Ohio Weather…. changes

We waited for winter FOREVER this year! Christmas was green. New Years was green. Until, we finally got our first winter storm. My kids LOVED IT, though it does not afford them any snow days. We take sun days instead.

Sunday church was cancelled. Hubby had to work. The kids and I made sugar cookies and snow cream for lunch. It is super easy.


1 cup milk

1/3 cup sugar

1 T. Vanilla extract

8 cups FRESH snow

Mix the first 3 ingredients together then add snow until its the consistency of ice cream. We used about 8 cups.

Of course, you add sprinkles!!

As in life, nothing lasts. Today it is almost 40 degrees, raining and nasty out. Too wet to play outside.

Guess it’s time for more school!! Next up — science research paper for my freshman kiddo!!


Homeschooling is HARD!

People always say “Oh, I could never homeschool.” First of all– yes you could. We all do hard things if we are called to it. If God calls you to homeschool your children, don’t doubt that call. You CAN do it!

But– it is HARD! Parenting is hard. Teaching is hard. Working full-time is hard. Staying at home is hard. Life is hard! We are all called to do different things. And it’s hard!

It is hard to be around your kids 24/7. It is hard to keep up with cleaning when you kids are home 24/7. It is hard to have a minute to just think when the kids are there 24/7. But don’t give up!!! It’s worth it! Your kids are worth it!

Pick your battles. Prioritize. For me, cleaning goes on the back burner. Laundry only happens once a week. Dishes only once a day. And IT’S OKAY!!! Someday my life will be orderly. And quiet. And clean. But until then — we have a messy life!


2018/2019 Curriculum Choices

So the #1 question homeschooling moms ask each other is, “What curriculum do you use?” So I thought I would get that out of the way early on. As I have said, we have 4 kids. 3 of them are school age. My youngest is only 3 so we don’t do much that any other parent isn’t doing with their 3-year-old. We read a lot of books, sing a lot of songs, and name a lot of things.

As for the others, we have done Classical Conversations for the past 2 years. CC came into our life when we MUCH needed the accountability, structure, and community. And let’s face it- moms need the community as much as the kids do! T was in Challenge 1 for the first semester but was pulled for this second semester for some medical reasons, which I will save for another post. M is in Challenge A and has science fair tonight! C is in his first full year of foundations, as he joined second-semester last year.

I will continue to share about our experiences and progress as the year progress. I may even share about our science fair tonight! I have anticipation that all will go really well but, as we all know, kids will always surprise us!


Life is ALWAYS changing

I am a home school mom. I am a nurse, a chef, a house cleaner, a teacher, a maid, an accountant, a wife, a mother, etc. My list could go on forever. So could yours. We are busy. And the busy is always changing.

I can remember thinking, “I can’t wait to be an adult.” Then it was, “I can’t wait to get married.” “I can’t wait to have kids.” I have to remind myself to STOP waiting for the next phase. The next event. The next class. The next season. Life is ALWAYS changing.

I will never get back today. I will never have THIS moment again. Enjoy it. Enjoy the messiness of life with kids. Enjoy the chaos that comes with homeschooling. And just when you think you got this figured out – it changes.