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Finding The Humor In It All

Week two of school is done. Wheeewh. 

We are all still alive and I even hear laughter downstairs! That is a good thing.

There were a couple big hurtles this week, but we have tried to find the humor in the situation. Not always easy… and sometimes… not possible, but at least it’s worth a try.

Harry had to get the bottom braces put on this week, and he is not finding much humor in any of that. However… I did get him to smile this morning! So that is a start. Once his teeth stop hurting, and he gets used to all that stuff in his mouth, he might start to enjoying life a lot more again.

JJ has been driving a bit more this week. He didn’t think he was ready, but I made him get on a real road today. And not just an empty parking lot or deserted road. I knew he was ready and could do it., he just needed the confidence of seeing for himself that he could. I guess… now that I think about it… if he had wrecked or driven off the road the opposite could have happened too. Hmmm. Good thing I didn’t think about that while I was telling him to pull out into traffic! Lol! 

Even in his nervousness, JJ has a sense of humor. He said some of the funniest stuff while he drove along… going wherever I told him to. Coming up on an intersection with a light, where I had told him to hang a right…he says, “Okay…so…I…I can take this corner for free?” Meaning: Do I have the right of way? 

Silly kid.

He did great. He had WAY more confidence the second time around “the track”, and had a big smile on his face heading home!

He asked if he scared me by being nervous. I told him I’d be nervous if he wasn’t nervous. I think they SHOULD be scared to death at first. They are driving a lethal weapon for Pete’s sake, and every decision they make could forever change the rest of their life. I want my boys to be nervous, and then slowly build up confidence in themselves as they practice. It’s the ones that think they know it all already that you have to worry about!

But hey, I have one more boy to go…and that might be him! YIKES. I have two years to prepare my nerves for that one.


Hope you all have a great weekend,






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Belated Valentines Post

It’s been so busy around here lately that I just haven’t kept up with my posts like I wish I would. But here are some pictures of the Valentines cards the boys made. They each made one and sent it to a special someone! Fortunately one of them came to me!! 🙂

I saw this idea on Pinterest, and decided to try it with “scrap” scrapbooking paper that I have been using to make journals. (that I still haven’t posted about, even though I told you I would weeks ago! 😦 )

I think they came out real cute. On the inside they wrote, “Owl always be your friend.” or “Owl always love you.”

Hope you all had a nice Valentines Day.

I am noticing that I desperately need to change my header! Will get on that.



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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

After a rough couple of days of school, I decided that today would be a science day outside. My plan was to relieve the pressure cooker of emotions that are building in this house with growing, changing boys.

(Speaking of growing boys… I measured them yesterday… and I must admit… I’m a little sad. Only the “baby” is shorter than me now. Guy (14, almost 15) – is JUST under 6 feet. JJ (13) – IS 6 feet, and Harris (10) – is now 5 feet. Weren’t they all just toddlers yesterday?)

Please, don’t ever think that because I don’t write on the rough side of homeschooling very often, that it’s a walk in the park and that the boys (or myself) behave perfectly every day. We don’t. We are normal. We all have emotions. We all have expectations. And, we all have bad days. Quite often our bad days collide! On those days, it’s time for a change.

So, after worship, chores, and music, we headed outside to hunt for a turtle! The boys all miss having one, and I said if they could find one we would keep it awhile for “observation”.

Well, we didn’t find a turtle, but we did find all sorts of interesting things. It was a beautiful day and I soaked up the happy time we had out there talking and laughing and poking around in Gods nature.

We watched: a Luna moth try to dry its wings after recently emerging from its cocoon. An inchworm, inch its way across the garden hose. A carpenter bee drill a hole in the deck to place its egg, (which will be a little buzzing baby bee soon… and then the woodpeckers will peck on the wood to try to get him! Ug… my deck!) A newt in some mud. And in the washing machine later… a scorpion. (Ug again!)

After drilling holes in the bottom of our whisky barrels (to plant squash in), and laying some mulch, and a few other small chores out in the back, we all sat around the (not lit) campfire pit and just talked. Some of the pets came over and joined us too. It was so nice.

After awhile I sent the two younger ones inside to make us lunch and the soon-to-be fifteen year-old and I sat out there a while longer to talk about his future. I was trying to get a feel from him as to where his heart was on his future career plans. After we had discussed it for a bit he said, “Geeez mom, can we stop talking about the future like this? I thought it said in the Bible not to worry about tomorrow. And you always say that everything will work out if we keep our focus on Him.”

What do you say to that?

I shared with him the difference between “worrying about tomorrow” and “planning for ones future” but it was too late… he was hungry… and there ain’t nothing a boy wants to talk about on an empty stomach! We headed in.

Lunch was a yummy turkey sandwich and apples.  🙂  I like that they can make a meal by themselves!

I’ll save more “future career” talk for a later moment like that again. If he isn’t worried about his future… I don’t think I should be, but I don’t think it hurts to “plan” for it. He’s bright, smart, Godly, and I am sure he has a good future ahead of him no matter what he “plans” to do.

It really is moments like those that make all the bad days worth it.




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