Well, what’s that old saying? Better late than never? Ha! I’m really late posting these photos, that’s for sure! Our first day of school here at the Basham hacienda was Monday, August 7, 2017. We hit the ground running! I have been so busy, that I am just now getting this written.

We began our fourth week of school yesterday! Time sure has a way of zipping by, doesn’t it?

Here are our first-day photos (finally):

Our first first-day without Lauren. Lucky for me, she was just down the hall when we took this photo.


2nd grade

7 years old

Favorite food: spaghetti

Favorite thing to do: Play Call of Duty

When he grows up he wants to be: A preacher.


5th grade

10 years old

Favorite food: chicken Ramen noodles

Favorite thing to do: draw

When she grows up she wants to be: a singer.

Leslie (being funny here!):

7th grade

12 years old

Favorite food: peaches

Favorite thing to do: organize her room

When she grows up she wants to be: an interior designer and decorator.


10th grade

15 years old

Favorite food: Alfredo pasta

Favorite thing to do: sing

When he grows up he wants to be: a cafe owner (He is a coffee addict! 🙂 )

Our first few weeks have gone well. The kids are enjoying using the Teaching Textbooks for math, which has, in turn, helped me tremendously also. It is a blessing not to have to grade math – especially Algebra II! We have read 1 John together and are beginning the book of John. I’m interested in getting THIS book for further Bible study. We are using Abeka, ACE, and Apologia in other subjects. We are also looking forward to participating in our homeschool co-op for the second year beginning September 11. I’m even getting to teach not one, but two history classes!

Lord willing, this will be a fabulous year for us.

On August 21, 2017, Lauren began the fall semester at Cameron University.

She has survived her first week of classes: Intro to Criminal Justice, English Comp II, Statistics, American Federal Government, and University Life. She has also been to several campus activities and worked 20 hours at her job at the University Library. It’s a busy time full of new adventures. We would appreciate your prayers for her as she takes on so many new responsibilities.

And for me, too, as I let her. 🙂

With love,

2 thoughts on “First Day of School {2017}

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    Oh, my, the years fly by! It is amazing how quickly the children have moved through the grades and now into college. They are beautiful, handsome young people with sparkling smiles and personalities to match. I love them all very much and pray that they have a fabulous year!
    You have done a magnificent job as a mother/teacher. Congratulations!


  2. elnasmith says:

    Sweet post! Love all the photographs. Time flies indeed . . . before you know it, you’ll have two kids remaining at home. 🙂


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