How to Make Wampum Out of Styrofoam™

  Wampum is short for wampumpeag, which is an Algonquian word meaning “string of white shell beads”. The Native Americans made wampum by boring a hole into shells and then strung on hemp or other plant fibers. They wore it as jewelry. Because it was valuable, it was often used as a unit of trade.… Continue reading How to Make Wampum Out of Styrofoam™

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First Day of School {2017}

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… Continue reading First Day of School {2017}

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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

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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

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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?