Hi! My name is Valerie. Thanks for stopping by!

Life has been so busy lately that I almost feel like I need to introduce myself again and start over from scratch with this blog. I mentioned in a previous post that our family decided to throw caution to the wind and participate in our homeschool group’s co-op classes, which are held once a week. Co-op only lasts about three hours, but the toll it has taken on my schedule has been seismic. (I guess I didn’t realize how rigid I was in scheduling department. Oops.) The kids are loving their classes which include art, P.E., volleyball, and choir for the younger ones; computer science, knitting, and young entrepreneurs for the older ones. I help out in two classes. We just completed our fourth week and are finally adjusting to the change.

I have also been working part-time at our church as my husband’s secretary. I am responsible for packing and mailing the Watchman Press materials and helping to get them printed. I am currently typing four Sunday school lesson books written by Bro. Forrest Keener, a former pastor of Bethel who labored here for over 40 years. The books need updating, and that’s taking a lot of work. I am not a fast typist and I homeschool the kids every day, so my hours have been confined to a few days a week in the afternoons. I have completed one book. Yep! Only three to go. Between homeschooling, house work, and church work, I have been too tired to do my favorite hobby: blog!

In the few minutes I have right now between loads of laundry and supper time, I wanted to stop in and say hello and share a few photos of our school year so far. (Some of these pics are from as far back as August…I’m behind in everything these days.)


Matt with an art project.


Working hard. Definitely had to bronze this moment.

laci-everything-is-matterLaci did a little science project, demonstrating that “Everything Is Matter”.


Matt with two of his books for first grade. The book on the left was used by each of the kids. Lots of memories sitting beside them, helping them sound out words, fighting sleep. *sigh* Good times.


Here’s Mitch working on a science project.

Matthew has been learning some poems for first grade. He doesn’t always want me to video him, but he said I could for this most recent poem, “The Secret”.

Moments like these make homeschooling worth every minute.

I have also had less and less time for my second favorite hobby – reading. I have a few books to write about, and I do hope I can do that soon.

The dryer buzzed…gotta run. 🙂

THANK YOU for reading!


3 thoughts on “Remember Me?

  1. Cassandra says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so sick of hearing The Secret, hahahah! My Allie is in the same grade as Matt, and does the video school. I hear The Secret about ten times a day, lol. She also has the bookmarks and the giraffe done, just did the pasta tree today. And boy, you are busy! I know how it is, I homeschool 5 and teach piano part time 2 nights a week. Busy days!


  2. Carolyn Courtney says:

    I am glad you were able to post something; it is a treat to see the photos and read what is happening. I love the giraffe! Laci’s project looks very nice and neat, quite impressive. Mitchell looks absorbed in his work in both pictures. Wish I were there to help out!
    I love you.


  3. Betty Basham says:

    Love the posts, seeing what the kids are doing, Matthew made my day with the poem. He’s growing up so fast. Hugs to you all.


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