half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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Super Fun Water Balloon Fight!

A couple of weekends ago we went to my aunt and uncle’s house to visit with them and my cousins, who were here from out of state. Fun times were had by all. The kids keep asking when we can do that again! Ada was approaching with a water balloon… Victory daaaaaance! We also had the GoPro out. It was set in video mode, but also set to take pictures every five seconds. The results of those settings are so hit...

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Noises of Utter Frustration

The saga to score an Ohio driver’s license will never end, apparently. I am so frustrated! I am a reasonably intelligent person, but this is way too hard. Somewhere in the midst of moving 3x in three years my social security card disappeared. To get a new one I needed to go to the SS office with all the kids in tow because Kentucky does not participate in the online ordering program for some unknown reason. Instead of going to the...

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Pigs, Pigs Everywhere!

Another catch-up entry! We also took Vlad to Slate Run Historical Farm. This is actually a metro park just south of Columbus and free to visit. I love this place. It reminds me of growing up as a kid on my family’s dairy farm. I so desperately wished to give my children this childhood too, but despite all of my attempts it hasn’t worked out yet. Henry chose his outfit. I couldn’t convince him to wear the matching shoes! This house...

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Vlad at the Zoo!

Now that I have a few moments I need to go back and catch up on sharing the pictures and videos from June! We took Vlad to the zoo a couple weeks ago. He loved it. I don’t think he’d ever been before. It was in the 90’s outside and very humid, so if you’re wondering why we’re all red and sweaty, and why Ada dumped water on her hair…yeah. Feeding the giraffes is always the best part, in my opinion...

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In Summary…

I have some entire vlogs to put together, but in the mean time here’s a short mashup of hosting…   Unfortunately, Vlad is no longer in our home. I can’t explain the entire drama here. Suffice it to say, the agency and I had a falling out, and we have severed ties with each other. I’m also taking a break from Facebook, if anyone wonders where I went. The Facebook break came prior to the hosting organization drama because I was...

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Amor Vincit Omnia–

Learning to love differently is hard, love with the hands wide open, love with the doors banging on their hinges, the cupboard unlocked, the wind roaring and whimpering in the rooms rustling the sheets and snapping the blinds that thwack like rubber bands in an open palm. It hurts to love wide open stretching the muscles that feel as if they are made of wet plaster, then of blunt knives, then of sharp knives. It hurts to thwart the reflexes of...

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Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner: A Review!

Time to squeeze in one more review to finish up this week! It’s the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse.     As most of us have noticed, in a world of digital technology print planners have suddenly become a hot and trendy thing in the past couple of years. There are all kinds of fun and popular planners out there lately! For those of us who homeschool a planner is a must-have item, trendy or not. Honestly, I know...

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Essential Skills Advantage: A Review!

This week our review is for the Complete Home Learning Suite by Essential Skills Advantage. Both Rosie (age 9) and Ada (age 6) have been reviewing this one! We received a year subscription for two students for the review.     This fully online program is designed for children from Kindergarten to 6th grade. It’s a supplemental program to help children focus on particular skills, building knowledge through extra practice. Areas of knowledge included are grammar, language, spelling, reading, math, science,...