• Just Plain Challenging

    Some days are good, some days are great….and some days are just plain challenging. Yesterday was one of those harder days. Like most school classrooms, parts of our days are spent on character and discipline training. Oh how I want my kids to behave and be considerate to each other so we can move on to the next subject. I want all those behaviors to be ironed out (by someone else..haha) so I can just teach. But life with 3 different personalities doesn’t make our days always go as planned. Quickly after I lost my patience we had a lesson on self control. Oh how timely for US ALL (yes including ME)! I’m thankful for a sweet husband who sees my hard day and not only realigns the kids behaviors but also knows what renews my soul. Frolicking on the beach as the sun set was EXACTLY what I needed. It finished out the day on the positive side!

    (Rarely is Mabry not covered from wrists to ankles in swimwear when we head out to the sea because of her pale skin. She loved being free!)

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  • 4 of Us Learning

    This week we are studying the ocean, and sand layers, and even took a field trip to the beach. Third day into homeschooling and we were already at the beach people! I think I am going to like this semester! I even learned something from the geography lessons of the seas. (For those of you that really know my geography skills….you will understand my lack of knowledge in all things to do with an Atlas!)

    My kids love to paint or do anything crafty for that matter so we did a few painting lessons this week. Look and see how Gress signed his name on the sea and boat painting. He has been asking about Jay a lot  (Rad’s brother who passed away almost 11 years ago). He keeps saying he wishes he could have met him. Oh, I so wish that too Gress. Since Gress carries Jay’s name (John) as his real first name, he has started signing his school papers that way. I just look at him and smile knowing how special that is. I asked him if I should start calling him John and he just smiled back. He’s a special kid! Love that I get to see these sides of him!IMG_2618 IMG_2624 IMG_2644 IMG_2648 IMG_2649IMG_2682IMG_2683IMG_2684IMG_2675

  • Class Clown

    Remember that kid in your class that always got into trouble for acting out. Bet you can guess which member of our classroom acts the silliest! He is the reason we have to take so many family photos!

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  • What Matters

    As I was getting ready to start school with the kids…. I was feeling the tug of my hours being full of school and learning and less time for keeping house, and meal planning, and napping (AHHH!). And yes, while obviously one is more important than the other, I can’t help but feel the weight of all things left undone. But if I look at some of my goals for homeschooling… to create a love of learning and to have hearts that follow Jesus…then I have to let go of the rest for the goal of something so much greater. So when I trip over the shoes, or leave the dishes for another time, or can’t manage to email back in a timely manner…then you will know that life is full of learning…and less of keeping the house clean. Lord point me to you and to what matters!IMG_2247IMG_2240

  • First Day of School 2015

    The first day of school finally arrived and if I’m honest I think I could have put it off another month to prep all there was to get done before we were officially “ready.” I decided just to jump in and get going. It was clunky, and fun, and crazy, and challenging to keep 2 kids focused at the same time with a busy toddler running around demanding things. But we are all mostly excited to get back into a routine and start learning new and fun things.

    We have lots of interesting things to learn this first semester. Just to name a few: Learning more about the ocean, and whales, and sting rays and sharks and the boys are even taking a 4-H class at the beach for the next few months. We are also learning about Early American History combined with their unique story God has laid out for them. We are reading books on historical figures, and studying their characters. Mcree is digging into Kindergarten math and learning the beginning stages of reading and writing. Gress has gotten much better at reading and we are working on spelling and cursive for the next few months.

    We just started our next adventure!

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  • Friends Along for the Ride

    I have barely been able to keep my eyes open these last few nights from our full days out at sea. The wind has been roaring and the sails have been in their full glory. It has been a grand adventure. We sailed Friday for most of the day and then we took some friends with us for a Saturday afternoon/evening sail. They brought along the most delicious sausage tacos topped with a slaw and a homemade green sauce to share for dinner. The boys loved having their friends along to explore the beach. They found a blue crab, snails, a live conch, hermit crabs, sand dollars, a shark and sting rays. And we loved having great conversations with our friends along the way. It is always more fun when your friends enjoy sailing as much as you do. We had to take a day of rest Sunday as Rad and I were pretty spent.

    While we love wind when we sail, when the wind is 10mph gusting to 15mph, with the tides moving quickly, let’s just say undocking and docking are challenging. Rad did a great job getting us in and out of the Marina without any causalities of other boats! 🙂

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  • Little Moments

    This particular day we were all off. Some sick, some crabby, some antagonizing way to much, some wanting to hide under the covers and start the day over. So we made the most of our bad day. Ice cream and being in the steamy oppressing fresh air always fixes everything. The boys ended their day by learning some wrestling moves from Rad himself. We are waiting on a few school books to arrive and then we will be starting school. Oh how I am going to miss our lazy days of summer!IMG_2368 IMG_2375 IMG_2386 IMG_2387

  • Little Convincing Voice

    “Mama…outside” repeated this sweet little voice over and over. How could you say no? She even put on shoes (that were way to big) and used all of her smile and cute tactics to convince me. So outside we went to play in the pool.

    Where are the rest of her clothes you ask? After big brother got her dressed (unprompted!), younger brother convinced her to stand in the corner of the porch where the sprinkler would soak her clothes.

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  • Barnacles and Algae

    Barnacles and algae had started growing on the bottom of the boat. A sure sign we had been absent from the sea lately. We were coming off of too many rain days keeping us away, Mabry being sick mid week, Rad starting to get a head cold and me just plain tired. But OH how our souls sung once we set sail. All the work to get to the boat made it all worth it. We frolicked in the water, fished (Gress caught a sting ray and a baby shark), explored the beach, and the highlight of the day is that we GOT THE MAIN SAIL UP! Lucky for us there was little to no wind. Usually that’s a bad thing when you are sailing but when you have never put up a big sail on this particular boat, you would rather learn with little wind. It was awesome. Looking forward to seeing what Turas and her main sail can do on a windy day!

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