family-scrapbook - Lauren · homeschooling

Sighing and Smiling

It’s time to prepare for next school year here at Sovereign Grace Academy, that’s the name we gave our school for Lauren’s diploma. Yes, my firstborn, Lauren Kassidy, has graduated and now has a diploma. What an emotional time that whole experience was. I don’t usually hold back my feelings from my family. I mean,… Continue reading Sighing and Smiling


Do Schools Kill Creativity? {TED Talk}

I recently listened to this TED talk while getting ready one morning. As a homeschooling mom, one of the many benefits of this type of education is being able to tailor lessons according to my children’s interests. My son loves playing the piano, and the hours he has spent doing so would not have been… Continue reading Do Schools Kill Creativity? {TED Talk}


Lessons I’ve Learned as a Homeschooling Mom

My first child is graduating in a little over a hundred days. It seems like yesterday that we began this journey of learning together. I can still see her in the little school desk that Great-Grandma Saylor gave us. I can see her tiny hands, her blonde bangs, her big smile that revealed baby teeth.… Continue reading Lessons I’ve Learned as a Homeschooling Mom

family-scrapbook-videos · homeschooling

Remember Me?

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… Continue reading Remember Me?


Back To School {2016-2017}

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… Continue reading Back To School {2016-2017}


Spring Soccer {2016}

We just finished our spring soccer season at the end of May. The kids love the fun of getting exercise, practicing a sport, and, of course, seeing their friends. Here are a few photos of our season: All ready to play! Mitch was goalie for a while. Sister (74) against brother. Lauren and Mitch were… Continue reading Spring Soccer {2016}


Another Year of Learning

It’s hard to believe that we are done with yet another school year. This one has been particularly difficult for me. Last year I had one in Kindergarten, one almost finished with school, and three grades in between. I felt overwhelmed for most of the school year and never really found my “groove”. Matthew needed… Continue reading Another Year of Learning