Time to Get Serious!


Toward the end of each school year, I write a long list of assignments they must complete to be finished for the year.  They have the option to complete all of these in a week or so (if they work pretty hard), or take the recommended three weeks to complete it.  They also, could take longer if they desire, moving their school year into the hot, perfect for swimming months of June and July.  I give them this choice for them to work on their level of self-motivation. During the rest of the year, we go through most of the work together, so I know where they are and what they are reading and learning.  But at this special time, they have the option to finish early and savor the first sweet hints of summer.  This is not about speeding through and not digesting what they’ve read.  They have to be able to narrate the story to me.  Many times, I read the books too, because they are very entertaining and I always learn something.

What do you do to finish the year strong? Post a comment!


I see myself


In her, I see myself-
older, more frail somehow
a different shape than me,
but me nonetheless.

She’s lived a different life
than I have,
but in some ways the same.

I don’t recognize this person;
she’s not tilting her head back
with laughter
or trying to play tricks
on my husband
just to hear him scream out
like a girl.

Praying those days come back soon,
when I can enjoy them from a whole
new perspective.

Oh my Goodness….I’m SO Organized!


NOT that this has NEVER happened before….but with schooling, it’s rare.  I’m pretty organized usually, but this is, well, incredible.  It is early July and I am staring at all of my books for NEXT YEAR!  What???  You may ask….  How??  Well, I can give you a super spiritual answer and say that the Lord was very clear and unusually early with His answer to “what do we do next year?”.  Or, I could just show you a pic of my books (all organized by the date we will read them), and say “Wowweeee!!”


So, enough of that.  I know what you really want are some pics of people eating watermelon at our house on July 4th.  It’s what we all demand…


Caycee.  Note the style at which she comes at the watermelon.  Nice approach.


Sophie.  It’s weird how my iron work on the wall look like her antennae.


My mom.  Cuz that’s just cute.


Sydney.  My child for sure.  Check out the crossed-eyes and flared nostrils.  She’s ready.


Trevor.  Our friend from small group.  He thinks this whole thing is funny.  It’s not.  It’s VERY serious! This is watermelon-eating, people!!