Wednesday, October 31, 2018

All the Feels~

On September 30th I turned 57. I was feeling emotional and I went and found all my old birthday and mother's day cards from my kiddos. It was wonderful looking through them. I felt all the feels! With four of our children adults and out of the house and my grandson in Florida....  it was our youngest two and Billy.  I missed all of us being together but my teen boys were so kind and sweet. They gave me a card and gift and treated me special ALL WEEK! I heard from all my kiddos and even facetimed with our grandson, Lincoln.

About ten days before two of my dear friends surprised me with a day out! It was wonderful. Very special to me. I will always remember it! We went to lunch and that is where they surprised me... then we went to the nearest bigger city.  We visited Lifeway because we are all about books! We also went to Hobby Lobby and Target. Then we had supper at Steel Magnolias. We dined on the roof! It was such fun!

Just the other day Lysa sent me the Wonky Donkey book! Have you heard of the Wonky Donkey? I can't wait to read it to Lincoln and all of my future grandchildren! When Amber & Mike came for a visit last week they brought me something too.  It isn't the gifts.... but the thought. 

I am so very thankful for friends & family. They are such gifts to me.

Grace~ Teena

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Hope and an Older Age....

Our family is still very involved in Compassion International. Compassion is a non profit that releases children from poverty in Jesus name through child sponsorship. Our family has sponsored since 2008.  This is the 10 year mark.

I shared a couple post below ....  about Sondo.

I want Sondo to alway know that he is loved by people around the world.... but so much more by Jesus.  He lives with his mom who is 64. I want to give them HOPE.

We received our first letter from Sondo~ He goes by Anto! Look at his words of thankfulness for us!

He says, "God has moved your heart and your church friends' to sponsor me. Mama, I pray that God will reward your care for me."   How awesome is that!  HOPE. 

Thank you to all who gave ONE month....   it shows me how one small act of kindness is HUGE!

Welcome to our family, Anto! We love you already. God is faithful. Who ever is kind to the needy honors God~ Prov. 14:31

Grace~ Teena

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Through the Years of Home Schooling~

This is my 28th year of homeschooling.  I only have 3 more years and then.....  this journey will be over. Honestly it makes me sad. I will have 30 years of memories....  of home schooling my half dozen.  Time really does go so fast....
The early years~

Two teens left at home.

but, they do not look like that now....

Here we are now....

Wyatt who is 11th this year and Wesley who is 10th.

We use a hodge podge of curriculum.  Heart of Dakota is our main curriculum. Teaching Textbooks for math and sometimes Apologia for Science, sometimes Abeka Science. Easy Grammar is every year.  You may ask why? But, all of mine score high on English on the SAT.  So if it works why change. Although we are not "get the highest score" people.  My oldest three did a boxed curriculum. Abeka mainly.  They learned the information to pass the test... but not because of their love of learning.

We changed for the youngest three ....  about 9 years ago.  That is when we started with Heart of Dakota. We love it. It is a literature based program.  It is a lot of reading but it all correlates together. Somewhat like a unit study.

Of all our years of home schooling....  I would say ....  laugh more, read together more.... take walks, don't sweat the small stuff. Enjoy it. If your child is struggling with reading or math or handwriting.. IT. IS. OK.  They will get it. It may not be like your neighbor's child or the other 1st grader in the home school group....  or even the other 4th grader....  but they will get it! Do what is right for your family.

ENJOY this time with your children.  It goes way to fast. I say the same thing over and over...  but it needs to be said over and over....

Happy 2018-2019 school year!

Grace~ Teena

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Making Memories Always~ Time is fleeting

Our yearly family vacation to the beach. This year we went to St. Augustine. It was our first time there. Our oldest daughter Mandi and her husband Andrew were not able to make it.

We had such a wonderful time at the beach the first of May. It is always a kick off to our summer. We are now wrapping up our summer and I am a bit sad. Starting my/our 28th year of home schooling in about a week. But, before we do let me show you a few more of our summer highlights!

I love taking pictures. It is a hobby of mine. I love recording our story. Looking back on our memories is such a joy of mine. It brings me such peace and warms my heart, especially on hard days!

All of us except Billy (my husband), oldest daughter, Mandi and her husband Andrew and Dakota's wife, Alex. It is hard getting us all together at one time! Most of the time that only happens on Christmas!

My oldest daughter and her husband do not come on our beach trips. This summer they were able to come for a visit. We all went to Ichnucktnee Springs .....   all but Dakota & Alex. Like I said, it is hard to get everyone together! Mike & Amber came to meet us....  

We've had an amazing summer and I hate to see it end. Lysa leaves tomorrow to return to Johnson University....  for her Junior year. I have enjoyed having her here for the past 10 days. I will miss her. 

Life continues to change. My second son, Dakota moved to Memphis this summer. His wife, my daughter in law, Alex will start medical school this month.  

I love standing back and watching my kids interact with each
other. They all enjoy one another and laugh a lot. My half dozen are almost all adults.  Wes turned 15 last month and
Wyatt is 16. Where does the time go?

I have so many memories....  cherished in my heart. On the hard days I take some time and look at pictures. It always calms my heart and makes me smile. I am so very thankful to God for His mercy and grace.

Our memories stay with us forever. Even when life continues to change and kids become adults and move on to start their own lives....  we always have our memories!

Make memories.... they last a lifetime!

Grace~ Teena