Bessie’s Pillow {Review}

You guys know how much we like to read around here. Some more than others, but during our school days we read a LOT! We were sent a copy of the book Bessie’s Pillow published by Strong Learning, Inc. I was actually pretty excited to read this book as it is based on a true story and we don’t read near enough of those!

Bessie's Pillow

The book starts the story of then 18yo Boshka Markman as she is leaving her home in Lithuania and heading to America by herself in 1906. Her family is seeing her off and a family friend asks her to take a pillow to her son, should she meet up with him in America.

No, the story isn’t all about a pillow, but it is woven through the book here and there. I thought it would be good to mention about the pillow since it is in the title after all.

The first few chapters are about her trip to America…there are many things mentioned in these chapters. The stops she makes, how she feels about the way other people are traveling and just her general thoughts and experiences.

She makes it to America and then has to figure out housing, a job as well as learn the language. She overcomes quite a bit throughout this whole book. It is quite impressive actually. I don’t want to say too much though, because I can’t say certain things without giving other things away, it is a pretty interconnected story! I will say she is very lucky to have had friends and family in America already before she left to go there.

Sometimes the book focuses on one particular time in her life and other times the book skips a couple years into the future. As I was reading the kids joked how fast time was flying when that happened, but I know that to fit in all that told in a story you want to include the important parts and not all of the parts…

The author of the book is Linda Bress Silbert who is actually the granddaughter of the main character in the story! She even says that the events are all true! There really was a pillow!

I like at the end of the book there is an afterword that explains what has happened throughout time with the characters in the book. I love when books do that as you tend to get close to book characters like this, at least I do! And to read what happened to them in their lives gives a sort of closure.

Also at the end of the book are plenty of family photos! These are fascinating. I am one to love looking at old photos in general, so looking at these after reading about the family was really neat.

There was a lot of research done in writing this book too, as you can imagine. At the very end of the book is a section called Bessie’s America. It has different sections that are very informative! The first section talks about when the largest amount of Eastern European Jews would come to America and the traveling that it entailed as well as the general feeling in that time. The book includes a short section but there are more details online in an interactive multimedia guide that is filled with so many things!

Other sections in this part of the book are Immigration Resources, in case you wanted to look up family members or read other immigrant stories as well as ways you can see a better idea on how life was for immigrants then.

There are sections about famous people, food and recipes, health, movies, music and dancing, as well as musical theater. There is a little information about New Rochelle, which is where Bessie aka Boshka ended up. News in that time period is also featured, parks and beaches in the area, presidents, radio, social movements and more photos..

With this little section as well as the online material, you could definitely make this into a unit study or something…there are so many things that you could include! History, Geography, etc!

While the story didn’t end at her dying, which I am thankful for, it did tell the majority of her life. I found it quite fascinating and I will definitely keep this book forever. My kids all enjoyed it and I would imagine the age range for this book is huge! I read this aloud as part of our school day as they seem to enjoy that.

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Creating a Masterpiece {Review}

Ever since we have started homeschooling we have included some form of art throughout our days. There really hasn’t ever been a ton of instruction though, just some random things I have found here and there. I was glad to try out the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece.

Creating a Masterpiece

What we lacked before was someone that could teach to adults as well as to kids, and that is something that Sharon Hofer does very well in my opinion. While she was able to teach to young kids, nothing she said was ‘babyish’ to where you felt embarrassed as an older person.

With the Monthly Plan, we had access to all projects within all levels. I thought a bit on what I thought would be best for the kids to do first. I came up with the idea that I would give them each a week to do a drawing type project. It could be pencils or colored pencils..and they could pick the project. Then we could do something together as a family the following weeks. There were a few different drawing projects offered so I was curious as to what they would pick!

Nobody wanted to be identified as to which one they did, which is fine.. I think they all did a great job! I am happy to just show of their work!

The first project was from Level One and it was the Sunflower in pencil. This just needed some nice drawing pencils, a pad of paper and an eraser. Easy enough, we had that on hand! I had ordered some good quality drawing pencils and colored pencils a few months ago.

Sharon started the lesson not jumping into the sunflower, but showing the student that you really need to look at the item you are drawing. She used the example of a shell and that most of her students would just draw the main shape and call it a shell. She insisted that you have to look closer to really be able to draw it correctly. She then used the example of a kettle so that you could understand that things aren’t always straight even if they appear to be. It was also another lesson in paying attention to the things that you are drawing. Last was a lesson in drawing a duck but without lifting your pencil! That really helped in planning on what you could draw in one place before moving along to the next.

As we get to lesson 4, she starts teaching on starting the sunflower. She reiterates that every drawing is it’s own and that people see things differently and draw things differently…that it’s ok if it doesn’t look like hers. She gives tips throughout each lesson and mentions often that it is ok to stop the video if you need to catch up or look at more detail. Also included is a larger picture of her drawing that you can use for reference.

Even with all of the practice drawings this lesson still only took up our given week per child, I think it turned out great!

Creating a Masterpiece - sunflower

The next project was with colored pencils. This was also from level 1. Honestly, I have only ever seen colored pencils used lightly, not so dark, so I was very interested in the process of this one! It did look like paint when it was done!

Creating a masterpiece - fish

I like how she went into details on layering the colors…this was done with only a few different colors and none of those colors were orange!

The last project was portraiture. This project was pretty thorough so it used up more than just the one week. We typically only do art on Wednesdays and Fridays and for only a small part of the time, but it was nice that everything was explained so thoroughly! There were plenty of opportunities for practicing this project.

First was a simple drawing of a man. Then changing that into a woman. Then changing it back to a man, or whatever..

Creating a masterpiece - portraits

Then we went to a teenager..She mentioned you could change this to a girl easily as well..

Creating a masterpiece - portraits

Lastly was a little girl. This project is from Level 5. Thankfully there was no changing this to a boy because this final project went into a lot more detail than the previous projects in this lesson. I like how she builds on each part of the lesson so that the final project is easier as well as makes more sense.

Creating a masterpiece - portraits

All of the kids had a great time with working with these lessons! Unfortunately I got a wicked toothache and we never got to finish with our group projects. But once I get it fixed we will be picking out the next project for us. I am thinking of something with acrylic paint as our neighbor is a wonderful artist that uses acrylic paints…

As I was watching these videos myself, I was impressed with how she explained what she was doing, not just suggesting that you do what she does. I am looking forward to doing the next project together with all of the kids!!

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I hate toothaches!

I hate toothaches!

I went to the dentist in February… All clear! Yay! I even get comments that my teeth are good and she wishes everyone was as easy for cleaning…

And then I get an awful toothache. Here I am thinking that I got a tortilla chip stuck in there somewhere…

Nope.. Turns out one of my very very very old cavities that I had filled had issues and now I need a root canal. :sigh:

I hate toothaches!

This will be my second one.. The first one happened shortly after we moved here.

And he can’t see me until next week. So I have antibiotics and pain pills to last until then. I am trying not to take the pain pills very often but dang it hurts!

Dental issues are like my kryptonite.

Thankfully I have gotten used to going in for my cleaning every six months like a good and faithful adult…so it isn’t as bad.. But I had three children with no pain meds and here I am freaking out over a toothache. Whatever..

I can’t wait to get it fixed and will try to not use the whole bottle of pain pills. He said the antibiotics will help with the pain once they start working..

I hate taking pills in general but especially this combo. Ugh.

Looking forward to next Wednesday! Kinda. Sorta. Yeah.

I hate toothaches.

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Walking with the Waodani {Review}

You guys know how much I love doing unit studies… I was definitely excited to check out an early version of Walking with the Waodani, the newest study from Home School Adventure Co.

Walking with the Waodani

What I love about unit studies is the ability to make them your own. This particular one has many opportunities to make this a more involved study! It isn’t too involved to where you have numerous daily items to do, but it is almost an open ended study where you can go off on many different courses.

I received the first two lessons of this unit study to check out. We are all enjoying the fact that it has to do with real missions and just has some unique content.

The beginning introduces you to the people in the story, we all liked knowing that this really happened! It mentions how the study came to happen as well. I don’t know about you, but I like knowing the behind the scenes of why/how something came to be.

As you start the unit study, there is a little reading. It is almost like an introduction to an area that you can then draw ideas from. As you keep reading, there are different sections; People and Places, Meals and Markets, Animals and Agriculture, and Worlds and Worldview. Just within those few categories you can make this unit study as much as or as little as you want!

The reading is pretty easy to read which helps for when you get to the worksheets. The worksheets in this unit study are a part of the Travel Journal and there are a few in each section; Notebook pages, Mark Your Map (or Ministry), Rate the Recipe, Draw an Animal, and Creativity Unleashed.

Walking with the Waodani

That’s an example of what the worksheets look like from the first lesson.

When we did this particular lesson we really drew it out to a couple of weeks. We were really able to look at the map of Ecuador and note some characteristics of the general area and then we were able to dig deeper into the Shell Mera that was mentioned in the lesson. The next lesson also talks about this area, so it is nice to really get some of that information and background. The page with the map also has questions from the reading that you can fill out.

There is a section on food that was talked about.. In this part it happened to be grubs. Now, we get a lot of grubs here and sure, the birds are quite happy with them, but we couldn’t imagine eating them…ew. ha! On the coordinating worksheet, you draw the food item and then answer some questions about it.

One of the favorite sections of this study were the animals. Figures, right? This worksheet had you draw an animal. We do a lot of drawing on a typical homeschool week, so this was something they looked forward to. Everyone happened to pick the black panther this time around. I mean, we have three cats so I guess it was an obvious choice!

The last section is more of a creative writing exercise. There are some clips and phrases that you can then go off of to make your own story.

So with all of these different sections we were able to delve deeper into all of them and really make it a very thorough unit study for our family filled with all of the things that we were all interested in! Since we have only used the first two lessons, we are looking forward to seeing what the rest holds in store!

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Saturday snippets

It has been a while since I did a Saturday snippets post so I figured, why not? I have a to-do list that is really quite long, but that can be ignored for a little bit, right? I also have a cat on my lap that I don’t want to bother, so y’all know how that goes. Well, those of you that have cats. 😉


If you don’t know what a Saturday snippets post is…I basically just list some of the interesting/cool/funny things that I have seen on the internet this week. Because sometimes you just need a break at looking at random stuff…get a drink, hot or cold, and hang out for a few! 🙂

  1. This story ends not in the way that I thought it was, but wow… :sigh:
  2. All of my kids are teens.. I agree with this post on teens. I am enjoying the teen years much more than what society has me expecting I would…
  3. This teen has a syndrome that causes him to not stop growing. Finding size 28 shoes was expensive. Check it out..
  4. I love nature. And beautiful lighting. This combines the two wonderfully. 🙂 All in Alaska.
  5. I love the idea of sending these boxes to people I care about. What a great idea!
  6. Want to know the secret to a happy life? You may already know it…
  7. I remember seeing this a year or so ago, but it has resurfaced. School remember them, right? Check out what they look like in other countries.
  8. It’s amazing what happens when people think of kids and their families. And yay, to this school principal in Raleigh!
  9. I know duct tape fixes all sorts of things, but what it does here is quite inspiring!
  10. And I know almost everyone saw these two boys wanting the same haircut

Sooo, those are my ten things for this week. Not as much funny haha stuff this go around, but I guess it changes all the time. We will see what I see next time.

I hope everyone had a great week and for those of you that are changing time this weekend, I’m sorry. I still can’t get why we are still doing it.. I say, change 30 minutes and keep it that way forever. 😉

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What I read in February…

What I read this month

I barely squeezed in my last book of February on the last day of the month…ha, love it when that happens! There was a time that I thought I would only read one book for the whole month, with it being a short month and all, but alas, I got a couple more in there. Have you read any great books lately? I always love recommendations! Anyway, here is what I read in February…


The Hidden Letters of Velta B. by Gina Ochsner – Young Maris has been summoned to his mother’s bedside as she nears the end of her life; she feels she must tell him her version of their family history, the story of his early life, and the ways in which he changed the lives of others. Maris was born with what some might call a blessing and others might deem a curse: his very large, very special ears enable him to hear the secrets of the dead, as well as the memories that haunt his Latvian hometown. Nestled in the woodlands on the banks of the Aiviekste River, their town suffered the ravages of war, then the cold shock of independence. As a boy, Maris found himself heir to an odd assortment of hidden letters; a school project provided the chance to share them, forcing the town to hear the truth from the past and face what it meant for their future.   With “luminous writing [and] affection for her characters” (New York Times), Gina Ochsner creates an intimate, hopeful portrait of a fascinating town in all its complications and charm. She shows us how, despite years of distrust, a community can come through love and loss to the joy of understanding — enabled by a great-grandmother’s legacy, a flood, and a boy with very special ears.

What I thought: This was an odd book for me to read. It took me a while to figure out the writing style and honestly, I kept imagining Maris as a girl name, lol. It was a slow read for me until I got into the writing style and then it was ok. I liked it ok, but it was just ok for me..


Crosstalk by Connie Willis – In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal – to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely – in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

It is almost more than she can handle – especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love – and communication – are far more complicated than she ever imagined.

What I thought: Ok, sure this is kind of cheesy, but I really enjoyed the way this book was written. I was finding myself not being able to put the book down just to see what happened next. I gave it an extra star just for that.. I read this book quickly just so my heart would slow down. lol


Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger – Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and hair don’t suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There’s no more sadness in her life; she’s bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who’s still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

What I thought: This book was really odd. I enjoyed the writing style.. The character was a little odd but she grows on you. I really don’t know what to say about this book but I liked it well enough.


Speaking American* by Josh Katz – Did you know that your answers to just a handful of questions can reveal where you grew up? In December 2013, Josh Katz released an interactive dialect quiz in the New York Times that became the most viewed page in the paper’s history. Now a graphics editor, Katz harnessed the overwhelming response to that quiz to create Speaking American, an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular.

How do you pronounce “pecan”? What do you call a long sandwich with varieties of meats and cheeses? Do you cut the grass or mow the lawn?

The answers to these questions—and the distinctions they reveal about who says what and where they say it—are not just the ultimate in cocktail party fodder; they are also windows into the history of our nation, our regions, and our language. On page after page, readers will be fascinated and charmed by these stunning maps of how Americans speak as they gain new insights into our language and ourselves.

For fans of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and How the States Got Their Shapes, Speaking American is an irresistible feast of American regional speech.

What I thought: Ok, I loved this book, I found it fascinating! All the different ways that people pronounce words around the country. Some words I had to say over and over because I found myself saying them both ways, it was amusing. I definitely recommend this book if only to see where you fit in this crazy country. 😀


Mila 2.0 Redemption by Debra Driza – Mila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she’s an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her.

That’s why Mila has gone into hiding with friend and tech expert Lucas. She can’t take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she’ll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she’s done.

But then Mila discovers that General Holland—her ultimate enemy—has plans that are an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. His quest to reclaim Mila is only part of a larger mysterious endgame that will put people’s lives at stake. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she’s got…or turn her back on the world forever.

What I thought: I read one or two of these books previously.. I don’t recall how many were in the series total. It seems like I may have missed one as she talks about a desert and I don’t remember that. This book was ok, a very fast read. It was easy enough to recall the main story once I started reading. You could probably read it on it’s own as it fills in the back story every now and again…


The Lost Girls by Heather Young – In the summer of 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys her mother, who spends the rest of her life at the lake house, hoping in vain that her favorite daughter will walk out of the woods. Emily’s two older sisters stay, too, each keeping her own private, decades-long vigil for the lost child.

Sixty years later Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before she dies, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person to whom it might matter: her grandniece, Justine.

For Justine, the lake house offers a chance to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the stable home she never had. But it’s not the sanctuary she hoped for. The long Minnesota winter has begun. The house is cold and dilapidated, the frozen lake is silent and forbidding, and her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more than he’s telling about the summer of 1935.

Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives with designs on her inheritance, and the man she left behind launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house steeped in the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

What I thought: This book was told in alternating voices and that took me a while to get used to. I was intrigued how the story was intertwined in a way and there was a somewhat big reveal at the end. I liked this book but it wasn’t an absolute favorite..


The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Billy Marvin’s first love was a computer. Then he met Mary Zelinsky.

Do you remember your first love?

The Impossible Fortress begins with a magazine…The year is 1987 and Playboy has just published scandalous photographs of Vanna White, from the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. For three teenage boys—Billy, Alf, and Clark—who are desperately uneducated in the ways of women, the magazine is somewhat of a Holy Grail: priceless beyond measure and impossible to attain. So, they hatch a plan to steal it.

The heist will be fraught with peril: a locked building, intrepid police officers, rusty fire escapes, leaps across rooftops, electronic alarm systems, and a hyperactive Shih Tzu named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Failed attempt after failed attempt leads them to a genius master plan—they’ll swipe the security code to Zelinsky’s convenience store by seducing the owner’s daughter, Mary Zelinsky. It becomes Billy’s mission to befriend her and get the information by any means necessary. But Mary isn’t your average teenage girl. She’s a computer loving, expert coder, already strides ahead of Billy in ability, with a wry sense of humor and a hidden, big heart. But what starts as a game to win Mary’s affection leaves Billy with a gut-wrenching choice: deceive the girl who may well be his first love or break a promise to his best friends.

What I thought: I wanted to get this book because of the 80’s references…but it was written from a teen boys perspective and I found it weird for me, lol. Some of the things I knew were going to happen but it was still a decent book. I liked it ok…

So, I did end up reading more than one for the month! lol I started a new book today, not sure about it yet, we will see!

Please let me know any suggestions! 🙂

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Three and a half years…

It has been a long three and a half years…but Kyle finally got his braces off today! I am wondering if Lauren will have hers on for that long or if it will only be for two years. She did start off with an appliance first as well as some early braces and all of that stuff took some time. I guess we will just wait and see! 🙂

three and a half years..

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Home School in the Woods – Ancient Greece {Review}

Our school year officially started this week! Well, kind of. We are still waiting for a few things to arrive. But, we like to take a slow start to school and not rush in full on. We are going to work really hard on geography this year as Lauren is still having issues in that subject. We are also going to be doing World History this year. Home School in the Woods has come out with HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece.  I am all about the unit studies, friends! They make me so happy! Such a fun, easy way to learn!

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

I got the downloadable format, but it also comes as a CD. Now, I will warn you, there are a lot of files! When that happens, I tend to get overwhelmed until I get the hang of where things are and what I am doing with them. That was the case with this. I looked at each folder of files, looked through the files a bit, acquainted myself with everything and then I was good to go.

The study is broken down into stops, there are 25 total. Each stop has a list of things that are accomplished, which is nice, I love when things are easy like that. And here comes another warning…that first stop is a doozy! I suggest pre-printing everything for stop one before you start. A lot of the other stops build on what is printed in step one, so it just gets easier after that first step.

These unit studies are made for grades 3-8, but let me tell you, my older kids all enjoy them! Even Ryan, who is graduating this year, ha! We all work on them together and have a good time..

Home School in the Woods - Ancient Greece 1

When you have three kids working on this unit study, be prepared to print a lot. I don’t mind this at all, as it is such a fantastic study. There are so many projects, things to work on and put together that it doesn’t even seem like school is happening! You don’t have to do everything can pick and choose! We like to do them all though, so we just print away!

On a typical stop, this is what we do… We start by reading that days text, which I read aloud. Then, I use the travel itinerary for that stop to see what we do next. For example, stop #3 is the Archaic Period. It starts out with adding things to your Snapshot Moments section. This is kind of a timeline that goes with what is read that day. You can color, cut and place the different items on the corresponding pages. I will admit that we don’t color the items, but I think younger kids totally would want to do that!

Home School in the Woods - Ancient Greece 3

Step two has us adding to the newspaper which is called “Greek Weekly”. Kids can’t write article and also place things on the newspaper, like ads, which are given for you to cut out.

Step three is working with postcards! One of the earlier stops had them make a postcard rack.. So each stop has a postcard provided that has something to do with that days reading. They cut those out, draw a picture on the other side, and put them in their postcard rack. My kids do draw on the postcards.. Here is a picture from an earlier stop.

Home School in the Woods - Ancient Greece 4

They do a lot of work with maps. This helps to get them familiar with the locations are that are being talked about. They fill in a little bit each day. By Stop #3 they are working with three different maps. You can choose if the children cut out the different locations from a file provided, or they can just write them in. I have one that cuts out and two that write in..just to make it interesting, lol.

Home School in the Woods - Ancient Greece 2

There are master files provided that show you how the finished projects are supposed to look, where things are placed on the maps, etc. I have used this plenty of times already!

Home School in the Woods - Ancient Greece 5

Once you complete all of the stops, you can then put your lapbook together! This is where the magic happens and you can then keep all of your projects in a safe place all together! It all just fits in there somehow, ha! I am so glad that I don’t have to figure that out and it is already done for me!

Eventually there are even some MP3’s to listen to, which is a nice break for the kids not having to hear more of my voice..ha! But there is over an hour of listening on these files!

What I love about unit studies is that you can make it work for your family. We did this two times a week. It helped me have time to print and organize everything on the off days, and I could get everything prepared. Also, with Ryan’s college schedule, it just worked out better for us that way. In the end, it will take us longer to complete the whole study, especially since we take longer at each stop because I want to get some extra learning in since they are older.

This unit study is so well put together, once I get everything organized in my own mind, that you can’t help but to love it. It tells you what to do every day and there is one file that has all of the stops on just a couple pages, so you can glance and see what is coming next.

If you want to read about some of the other unit studies from Home School in the Woods, feel free to click on the banner below for some more reviews on Ancient Greece as well as Ancient Egypt, The Middle Ages, and Renaissance & Reformation. I am also excited that Ancient Rome is coming out in 2018!

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Foster care update

I have gotten a few messages on various social media accounts asking if there is a foster care update. I guess I can kind of do an update?

foster care

The reason why that is a question is because there really isn’t much to update! Before we got licensed we got asked to take in a child. They needed daily transport to a city that is about 40 minutes away. I would have had to go there twice a day. With Ryan’s college schedule it just wasn’t going to work since at that time he didn’t have his drivers license yet and I was driving him to college and back.

We got licensed in September of last year. The following month we did respite care for a baby girl for about a week. Her foster parents had to take a trip and couldn’t take her with as they were leaving shortly after getting her. I love the foster parents, they are great people, so it was nice to meet and get to know them!

Then there was another child that was possibly going into care through our county. He had health issues that we just couldn’t do because of the way our house is and no extra rooms downstairs. I wish we could have made it work as we aren’t opposed to health issues or anything. This is why we either need to move or get our remodel done asap!

Apparently our county hasn’t had very many kids come into care these last few months, which is fantastic!! The neighboring counties are full of children though. It’s weird how that happens!

So, we will be waiting here in case we are needed! Talking about doing some credit hours to keep our license active as you need a certain amount each year or two. We don’t want it to sneak up on us all at once and have us scrambling.

That’s the update! I know it isn’t much, but I thought it would be easier to mention it here than type it out numerous times.. Yeah, I am kinda lazy. 😉

That’s our foster care update! I will update again if there are any changes!!

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Bye bye Christmas?

Please tell me I am not the only one… I am still finding little bits of Christmas around the house. Well, first of all, we have a huge bin by the front door from when I packed up everything. I kept it there because I did keep finding things. What made me write this post is that I am sitting here working on homeschool things and I look up to see a Christmas thing over the entrance to this room that I am in. I mean, I guess I just got used to it being there and it blended in? Am I the only one that hasn’t completely said bye bye Christmas?


I am still finding bows on EVERYTHING because when we started to decorate for Christmas, Ryan found a huge bag of little bows….and proceeded to put them everywhere. No surface was safe. The tv and printer…the mirror..even the lock on our front door. I don’t know when the day will be that I stop finding those..ha!

There were good intentions to decorate for Valentine’s Day. I switched out the fake flowers to pink and red. But, the chalkboard and subway art are still reflecting Christmas and New Years. One day I will be on the ball and plan ahead for holiday decorating. It would be easier if we had places to properly store decorations. That is when I really miss our last house. It was the perfect house for us! I wish we could have brought it here with us. Except that it was made of stucco…but whatever!

Now that Valentine’s Day is going to pass, I am contemplating on what holiday I should plan to attempt to decorate for. If I go far enough in advance, it might just happen! And it should be something that I don’t mind looking at for a while, because at this rate, I might only be good for a few holidays a year. Gotta make ’em good ones. 🙂



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