Perfect By a Long Shot!!

I am not perfect by any means....I TRY to be, but I know I'm not....more

Why We Homeschool

When Ethan was born and then diagnosed with Down syndrome, I knew that I would never take him to a therapist, a school or a doctor that I didn't think "got him". Of all the emotions I felt when he was born, the one most fierce was of protection. Although I needed the opinions and expertise of many medical and developmental professionals, I ultimately felt a sense of great responsibility for the decisions that would be made for him. He needed me to advocate the best I could for him and I believe that Ethan made me radical....more
@oceank Hi - never saw your question?! We are in NJ.more

Go bubble wrap your kids and leave me alone!!

I have a reccuring issue that really aggravates me. There are mothers that come up to me, unsolicited, and give me advice. I kid you not, when I say it is a weekly event for me. You are probably wondering what I could possibly be doing to garner this much attention.Exhibit 1 I am walking in some outdoor venue (beach, amusement park, park) with my boys. Ethan is totally bald and has been for many years....more
I wonder how those mothers will react when their overly protected and coddled children ...more

Boys Playing with Fire

So what do you do when you have a kid who is really interested in fire (no, I'm not going to use the "P" word)? That topic came up for Dennis and I this summer when Gavin was really insistent on using matches. After a few pointers and ground rules like when and where and what to do in an emergency, he was on his own.It led to some discussions with Gavin about what can go wrong when kids decided to play with matches and/or fires in other settings....more

Fall

Dana stood at the kitchen sink and looked out the window at the sunlight brightening some leaves.  At the shadows darkening others.  A yellow leaf fluttered to the ground.              Fall.  I love it, and I hate it.              As she waited for the coffee to brew, she opened the cabinet over the toaster oven and looked up at the white every day dishes.  No.  Not today.  Today I'll use china.  As she...more

Hey Beth:
It's been an emotional roller coaster, for sure! Stay tuned. I've got 3 more posts ...more

Homeschool rookie:He won't give me a load too heavy to bare!

As I reflect on today's journey, one scripture rings true in my spirit.  "He will never put more on me than I can bare".  Isn't it great to know that God would never give us more than we could handle?  But, that scripture doesn't account for the countless loads I pack on  myself! I did not want to get out of bed this morning.  The sky was cloudy, the weather was cool and I was......tired.  My two sons jarred me awake by rumbling into my bedroom like a herd of cows.  They both stood over me, smiled and said "good morning, mom".&n...more

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I'm delerious already and it's only noon!

It's noon, and I'm delerious already.  I'm trying to figure out what determines a great day from a not so good day.  It's not prayer.  I pray everyday.  It's not scripture.  I read scripture everyday.  It's not my focus.  I refocus ALL day long.  It's not sleep.  I got a good night of rest last night....what gives? Yesterday was awesome.  I woke up around 6:30am and did my normal routine of shower, prayer and talking to my husband before he went off to work.  I emerged from the bedroom ready to conquer the world!  We studie...more

A New Day! Homeschooling means letting go!

Ok, so, after I cried last night, I got a good night's rest and I'm ready for a new day.  I prayed.  I showered....more

Thank you! This is truly a unique journey. I see myself, my past , my present and my future ...more

Homeschool Rookie: "The best has yet to come!"

     I a m 31weeks pregnant with fraternal twins and I cry at the end of every night.  I cry for various reasons, both great and small.  I cry because I dropped my soap in the shower. I cry because I had to take a shower.   I cry because I splashed water from the dishes on the floor.  I cry because my 2year old is a wiggly worm in the tub and I can not bend over to pick him up from a belly down position so that I can dry him off.  I cry because as soon as I announce bed time (although it is the same time every night) my 6 year old is hu...more

I'm always glad to know somebody else understands.....it keeps me from thinking that I'm insane ...more

Homeschooling the Preschooler

I'm not ready to send Athena to school. I'm just not. And you know what? I might not be ready to send her next year either. But hey haters, that doesn't mean that she's going to be behind. I'm using some of that crazyweirdhippie homeschooling that runs rampant in my family. And guess what... it's going amazingly! My first homeschooling purchase was this book: ...more