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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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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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...

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Toothless Wonder Boy.

This happened today. We’ve been on the cancellation list to get into dental surgery ASAP, and I knew it was coming, but I’m still horribly sad about my baby’s teeth. I want to cry. Since I was so sick with giardiasis during his pregnancy I had malnutrition, and it caused the enamel on his top teeth not to form. His teeth were really soft, not hard and white like they should be. As a result they quickly began to crumble and...


T-Minus Ten Days!

Only ten days until Vladik arrives. Can you believe that?! Time is going by so quickly. I am very, very excited to meet him. I’m also a little nervous because this is the first child we’ve hosted who is actually in the process of being available for adoption. What if we love him? It’s scary to think of all the money the adoption process requires. I wish it could be free. Of course that’s not the way the world works. ;)...