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Typical Year versus This Year

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It is hard to believe we are in our tenth year of homeschooling.  When we began this journey, I never dreamed what our lives would look like.  I found it to be one of the biggest blessings in my life.  My children are much closer than they would have been otherwise.  If this was a typical year, we would either have recently attended or would be preparing to attend a homeschool convention.  Conventions provide the opportunity to find curriculum, get refreshed, and develop a renewed excitement in homeschooling.  However, this is simply not a typical year.  Starting in October of 2015, we were told to prepare for a permanent change of duty station (or PCS if you are familiar with military terms).  We received no official orders but were told this was a definite move.  It took well into January before we received the official orders.  We scheduled our move without having a location to deliver our belongings to when we arrived in Texas.

We did not expect to have the difficulties in finding a house to rent, but God had other ideas.  Everything about this move has been different from our other moves.  This one provided a test of our patience and expectations.  So we officially arrived in Texas on March 10, 2016.  But we did not officially have a home to rent.  On Friday, we went to see two different homes and wound up renting one of them.  We were unable to take possession until the 19th of March due to plumbing issues.  This meant it was March 22 before our belongings were delivered.  As a result, we have spent the past two months trying to settle in and find everything.

This time last year, we had just attended the CHAP convention in Pennsylvania where I had the privilege of celebrating our first son’s high school graduation.  Standing beside my husband and hearing the words he spoke to and about our son at the graduation ceremony was enough to bring me to tears.  It meant one chapter of his life was ending while a new chapter was beginning.  However, it also meant I had to prepare mentally and emotionally to go through this rollercoaster three more times.  I can not begin to imagine what it will be like when our youngest (who is our only daughter) is the one graduating.  For the past year, our oldest has lived at home with us and is preparing to start college courses through a correspondence seminary school.  He plans on becoming a Youth Minister in the future.  Being at home meant we did not have to worry about traveling to get him from college once the school year ended.  Instead, he moved with us and has been blessed to find an opportunity to begin working with the pastor of the local church we found.  He is going to be getting hands-on experience which will be such a blessing.

So instead of preparing to finish the year and making preparations to do evaluations and turn in portfolios and paperwork, we are instead preparing to finish out our current school year.  At the same time, I am trying to prepare for the new school year.  But that is the beauty of homeschooling, we can change and adapt to situations that life hands us.

So what is going on in your world?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in #Children, #dreams, #family, #homeschooling, 2016, Uncategorized

Plans for 2016

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With 2016, comes 366 days of brand new possibilities.  But for our family, it not only brings the normal types of changes but the change of a cross-country move.  We are going to a part of the country I have never been before – not even to visit.  So it is going to be all new to me.

So with this impending change, decisions have to be made.  Some of those decisions involve when we will resume school.  In theory, we could be in the process of moving in less than 30 days.  At the same time, we could be looking at almost 60 days.  If we have only 30 days, we will probably choose to wait until after we move to resume school.  If it is more like 60 days, we will choose to resume school next week.

With a new year, we need to figure out what changes we need to introduce in our homeschool.  With a new area, we will have new possibilities for outside activities.  I am excited to see what new adventures lie ahead.

What is going on in your life today?  I would love tp hear from you.

#Write365  #2016  #ANewYear

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“D” is for

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Today is day 4 of the Ultimate Blog challenge and the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  Today’s letter is “D”.

“D” is for Dennis, who is my fantastic husband.  He is my soul mate.  He truly is the love of my life.

“D” is for daring.  With three sons and one daughter in our home, there is a never a dull moment.  They constantly perform daring stunts and feats.

“D” is for darling daughter.  My youngest child is my only girl and she truly is a darling daughter.  I love watching her grow into the young woman she will become.

“D” is for disciples.  Our family strives to be disciples of Christ.  We are a work in progress, but I pray for God to lead, guide and direct our paths.

“D” is for delight as in Psalm 37:4 as shown above.

“D” is also for dreams – the dreams I have for our children and their futures.  I also have dreams for my husband and me as well.

So these are some of the things that come to mind when I hear the letter “D”  What do you think of when you hear the letter “D”?  I look forward to hearing from you.