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The Facebook Page!

Hey look! We decided to go ahead and make a Facebook page for the blog and YouTube channel. I was afraid no one would like it. ;) The kids are having so much fun making vlogs. Even if not many people ever watch them, we’ll still have tons of cool videos for memories. But I’m really hoping we can use some revenue for hosting costs! Check out our page and like it if you’re on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/halfheardinthestillness Our latest video is...

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The Castle House: Closure

I found this on the internet today: Our old rental house, The Castle House, for sale. I knew they were going to list it for sale, so there’s no surprise there. Though I will admit I feel weird looking at those pictures. That was our home. Only for a year, but still…there were parts of it that were very gorgeous despite all of the issues. It also brings up memories of how insecure I felt while living there. I was never...

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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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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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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...

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Anna, with a prayer.

Last week Tyler told me he had a dream that Nazar couldn’t come for hosting, so we hosted a girl named Annika instead. Tyler rarely has dreams.  He is always jealous that I have vivid dreams because he says he never dreams, or never remembers it.  It was weird for him to even mention having a dream. But surely, I thought, Nazar would still be able to come.  It must have been just a weird dream Tyler had.  I’ve been praying...

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More about Charlotte Mason & my study group.

A few weeks ago I said I was going to write more about our homeschooling style.  I haven’t had time to write much, and truth be told I’m still learning so much about Charlotte Mason that I can’t accurately write up something about it. The basic way Charlotte Mason style homeschooling works is that we use living books instead of text books.  Living books are narrative style books, like an autobiography, that are written by one person and pull your thoughts and...

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Behavior Fail.

Every year of parenting I learn something new because I run up against another challenge.   Parenting is hard.  I think it’s harder the older kids get.  Five and half, almost six is the most difficult yet.   It’s this age when suddenly there’s no more adorable toddler or preschooler innocence left.  Kids are expected to behave with some maturity.  They should be able to start understanding how to act in different situations.  Being a preschooler is no longer an excuse,...

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#VikingPrincessFail

I have been having so much fun researching my family history. It started with my grandfather when I was in middle school.  I spent an entire summer going to different places, talking to different elderly people, and researching family history.  That was before the ease of the internet. A few months ago I used a free trial from ancestry.com to compare our handwritten notes and research further.  Geeze, the internet really has linked family history together to make it super easy! I discovered one branch of...