Week in the Life | April 17th through April 23rd

You guys, this week was the worst week ever to do a week in the life! But, I went ahead and did it. Because I did not feel well ALL week, there was no way I could have uploaded photos and written a post at the end of each day last week, so here I am sharing a week later.

I'm using Rhonna Collage to make all my collages (the same collages I make for my Currently posts). They are so easy to make that I'll probably print them in 12x12 sheets, stick them in my Project Life album, and call it good.

My inspiration for this week's project is Ali Edwards. I had intended to buy her Week in the Life kit, but life hit me like a train this week and I was hard pressed to even get 8 photos a day. So, while my past weeks in the life have been more photographic and detailed, this week will be brief.

I had little spurts of energy here and there, but I felt terrible all week. I was warned this would happen when I started the MTHFR protocol, but man, it hit me hard this week with flu like symptoms, dizziness, a strange rash, headaches, and insomnia. It just really didn't feel like a productive week, but now that I look back on it, we still accomplished all that I had hoped to, and for that I am thankful and hope you will join me the next seven days for a week in our life. ♥

SpeedyPrep | Review

SpeedyPrep is an online Clep Test preparation service that offers an online monthly subscription to prepare you for the test. If you pass the test (testing cost to be paid by you), you can earn college credit at home.


Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) | Review

Written for 4th through 6th grade students, Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) is a brand new reading curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries and Debra Bell.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Week 1 | FI♥AR with Bo


"Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their names were --
                                                                   and Peter."

Homeschool Journal | April 2017

In my life this month…

I am feeling energy and excitement for spring, enjoying the rainy days, and soaking in the sunshine when it graces us with its presence.

I got my genetic test results back and have answers to most if not all of my health concerns. I am on the path to healing and may attain it sooner rather than later, praise God! My healing word for the year was only mentioned in passing when I wrote my homeschool journal in January, but healing has consumed most of my thoughts and actions over the past three months, and I'm excited to actually be on the path to healing with the information that I now have.

I've resigned myself to accept some things won't change, and I feel peace and even joy at having released these things into Heavenly Father's hand.

In our homeschool this month…

Shepherd, Potter, Spy-- and the Star Namer | Book Review

Peggy Consolver - Author has written a meaty read for a 12 year old boy, like my son Malachi, in what turned out to be an exciting book about a young boy who loves adventure. He tackled this 375 page paperback book with enthusiasm.

Set during the late Bronze Age in the land of Canaan just as the Israelites are beginning their conquests of the Promised Land, Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer is a historical fiction book based on this time period.

Staying Connected Through Grass Sandals | by Crystal Clark

Every year, as our Japanese American friends head to Japan for a few weeks, we row one of the beautiful Five in a Row books about Japan to stay connected with them on their journey.

The first year, we rowed Grandfather's Journey and mainly talked about family trees. We made a big family tree on the wall and Ezra who was 6 years old at the time, was certain that our Japanese friends were part of our family and came up with the most beautiful explanation for our different heritage.

Creating a Masterpiece | Review

How would you like your student to work alongside a master artist to produce fine art projects? With a Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece, you can!
Creating a Masterpiece
Creating a Masterpiece is an online art program taught by Sharon Hofer who believes any student can produce a masterpiece, even at a young age. Her method of teaching inspires students to not only learn technique, but also achieve outstanding results using a variety of media.

Little Nino's Pizzeria | FI♥AR with Bo

 - Boaz is 6 years old-

We love Playmobil in our home. They are timeless quality toys that inspire hours of imaginary play and bring joy to my children. I buy Playmobil online directly from the company, but I wait for a 20% off coupon to order, and I put them up once they come to save for birthdays, special occasions, and even school. So, I couldn't resist the Pizza Baker and Pizzeria to go along with Little Nino's Pizzeria

A Delicious Meal for We're Going on a Bear Hunt | by Crystal Clark

As a Mama of four hungry little boys, meal planning is my best friend. That, combined with a love of the Five in a Row curriculum, and we tend to get adventurous combining school time and cooking with each boy taking one day a week to be the "lead" chef.

Eclectic Foundations Language Arts | Review

"A solid foundation is crucial to an excellent education," according to Eclectic Foundations who uses old fashioned textbooks from the 1800s and early 1900's, such as McGuffey's Eclectic Reader, First Lessons in English by Thomas Harvey, and Word Mastery by Florence Akin, to teach Language Arts.

All of these books are available online, but the company merges them into their Language Arts curriculum for an open and go program that covers reading, phonics, handwriting, grammar, poetry, and writing in an easy to use program with a Biblical worldview.

So, will Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level B provide my child with a solid foundation?

Homeschool Journal | March 2017

In my life this month…

My currently post sums up my life this past month.

This month brings spring soccer which is my husband's busiest work season. On top of programming, referring games, and managing coaches, refs, and volunteers, he will also be coaching Eliana's team. Bo is doing Little Kickers on Fridays, and Malachi is doing the Jr. High league.

In our homeschool this month…

Katy and the Big Snow | FI♥AR with Bo

-Bo is 6 years old-

Proverbs 31:17 says, “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” We decided that was a good verse for Katy in Katy and the Big Snow when we first rowed it. She works hard to plow the city so the city officials can do their jobs. She goes North, South, East and West to shovel each department out. . .

Science Curriculum For Sale

Hi! I desperately need to make room in my new school room and could use the money to put towards next years curriculum, so I'm offering these for sale. These are ALL from my keeper shelves! 
Feel free to make an offer!

Sonlight Science F - Health, Medicine, and Human Anatomy:

Times Alive | Review

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}
Times Alive is a series of "online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way."

The program teaches the memorization of multiplication facts through stories and songs. It is interactive and multisensory. Stories and songs have visual and audio clues, but the program also has kids using their fingers to learn number tricks.

Math facts are one of those things that just have to be committed to memory, so I thought this would be a fun, quick, and easy way to have my children practice the times tables for 20 minutes per day, twice a week. I thought the online aspect with games and quizzes would be motivating and fun for my children, Eliana (10) and Boaz (6).

Homeschool Journal | February 2017

In my life this month… 

cleaning, organizing, and rearranging the house and feeling more energy.

looking forward to celebrating Malachi's 12th birthday later this month.

In our homeschool this month…

Homeschool Mid-Year Update | Boaz

Well, we're a little over half way through the school year now, and I'm due for an update on Bo. I had previously typed up a more detailed post, but I lost it and didn't have the heart to start over. So, here's a quick update on Bo and the 3 Rs.

♥ | Throwback Thursday

It's Throwback Thursday {Blog Style} via Google Photos because I'm currently loving the "Rediscover this day" feature. Here are this week's moments:

Preschool with Bo Little Hands to Heaven Unit 1: Letter A, Adam & Eve, Alligator and Ant
& Eliana at Rim Busters Basketball 

Homeschool Mid-Year Update | Malachi & Eliana

We're half way through the school year and as it is for many homeschoolers, it's a good time to reflect on how our year is going.

Today, I'll focus on school with Malachi and Eliana both because I have homeschooled them together since the beginning.

Homeschool Mid-Year Update | Dylan


Dylan is my bright, charming 16 year old Junior who can make me smile even if I'm beside myself with worry or anger. He started homeschooling again this year after 2 years of public high school (after being homeschooled from Pre-K through 8th grade). He loved the social aspect of public school, but it wasn't working for him academically...

SchoolhouseTeachers.com | A Review

High-quality, Self-paced, Online Homeschool Resources {SchoolhouseTeachers.com}
SchoolhouseTeachers.com is dynamic online resource - like a homeschool co-op with teachers, lessons, and classes. If you are eclectic and love online based learning, you will love the Yearly Membership!

At SchoolhouseTeachers.com, teaching:
  • is online based
  • consists of video, printable materials and eBooks
  • requires internet access and a yearly membership
  • can be used on any device with an internet browser
  • consists of a wide variety of material from core classes to electives

Homeschool Journal | January 2017

In my life this month…

I set one goal for this year which is also my word of the year: healing.

In choosing my goal, I kept the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting principle in mind so that it is:
  • Specific: First, my body through nutrition - GAPS to heal and seal my gut and whole food supplements from Standard Process that feed my body...

The Beginner's Bible | A Review


The Beginner's Bible by Zonderkidz has been a favorite children's Bible in our home since our first year of homeschooling. My kids have loved this Bible and completely wore out our first copy. They carried it around and "read" the Bible stories before they could even read, and now my youngest, Boaz, will have a chance to read Bible stories with his own copy of The Beginner's Bible.

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