21 words on Enjoying the Small Things


Cute Baby Faces,

Stopping to Photograph flowers,

Free Field Trips,

Warm Cups of Coffee

Meals Cooked for Me

The Small Things

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How to Overcome Facebook Stress


Do you have a Facebook account? I love mine, well most of the time.

Since Facebook is a social network, we start accounts to connect and socialize with people.

But there is a downside that could lead to hurt feelings, Facebook can go wonky; delete your comments, post them hours later, or not at all.

Here are the three rules I follow to overcome Facebook stress:

1) Always blame Facebook for comments not showing up. This way I don’t spend hours thinking it’s my computer or me. C’mon do you really think your friends are deleting your comments, if so, you need to be picking up the phone to talk about it person to person!

2) If things are really going crazy with photos missing or posts not working, shut down the computer and try again later.  Facebook just needs some time to get itself together. Yup this one is difficult, waiting not so fun.

3) Most importantly give GRACE in reading posts! Since we can’t hear how people are writing, we sometimes can read inflection the wrong way. If in doubt send them a private message or plan a meeting.

So to keep your stress level down; always blame Facebook, walk away when it isn’t working and give grace!

Do you have any good tips for dealing with Facebook stress?


Time to Buy


Evaluating, Researching, Calculating,
Planning, Asking, Praying,
Oh, it’s that time of year
To figure out what curricula to buy!


10 Things About Me for 2:1 Conference


1) I am a Jill-of-all-Trades kind of gal.

2) I have been homeschooling for 12 years (10 more to go).

3) I think in pictures.

4) I started blogging five months ago, after attending the Relevant (Allume) Conference.

5) I have never spoken in public to an audience; can you say speed dating at 2:1? yikes!

6) I am the mother of four vastly different children, kind of like a compass rose.

7) I cook in layers, I am gluten free, my oldest is seafood free, and my youngest is dairy free. When invited for dinner we have tacos because this meal is the easiest to adjust for our allergies.

8)I can’t spell. So bad that speller check will say “no suggestions” often to my misspellings.

9) I love to laugh!!! Humor gets me through the rough patches of my day.

10) I am blessed to work for Bright Ideas Press!

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Nature Drive (Another Layer to Carschooling)


“Mom do you remember when you pulled over and ….”

Most of our observations of nature happen when we are driving down a country road and we come upon some magnificence finds. I bring the car to screeching halt, often putting the car in reverse so the kids can observe.

Sometimes we get out of the car, sometime we just roll the windows down, but most important we stop and watch.

In this day of technology my kids come prepared with iPods, iPads or phones that can take photos.  When we return home the internet answers most of our questions on what we saw.

“Mom do you remember when you killed that 6 foot snake?” I laugh and reply, “Gee, I don’t think the 1 ton van I drive was a fair match for the snake.”  But I stopped the van and the boys watched the snake for a long time.

“Mom do you remember when you pulled over to watch the bald eagle eat the rabbit?”

“Mom do you remember when you pulled over and helped the baby turtles get across the road?”

I need a bumper sticker that says, “I pull over for wild life”         DSCN0309

Hmm I wonder if there would be a market for a Nature Drive printable?


Creative Writing with Apps


I have been working on incorporating Apps into our homeschool. This week I purchased the Felt Board App by software smoothie 

I just loved making scenes that look like a felt board! I then handed it over to my son so he could create his own picture. Within minutes he was making choices on how his scene should look.

Once the scene was completed, I propped up the iPad on the table and my son began brain storming about his pirate story.

Having the visual aid really helped to keep my son focused on what details needed to be included in his story. He still has a final draft to go, but he is already talking about the sequel!

Since the App has a photo option we can take a picture of the scene and add it into his typed story.  I see a book in the making!

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My Comforter


My Comforter

Warm and Inviting

Protection from the Cold

Nightly Wraps me in Love

Thankful for the Provision of Grace


Fingerprint Activity


Finishing up our study of the Integumentary System we looked at our fingerprints. Now I didn’t have a fancy kit for crime scenes but I came up with a way to stage a crime.

I had everyone do two sets of their fingerprints. On one set I placed different dots so I would know whose set was whose but the kids would not. This is the set I used for the suspect line-up.

After allowing the kids time to study their unique prints I had them go outside and wait. This allowed me to stage the crime.

With the second set, I chose one child’s prints and cut out two fingers. I placed these two prints on top of a Nerf gun. Then the kids had to figure out who did the crime. Of course my kids wanted to write a story about the crime but that was getting us off topic! We saved the idea for creative writing later in the afternoon.



A Lesson Learned Cleaning Out the Toy Box

Daunting chore or a chance to listen?

Threaten, grumble and complain about toys everywhere. Avoid the mess, to many other things screaming for your attention. Close the lid and forget about the glob of marshmallows hardening at the bottom.


Sit on the floor surrounded by your kiddos and dump out the toys. Listen to the stories about their favorite toys. Point out your favorite memories and give thanks.

Yeah, for a brief moment you may notice how fast they are growing because their interest in toys has changed. For me, I no longer have cute baby or toddler toys.

My boys were so excited to tell me about their toys that I don’t think they noticed we were actually cleaning.


What could have been a stressful day of cleaning turned into a chance to listen to what my boys love to play with!


Hit a Wall, 21 words post


Hit a brick wall!!

What do I need to do?

Hide myself in the love of Jesus,

Putting on the knee pads, now.