Annie’s First Day of School!

Annie is going to a half day Montesorri program with Ms. Polly–an old friend and wonderful lady. Many children (that are 3 years old) cry when they are dropped off on their first day. Annie cried when we picked her up!  Walking to the car, she cried that she had not gotten to do all…

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Jake’s Newspaper

   Jake and I spent most of yesterday working on his newspaper: he is creating a student-run newspaper with some of his friends.  He has written 2 articles for the first issue, to be released in September: “Bears Are Lurking” regarding the potential return to a bear market, and “How is DART Doing?” regarding the…

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Back yard renovations

    After five years, Ron and I are finally in the home stretch on landscaping our back yard!  We put in countless hours this weekend revamping our flower beds: new border, excavating excess buildup, putting in new mulch, taking out failed plants, putting in some new ones, checking and improving the sprinkler system (was…

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Marc Chagall and Wonderful Grandparents

     Marc Chagall t-shirts all around!  Granny has done it again: knowing how absolutely thrilled we were to get to see the Chagall exhibit in Paris (a one time only collection of Chagall paintings from around the world, including from private collections), she came to Dallas bearing Chagall t-shirts for the kids!    …

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Math U See–Our New Favorite Program

    Where has this been all my life?  I love this math program!    When I started teaching our oldest math, he was very quick.  He understood concepts easily and without much demonstration.  So I thought I could teach math.  🙂     Then, the following three children have not been so quick, starting…

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To Homeschool or Not To Homeschool . . .

      A new school is coming to town, and I have been discerning whether to continue homeschooling.         The results: DEFINITELY continue homeschooling!             Even though it is SO MUCH MORE WORK FOR ME, it is the best investment I know how to make.  What we…

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Offering Up Suffering

    I was having a terrible moment.  I could not pray or feel God at all.  I was feeling trapped in despair.     Then, I recalled Jesus on the cross saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  And I too felt forsaken.  Yet that linked me back with Jesus, and…

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House of Mercy

    Years ago we named our home, “The House of Mercy.”      This week, what that meant was to be kind and gentle with poor Jacob when he got the dentist report of his having 3 cavities!     Mercy is helping him throughout the year to care for his teeth well, and then…

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