In death and tragedy

I am so overcome with sadness and confusion when I think of the darkness and despair of this world. When we struggle with our own sin, when we constantly attempt to teach our children right from wrong, when a loved one dies, when we experience divorce or desperation or tragedy. We see and feel the hurt and have this need to do something about the emotions we're experiencing. We're left with one of three decisions.
We can get mad at the One who created us. The One we know is in control and could put an end to all the hurt. Why is He allowing this? He isn't as loving as I thought He was. When things don't make sense, we find ourselves wanting to somehow push it away with rejection and hardness. 
Or? We can deny His existence completely. This doesn't feel right, so this can't BE right. There must be another answer. Some other "truth." No way there can be a "God" when all of our world is suffering so greatly so often.
But both of these decision…

Gracious Confirmation

Occasionally, God gives me confirmations in the homeschooling of our kids. I have specific memories of times in these many hard years that He has caused different subjects and areas to intertwine in a way that He obviously planned. Once, years ago, we were studying a specific animal (I can't remember what), and everything we ran across that week...or month?...just "happened" to have something to do with that animal. A show the kids watched, a special book section at the library, a cool exhibit at the zoo...
Or maybe one of the kids had been struggling with a specific area in school and then all of a sudden, we met someone who nonchalantly explained or showed them something that miraculously made sense to them. 
This week, it happened again, but in a really, really cool way. 
Since Justus first started learning his numbers, all the way until Josiah learned his, I have consistently used the same little rhyme and method to teach them. 
"Straight line down and then you…

My word for 2018

I haven't had caffeine or gluten (other than a couple things I started eating and then realized had it) in over two weeks. I feel incredible. My body, my stomach, my mind....I feel like a new woman. I'm seeing things more clearly, my thinking is more level-headed, I have energy!! With all of that, I have really been able to do things I enjoy. Decorate my house, take fun pictures with my fancy camera, make videos. I'm enjoying my life.
In 2018, I really want to make it a point to do more fun things with my kids, my family, and my friends. There are so many activities and chores and lessons we need to get through this year, but all of those things can be sprinkled with FUN! We can throw something fun into the mix, we can make the "necessary" fun in and of itself. If I keep this word at the forefront of my mind, I can be sure to make it happen.
I have never considered myself a "fun" mom, but with my newfound energy and clarity, it doesn't even seem li…

Black History

They had been BEGGING me to go here for months. Justus and Titus are both very interested in black history. They devour historical fiction books, nonfiction chapter books, kids' storybooks...anything they can get their hands on about black history. They ask to watch documentaries and movies about anything to do with Jackie Robinson or Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, Jr. 
I don't know what causes kids to grab hold of certain subjects or topics, and I know many things lose their novelty almost as quickly as the curiosity peaks...but this has been an interest for well over a year now. When I mentioned months ago that there was an African American Museum in Dallas, they made it their goal to pester me for a field trip until I found a good day. We finally made it.

This museum is FREE, and we even parked right in front of it for FREE. There was literally only one other group there. Of two people. So maybe it's not the most popular thing in Dallas, but we enjoyed it thoroughly…


Sno Cones after swimming

Selfie Collage


House Tour!!!

It's here!!!
I told family for a long time that I would have pictures of our house for them once we got settled in. This seemed like the easiest way to share those :)
Taking pictures of my house with my iphone camera sure makes me appreciate those professional realtor pictures! ha!! Anyway, I certainly didn't clean up everything for these pictures...I mean, I am definitely not trying to sell this thing anytime soon. We LOVE living here!!!
First up, our school room - 

We don't currently use our school drawers, so they are pushed into a corner for now.  The white boards were a Valentine's, seriously. I actually texted Derek and said, "You know what you can get me for V-Day? White boards." Bam #iamateacher

Living room - 

Seriously, how do they get their pictures so bright?!!!!

I can see from my kitchen into the Living Room, and I LOVE that! The kids never, ever eat at the bar....I mean, it's over the carpet for crying out loud...but I do love how i…