Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One Sweet Year

Oh goodness!

How can I express the joy and love this little bundled has given to us?

Here is her 1st birthday letter...

~Dear Whitley~

A year ago you joined us. Calmly. You entered the world peacefully, opened your eyes after a few moments and just simply joined us. 

You are such a joy!

So beautiful. 

I've enjoyed being your mommy and I can't wait to see you as your grow!

Thank you so much for making a momma a 6th time! 
What a gift.
You are such a delightful addition to our lives.

One Month
Twelve Months!

Be who God made you to be.
Love others. 
Be brave.

Look to Jesus in all things!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Is Sugar Drunkness a Sin?

It all started off as a nice, calm, lovely evening celebrating Allan's 4 Forever Family Day... 

Traditional Ugandan stew, g-nut sauce, rice, Irish potatoes, pineapple, avocados... And Coco Cola.

We are pretty tame folks... Nothing too fancy or wild.

Everyone is enjoying their food. Thea, we notice is particularly fond of having her very own bottle of Coke... 

Maybe a little bit too fond? 

Um, yes. Far too excited about it!

Then the sugar starts to hit her... 
Oh, no! 

Eli tries to pat her to calm her down... Maybe not wise?

Uh oh! 

Yes. Yes, she is growling here. Frighteningly intense! 

Oh wow. Hilarity distracts from the intensity and breaks things up! Thank goodness! 

She seems impared... In fact, they both do. Is sugar drunkeness a real thing?

Back to more soda... Licking the bottle. Oh my!

Should we cut her off? I really think it might be wise...

Don't Eli... Just don't! You might lose your hand! 

Aw! We're sweet again, just like that! 

Happy Forever Family Day to us all! And many more hilarious, silly, crazy days to come!!! 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tears Well ~ 4 Years Family!

Today marks a BIG day in our family!

I've often wondered what things would be like on this day.

How would "we" be?

Would we still worry or wonder?

We we all feel "at home"? 

Today marks the momentous day that Allan has been our son longer than he was not...

1460 days of being mama to this boy!

My heart breaks and hurts and reels when I remember this day. Oh, how horrible and wonderful it all was. I see his chubby face and tears well.

35063 hours of sonship, brotherhood and family.

Then I see him, like today, looking through an open door, saying "Maaah... can I have lemonade?" and he looks so big, so almost-nine and all-boy and saying my name in the way only he says it. I see his big boy face and tears well.

I can't express how good it feels. 
It is natural. It is honest. It is family.

I know it isn't the wish I'd give to my son, adoption that is, but it is what it is and its been good.

His name means precious. And he is. He is so so precious to me.
Thank you Jesus for letting me be his mama!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

School Curriculum Plan ~ 2015/16

Here we are again... Another school year is upon us!
So what are we going to do with it???

After planning our complete schedule and curriculum I had a change of mind... it kept coming back to me and I couldn't shake it!

I decided we need to SIMPLFY big time this year and focus (nearly fully) on...

~ The 3 R's ~

And, Bible, of course.

This is hard for me, but I think we need a year devoted to simplicity and focus. We need this because I can tell that a precocious preschooler and a very active baby are going to be distraction enough... I know we need this because we have 2 children with dyslexia, one still working on English skills. 

That said, we are still covering...
~ Core: literature/history/geography
~ Science
~ Grammar
~ Arts

We are just going to put that into a single block of time on Mondays... "get it out of the way" so to speak and then focus the rest of our week on The 3 R's. The only exception to this is our writing time will incorporate listening to, reading and copying quality literature. 

{ Curriculum Plan 2015/16 }

Everyone ~

Catechism/Memory Verse: New City Catechism

History/Lit. Core
Story of the World #3: Early Modern
Literature List - (I'm in the process making this list more complete)
Lyrical Learning

Language Arts (Writing and Grammar)
Easy Grammar - Daily Grams (maybe... we will see)

4/5th Grader ~

Phonics - All About Spelling/Reading Level 3

Math - Math-U-See: Gamma 
Khan Academy Math Practice
Handwriting - Getty-Dubay E

Language Arts - DYI Homeschool Journal

2nd Graders ~

Phonics - All About Reading Level 1 and 2 (depending on student's level)

Math - Math U See – Beta
Khan Academy Math Practice

Hand Writing - Getty-Dubay Italics C

1st Grader ~ 

Phonics - All About Reading Level 2

Math - Math U See – Alpha
Khan Academy Math Practice
Hand Writing - Getty-Dubay Italics C

Pre-Ker ~

Rod and Staff 3/4 Workbooks

Read good books and do fun stuff

That's it folks!

Summer Recap ~ Because I Haven't Blogged Since June

All good summers start with sunshine and smiles...

Addie managed the trading post again and mowed our lawn on her own... The boys later joined her in both tasks and it was a game changer for us! 

Eli took his grandma out on a paddle board. 

We did the Duck Race ... The water was high! Later the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of toxic mine water into our river... True story! 

The camp babies played and we all watched them.

We had mice. This one fell in my sink and couldn't get out. I picked him up with tongs and put him outside. I think he promptly came back in... 

Highland Games at camp, never disappoint. 

Addie baby wearing for the 1st time 

Our friends from TN, the Velkers, stopped for a visit... We have 13 children combined! Loved seeing them and sharing a little bit of life. 

Allan made a new friend 

Camp nurse Justine showed my children how to find out where their poop is located in their bodies by thumping sounds. 

Whitley learned to play the piano...

Then climbed the stairs. 

Knitting class - Year 8! Knit on! 

We all sat and watched babies play some more. 

Camp ended and we went nutso! 

We are currently finishing up our summer 35 Book Reading Challenge! This was Cora's last book... read to Whitley, because it just seemed fitting. 

This summer was a wild one! 

Tim and I had our 13th anniversary. Tim nearly cut his pinky off. We drilled a well, made a road, and made some big life choices. We walked alongside our staff as they did what God put before them. We finally got Thea fully potty trained!!! Glory be! 

I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco, just hanging on for dear life, most of the time. Goodness knows I don't do so well at that, but God was there, ever present, always gracious and might! 

It was real. 
Real good.
Real hard.
Real eventful. 
Real sweet. 
Real God by our side!