Saturday, May 23, 2015

Homeschool Weekly - On The Road Edition

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In our homeschool... this was not a good week at all in terms of getting schoolwork done! The kids had plans to go camping the second part of the week, so Landon readjusted his work schedule and worked Monday and Tuesday, meaning he only had one evening to look at his studies. He managed to fit in some History, but that's about it. Kennady was at home on Monday and Tuesday, but with so much going on, she didn't get a ton accomplished either. She did work on Geography, Literature, and Math.

We've got the following resources we're working on for upcoming Schoolhouse Crew reviews, but they only got a quick look this week! Over the next several weeks, we'll be sharing our thoughts on DrumsWithWillieStudent Writing Intensive from Institute for Excellence in WritingLatina Christianaand the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal from Apologia. Something new just arrived this week too, so we'll start working on a Bible study from Prasso Ministries next week.

In other news... we are still adjusting to having one less person living in the house. Spencer finished moving the remainder of Harrison's things out of that room, and moving his own things in and getting them organized. This is the first time in their lives that Spencer and Landon have each had their own room!

Harrison moved into a house he is sharing with a couple of other people on Monday, so he was ready for us to bring his furniture. Next job was figuring out which of us was available to make that trip and how soon. And of course, sooner rather than later was preferred! Finally it was decided that Spencer and I would make the trip on Thursday and Friday, since Landon and Kennady were already away on a camping trip. We loaded the truck up on Wednesday night, and then I stood outside and stared at the moon and planets for awhile - it was a perfect night to see Jupiter and Venus!
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Spencer and I left on Thursday morning and drove through light rain most of the way, to arrive at about dinnertime. We met Harrison at Melt Bar and Grilled for our favorite gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and then he had to go to work, so we cooled our heels at the hotel for a few hours. When Harrison was off work, we unloaded the furniture and got to see his place. We met for breakfast at Tim Horton's in the morning, and then Spencer and I headed back home. We had to get back in time for him to be at work in the evening. So it was a quick trip, and I didn't get pictures of Harrison's house, or the radio station, or anything. But we figured it was quite likely that we would be back sometime in the summer or early fall.
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Landon and Kennady had a great time on their camping trip, despite some cold and rainy weather. They camped the first night at Assateague and managed fine, but with the wind and rain overnight and in the morning, their friends' parents decided they might be better off staying in a hotel on Thursday night so that's what they did. I haven't seen pictures or anything like that yet, just heard a few of their stories.

Today we are doing a bunch of cleaning and chores around the house - I am on a little break writing this! Pressure washing the decks and outside of the house and garage, some yardwork, clearing out some stuff from inside the house, and lots of laundry after our few days on the road!

Things that made me smile... seeing Harrison and hearing him on the radio too! And standing around drinking "Dewshine" with him and Spencer after we'd finished moving the furniture in.
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34 Weeks of Clean...
I'm participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays. and this was our second week working on kids' and guest bedrooms. Although some work got done on the kids' rooms, I didn't do much of it!

Spencer's room looks kind of like this now:
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Landon's room was left like this after Spencer took all his stuff out of it. Landon has started reorganizing a bit today.
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Kennady's room still needs more tidying, but believe me, it's much improved! She didn't have time to finish putting things away on Tuesday afternoon.
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 For Week 21,  the assignment is the hall closet. I get to sit this one out, because our hall closet is firmly within my hubby's domain, so I'm not touching it! Never fear though, I still have plenty of work to do in my bedroom and in my master closet, so I will not be idle. I hope. For the details of the assignment, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays. Join in if you haven't already, and check back next week for our progress!


I recommend... Melt Bar and Grilled for lunch or dinner, if you're in Ohio. Actually, make plans to go there for vacation, just so can eat their amazing grilled cheese.



On the bookshelf...


Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson (I might actually finish it this week. At last.)
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Finished Playing By Heart by Anne Mateer, and reviewed it here. You can find other book-related posts on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot... in honor and gratitude, and in memory of all those who have served.
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Weekly Wrap-Up

      For the Display of His Splendor


   
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Friday, May 22, 2015

A Taste of Europe - Burgers Balkan Style!

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It's Taste of Europe time again, and doing burgers Balkan style instead of American style was a super-easy way to include the countries of the Western Balkans in our culinary tour.

The Balkan Peninsula is a mountainous region of Europe at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea, and is home to nine Balkan countries as well as Greece and part of Turkey. There were many tribes in this area, with diverse cultural identities, which has contributed to hostilities in this area over the years. Most of the people belong to the Southern Slavic language group, but are divided by religion and culture. Some were once part of the Austrian Empire and share its Western culture, Roman alphabet, and Catholic religion, while others were part of the Byzantine Empire with its Cyrillic alphabet and Orthodox religion.

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Montenegro
For a time after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Montenegro was united with Serbia, but those two regions divided in 2003, and Montenegro became fully independent in 2006. Its name means 'black mountain' and the landscape is mostly forested mountains.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Since the Muslims had retained control over the Balkans for several hundred years, many of the Slavs adopted Islam. Most of these were in Bosnia. Croats and Serbs made up the majority of the population, however. When Bosnia declared independence in 1991, the Serbian minority refused to join the new nation, and a bitter civil war erupted. Fighting between Serbs, Bosniaks, and Croats continued until 1995. NATO and EU peace-keeping troops were still enforcing the fragile peace for many years following. Bosnia is the northern and central portions of the country, and Herzegovina is the southern portion.

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Croatia
Although the Croatian and Serbian languages are very similar, there is a long history of rivalry and conflict between the two people groups. When Slovenia and Croatia both declared independence from Yugoslavia, there was war in Croatia as the Serb minority wanted independence from Croatia. The UN finally negotiated a cease-fire in sent in peacekeeping troops, and since 2000 Croatia has taken significant steps towards democracy. About a third of the country is forested, and the Dalmatian Coast is home to many beach resorts with its Mediterranean climate and the scenic Dinaric Alps nearby. 

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I saw a post on Global Table Adventure about Balkan Burgers, huge grilled meat patties of ground beef, sausage, and ground lamb; and served on pita bread with a roasted spread on the side. If you're interested in doing it up authentically, here is the original recipe.

I actually had no intention of getting ground lamb though. We like lamb, but it's a little spendy. I figured we could take a page from the Balkan Burger playbook, and just serve our burgers in a pita bread instead of a hamburger roll. Easy. Mine had cheese and spinach and kale in it. My hubby put roasted pepper hummus in his burger. And with the bread to meat ratio favoring the meat, I think this is how we'll serve burgers more often.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Virtual Refrigerator - An O'Keeffe Style Flower

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May's Art Challenge: Flowers
Did you have many April showers where you live? In May, we'll be looking for artwork that features Flowers! Please continue to share any art posts on our Virtual Fridge as well - we love seeing all of them!

Kennady is on a camping trip this week, so I pulled this out of the archives. She did this several years ago in a co-op class, and it is one of our favorite pieces. The class looked at the artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe and then did these flowers in chalk, imitating her well-known style.



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Taste of Europe - Hungary (Chicken Paprika)

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When we started our Taste of Europe project, we had this crazy idea that we'd be able to do a recipe every week or so through the school year. Now as we're nearing the end of the year, I am wondering what on earth I was thinking when I came up with that expectation?! Needless to say, we have not kept up the pace - not even close! But I dusted off the list of possible recipes I'd collected and set it with my grocery list and menu plans (such as they are) and we're going to see if we can get a flurry of international foods activity going again.

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A long time ago, we studied the country of Hungary. The Hungarian people are descendents of the Magyars who invaded central Europe in AD 896. Their language is Uralic, associated with the Ural Mountains between Europe and Asia. The country of Hungary lies south of the Carpathian Mountains, taking up most of the Great Hungarian Plain. The plain is useful for pasturing and for crops, so Hungary's farmland is some of the best in Europe. The capital city, Budapest, lies on the Danube River at the foot of the mountains. It is the fourth-largest city in Europe, with more than two million residents. 

Paprika is a spice made from dried chili peppers, and is commonly associated with Hungarian cuisine. In other parts of the world, the same spice is known as pimenton. The plant used in the Hungarian version has been grown in Buda since 1529, and Hungary is a major source of commonly used paprika, which comes in many varieties. Hungarian paprika is often specified in recipes, and is often preferred for its bright red color and robust flavor. 

I've made Chicken Paprika several times over the past year or so, but let me be the first to say it is not a photogenic meal. It's just not. I've tried, but there's no way to make it look attractive. And I thought I looked bad in pictures...

This first one is probably the best, but really doesn't do justice to how good it is.
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Still want to try it? I looked up recipes in a few different places, and mostly followed the one given at Global Table Adventure. It's simple, and I prefer simple. You really can't go wrong with Chicken Paprika, unless you try to take pictures.

Chicken Paprika
3-4 pounds chicken pieces (I have used bone-in thighs, boneless thighs, boneless breasts - all work well, so it's just a matter of preference!)
2 tbsp oil, give or take
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 cup chicken broth or stock
2 tbsp paprika
1-1/2 cups sour cream

Brown chicken pieces on all sides in hot oil. Remove the chicken and keep warm, and pour off all but about 1 tbsp of the fat and oil remaining in the skillet. Brown the chopped onion. Add the paprika and chicken broth to the skillet, then return the chicken pieces. Season lightly if you wish. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and falling off the bones. Remove chicken to a serving platter, and whisk sour cream into the cooking liquid. Season again to taste, if necessary. Pour sauce over the chicken. Serve warm over buttered noodles.  Enjoy, but don't take pictures.

 
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Exploring Ephesus - City of Apostles (A Schoolhouse Crew Review)


I am fascinated by Biblical archaeology, but I've never been to any of the sites mentioned in the Bible, nor does it seem likely that I'll go any time soon. So I have to do my sight-seeing through DVDs, and was especially glad to review Exploring Ephesus from FishFlix.com.
FishFlix.com Review
FishFlix.com is an online store dedicated to making Christian and family-friendly films available at great prices. They have thousands of titles that include drama, apologetics materials, and children's titles. The company is owned by Lukas Media, a family owned business seeking to honor God with hard work, good service, and quality products. With all that to recommend them, I have started browsing through the online store, and there really are a ton of titles to choose from!

We were given the DVD Exploring Ephesus to review. This DVD has a running time of about one hour, and the viewer is invited to come along on a tour of the city of Ephesus and some of the surrounding areas in Turkey. Your hosts are historians Dr Andrew Jackson and Dr. Mark Wilson. Together they explore the excavated sites in Ephesus and they discuss its importance in the life and ministry of the apostle Paul and the early church. They also travel to nearby sites, including the Isle of Patmos, where the apostle John was exiled and received the Revelation.

Ephesus was the center of Paul's ministry in what was then known as the province of Asia, and he spent three years there, so several significant events in his life took place there. It was home to Temple of Artemis, and this is where the riot mentioned in Acts happened. Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians from Ephesus, and tradition holds that John wrote his gospel and epistles in Ephesus. It is also believed that John spent his last days in Ephesus after returning from his exile on Patmos.

Along with the views of Roman theatres, pagan temples, aqueducts, streets and gates that date back to the time of the early church, Dr Jackson and Dr Wilson provide commentary explaining the significance of the sites and references in the New Testament. For example, the seven churches in Revelations are all within the same area, and what is known about life in each of those cities gives insight into the rebukes and commendations given to each church. And the Isle of Patmos - it's now a Greek tourist destination, but during the time that John was exiled there, it was quite bleak, with only a very small population and a Roman garrison. Even that was news to me - I guess somehow I pictured John being dropped off on a deserted island! We also saw the remains of a home that would have been very like the one Aquila and Priscilla lived in, and was mentioned in Paul's letters, where he sends greetings to or from a "church that meets in their house."

The Bonus Features included further discussion of the book of Ephesians, the seven churches mentioned in Revelations, and a segment on the lessons Christians can learn today from those letters.

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What we liked best:

  • I liked that the two experts essentially carried on a conversation with each other throughout, and that's how all the information was imparted to the viewer. Yes, it was a little contrived at times, but it didn't feel wooden or overly scripted, so I preferred it over a detached lecture.
  • I loved seeing arches, caves, and parts of buildings that had been there since the apostles had ministered in those locations, and it gave wonderful context to the stories and events mentioned in Acts and in the epistles. 
  • The combination of travelogue and discussion of Scripture kept my attention throughout - sometimes on the edge of my seat! Really! Both men read directly from the New Testament often when discussing particular passages, and the references are always given in a sub-title.
  • From time to time additional information on the sites is given in sub-titles as well.

Our bottom line: I really enjoyed this insightful travelogue to Ephesus and Patmos, and I think there's so much information to take in that it's worth viewing a few times to catch it all. It's a great addition to the video library for anyone interested in Biblical history or archaeology, and I think it would be valuable to students when they are focusing on the history of the early church.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Middle School Monday - Nearing the Finish Line

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Welcome to Middle School Monday! For those of us following a traditional school calendar, the end of the year is in sight. It's exciting and encouraging in many ways, but it can also bring some anxiety, especially if our middle school student will be a high school student next year. I'm definitely looking forward to next year, and my mind keeps drifting to plans for Grade 9 (and Grade 11/12 for my son), but let's face it - we've got to finish this year first! And we've got to finish well.

Deal with Distractions - This is the thing that derails our plans more than any other. As warmer weather and longer days come around, our calendar starts to fill up with cookouts, campouts, grad parties and the like. It becomes tempting to let schoolwork slide because we want to enjoy those fun things. I like to think we can have fun and relax our schooling expectations but still stay on task. We try to plan our weekly schedule to accommodate the breaks for having fun, but with an eye to how we'll adjust so that we don't neglect school. Later this week, for example, my kids are planning to go camping, which will mean a couple of days that they won't be doing school. So are they willing to put in some extra time on the days before they leave, and on the weekend when they get back? If we can plan to double up math lessons on Monday and Tuesday, then Wednesday and Thursday can be freed up.
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What MUST be done? - I like to check the boxes and get through the whole book. It's the same mindset I have when I go to a sporting event - I don't understand how people leave before the end of the baseball game or hockey game, no matter what the score is. If I paid for a ticket to see a hockey game, I want to see all three periods of the game, and overtime too! And when I chose this Science curriculum, I expected that we would do the entire curriculum. Realistically though, sometimes close IS good enough. Public schools rarely finish the entire textbook. See what needs to be done. Lay it out and make a plan to cover what must be done for you to consider the course 'Complete' and see if there are parts of it that can legitimately be set aside. Either do them later on a more relaxed schedule, or skip them entirely. Kennady isn't finished her entire Science text for this year, but she has completed two related unit studies that we reviewed, so there are definitely chapters in the text that we can now leave out (or just skim) because it's been covered. She has a couple of books left in her Lit reading list, but she's read lots of books that weren't for school, so I'm going to say "Good enough" when she finishes the book she's in now. Besides, the time might be better spent working on Math, where she's behind the pace.

Prepare the Portfolio - Our state requires that someone from our oversight group looks through a sample of student work to ensure that we did, in fact, cover the subject areas and educate regularly over the year. It's actually easy and fun, because in our group, the people looking at our portfolios are fellow homeschool moms and a friends. We do keep each other accountable, but we also learn from and encourage each other. Sometime in the next several weeks, I will pack up a crate of work samples and meet with my reviewer. We usually 'meet in the middle' since we live on opposite ends of our county, so it means getting a sample of schoolwork together that gives a good overview of what we've done, but doesn't require me to hire movers to carry it all!  Going through and selecting portfolio items, deciding what we'll keep, what we'll toss at the end of the year, and what we can pass on to other homeschoolers is part of the end-of-year process, and one that helps us see what we have already done, and what we should prioritize before that appointment.
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 Rewards! - Celebrate completed work with the campouts or parties, or by a quick outing for milkshakes, or whatever is a treat for me and my kid! Funny how when I promise we'll go out for ice cream when Kennady has finished the assigned Geography work, she gets a little extra motivation to finish sooner rather than later!
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Homeschool Weekly - Mother's Day Edition

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Yes, Mother's Day was last weekend, but I couldn't come up with a better title for this week's summary. Plus the week did start on Mother's Day...

In our homeschool... progress made in all subjects, I think. Landon is plugging away faithfully at History, Grammar, and Drafting. He works on Algebra as he is able, and on his DrumsWithWillie as much as possible. He had trouble getting any Drafting done this week, but a couple days ago he asked me for a tape measure because he needed to plan how to rearrange furniture in his room. I suggested he get some graph paper and make a scale drawing like he's learned in the Drafting course to help him make the decisions - and he did it! We're having a hard time getting Composition done, but we shall persevere. We've already discussed the fact that some schoolwork will need to continue through the summer.

Kennady is pretty much finished with the Weather on the Move unit study we reviewed, so now she will go back to her regular Science curriculum and we'll see if we can't finish that up by the end of the month. That may be ambitious though. She's on her last book in Literature, and has been working away at Geography, Math, and Grammar. We've added Fix-It Grammar as part of our review of Student Writing Intensive from Institute for Excellence in Writing, and we really like it so far!  Other Schoolhouse Crew reviews we are working on include: Latina Christianaand the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal from Apologia. In fact, we filled in the first pages of the journal after visiting the CAF Red Tail Squadron's traveling Rise Above exhibit last Saturday. (Learn more about that in my post Middle School Monday - Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen)
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Not much formal art is getting done right now, but Kennady has been 'doodling' quite a bit:

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Paris is always a good idea. ~Audrey Hepburn
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In other news... Last Saturday - after I posted my weekly summary! - Kennady and I visited the RISE ABOVE exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen. As part of the Civil Air Patrol, Landon worked at the event all day. directing traffic in the parking lot, working flight line security, and moving planes.
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Saturday evening, we went out for dinner as a family, for Mother's Day, and also as a last chance to go out with Harrison before he moved away. He got a new job at RadioU so he has moved out, and he left on Sunday. On Mother's Day, can you believe that? Great timing, huh.
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The rest of the week was non especially eventful, except for Friday night. Landon went to our homeschool group's Junior Senior Banquet. I have to admit, he cleans up rather nicely, as do all the young ladies and gentlemen - don't you agree?
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I don't know what drew their attention off to the side, but I thought it made an interesting pose.
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The parents make the whole group pose for pictures outside the restaurant. Some of these students don't often dress up like this, so we have to make sure we can prove that these boys did wear ties and these girls did wear dresses and high heels!
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After dinner, they all go to the host family's home, change into casual clothes, and have a time of devotions, worship, and then fun - and more food!

Things that made me smile... this very silly photo we did for Mother's Day...
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and this serious one too.
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34 Weeks of Clean...
I've been participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays, and this past week we were cleaning bedrooms. Kids' rooms, guest rooms, or whatever. We got plenty done, but I can't personally take much credit for the work! Spencer moved into Harrison's old room, so he did most of that work.
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And Landon had to reorganize some stuff in his room, now that he has it all to himself. He'll have to move more things once we know which pieces of furniture Harrison will need and we get those out of our house and into his.
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Kennady actually has been cleaning up in her room too, but I didn't get pictures of that for this week's update. My room is affected as well - the dresser that Harrison had been using is being moved into my bedroom and changed out for one we have. We're in the middle of moving the clothes now - seriously, right now the extra dresser is in the middle of my room, and I am taking a break from that job to get this posted!

During Week 20, I think we are continuing with the kids or spare bedrooms. It's raining pretty hard right now so my satellite internet isn't cooperating, or I'd check for sure. For details, and to see if I guessed right, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays and join in if you haven't already!

On my blog this week... 

Weather On The Move - Once-A-Week Unit Study Review
Virtual Refrigerator - Chalk Pastel Sunrise
Mother's Day Photojournal
Middle School Monday - Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen


On the bookshelf... 
Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Playing By Heart by Anne Mateer
Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson (I might actually finish it this week. At last.)
Laiden's Daughter by Suzan Tisdale

No new reviews, but you can find other book-related posts on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot... 
Landon bought me this Sinatra CD for Mother's Day.
Homeschool Weekly - Mother's Day Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


Weekly Wrap-Up

    

  
This post is linked at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and at Home to 4 KiddosI'm also sharing on the Homeschool Mother's Journal at Managing Your Blessings.

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