• Not So Little

    To me, this little girl is feeling not so little anymore. It’s sweet and amazing to see who she is becoming. Some days she is so girly and other days she is so tough. I’m excited that she will be able to mostly keep up with us as we adventure to lots of beautiful places this summer. 

  • Hurry Up Summer

    These summer like days are drawing the kids outside more and more. As if they needed an excuse to get outside. We got sidetracked the other day during school. It started with Gress finding ant lion hills and then we opened our science book to read about them. Meanwhile Mcree was starting fires with his magnifying glass and then Gress decided to collect ant lions and ants and make an ant farm, and then got distracted by the magnificence of the magnifying glass so he burned our initial into the tennis ball with it. We haven’t ended school yet. We have 2 subjects left to finish out so trying to get through those before we end for the summer. We all CAN’T WAIT! We have a big list of fun things we want to do this summer. The boat is getting some attention now so hopefully she will be water ready soon and we can enjoy days on the water soon!

  • Sand Art Everywhere

    The anual Savannah College of Art and Design Sand Arts Festival was this weekend. It’s always amazing to see what these creatives design out of sand. I think the kids just love being at the beach but this was an extra bonus to go with friends and see lots of cool things. Maybe we will get to improve our sand castle designs this summer with all our beach time!

  • Hiding Places

    I was pouring out the compliments on one of my boys this morning about how tidy his room always seems to be. He puts away his toys and his clothes are put away most days. I might have even told him he is way cleaner than his brother’s room. Perhaps I dished out the words too soon. I went to move something in his closet and found WEEKS of clothes (clean and dirty) shoved behind the racks. WEEKS! He pretty much just took the clean clothes I would put on his bed and he would shove them behind the racks! I found hundreds of legos splayed under the dresser and in the back of the closet. I found dirty underwear and socks in the most random places. I take back all my compliments. Boys are dirty!

    His sock draw alone was quite overwhelming. So, we cleaned every nook and cranny of his room to start fresh. Poor kid. He just kept asking to go read a book! HA! Lucky for me this kid loves to get rid of things so half his closet is now no longer in his room!!

    On a side note. I found out the other day that Mcree’s favorite food is kiwi. How has he lived under my roof for 7+ years and I didn’t know this? So I came home with a container of kiwis just for him. It’s the little things that make him feel special. Grapefruit is his second favorite so that is on my next list to buy him. Trying to find ways to do little things for my kids that make each of them feel extra loved and thought of.

  • Happy Birthday Rad!

    I’ve known this handsome guy for almost half his life. I love being married to Rad. He is fun, adventurous, resilient, optimistic, tough, intelligent, and makes life so much better. My life has been such an incredible journey because of him. Recently we got old photos scanned that what been in storage. I LOVED seeing his life lived out in these photos. He had lived a lot of life before I came around and his sense of adventure is still going strong! Happy Birthday to my best friend!

  • Finish Strong

    Lots going on over here lately. There has been fence building which is quite an undertaking. The amount of bricks, metal wire, roots, metal panels and who knows what under the ground has been insane. Rad (and Gress) have been doing a great job getting the old fences out and the new one up. It’s still a work in progress and hopefully this cattle dog will not be able to escape anymore! We have also had several field trips, one that included a fun trip to Tybee Beach for a beach ecology lesson with some homeschool friends. And toward the end of this month we hope to finish a lot of our curriculum from this year. Mcree is so proud of himself to be done with yet another reading program. I imagine myself sitting under a tree one day while he reads me a book for hours! HA! We definitely have summer fever over here and trying to stay focused so we can finish strong. Not going to lie and say I don’t want to run away to the beach everyday! 

  • In LOVE!

    This boy loves this fiesty little dog. Sometimes he wishes she was calm and obedient to his commands. And sometimes holding the leash with a running bull at the other end is just too much. But there is no doubt that he has a heart for his furry little cattle dog.

  • Reminder

    Often, people will ask me where my kids go to school. After I tell them I homeschool, I usually get one of three responses…1) Good for you, I could never do that, 2) You must have lots of patience, or 3) wow!. It’s not a glamorous job and most people think it’s downright crazy. WHY would you want to spend all day, EVERY DAY with your kids? To be honest, some days are hard. Some days I want to give up. Some days I wonder what life would look like if I had hours and hours of free time. However, most days are really great. I get to know the depths of my kids hearts, souls, what frustrates them, what encourages them, how they learn, what makes them feel like a failure or a rockstar. I get to walk them through conflict and help them figure out how to love others better. I get to push them in areas they need growing, and hold them back in areas they need restraint. Not to mention they get hours and hours to be free to explore what they love. Lucky me gets to see this played out on a daily basis. It’s a gift to us that we have this opportunity.

    One day, math will get easier for this one…and one day the cattle dog might be smarter than him. But to sit and work through hard things together is sanctifying for us both in so many ways!

  • When Chores Go Wrong

    I often wonder what this cattle dog would be like if she grew up on the farm where she was born. I’m pretty sure her life would be so very different. This is what happens when Gress is in charge of laundry for the week. Mabry might have cried that Rue was wearing her skirt. Never a dull moment with this dog in our house. 

  • Where We Do School

    Some days we do school inside. Some days we take our school outside. And some days we wander to amazing and beautiful places to see what the day has in store for us. Every day brings something new.