Today was our first day back to school after taking a wonderful summer break. We hiked, visited the Great Plains Museum, enjoyed ice cream and trips to the park, and we textured and painted all the bedrooms! It’s been a great summer, but now it’s time to get back to the school routine.

This year is Lauren’s last year of high school. It seems like only a few days ago that we were beginning the homeschool journey together, both of us unsure of what it would be like. We certainly have had our ups and downs! She is now preparing for college. On one hand, I feel relieved that, by the grace of God, we did it. On the other hand, I’m not quite ready to close this chapter. Fortunately, I have another nine months before I do. Maybe I’ll be ready. *sigh* Maybe.

We snapped some photos, measured everyone, prayed, handed out assignments, and began. Most of the children are excited today, but we all know it will wear off shortly.

Last year was a busy one for me due to the children using a variety of curricula. I have simplified things this year by using only three main curricula – ACE, Abeka, and Saxon. While I loved using Notgrass History, it was time consuming. I hope this year will give me a bit of breathing room between subjects.


Lauren, a SENIOR!

Mitch-schoolMitchell, 9th grade.

Leslie-schoolLeslie, 6th grade.


Laci, 4th grade.


Matthew, 1st grade.

first day

Our annual group photo (Matthew asked to hold his gun).

We got through at a decent time today and everyone did well. It’s always nice when the first day goes off without a hitch.

Thanks for reading,


4 thoughts on “Back To School {2016}

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    I love your custom of photographing the children on the first and last days of each school year. I also like the way you have each child hold the sign for the grade they are entering. If I forget someone’s current grade, I know where to check for the answer.
    Everyone looks wonderful–smart and smiling and eager to get to work!
    Happy New School Year to all!
    I love you.


  2. Cassandra says:

    Hey, I am using abeka, ace, and saxon this yr! Funny. I really am in awe that you seem to like homeschooling. I have no other choice, that is the only reason I do it, and I am not particularly fond of it. I feel so much pressure as I ready them for college, especially my boys. I do the best I can, with God’s help, and just pray throughout this school journey that I don’t scar them for life, lol! It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. I always enjoy seeing your first day of scool pictures! We don’t start until the first week of September.


    1. Cassandra says:

      *school. My goodness. I do know how to spell. 🙂


    2. Great minds think alike! I don’t love it each and everyday, but overall, I do. It’s got its ups and downs. I hope you have a great year!


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