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

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The Recirculating Water Table.

Someone in my local mom’s group posted a picture of this water table her husband made. It recirculates the water for kids who are obsessed with running water, as my boy is. He throws a tantrum every time we have to turn off the faucet! This is the perfectly perfect solution! Oh my gosh, I wish I had thought of it sooner! It was very simple to make. I went to Lowes (hardware store) and got: -Storage tote with the recessed...

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Heavy Heart.

First of all, good news: Valik has found a host family! And they are very nice, they’ve friended me on Facebook, and I cannot wait to see how his summer goes!!! If you’re curious about life for Valik and Igor, here’s a pretty good summary. Valik is the boy dancing in this video. http://vk.com/video220994679_170686597 We’re still working on fundraising the last bit of the money for Igor. It’s due in a week! They will give us until May 1st before it’s...

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Quick! Igor’s friend V can be hosted (nearly) for free!!

Guys, guess what? Igor’s best friend Vitalik has a full scholarship for hosting. If you would like to host and have been afraid of the cost this is the PERFECT opportunity. Vitalik is on the adoption registry. He’s goofy and sweet. He has watched other kids get hosted and adopted, but no one ever comes for him. He is 10 or 11 years old. It is finally his turn. Vitalik is short for Valentin. He’s chubby and the older kids at...

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The Full Story (of Igor, Forever & Ever.)

Look who it is!! An online friend I met through the hosting group (Children’s Cultural Connection) arrived at Igor’s orphanage to adopt her summer host siblings. She posted this picture of Igor for me. He was on his way to school this morning when they got there. All of the kids in Ukraine dress up in suits and white shirts for school. It’s part of their culture. Igor looks so happy! I’m not sure if they told him who the picture...

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Sixty Squares For Igor

The money for hosting is due on the 17th of April. Aaaaaah! We still have about half left to go! We’re doing the squares fundraiser like we did for Misha and Mariana. I like how it shows that even small donations make a difference. Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/events/1432785250352134/ I have a couple of online friends I met through the hosting group last year who will be at Igor’s orphanage this week. I’m so excited. They’re going to tell him we’re hoping...

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White Flag!

I think I’m just going to have to accept that with Henry in his terrible caveman toddler stage (which seems to be at its peak currently) I am not going to be able to successfully do everything. Henry alone seems to be a full time job. He screams and cries so much. If he’s not in my face screaming, then he’s destroying something. He won’t sleep. He falls asleep, but he won’t stay asleep. During nap time I’m lucky if he...

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Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office: A Review

What exactly, you may wonder, is a “homeschool office”?  And why would you need one? Well friends, I wondered the exact same things, which is why I am now reviewing a year’s subscription to Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office for you. Lord Heritage has created a very thorough spreadsheet type of program specifically for homeschool record keeping and schedule creating. If you are a Type A sort of person this will be right up your alley.  Basically this is a total homeschool...

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GPALOVEMATH: An Online Math Program Review.

For the past six weeks the girls and I have been using a math program called GPALOVEMATH. Math is a difficult subject for my 8.5 year old. She’s great at reading and writing, but struggles with math. We were offered this fully online math program to review and I thought, why not? I’m constantly in search of a type of math program that will “click” with her brain and suddenly make math interesting for her.   The math program is created...

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Demolishing.

They finally got started on the kitchen yesterday. Before starting, but after we’d already cleaned everything out of the cabinets and off of the counters: Our temporary kitchen. (Crock pot not pictured.) Getting started: The kitchen doorway, which my cats broke into overnight. This is what’s inside the drop ceiling. He’s not sure now if he can eliminate the drop ceiling because it was hiding old wiring. He has to call the owner to see if he wants to pay for...

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Featured!

It’s 12:45 and the contractor still has not appeared. Good thing I got up early, got fully dressed, and got the kids breakfast, then cleaned up so we would be all ready at 9:30 when he said he would arrive to start demolition. grumble A quick text letting me know they would be later than anticipated would be very much appreciated. Contrary to popular belief I do not live to sit at home and wait on someone to show up whenever...