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We had a great summer week here at our house! We had a visit from my sister and niece, a trip to the water park and a fun time at the zoo.

In my life this week ... This is a big week at our house for a certain hunky husband and fabulous father! Rick's birthday is tomorrow, our 10 year anniversary is Thursday and Father's Day is Sunday. We will be doing all we can do to make it a great week for him!

In our homeschool this week… This week we will focus on our reading schedule, making sure we get our assignments done all five days before we head out for fun activities. We will also be finishing up our Farm unit by going to the blueberry farm to pick blueberries on Thursday and then making Blueberry Biscuit Yummies.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We are swimming at a friend's house this afternoon, having our Co-op Playgroup on Wednesday afternoon, going blueberry picking with some Co-op friends on Thursday, and to a birthday party on Saturday. Other than that we will be showering daddy with lots of love!

My favorite thing this week was… going to FarmFest at the zoo and seeing the kids enjoying themselves, and then going on an impromptu dinner date with Rick after we got home!

What’s working/not working for us… Having Dawson gone all week definitely did not work for us! We all missed him and we are ready for him to come back this afternoon! Homeschooling has definitely made me so much closer to my kids. Our day-to-day relationships mean the world to me and when I see that being stepped on, I kinda lose it.

Questions/thoughts I have… God must be speaking to me about this one, because I have read it a couple of times in different sources in the past two days: Don't sacrifice doing what is best by being active in so many things that are good. As women, especially if you have my personality, you can get involved in so many good things that the best things God has in store for you are squeezed out. Balance. Priority.

Things I’m working on… a picture recipe for Blueberry Biscuit Yummies so that when we get back from the blueberry farm, the kids can make them "themselves". I am also still continually working on Dawson and Brynne's U.S. History binders. I'm already a week behind ... gotta kick it in gear!

Books I’m reading… Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand, Seasons of a Mother's Heart, by Sally Clarkson (reading with the moms in our Co-op Playgroup), More Faith in My Day by Emilie Barnes (my daily devotional), What Your Second Grader Needs to Know by The Core Knowledge Foundation.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Look at these little sweeties we saved on Sunday morning. Unfortunately one other one didn't make it.

School takes on many forms in the summer months. Hope on over to The Homeschool Chick to see what it looks like in other homes.


  1. I'm sorry, but I just cannot read the typestyle on your blog. It's too small and squished together. I enjoy your blog so much - seeing how you homeschool, etc. but it has become too difficult to read.


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