Showing posts from May, 2015

Our 4 Daughters

Our  4 daughters are a vast range of age,  and are all doing a wide  variety of activities. 
 Here they are:
Daughter #1 isoursweetAnna, She is our second born child,
 now 21, and married to a wonderful godly man.   They live in New Mexico, which is very sad for me,
but I am learning to let go and be content...
it hasn't been easy...even though I am so so happy for her!!

  Anna is in that blessed and radiant state of full bloom,
carrying our grandbaby (their first!) whom we hope to meet very soon....  I am sooo excited to meet this prayed-for little one!!!

Our third born, the lovelyRose, is just home from three weeks in Africa!   I sure missed her, and am so very glad to have her home again... but my intuition tells me it won't be for long... Rose is growing up...and Africa is very much a part of her.   She is a beautiful young lady inside and out.

Then there is miss Bethany, (9 years old, child #7)  who just finished her first ballet class, loved every minute of it,  and now…

Inspiration From The Front Porch

Come sit awhile...  the weather is so nice and the front porch beckons.

I am fascinated with porches.   I do believe that any home would be more homey with a front porch. Maybe that is my southern roots coming out. To me, it really doesn't matter what style a porch is, I love them all.
Over the weekend we cleaned up and put together this year's summer porch.   It was an exciting event and all the children were eager to help sweep, mop,  put wintery things away and bring out the season's furnishings.
As we were sitting out this first morning on the porch,  (having moved our school work outdoors) I was amused to find that Bethany had made lemonade.   I guess she just naturally thought:  porch = lemonade. (chuckle)

 Our large front porch certainly is a significant part of our home,  and we spend a great many hours there spring, summer and fall.   When we have church fellowship out here, the house overflows, (63 for dinner last Sunday!)  and the porch is a welcome extra room.
I …

Home Schooling: More Than the Three R's

How do you do it?   My you sure have your hands full!  I could never do that!   These are all things I have heard countless times from friends and strangers  when they find out we have 9 children that we have home schooled. Here is my answer.   Here is how do I do it.  Here is my counsel to anyone thinking of homeschooling  or discouraged in their home schooling adventures.
Home Schooling is something I am passionate about.   Raising children is something I am passionate about.   Because I am passionate about these things, I love to talk about them.  We have been home schooling for 20 years now, and we have made mistakes.   We have also learned a whole lot and made progress, although,  there are those days when I can't see it.   Thankfully, those days end and new ones arise and with them hope  that this day will be different,  perhaps even victorious. 
Over the years, I have come to a few conclusions about successful homeschooling... and these conclusions arrived from trial and erro…