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The best and worst of my homeschooling

As I've already mentioned, my focus is continuing to turn to school. Tommy starts class next Monday, and I begin tutoring my class next Tuesday. This all means that this week is the week to prepare for the next. As I stand and stare at all of the books I either will use or am still pretending I'll use this year, I can't help but think about the things that have worked and the things that have gloriously bombed in our homeschool journey. I thought it might be fun to list them out to 1. Remind myself of what didn't work so I don't try it again (You'd be surprised how many times this happens) and 2. Maybe save someone a little bit of mommy guilt when those beautifulschool plans melt into an October puddle of "I'm ruining my kids!" The problem isn't necessarily you; you just need to find your own homeschool mommy mojo.
First, what's worked! Classical Conversations works for me. It makes me do the things. I need a little bit of structure to get …

So it begins...school, that is.

I'm going to give you an update that is completely unrelated to France. Except for this one thing. We were on this ship with all kinds of people from varied backgrounds. We found common ground with all of them, but a few times we'd connect with a couple and discover that they're also Jesus lovers like us. And then we'd all relax a little more because we knew we had a deeper connection than just four people that happened to be sitting at a table eating amazing French food while cruising down the Seine. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it's kind of like meeting part of your family you didn't know existed, but you realize you all have the same nose and eyes.

But let's talk about school. It's August. You've seen the school supplies for weeks. It's almost time for school to begin. I've tried to summer the heck out June and July...okay and May, but it's almost time to get down to business again. Although I have to do some prep …

Food and Service are beautiful

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I've been trying to put together a photobook on Shutterfly of our trip, and it's slow going. I'm on page 8 of the book, and I'm still on Day 1 pictures. I feel like I'm ruthlessly leaving out pictures, but I have so many! Okay, I took 624 pictures in 8 days. It's a little excessive.  In any case, I'll get it done, and I promise I won't even make you look at my masterpiece unless you ask to see it. =)

Anyway, today's France post is all about food and service. I was going to separate the two, but they really go together. But first, food. Y'all. I have spent most of this year kicking my butt into shape. I've been exercising regularly and looking at every bite of food with a critical eye. You all have read/listened to me talk enough about my pre-trip food. Although I knew I'd needed to do this for awhile, this trip was the impetus that finally made me do something. I did NOT want to be the chubby girl in France, and the number on the scale w…

On France...the first of many posts

Hi friends. So I've been trying to write something about this trip I just returned from that you might have heard about? You know, France? And I'm having trouble. I can't get the words to say what they need to say to even attempt to convey how beautiful, relaxing, and life altering this trip was for me. So instead of trying once again to do that, I'm going to tell you why this trip was so important to me, how my perspective has changed on a few things, and a few random moments that stuck out as memorable for whatever reason. Many of those heart snapshots were not the iconic moments I expected. They were random small moments that for whatever reason made the trip seem so real.

First, I have wanted to go to France since I was maybe 6 years old. I have no idea why the idea of France buried itself in my heart, but I'm not kidding. I was in first grade in my class one day with Mrs. Linville. For whatever reason, she told us about this place called Paris, France and this…

First France, then that moment when church hits you where it hurts.

Hello friends.  First, in exactly 4 weeks I'll be on my dream trip to France. More specifically, I'll be in Paris. I will be exuberant for the next few weeks as I countdown to this trip. We have been planning and preparing for over a year, and I am finally in the last few weeks! I've got a page in my bullet journal (glorified list book) of things to do/buy before we leave. I've been reading through endless posts on what to wear in Paris in the summer. Apparently Parisian women don't wear bright lipstick, don't spend much time on their hair, and they like to wear sundresses. So not that different from what I usually do in summer. I finished my Joan of Arc bio, and can I just say that her trial was ridiculously unfair. I was going to add a book on Normandy and D-Day, but I'm opting for a documentary instead. Next weekend, we will sit down with our friends that we're traveling with and work out our plan for things to do and see. This week I'm making a …

All about the healthy stuff today

Hi friends. I'm telling you straight up that this post is not for my man friends. It is about health stuff, vitamins, food, and girl troubles. Seriously, go away.



Now then. one of my big goals for this year was to take my health more seriously. In the last few years I'd turned that lifestyle corner where I wasn't actively chasing kids around everywhere or picking up a toddler 500 times a day. I was still having intermittent fatigue issues, and the scale was creeping up a little more each year. My PMS symptoms were getting worse, starting earlier, and lasting longer (headaches, mood swings, anxiety that was clearly connected to pms, pain when running up the stairs-you know what I'm talking about). It was no good. If any of you have gone to the doctor for these things, you know what they say. "Oh, well, you have kids. It's normal to be tired." or "You have a lot going on in your life. You should cut back."  Why didn't I think of that?! Which c…

Wonder Woman and Whole7

Happy June, everyone!  We've had a few changes going on here that have lead to weeks of adjustments, but I think we've transitioned. Basically, my husband who has workaholic tendencies quit the extra job he's been doing for the last two years. This has freed up a lot of time. Of course, we had to get used to him being around the house so much more. and he had to get used to being around more. It's been a good thing though. We have weekends again! We went to see Wonder Woman today and had a normal, do what we want kind of Saturday.

Speaking of Wonder Woman, ohmygosh. I loved it. First, I love a good superhero movie anyway, but I was really caught off guard by my reaction to this particular one.  As we were in the middle of the movie, this battle scene happens with Diana (Wonder Woman if you somehow don't know that). It was incredible. And as this scene played out in front of me, I honestly got kind of emotional which is weird. I mean, it's Wonder Woman single ha…