Homeschool Co-Op Semester Ends


We took part in a homeschool co-op this semester, as we've done for the last few semesters. Our co-op has been a wonderful addition to our homeschooling, providing social and educational opportunities for my kids and for me. Our co-op is made up of about 50 other local homeschooling families, all of whom are seeking to honor the Lord Jesus Christ within their families. Our group is committed to scripture memory and prayer, which is one reason why it's a big blessing to all who participate. I've written before about our co-op, so if you want to read more click here
or here.

My 5th grade daughter enjoyed these classes this semester: US Presidents (learning a little about each one, learning about the office and perks of the President, holding a mock election), Gym, Creatures that Defy Evolution, and Pinterest Crafts (some of the craft/art projects are on display in the above picture). She surprised me greatly by LOVING her Gym class. I hated Gym with a passion when I was younger, so I guess I expected her to feel the same way. But she loved the games and especially the weeks focused on learning to play volleyball. 

My son is in Kindergarten and he chose these classes: Frog & Toad (they read books from this series and did crafts/activities related to the book's theme, such as kites or cookies), Gym, Animals, and Legos. I was not too surprised that my boy would also LOVE Gym class, since he has boundless energy. He really enjoyed all of his classes, though. Creating new things in Lego class, learning fascinating facts about animals, bringing home fun craft pages from Frog & Toad... he enjoyed all of it. In the picture above, he and his Animals classmates were classifying different stuffed animals into groups of birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, or amphibians.

Last week we had our last day of co-op and our end-of-semester program. All of the kids go on stage to recite the verses they've memorized, which was Romans 12:9-13 this semester. And we enjoy a night highlighting what classes and activities took place throughout the semester. 

 Now we take a break for a few months before the spring semester starts up. It is a joy to be a part of this group! 



 My kids. 

Soon there will be a third to add to this group, but for now it's these two. Constant companions. It will be interesting to see how our family dynamics change when the baby arrives. Three children sometimes means that one is often left out, but the age spacing of our kids may affect that a bit. Time will tell how it plays out for us.

My girl. 
She wants a little sister, so we've had to talk about the possibility that she'll be disappointed if the baby is a boy. She's 10 years old. She goes goo-goo ga-ga over pets (especially dogs) but generally is not all that maternal when it comes to being around babies and small children. We'll see how she handles having a baby in our home again. She enjoys baking and working in the kitchen, so I expect she'll be most helpful at meal times.

My boy.
He wants a little brother, so we've had to talk with him about the possibility of disappointment too, if the baby is a girl. He's a few days shy of being 6 years old. He's always had a tender heart for babies, so I think he'll take to our little one right away. I expect he'll be a big helper - grabbing diaper changing supplies or pacifiers or whatever. 

The age span will make things especially interesting. My oldest is 10 years old. By the time our baby is that age, my oldest will likely be moved out of the house. Kids grow up, that's one of life's certainties. What a joy to be a part of that process, as they grow and learn and mature and change.   

Field Trip: Survive Alive & Fire Safety


 Last week we enjoyed a field trip to a local children's museum that hosts a fire safety program called "Survive Alive." 

Local firefighters led the students through discussion about fire safety, showed a brief video and then demonstrated how to get out of a house on fire. 

There is a "house" inside the museum that is used for this field trip. The group enters the house and is in the bedroom. They are taught how to roll out of bed, crawl under smoke, feel the door for heat, and open windows if needed. Every child practices getting out of the house safely.

They met a real firefighter in full gear and were able to ask questions of him. They learned that he may look a little scary if he was in your house in the dark of night, but that he can be trusted and is a helper.

Kids practiced finding an outside meeting place and then using a phone to make a real 911 call, providing the information the dispatchers need.

The kids practiced "Stop, Drop and Roll."

This field trip was very well done and the kids all seemed to enjoy it. Until now we'd only talked about fire safety, but never had actually practiced these things. Now we need to practice a real drill at home.   

Pregnancy - 38 Weeks


38 Weeks Along

We're down to less than 2 weeks until our baby's due date. 

We now have our hospital bags packed. 

We now have the baby's car seat situated into our van. 

Everything seems to be ready. 
There is little to do now but wait.  

We love you, Baby Flutter, and we are excited to meet you face-to-face soon!

Family Photo Friday


Friday is here again which means that I try to post some family photos from our week. 

We have the car seat ready for our baby. My son wanted to pose with it. Next step is putting it in our van to make room for baby.

My daughter loves the movie "The Sound of Music." One day she came up with this nun outfit. Love it! 

It's definitely fall in our neck of the woods. Lots of leaf-raking has taken place. Our kids like to get in on the action. 

Happy Friday to you! 
November is already half gone, so make each day count!

We Love Reading


We love to read. 

My husband is currently reading "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" to our son before bed each night. Boy, oh boy, is my son enjoying this! Watching him cuddle with Daddy and enjoy books just melts my heart. 

A week or so ago I grabbed this picture of my daughter reading a book about trains to my son. 

My daughter has lots of books that she is reading as part of her 5th grade homeschooling curriculum. Included in that are also some books that I read aloud to the kids. My son, though only in kindergarten, loves to listen in on those too. I don't mind admitting that I enjoy those books a lot too and often learn new things myself.  

We love reading!

Pregnancy - 36 Weeks


36 Weeks Along

I'm tired. 
My indigestion used to be a nighttime-only occurrence. 
This week, however, it started to bother me all day long. Ugh. 

I made a few last-minute purchases this week for Baby Flutter. Little by little, we're crossing things off the "get ready for baby" list. 

We look forward to seeing you soon, Flutter!

Creative Kids


My kids are very creative. 

One day this week my daughter created a spider out of some crafting cord. She attached a string and had herself a very realistic-looking spider puppet.

 Then she created a second spider puppet for her brother. 

Then they added a box-lid "stage" with a web (including some caught bugs for the spiders to eat. 

They put on quite a puppet show and enjoyed this type of play for most of the day. 

I love their creativity. I love days when they play well together (no, they don't do so every day). I love that homeschooling gives them the opportunity to play and learn together.

Pregnancy - 35 Weeks


35 Weeks Along

35 weeks along = ultrasound that confirms all is well (and reveals that Flutter has lots of hair and apparently chubby cheeks; Flutter also weighs in at a normal range around 6 pounds currently, which makes it highly unlikely that Flutter will take after older brother and be extra-large at birth)

35 weeks along = tired mama

35 weeks along = weekly doctor visits 

35 weeks along = some false contractions 

35 weeks along = indigestion that keeps mama up nightly  

35 weeks along = mama better get a move on the last-minute to-do list because the last minute is quickly approaching!

35 weeks along = just a few short weeks until we meet Baby Flutter 

Thoughts about Lay-Offs


About a month ago my husband was laid-off. You can read more about that in the blog post found here.

The last month has been stressful. 

From a financial perspective, we've been alright because my husband received a severance package that covered his pay for the next few weeks. 

From an insurance perspective, we've had to quickly educate ourselves on our options and make some short-term decisions to be covered. 

From a home perspective, routines have been disrupted as my husband was suddenly at home more. "My time" on the computer has been much more limited as my husband has needed the computer for his job search (hence this blog has suffered from neglect... though the time away has been good for me, I think). 


Two weeks into the lay-off my husband got called in for an interview. The next day he was offered the job. He's now a cataloging librarian at our local public library. The position is for 30 hours per week but does offer benefits. It also offers many opportunities for advancement and professional development - something that was lacking at his previous employer. So we're excited and thankful for this new opportunity. And of course we're glad that it came fairly quickly into the period of unemployment. 

I also should give thanks to God for the other silver linings in this lay-off. My biggest prayer requests through this period of unemployment has been for God to reign in my emotions and my tongue. I am so happy to report that He helped me greatly in that area. I was able keep a positive, supportive attitude with my husband. I was able to keep any negative thoughts from becoming words or actions that would discourage him. 

My husband is naturally a hard-working, go-getter type and he brought that into the unemployment process as well. He dressed up each day and went somewhere (usually a public library) to spend some time, to look for jobs, to read up on literature in his field. He didn't allow himself to get depressed or dwell on what had happened. He moved forward in faith, believing that God had something better for him. I know that my actions and words could've poured water on that fire inside of him. 

So, we are thanking God for provision, for work, for His Spirit's strength, for faith to move forward to the unknown.