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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Back from Break!

Today went fantastic 🙂 !!!!  We had a “back to school” meeting last night to review expectations and go over schedule changes.  Both kids did well with the changes and hopefully the good attitudes and momentum will continue.

We jumped right back into our study of the growth of Islam after the fall of the Roman empire.  We also  added another verse to our Bible memory work, had a grammar lesson, learned our next Latin word, completed an art lesson, and got back into the swing of things with workboxes (reading, math, spelling, science, etc.)

Brendan and Ryan also had fun using their creativity to build items using household items. Ryan built a “gum holder” for his desk and a cool boat for his Lego guys. Brendan built a weapon (of course) 😉 . It shot a hole straight though his bulletin board when they tested it – OH, MY!!! My first question was, “WHO was holding the board when you shot at it ???” Thankfully, they had the board sitting in a chair!

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The picture of the necklace was a gift from my mom. I love it!!! It represents our homeschool and has an apple, school building, both kids’ birthstones, stack of books, and a Mom charm. She ordered it from Origami Owl. What a perfect gift for homeschool moms!!!

Excited About a Fresh Start!

Ryan is super excited about starting school once Christmas break is over…NOT 🙂 !!!


Happy New Year!!!  I’m excited to see what 2014 has in store for our family!  Although I’ve enjoyed having two weeks off from our regular schedule, I’m ready to get back to school and our regular schedule….if only the kids were excited too 😉 .

There will be many changes this year.  I’ll have a new niece in just a few weeks, my cousin is having a baby boy in March, Brendan will be entering his high school years, Ryan will be starting middle school, Justin and I will celebrate our 17th anniversary, I will begin my new position as a 2014 Schoolhouse Review Crew member, there will be new experiences, we’ll have good days and bad days, challenges will come, and thankfully God will be with us all no matter what the new year brings.  I love the picture below and think that it’s a great reminder:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

I hope that 2014 is a year full of love, faith, laughter, growth, blessings for you and your families!