Posted in family, Holidays

Thankful for our Thanksgiving



So this was our first Thanksgiving spent west of the Mississippi.  We had a quiet time at home with our children and my mom along with one of my husband’s co-workers.  In typical holiday fashion, we fixed too much food.  We had a true southern Thanksgiving feast including turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, olive tray, green beans, collard greens and black-eyed peas.  My husband even prepared cornbread, and I prepared dressing as well because I fixed more stuffing than our turkey could hold.  We all indulged so much, we skipped dessert.  This is the first time in many years, I did not watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  We have not been watching a lot of live television.  Instead, we have been watching Netflix, Amazon Prime, Feeln, and the Dove channel on my Roku.  I find  the lack of commercials refreshing.

One of the main reasons I watch a parade is to see the bands.  But it seems that lately, the networks prefer to show their commentators more than the actual parade.  I know how much time, effort and money these bands exert to get to a parade like the Macy’s parade, so I find it insulting that the channels prefer to show their own people or other celebrities more than those who are actually in the parade.  So I turned it off.

The best part of the whole day was spending time with our family.  Since our oldest is 20 years old and our youngest is 14, I know these family holidays with everyone home will fast fade into memory.  So I treasure these moments and am thankful for my family and my children.

Here are some pictures of our feast.

Here is some of the finished food on the counter.


 Here is our table.


 Here is our turkey after cooking and with the stuffing before my husband cut it up.


 Here are the deviled eggs we made.


 Here is the black-eyed peas with ham.


 Here are the collard greens with ham.


 And finally here is the turkey before cooking or stuffing.


 For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in #blogging, #homeschooling, writing

Such a Thrilling Opportunity


I am still around for the 365 day Writing project.  Some of my writing has been done here, while other times I have utilized my other blogs or other writing opportunities.

But today I want to write about something thrilling that just happened.  Recently, I saw a friend announce applications were being accepted for the 2017 Homeschool Review Crew.  I have  received notifications about the Crew in the past but decided not to apply.  This year, I decided to take the plunge and apply after chatting about it with my friend.  I have followed several blogs who were written by members of the Crew.  I loved reading the posts talking about the variety of products the members were reviewing.

I am just thrilled with the opportunity to be part of this group.  Words can not begin to describe how I felt as I completed each blank of the application.  Doubt and fears stole their way into my mind, but ultimately I submitted my responses and the waiting began.  Stay tuned for part 2 of the saga.


Posted in #AmazingFamily, #Children, #family, #homeschooling, #Write365, Homeschooling

A Lesson In Civic Responsibility


Ever since my oldest son was born, every year, either my husband and I or just me alone would take our children along with us when we went to vote.  I felt it was important for them to learn about the process and the importance of voting.  We need to let our voices be heard and counted.  Most years, we went as a family.  Ever since we started homeschooling, I count it as an educational field trip.

Two years ago at the midterm election, our oldest son became old enough to vote.  This year our second son was going to be eighteen in time to vote in the election.  Back in March, we moved from Pennsylvania to Texas.  Upon arriving, my husband and I were registered to vote when we changed our drivers’ licenses from one state to the other.  Then a few months later, my mom and two oldest sons were registered to vote.

So yesterday afternoon, we  loaded everyone up into the van and drove to the voting location, even our youngest two who could not vote.  Upon arrival, I saw a line of people and expected we would have to wait.  But, they were in a different line from the one we needed to be in to actually vote.  Because nothing is ever simple for our family, I had hidden my second son’s voter registration card from myself.  So I quickly said a prayer that he would have no problem.  I stepped up to sign in first. Once I signed in, I asked about our second son.  The lady informed me she would use his identification information to look him up.  My daughter, our youngest who is not a crowd person, chose to walk with me.  We were taken to the voting booth and the lady made sure I knew how to use the machine.  I began the voting process while my daughter watched.  My husband and oldest two sons were each shown a booth in turn.  Finally, our youngest son decided to stay with my mother.  I finished first and exited the voting area with our daughter.  We waited in the hallway for everyone else.

My husband was the next to exit the room.  Then our oldest son exited followed shortly by my mom and youngest son.  So  all that was left for us to do was wait for my second son to exit.  I suggested my oldest son take the keys to our van so my mom, youngest two and himself could get settled into the van.  As they headed to the exit, my husband and I waited for our other son.  I could not figure out what was taking him so long.  About the time I was ready to look back at the voting room, I saw him.  Uninformed by the person instructing him on the proper voting procedures, he exited the same door we had entered the room.  So we did not see him come out since he went and sat on a bench to wait for us.

The funnier or scarier thought is when the next election rolls around, my other two children will be old enough to vote.  I pray we have instructed them in the way they should go so they will take this responsibility seriously.

So if you have children, do you take them with you to vote?

#ivoted #familyouting



Posted in #Children, #Teaching, #Write365, Math, Uncategorized

Math, Math and More Math


So I was looking back through my past posts and I realized I have been rather neglectful of this blog.  So I plan on changing that starting today.  The first topic I want to cover is math.

I have three sons: ages 20, 18, and 16 plus a daughter who is 14.  With the exception of the 16-year-old, they somehow all missed getting a love of math from their father and me.  It seems ironic to me with having a mom who has actually taught math in the Public School System, that some of that knowledge and love would have been passed on to them.  Maybe that is why only the 16-year old has it (seeing how I was actually teaching math when I was pregnant with him).

But the facts remain the rest of my children do not love math!  So through the years, we have tried a variety of math products.  Some we have loved.  Some I have been the only one that loved them.  Others have been miserable failures.  Over the next several days, I will share what has worked and what has not worked for our family or even for particular children.

What is working for you right now?  I would love to hear from you.