A Day of Darkness…

…in two completely different ways.


Today was the great solar eclipse and it was also the first day of 9th grade for Ryan!  What 9th grader is ever excited about starting school, especially when it’s still officially summer 🙂 ?

Ryan will be completing Ancient History and Literature using My Father’s World.  He will also be taking Algebra 1, Physical Science, and Spanish 1.  Another year of That Dance Thing (Ryan is thrilled 😉 ) and Guitar will cover his P.E. and Fine Arts credits. Thankfully, Ryan was able to take Driver’s Ed at the end of last year so he’s all finished with that, and in 6 months he’ll be getting his learner’s permit.






We also had fun celebrating Ryan’s 15th birthday this weekend.  I CANNOT believe that my “baby” is that old already!  Here are some pics:


I have to admit that this year is somewhat bittersweet for me.  I no longer get to plan fun hands-on activities or spend lots of time teaching.  We no longer have a cute, decorated schoolroom or do crafts or baking activities together. I have to admit that I miss those days!

But, I still get to be here for my kids, to answer questions and guide their education.  I get to help them navigate high school and begin their college careers.  I get to love them and be their mom! I am so blessed that I still get to have the boys learn at home and spend these exciting, formative years with them. I am thankful!

Life is changing, and although all of these changes are not easy for me as a mom, I know that this is all part of God’s plan and that He is with us each step of the way!



What We’re Up To:

I promised last week that I’d share what we’ve been up to academically. There’s nothing really exciting to report or show…11th and 8th grade just aren’t as much fun as those younger grades are. Anyway, here you go 🙂 :



-Working his way steadily through American History and Literature with My Father’s World (Bible elective, history, and language arts)

-Currently studying government using Under God and various other resources

-Taking Spanish 3 and Chemistry at Arete

-Took his first SAT back in January (and did pretty good!!!)

-Getting ready to take his first dual enrollment class (Psychology 101) with Liberty University’s Edge program




– Finishing our study of Japan this week using Exploring Countries and Cultures with My Father’s World (Russia is next)

-Only has two modules left before he is finished with General Science

-Writing his first research paper using Essentials in Writing

-Is almost finished with Pre-Algebra and getting ready to start Algebra with Teaching Textbooks

-Still taking private guitar lessons and playing in the worship band weekly at church


STAY TUNED for a BIG announcement over the next few days!!!

Hint, Hint:

HEAV 2017

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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WHAT? Two Weeks in a Row!

My goal is to post once a week this year….and I’ve met my goal twice so far – woot, woot!

  It’s so much fun to look back at old blog posts and see how much the boys have grown, the fun activities that we’ve done, and how far they’ve come since we started homeschooling five years ago!


This week Ryan and I have been reading some amazing allegories from a book called Kingdom Tales.  What’s an allegory you may ask 🙂 :

noun: allegory; plural noun: allegories
  1. a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Don’t worry if you needed to refresh your memory – I did too 🙂 !

I didn’t read Kingdom Tales with the boys back in 2011 because they were so young and it was a bit over their heads, but Ryan and I are really enjoying it so far. It’s been fun trying to find the hidden meanings.

We’ve also been studying the ins and outs of maps, ecosystems, and biomes.  We started Language Arts this week and will add General Science to Ryan’s load next week.  Then he’ll be up to full speed for the year!


Brendan started classes at Arete on Tuesday (Chemistry and Spanish 3) and had fun seeing all of his buddies.  So far, so good with MFW’s U.S. History to 1877! This week, he is learning about the early explorers and said that it was “actually pretty interesting”  – LOL!

For the next 12 weeks, I have the privilege of teaching Brendan a lesson every Friday from Thinking Like a Christian (helping students to develop and understand a Biblical worldview in response to the culture that we live in). We got to sit on the screened porch this morning since it was so beautiful outside.  I love fall!!!

Here are a few of our activities from last week:


Learning how our worldview impacts every part of our lives:


An activity demonstrating that the Bible is as current as today’s newspaper!  It relates to ALL areas of life.

I hope that you all enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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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:  https://glorifyingsteps.com/ . 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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