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Just Get There!

After writing up yesterday's adventures, I was in the hotel doing laundry. Going into to switch the load to the dryer, I discovered that someone had graciously moved my wet things to the top of the dryer and put their clothes in. (There was only one dryer.) 11pm is not when I want to be… Continue reading Just Get There!

Family · Writing

What a Year!

The kids have the same English teacher at our school. All year long they have a weekly contest called “Giggles”. This contest involves writing a sentence and correctly placing all commas. First one done wins for that week. At the end of the year, the student with the most wins becomes a “Comma Master” and… Continue reading What a Year!

Family · Writing

Messy Middle

From Fall 2021: "Just do the next right thing, just the things that need to get done today," I often tell myself as we are muddling through the first back to school weeks. Getting back to our routines and schedules of the fall and adjusting to the ever-decreasing daylight in the Pacific Northwest propel me… Continue reading Messy Middle

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Hair on Fire

"Well, at least the washer is new so there won't be that deployment gremlin," I chuckled two days ago as we folded clothes together, getting him all packed up for what will be our LAST separation. Letting the kids finish up the school year, we are staying behind for a few months while he goes… Continue reading Hair on Fire

Writing

Coarse

I felt irritable and crotchety. This is an excerpt from a piece I wrote last spring... No specific reason, but generally I'm irritatble. I have been consistently exercising, and eating well for the most part. I'm getting enough sleep. The kids are doing as well as can be expected despite the pandemic and limited social… Continue reading Coarse

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Teach

"Tell me which of his classes to take! Make me love him," the message read. "Huh?" I thought, slightly taken aback. How do you make someone love a particular instructor? I don't think you can. I've taken classes all my life. Most of us have. Formal schooling as a kid, college, and even on the… Continue reading Teach

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Homeschool · Homeschooling · Writing

Do Something. Anything.

Quarantining, pandemics, civil unrest, politics, hurricanes and typhoons, 2020 you're not playing. Like many people, current events and a near-constant onslaught of horrifying information coming at us over this year has left me antsy. We covered an overview of American History this year in homeschool. We discussed not only what was in the text book,… Continue reading Do Something. Anything.

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Corona-Style Visits

I was able to escape my family yesterday for an outing (with masks and social distancing, of course) and took my 2 little dogs for the adventure. I met up with my mom and our friends and walked nearly 3 miles around Coupeville, WA - which is a lot for little dogs with short legs!… Continue reading Corona-Style Visits

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Cancelled

Spring Rebirth Renewal Humanity Faith Community Family Joy Love Spring Hope ~ none of these are cancelled. The frivolous extra is. Formal clothing, a building, hats, matching shoes, baskets, colored eggs, the have to's, the should's, the busy and unnecessary are all stripped away. Essentials only. Spring is not cancelled The Church is not a… Continue reading Cancelled

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What COVID19 is Revealing

On the phone while walking the dogs, my mom and I chatted about, what else? The virus. We were remarking on things we'd been seeing, hearing on the news, and from friends. Between poop pickups and her calling her dog, we had one of many of our "solving the world's problems" chats. "I wish more… Continue reading What COVID19 is Revealing