family-scrapbook - Lauren

Lauren’s Graduation

On May 19, 2017, Terry and I proudly watched our oldest child, Lauren Kassidy, walk the aisle to “Pomp & Circumstance” and receive her high school diploma. This was not only a huge first for her but for us as well. It was thrilling to see our first child not only graduate high school but… Continue reading Lauren’s Graduation

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

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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}

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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?

homeschooling - math

“Seven Days Are in a Week” (Abeka Song)

In teaching my first grader with the Abeka homeschooling curriculum, we came upon this song in the most recent edition of their arithmetic material. I am not sure if there is a CD with this song available from Abeka, but even if there is, I don’t have it. I do, however, have a fourteen year… Continue reading “Seven Days Are in a Week” (Abeka Song)

motherhood · thoughts-from-my-heart

I’m Sorry I’m a Stressed-Out Mom: An Open Letter to My Kids

Dear Children, When your dad knocked on the door of the brown brick house on Karen Street nineteen years ago to ask your papa for my hand in marriage, your papa wisely told him, “Terry, she’ll need a strong leader.” He said this because he knew my stubborn, determined will better than anyone. One thing… Continue reading I’m Sorry I’m a Stressed-Out Mom: An Open Letter to My Kids