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Blogging A to Z – “M” is for Memories,

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Welcome to my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for today is “M” which is for Memories and Music.

Homeschooling has provided our family with a lot of memories.  From attending homeschooling activities to places we have been to homeschooling conventions we have attended, our family has made lots of memories.  My oldest son, many years later, still talks about his ride in an elevator with Mr. Andrew Pudewa of the Institute with Excellence in Writing.  Our children remember our many trips to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and to the cabins we have stayed at in at Fort Eustis.  We also have memories of particular products we have used and the topics we have studied.

On another trip from Pennsylvania, we took our children and three of their friends with us.  The three young ladies who came with us had never seen the ocean before.  The looks on their faces were priceless, especially when we were able to spot a school of dolphins in the ocean.

One of our most recent memories involves my second word for “M”, which is for music.  Our family loves to sing and for the last two years, we have also enjoyed playing musical instruments.  Our children have picked up various instruments including the flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, Contra-Bass (or Upright Bass), guitar, cello, viola, violin, trombone, french horn, trumpet, baritone horn, and the piano.  I love seeing our children, even at 22, 20, 18, and 16 exploring and discovering musical instruments for themselves.  Moreover, I love how my husband and I are able to play with them.

Through the years our family has sung together both as a family and in various church choirs.  We have even sung over the radio with my husband’s parents and some of his aunts (even though they were completely unaware of the fact until afterward).  The church we attended broadcasted the Sunday Service on a local radio station.  One Sunday, my in-laws and my husband’s aunts had come to Pennsylvania to visit and our immediate family was scheduled to sing a special number.  So we invited them to sing with us.  It was not until after the fact we realized they did not know it would be on the radio.  So it truly is one of our best memories.  Last fall, one of the same aunts came along with my in-laws to Texas to visit us.  Again, we made amazing memories while they were here.

One of my other favorite memories happened when we were visiting North Carolina while we were living in Pennsylvania.  We decided to take the children back to see the ocean.  So we left my in-laws house and drove to the ocean.  When we arrived I cautioned my husband that we needed to stay on the walkway since we did not have any towels with us to clean sand off our feet.  Before my husband and I had barely stepped away from our van, our daughter had run to the end of the walkway, took off her shoes, threw them up in the air and took off across the sand.  Needless to say, everyone ended up walking in the sand.

So what does the letter “M” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

 

 

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Blogging A to Z – “J” is for Joy

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J

Here is my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for this entry is “J”, which is for Joy.  Homeschooling has brought a lot of joy to our family.  We have been able to study interesting topics, meet interesting people, and visit fun places.

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Through the years, I have been able to find curriculum choices that have excited my children, which brought joy to me.  They enjoy having some say in what curriculum we use.

Also, homeschooling has allowed us to meet interesting people.  From homeschool groups, homeschool conventions, and various activities we have participated in, our children have met people to bring joy into their lives.

Finally, we have found joy in exploring interesting places.  Through the years, we have visited state parks, theme parks, homeschool conventions and more that have allowed us to see interesting things such as a Fire Station turned museum in Cincinnati.  We have visited a children’s museum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Plus, we were able to go to Universal Studios Resorts.  Even though we never stepped foot inside the actual park, the pool at the hotel, the river rides, and the City Walk excursions filled our children with joy.

So what does the letter “J” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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Blogging A to Z – “I” is for Instruments,

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Welcome to my next installment for my 2019 Challenge for Blogging A to Z.  Today’s letter is “I”, which is for instruments.  As a result of homeschooling, our children have had an incredible opportunity to learn different musical instruments.

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For example, our oldest son has learned to play the Cello and the Upright Bass.  He has learned a lot and has shown a lot of talent.  Right now, he plays with our homeschool band and strings program along with our local community band.  What makes this really special is that our whole family participates together in the homeschool band program, even Mom and Dad!

Our second son plays the Baritone horn, which comes from him playing the Euphonium with the Salvation Army Corps Band while we were in Pennsylvania.

Our youngest son plays the alto saxophone, the bass clarinet, the flute, and viola and also experiments with the trombone and french horn.  He desires to learn percussion, the oboe, and the piano so far.

 

Finally, our daughter plays the violin.  She loves playing with her brothers.  At home, she can be heard practicing with our youngest son on pieces they want to play together.

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So for our family, “I” is for Instruments.  What comes to mind when you see the letter “I”. I would love to hear from you.

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Blogging A to Z – “F” is for Faith, Friends, and Fun

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

Today is day 6 of the Blogging A to Z challenge – so the letter of the day is “F”.  “F’ is for Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.  Faith plays a major role in our family’s lives.  Before our children were even born, they were prayed for, and after they were born, we dedicated them to God.  We have been blessed through the years to have faithful family members and friends who have walked along beside us.  Even with moving around thanks to the Army Reserves we have been able to stay in touch with our family and friends thanks to email, the Internet and Facebook.

Facebook and the Internet have also provided an amazing community of like-minded believers for me no matter where we move.  We have made incredible friends through our years in the military.  Even though miles may separate us, the memories and friendships are some that will last a lifetime.

Our family loves to have fun.  We enjoy going to places like Busch Gardens in Williamsburg as well as spending time with family and friends.

So what does the letter “F” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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Blogging A to Z – “E” is for Energy, Excitement, and Enthusiasm

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter E

Welcome to day 5 of my Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for today is “E” for Energy, Excitement, and Enthusiasim.  Our four children have an incredible amount of energy.  They remind of the Winnie-the-Pooh character, Tigger, bouncing from one place to another.  They bounce from one thing to another.  Sometimes, when they start talking it seems like they could go on forever.  I often wish I had half as much energy as they have.

“E” is also for excitement.  Sometimes the simplest things excite them.  Recently, my husband and I were out shopping and came across a poster my husband felt our daughter had to have.  So we bought it, brought it home, and presented it to her.  The shrieks of delight she produced made it worth every penny we spent on the poster.  Later, her oldest brother saw the poster and his reaction was equally loud.  Our second son finds excitement when playing online games with his cousins and friends.  Our youngest son finds excitement in playing his instruments, participating in band and arranging musical compositions.  Oh yes, he also became very excited when my husband and I bought a Music Composition book for him when we were out shopping.

Finally, our children demonstrate enthusiasm.  Our oldest son became enthusiastic about the guitar first, then the cello and now it comes from playing his upright bass.  Our daughter becomes enthusiastic when she creates an amazing drawing by hand or digital drawing on her computer.  Our youngest son becomes enthusiastic when he hits a note just right on one of his instruments or when he finds just the sound he is looking for in a musical composition.  Our second son becomes enthusiastic when he finds the perfect book to read or scores well in his game.

So what comes to your mind when you see the letter “E”?

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“D” is for Daughter, Drawing, Decisions, and Determination

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter D

Welcome to day 4 of my Blogging A to Z series.  Today’s letter is “D”, which stands for daughter, drawing, decisions, and determination.  Early in this series, I talked about our three boisterous boys, so today I feel it is only proper to give some time to our only daughter.  She has been a blessing since the day she was born.  And all the other words I am going to talk about today will relate to her in some way.

Our daughter adores drawing.  She has managed to learn a lot just by using books, watching videos online, and observing things around her.  Her artwork never ceases to amaze me.  Check out some of her artwork:

These represent a variety of art styles, art techniques and mediums (including computerized drawing), but show how much our daughter has done.

Once she makes a decision on what she wants to draw, she works hard to achieve it.  And thanks to her father and other extended family members, she has acquired some pretty interesting tools to use including a posable hand.

She also shows a great deal of determination in completing any art projects she starts, regardless of how long it takes her to do so.

So that is my post for the letter “D” today.  What comes to your mind when you see the letter “D”?   If you would like to read all my posts in this series, click here.

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Blogging A to Z – “C” is for Charity, Church, Children, and Calm

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This is my third post in my 2019 Blogging A to Z series, which means the letter for today is “C”.  “C” is for Charity, Church, Children, and Calm.  But I may change the order I discuss these.

First, we have four children living in our house (or at least they are still my children in my mind since I am their mother).  Our three sons are 22, 20, and 18, and we have a 16-year-old daughter.  So needless to say our home is anything but calm at times.  They fill our home with laughter, love, and noise.  And I know I will miss the noise when they all move out.

Also, “C’ is for charity.  Our family loves to use the King James Version of the Bible, and 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite passages.  Here is a graphic for the last verse of this chapter.

1 Corinthians 13_13 (KJV) 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

And in this final verse, we are reminded that the greatest of faith, hope, and charity is charity.  Of course, charity is the same thing as love. So we need to show love for those around us.

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