enjoyed an egg hunt.  

I love making memories like these and am thankful beyond belief for my family and the time we get to share together!

One Last Hoorah!


We spent our last weekend before school started at “The Rivah” 🙂 :


We started school today and will be easing into our full schedule over the next two weeks.



Brendan is now in the 10th grade (that’s hard to believe)!  He will be studying World History and Literature from My Father’s World, Driver’s Ed (1st semester)/Logic (2nd semester), Spanish 2, Biology, Geometry, Programming, and Tennis.






Ryan is in the 7th grade and will be studying 1850 to Modern Times by My Father’s World.  He will also be using Essentials in Writing 7, All-In-One English Series, 2 Progeny Press guides, Spelling, Math 7, and General Science.  We started memorizing the Northern states this morning (I still have the song stuck in my head 🙂 !) and made corn chowder for dinner as we prepare to study/review the early colonists.









It wasn’t our best “first” day.  The kids did fine, but I’ve been fighting a sore throat for a few days and wasn’t feeling as peppy as I normally do.  We muddled through and even made it to the pool after lunch.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a little bit more energy!

Forced Family Fun :)

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One of the best things about camping (ok, RVing) ;), besides enjoying God’s beautiful creation, visiting different landmarks, and making memories that will last a lifetime is that being in a small, enclosed space “forces” you to spend quality time with your family. We just got back from camping at Natural Bridge and had so much fun fishing, exploring Lexington, driving our rented golf cart, eating dinner outside, playing Uno, and sitting around the campfire.

For three days and nights we practically spent every minute together….then we came home and everybody went their separate ways.

It always amazes me how quickly we get back into our “routines” and spend much less time together after our trips are over. I think it’s so important for families to be intentional about planning quality time together or as we like to call it, “forced family fun” 🙂 !

Thank you Brendan and Ryan for putting up with us, even during your teen years!  We love you guys!!!

I am so grateful for these long weekends that we get to spend together and am looking forward to another one in less than two weeks!

That’s right boys (hee,hee)…more family fun is coming!!!

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Camping at Natural Bridge:


We just got back from a FUN, FUN,FUN camping trip full of sight seeing, riding golf carts, kickball, candy bar BINGO, jumping pillows, swimming, fishing, and camp fires.

Did I mention that we had FUN 🙂 ???

Natural Bridge was beautiful and it was hilarious to see the kids at Virginia Safari Park!  The Safari Park is a 180 acre park/zoo where you get to drive though and actually feed many of the animals from your car.  It’s a BLAST, but DO NOT drive a car that you don’t want to get dirty (or possibly scratched) 🙂 !  I love the pictures of pure joy on Ryan’s face – he absolutely loved it!

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Thank you Father for my family and this precious time that we had to spend together!