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

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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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MaxScholar: An Online Reading Program Review!

First of all, let me tell you about MaxGuru MaxScholar Reading Intervention Program from MaxScholar! This a multi-sensory reading and grammar program designed for children in grades pre-k through 12! A very wide range of grades, right?!   The program is geared towards children who have trouble reading–children to struggle with dyslexia, ADHD, processing issues, or just general struggles when it comes to reading and comprehension. In our family we have two kids who are working on reading skills. Rosie is almost 10...

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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,...

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The Wildflowers.

To the older man at Inniswood Metro Park tonight–   This evening you saw us playing with our four children in the algae filled pond and in the woods at the back of the park. I know because I noticed you before you saw us. You were there alone, walking on the path with your hands held behind your back and I briefly wondered about you. My grandfather loved to walk too. It was something we did together often, walking several...

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He’s here, he’s adorable, and he’s tiny. He was so excited to meet us. They showed him our picture and the letter we sent. Here’s a short video of his arrival and seeing our house for the first time. :) Lots more to come later!

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One Day Left!

It’s happening!! We’ve finally reached this day! V is the third little one from the front, in the black pants. They’re landing on Orlando tonight and we will meet him tomorrow (Sunday) at noon. I CANNOT WAIT. SO EXCITED! My kids are ready too. This was taken yesterday. There has been much talk of Vladi and they have already planned all kinds of fun things they want to do with him. This time tomorrow we’ll be at the Columbus airport meeting...

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The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding & Subtracting: A Review!

Our second review item this week is a nifty math game from Sunya Publishing called Sunya – The Magic and Wonder of Math and Science Adding & Subtracting.  The adding and subtracting game is for ages 7+ and goes up to 9+9 and 18-9. They also offer a multiplication and division game in the same style for ages 9+. Sunya Publishing is a new company! Their product is still in development, but the Review Crew got a sneak peek. The game...

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Science Shepherd, Introductory Science: A Review!

This week we’re reviewing two things. The first one is from Science Shepherd. It’s called Introductory Science. This is a Christian science program with two components: A series of daily videos online (a one year subscription), and an accompanying spiral bound physical workbook. We enjoy science at our house, so I was excited to check out another science curriculum. This one was interesting. The daily video is short, but packed with info! This curriculum is meant to be a full science...

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House Tour!

This is the final week without Vladik here. I know that no matter how hosting goes or what our relationship with Vladi ends up being, we will never be the same after. Each child we’ve hosted has changed us all as a family. I cannot describe the impact they make on all of us. Our hearts break for them, we love them, we struggle alongside them, we say goodbye to them and send pieces of our hearts back with them. My...