Homeschool Life, Personal Journey

G is for Gabe

Gabe. At 11 he's already a gentleman. I've lost him behind a held-open door thinking he's coming. A Wendy's double burger with cheese, mustard, pickles, and lettuce will make his day. He could easily stuff down a Wendy's triple, if he could just dislocate his jaw like a python. Gabe will share his last Swedish… Continue reading G is for Gabe

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Personal Journey

Telling Myself… It’s All Good

It's a new year. Do you feel brand new? Sparkly?  Like the reset button has been pushed on your life?  The tags are still on the new personality you're determined to create for yourself in 2014, right?  Uh, hem... Some of you have already broken your resolutions. For my part, until yesterday I could say, "I haven't worked… Continue reading Telling Myself… It’s All Good

Personal Journey

Just Show Up

A friend of mine texted me this morning asking for prayer.  As she should. She's about to embark on something that's way out of her league.  She does this for Jesus and for His people, especially those who feel most forsaken, who the world deems most filthy and most foul, but who are loved by… Continue reading Just Show Up

Homeschool Life, Personal Journey

Car Wars: Driving Through the Dark Side

Rated R for Rant. 7:05. Wake up and drive Katae to Berea Courthouse for her internship.  Well, she drives there.  I drink my joe. 8:30. Get home.  Have 2nd cup of coffee and read Bible, eat breakfast, read emails, yell at kids. 10:00-11:00. Take boys to the orthodontist where we try to get school done.… Continue reading Car Wars: Driving Through the Dark Side

Homeschool Life

Good Morning

Upon waking, I sip my coffee either upstairs or downstairs, depending on which living space is less messy.  Today was a toss up.   These are my slippered feet and my PJ's; that is my cat, and this is what my view usually does NOT look like in the morning. Warning:  this may sound like… Continue reading Good Morning

Homeschool Life

Come Home With Your Shield Or On It

The first week back to homeschool. One week down, 31 more to go.  Week increments don't sound so bad.  Like marathons... just 26 miles. Week 1.  The bad news is that we had tears every day.  The good news:  they weren't mine.   I'm reading The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, in which… Continue reading Come Home With Your Shield Or On It

Personal Journey

Running. Literal Running. As Opposed to the Usual Figurative Running.

Running the zoo race today, my first 5K.  My goal is to keep up with Gabriel.  This has me thinking of the goals and benchmarks we set up for ourselves.  It is good to have extrinsic motivators.  I like to use them for academic purposes too.  Things like spelling bees or speech events-- any platform will serve… Continue reading Running. Literal Running. As Opposed to the Usual Figurative Running.