Noah's Name Photo's 2017

I can hardly believe it is the eve of Noah's 7th birthday!! Like seriously, WHERE has the time gone? I remember after getting his diagnosis, I couldn't fathom what one year out looked like. And here we are, 7 years out?!?! Only by God's grace have I made it to this point!!

I Am Blessed

My kids are pretty amazing! I am thankful for the bonds we've formed over the years thanks to homeschooling. While some days are hard (let's admit it, we all have them), I wouldn't have traded the ability to homeschool them for anything! I've treasured our time together!

Beach Trip Take 2

Earlier this month, I shared how a group of us attempted a day at the beach, but it rained off and on while we were there. The kids and their friends talked about trying to go down again in hopes of having better weather so we recently gave it another shot.

Lightning Lit Review

All my children have a love of reading! Typically, getting them to read for their homeschool literature assignments isn't too difficult. One of our favorite literature and composition company's is Hewitt Homeschooling. They have a variety of Lightning Lit and Comp courses ranging from elementary all the way through high school. We recently had the chance to try out British Christian. This course is typically aimed for grades 10-12.

First Camping Trip of the Year

We have been quite busy so unfortunately our first camping trip got pushed back this year. We ended up staying local. The kids even had their friends come by which made it a lot of fun! We had beautiful weather and were thankful to be able to get away for a few days.


Kicking Off Summer

While it isn't officially summer yet, we've been done with our school work for a little while now. The kids and some of their friends planned in advance a day trip to the beach. With older kids, they all have jobs so it takes a bit of arranging for people to get off work.

Unfortunately the day before the trip, we saw that they were calling for a cool, rainy day. But since everyone rearranged their schedules, we still planned to go the beach and make the most of the day.

K5 Learning - Review

We like to change up our homeschooling methods from time to time. A lot of our curriculum is workbook style but we like to sometimes add in computer programs or online learning. We recently had the chance to try out the online program from K5 Learning.

Christian Heroes: Then & Now - Review

We love reading in our house! Often times, my children read for fun but there are times they need to read books for school. Sometimes those type of books they don't find interesting. We are thankful though for YWAM Publishing and the great variety of biographies that they publish. We recently had the chance to read and review Christian Heroes - C.S. Lewis. This book is part of the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series.

God Provides in Amazing Ways

Last week during some hot weather we were having, I commented to my older kids I wanted to get one of those little plastic pools for my little ones to have for the summer. But right now, I am being conservative and only spending on things we need. I shouldn't have been surprised just how God would provide. I shared about some other ways God has blessed us recently.

The Typing Coach - Review

Typing is one of those things I just take for granted. I've been typing for quite some time at a very fast word per minute pace but this isn't something I would know how to teach my children. Thankfully there are programs out there to teach students how to correctly type (instead of the 2 finger poke-at-the-keys typing). We recently had a chance to try out The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach.

Thin Stix - Mess Free Paint - Review

My kids love doing all sorts of art projects but many of them can get quite messy. As a busy mom, I don't always have time to supervise those projects, especially as often as they want to get the art supplies out. But the folks from The Pencil Grip, Inc. have created the perfect product every house with young kids need, Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors.

Thin Stix

Start of our 2017 Garden


I can't tell you how thankful I am for how much all my kids pitch in around the house! This time of year is crazy busy as the grass needs mowed and there is a lot of work to be done to get our garden going. While I only was able to snap a few pics of my littles helping out today, all my kids have really helped out lately to keep our household going!

This is just the start to our massive garden! We've already been harvesting several pounds of asparagus. We can't wait to haul in the rest of what our garden produces!!



Blessings Abound

This last week has been full of blessings for the kids and I despite living with a lot of unknowns right now.

My mower wasn't working right last Wednesday and my grass desperately needed mowed. I was feeling defeated (and this was after a rough day the previous week where the hot water heater leaked everywhere, my van left me sit while trying to get the new heater, my cell phone died so I couldn't call for help, etc).

ArtAchieve - Review

Over the years, my kids have enjoyed completing a variety of art projects. I typically use some form of curriculum that lays out all the steps as I am not artistic by nature. We have found that we enjoy using video lessons rather than a curriculum that comes from a book. Recently, we were introduced to ArtAchieve, an online art drawing lessons for kids. While they have several levels of lessons, we were given Entire Level II.



Daily Bible Jigsaw - Review


I use my iPhone for all sorts of things but rarely do I use it for something fun like games. I typically am not into any ole random games. Imagine my surprise to recently have been introduced to Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316. That's right, you can do puzzles electronically!

Love Letters from God:Bible Stories for a Girl's Heart Review & Giveaway

So often you hear stories about men of the Bible but you rarely hear about the women from the Bible. Author Glenys Nellist recently added another wonderful book to her Love Letters from God series. She set out to highlight stories of women from the Bible and how they were used by God. She shares stories about 14 different women such as Eve, Deborah, Mary, Martha, etc

Hope in Front of Me

SpeedyPrep CLEP Prep - Review

My oldest daughters are juniors this year in high school, so I admit I am still figuring out things with them. Such as looking past high school and helping them to plan their next steps for the future. I recently became familiar with CLEP and how it can save a lot of money down the road. Specifically, using SpeedyPrep, an online CLEP preparation subscription program designed to help you pass the exam. You can get a detailed view about SpeedyPrep by checking out their CLEP prep.

I Will

My daughter shared this song this week with me and it meant so much! I just wanted to share it here in case there are those of you could also use this reminder & encouragement!


Memoria Press American History - Review

My 8th grade son really enjoys learning about history, especially American History. He finished his history curriculum early this year. Right about the time he finished it, we were give the chance to try out The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set from Memoria Press. They also included 200 Questions About American History Set.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad w/Poppyseed Dressing

It's coming up on one of our favorite times in the world of gardening, the ripening of our strawberry patch!  In addition to making jam and freezing whole berries for smoothies, we also like this refreshing salad. Combining our strawberries with the spinach from our garden, this salad can easily be thrown together with pecans I keep in the freezer.

I know, the thought of spinach and strawberries together sounds a little odd but even my children love this salad!

Spinach & Strawberry Salad w/Poppyseed Dressing

Creating a Masterpiece - Review

The latest curriculum that we added to our homeschool has been by far one of my most funnest reviews this year! We were able to take a subject and make it something for the whole family to do together, me included! The kids and I definitely made some memories and had a blast while completing a variety of art lessons via the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece.

Note, this is not my child but the photo that the vendor asked we share.

I'd Rather Be Your Mommy - Review

Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs ever! I know most of us definitely wouldn't trade this job for anything in the world but sometimes both our kids and us moms need a reminder of that. What better way to remind us that we'd always choose being a mom over anything else then to have a book dedicated to this specific topic! I'd Rather Be Your Mommy from Home School Adventure Co. is the perfect book to sit down with your little ones to cuddle up and read.

I'd Rather Be Your Mommy


Happy 1st Birthday Mia Grace

I literally blinked and before I knew it, my 8th baby turned 1 year old today!! I don't know where the time has gone! (Actually, I do, she's been high needs at time and often only wants mama to nurse a lot due to her laryngomalacia and reflux I'm sure). But that's ok, they are only little for such a short time.

I started her birth story not long after she was born, but again, it's taken me awhile to chip away at it due to not having 2 hands free very often. And the few moments I do find myself alone, I have a lot of other work to stay on top of but hopefully soon I'll get her birth story posted.

Happy 1st Birthday my sweet girl! Your smile & personality has brought us so  much joy and I can't wait to see how God continues to shape and mold your precious life!!!


Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A - Review

This year we started kindergarten with my 5 year old daughter. I remember when I first started homeschooling 12 years ago, I was piecing everything together myself as there wasn't nearly the resources available like there are today. We were recently introduced to Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A from Eclectic Foundations and had a chance to review it.

Money Saving Monday-Gardening & Homemade Laundry Soap

I often get asked how in the world do I save the money I do especially with having a large family on a small income. So I thought I'd spend some Mondays sharing a few tips & ideas on things I do.


St. Patrick's Day Treats

I love making themed food for holidays. One of my more popular desserts for St Patrick's Day is my Minty Pudding Parfaits and Shamrock Pretzels. Both are easy enough to make along with your children!

Minty Pudding Parfait, St Patty's day treat

How to Clean Foggy Headlights

Not long after my daughter bought her car, she wanted to clean it up. One thing she had noticed was the outside casing of the headlights was foggy. She remembered reading that toothpaste can clear up the fogginess, so she decided to try it out.

Baked Spaghetti

Baked spaghetti changes up traditional spaghetti a bit. I like that I can prepare it ahead of time and just pop it in the oven to warm up. It also is a great dish to freeze! In fact, make a double batch one day, have some for dinner that night and put the other half in the freezer for a future meal. I'm all about making things easy when it comes to meals. ;)

And She Bought a Car

Life has been flying by in the blink of an eye! It is SO true what they say, kids grow up SO fast! I can't believe my oldest 2 will be official adults later this year. The twins have been keeping their eyes out to each buy a car. Sarah recently found a local car and after my dad and I researched it and asked some questions of the seller via email, we made time to go check it out.

My CVS Savings for 2016

If you've followed my blog for a little while, you know that I absolutely LOVE shopping at CVS and get TONS of free or low cost deals. The CVS app keeps track of how much money you've saved over the entire year so I wanted to document here how much my daughter and I saved so we can look back to compare it to coming years.

Because we both purchase things, we have 2 cards (she has one and I have one). So that is why you see 2 different savings amounts below, but CHECK IT OUT!!!

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

 Nothing is better on a chilly, winter day than homemade cinnamon rolls. Even better, the copycat recipe to Cinnabon's Cinnamon Rolls! They take a little bit of work but they are oh so worth it! I even took pictures as I went through the process!

The Beginner's Bible Review

My little ones love reading books! We have a vast library of children's classic books as well as a lot of books based on Bible stories. One book that we recently were given to check out is the new updated version of The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz.

The Beginner's Bible