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journeytojaden
Midwest
I am Traci and I am crazy in love with my husband and kids. I spend time writing here to document and record our life with our beautiful daughter, Valerie.
Interests: My kids, photography, family, my husband, friendships
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June 26th I wrote that I was spinning in circles. Crazy how life works. When I wrote those words, I had no idea that we would still be spinning in circles all of these months later. The trauma that hit our family in the middle of last May seemed HUGE.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
My brain categorizes or files by date. Scott thinks it's cool....or weird, I'm not sure which. May 16, 2015 The date that everything in our world started to spin out of control. Even as that day ended, we didn't know that the life we had come to know would never... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
Just over ten months. Day in and day out, for ten lovely months, I would raise myself from the bed at four a.m. to ready my body for another dose of anti-depressant. After dressing myself in my daily attire of black-dri-fit pants, shirt, hat, and my favorite Brooks shoes, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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A new year and a new start? I sure hope so. I captured this just after Christmas and this pic PERFECTLY describes our Christmas break. LAZY and loving. You're about to see in pics that we did get it together sometimes, in order to see our friends, but this was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
Personally, I am enjoying reading on the Well Trained Mind Forums. I'm learning a great deal and am grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to Dr. W1le speak here. Below is a link to his blog. I'm just starting to explore it, but thought I would share. Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
Scott resigned from his job yesterday and I couldn't be more thrilled. Although it would be nice to call this retirement and spend the rest of our days sipping morning coffee and schooling the children as a team, it's not to be. At least not yet. Scott has made the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
The benefits of home education for the kids are many; individualized instruction, less peer distractions (although there are three teens so it's not compltely eliminated), personalized lesson plans, less time doing school, increased time for volunteer work, increased time for money making ventures, no dreaded late nights for busy-work projects,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
What is true for each of our kids? Kevin ~ 1. He is an auditory learner. Big time. Material delivered in any other way will not get in. (And I say that with confidence after years of working with him.) 2. He is bright and does not want any (and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
Update on last post: Summer school...letting go for a few weeks. They need a break; even if I don't. They were in school for nine months and I wasn't. It makes sense. __________________ Recently I've been reading and found this blog post and this long conversation on the Well Trained... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
I had a plan for the summer and I was confident in my plan. And now I'm not. My plan was to do school year round. Maybe lighten it enough to be done by 1:00, but it's not looking good. I'm losing their focus as the days warm. We have... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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Kari Michele Gaier U.T. Alumni What happened to that little girl that I use to hold on my lap and love on? She's a big girl now and doing very well for herself. Kari will be heading to Paris in September to enjoy a year abroad. She graduated with a... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
What a great week we've had. I'm calling it a successful week! Learning how to be a homeschooling family reminds me of when our sweet Kari came home; we honeymooned and then our world fell apart. After our home blew up and we all fell apart, we had to figure... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
UPDATE: It is now 9:45 AM and I am fully awake and can clearly see how stupid silly this post is. I doubt seriously that I'll die anytime soon. Drama Queen at her best. Have a great day friends. Go ahead and laugh at me, but this is how I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
Structure is good! Structure is bad! So which is it already?! Much of what we attempted yesterday went well. Much of what we attempted yeseterday went terribly wrong. sigh..... Told you it would take awhile. How much is enough in one day? How much is too much? I brought the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
Stopping in to write up my plan for the week. There is absolutely nothing inside of me that thinks that this newly conceived plan should work. Why? Simply because it's too soon to find something that will work long term and I don't take to structure very well. I think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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We visited with my Dad last month. He took Kevin out on the course and allowed Ju and I to tag along. It is always fun to visit him in his world. Dad loves his family, but his favorite past time is golf. He breathes for it. Thank you for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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Certainly, the honeymoon is not over (yet), but we are certainly feeling the stretch that comes from adjustment. These three are hard workers and are very willing school participants and I really don't see that changing a great deal. We'll have bad days, of course, but at their core they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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Surely homeschooling will be easier if we are organized, right? And, surely we will all get along better if our books are lined neatly in the closet instead of in a bin over in the corner of the room. Right? Right?! Well, you would think that I believe that based... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
It is not appropriate to shout from the rooftops on facebook and so I come here to scream from the rooftop: We are 100% a homeschooling family!!! This morning I dropped the girls off at school. They walked in the back door to make there way to clean out their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
In early January I wrote of decision to bring Kevin home for his education. His heart was crying out for mercy over all that he was witnessing at school. He didn't know that we would make the decision to bring him home as a result of his willingness to share... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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We had a huge winter storm this past week. It was the best kind of storm because just after the storm it immediately started warming up. I don't know how much we ended up with. 2-5" maybe. I know that doesn't sound very major, but they received much more just... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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I can feel it in the air! Good Morning by Mandisa ~ Thanks, Elisha! Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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A PIcture Of The Flu And Brotherly Love It wasn't like this when I was growing up, but I hope this is common place for many. I absolutely had to grab the camera and capture the moment. And then Kevin posted it to his instagram and facebook accounts. Love his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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Without purposeful intention, we have found ourselves homeschooling our kiddos one at a time. First, we brought Valerie home due to struggles that we were having in our relationship with her, her health and her very deep and real struggles at school. We needed her to know "just how much!"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective
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What I Saw When I Walked In To Say Goodnight A Closer Look.....Making Sure You See The Ears Too She's In Psalms Scott goes up every single night to the kids after they've gone to bed. He says that he finds her like this, sans ears, every single night. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Looking At It From Mom's Perspective