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I'm a homeschooling mom of 4 boys ~ 18, 13, 11 and just born 5/26/13!
Interests: My interests include my family, my faith, home education, nature study, reading, journaling, planners, baking, crafts ... and coffee!
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Happy Friday, my friends! Who's ready for the (long, holiday) weekend? :) I am so pleased to bring you another Book Party post today, and this one is from Marianna. But before we get to her lovely photos, I'd like... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at By Sun and Candlelight
Lisa, I'm definitely extending it! I will announce it in my own Book Party post which *should* go up this weekend. I will probably extend it until February 29th. Why not make use of that extra special day? :)
Thank you, Penny and Denise! :)
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Our Shrove Tuesday Fun! at By Sun and Candlelight
Happy Thursday, my friends! I hope this post finds you well. :) I'd like to share some more pictures with you today, if I may ... Pictured here is the fireplace mantel in our living room, and yesterday I cleared... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
I can see what you're saying, Marilyn. They do expect us to tolerate a lot of disagreeable behavior from certain characters. Mary's snootiness, Thomas's meanness, Daisy's idiocy and now Carson's lording over his new wife. And let's not forget Robert's infidelity! But these are all major characters whom we are expected to root for and even love. I think they do take it too far sometimes ...
Quite cold and flurries all day yesterday, as well as this morning - a squall, in fact, a bit ago. Very wintry and pretty. Enjoying the antics of the red squirrel on the snowy deck. Chased a hawk off from the front yard. Bitter cold ahead this weekend! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Our Family Field Journal
Lent has begun, my friends! And our countdown is underway, but I first wanted to share "the feast that came before the fast" ... so here are a few pictures from our Shrove Tuesday at home. :) Our afternoon activity:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Good Tuesday evening, everyone! It's time for another Book Party post! Hooray for books - those steadfast friends who keep us company on stormy days ... sunny days ... whatever the weather, we can always count on our books. All... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
I know it's very hard to tell from that blurry photo (taken through my less than pristine kitchen window) but those two birds at the suet feeder are bluebirds!! I absolutely love bluebirds, but have only ever seen them (in real life) once before - last winter, actually. There was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Our Family Field Journal
Happy (Shrove) Tuesday, my friends! Will you be celebrating Mardi Gras today? We'll be doing so here, in our own simple ways ... shoveling out from the storm, glad for the power still holding, thinking about paczkis and pancakes! So,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
More snow! Blizzard conditions in some parts around here, so fingers crossed we don't lose power again. We're expecting 6-9 inches hereabouts. It's very pretty, I must say ... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Our Family Field Journal
Happy Monday, my friends! We have another snowstorm here - near blizzard conditions, I hear - but we're hunkering down and hoping the power holds! Wherever you are I hope you are keeping well - and warm. :) So here... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Well that was QUITE a storm! We got several inches of snow and it was quite heavy and wet. Beautiful to look at, but dangerous, too. We lost power Friday afternoon - and it's still not back yet! Such is the price to pay for living where there are lots... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Our Family Field Journal
Happy Weekend, my friends! I thought you'd like to see some of the pictures I took just after yesterday's storm. As you can see we got a LOT of snow and the skies cleared just in time to enjoy a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Welcome back, Winter! This is outside our window at 7 a.m. We're expecting 4-8 inches by the afternoon ... what a nice way to start the weekend! (Says she who doesn't have to shovel.) :) Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Our Family Field Journal
Another gray, damp day ... but holy moly! We were in the 50s again! More juncos on the patio as well as a gorgeous pair of mourning doves. O and I had fun checking out the puddles on our way to the mailbox. :) Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Our Family Field Journal
With Ash Wednesday less than a week away, I've been trying to come up with a project that will help my family live the Lenten season in a meaningful (yet manageable) way. Something that will remind us each day what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at By Sun and Candlelight
Thank you so much, everyone! I will be "scooping" up some of these comments for a Book Party post in the near future! :)
Oh you absolutely fit in, Tonia! Book lovers come in all shapes and sizes ... it's enjoying the written word however you get your hands on it! My husband enjoys audiobooks and I feel they count just as much as any other type of reading. My special needs son can enjoy classic literature through audiobooks only - I wouldn't trade technology for anything! I myself read a lot online, but mostly articles. My boys do both. My mother LOVES her Kindle! And she's one of the most avid readers I know. I struggle with space too - which is why I turn to the library as often as I can. Thanks for your comment! :)
Haha, this IS a good idea! So far he's left them alone - and we'll be starting our countdown from the bottom up! So he can only reach the first week or so. ;)
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2016 on Preparing for Lent ... at By Sun and Candlelight
Yes, it is! I like to sit down in January (this year it will be Jan-Feb!) to look back at our ed plans - the ones we filed with our school system - and see how we're doing. Often it's a real wake up call that we're going too far off track or that perhaps I need to tweak how we organize our time through the week. Hope that helps, Shelley Lee - let me know if you'd like me to clarify further! :)
Thank you for your kind words, Patty! I will paste this comment in the post as I'm not sure Gill is on Facebook. I would love to talk more about organizing our homes to create a sense of welcome and imagination. Something every family can appreciate! Blessings on your day, my friend ... :)
A comment from Patty at Facebook: Gill, thank you for sharing how you organize your nooks. Dawn, you are such a blessing. I am learning so much in the way of organizing my time and my space. Even though I don't homeschool, I will still be more prepared to bring hospitality and curiosity to my home. I would be interested in hearing how other's who don't homeschool incorporate Dawn's ideas into their family.
A gray day here - windy and mild, mid-40s but rising into the 50s overnight. Heavy rains moving in ... A pair of robins hopping under my window at the moment ... flipping wet leaves about, searching for worms, no doubt. And there are lots of juncos under the feeders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Our Family Field Journal
Happy Wednesday, my friends! How's your week going so far? :) I am so pleased to bring you our second Book Party post today! This one is from Kelly and she has lots of creative book spaces to show us,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at By Sun and Candlelight