Sunday, August 28, 2005

Comfy Catherine
Laughing Lydia

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Sometimes I get out of bed, look back, and wonder how I slept at all...

There were four feet pushing against my back all night...(Lydia must have really scrunched up!)
Catherine and Lydia at cross purposes
Mary at the foot...

They have their own rooms... and their own beds... really!

It looks like Sonlight's coming in....

Y'all have probably realized the struggle I've been going through for the past year of what curriculum to use with my younger ones. When I first started my homeschooling journey years ago, all the old timers cautioned me not to go with "canned" curriculum. "Plan your own!" they cried. "The glory of homeschooling is flexibility!" they exclaimed. So for years I pulled together an eclectic mix... trying this, trying that, creating gaps, backtracking and filling them... I can tell you I've tried just about every popular and not so popular textbook/workbook/unit study among homeschoolers today...

And I finally came to the conclusion... I need canned. I want canned. I want everything planned for me so I have time to milk goats, bake fresh bread, do laundry, and otherwise manage more than a handful of hectares and a handful of kids.

I want a set path to follow... and of course there's room for rabbit trails and adding an AVKO speller if need be... but there is one solid path to make sure everything gets done along the way without leaving any potholes...

So after researching, reading, praying, I finally settled upon Sonlight. I've joined some e-mail lists and wonderful Chris from The Big Yellow House sent me some K & 1st teacher's manuals from Sonlight. Looking over them I'm really exicted. I think we've finally found a fit... after all these years! And just in time for the fresh new school year.

A bright new Son-lit morning arriving...

Monday, August 22, 2005

Monday - Wash Day

Four loads down, several to go....
So glad it's not like this anymore!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Which type of Austenite are you?


The Emma type is friendly and outgoing, she is the social butterfly of the Austenites.

She is forgiving of human nature, and believes that anyone can change.

"Pictures of perfection make them sick and wicked"

She enjoys watching the process of growth and maturation.

And she may be too fanciful and intelligent for her own good.

Jane Austen novel quiz
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Monday, August 15, 2005

Thicket Dweller provides some more poetry for the soul.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

This blog is just beautiful. It never disappoints me... I always go there knowing I'm going to find something good. (Not that the rest of y'all ever disappoint me either) ;o)
Go Ponder with Pam...

Friday, August 12, 2005

Winter Promise Curriculum

Here are links to the curriculum in my poll below:

Winter Promise (da-niel, I mispelled it in my poll!)


Weaver Interlock

Sonlight K

Rod & Staff

And one I'm also considering, but forgot to include in the poll is: My Father's World

I've done years of unit studies, planning my own, etc. I'm ready for packaged. ;)

Friday's Feast

From Friday's Feast:

Did you sleep good last night?

No. Waited up for Steadfast to call from Graz, which he did not do, calling late this afternoon from Frankfurt instead. I did however spend a very pleasant night chatting until after 2 am with two dear friends who live in an earlier time zone than I. ;o)

What is your current computer desktop image?

Plain white. How boring is that? But I have a LOT of desktop icons and pictures make it look cluttered.


When was the last time you planted something, what was it and where did it go?

Too long ago to remember when. Corn. Steadfast mowed it down (by accident for those who know me and suspect he did it on purpose)

Main Course
What's your favorite condiment?

Arby's Bronco Berry Sauce. My sister actually collects them from Arby's and sends me a box full for my birthday. It tastes really good on chicken. I wish they'd market it.

Share a quote that you like, for whatever reason.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Blog Rounds

Loved Kristen's view on Judging

Rachel's getting pretty inspirational with her camera.

Got the following quiz from Rene

You scored as Christianity. Your views are most similar to those of Christianity. Do more research on Christianity and possibly consider being baptized and accepting Jesus, if you aren't already Christian.

Christianity is the second of the Abrahamic faiths; it follows Judaism and is followed by Islam. It differs in its belief of Jesus, as not a prophet nor historical figure, but as God in human form. The Holy Trinity is the concept that God takes three forms: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost (sometimes called Holy Spirit). Jesus taught the idea of instead of seeking revenge, one should love his or her neighbors and enemies. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross to save humankind and forgive people's sins.



















Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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What should Hind's Feet use for PreK-K curriculum during this school year?
Weaver Interlock
Winter's Promise
Sonlight K
Rod & Staff
Other (please post suggestion in comments)


Free polls from

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Buy & Sell Locally

I just found a great site a lot like Ebay... but it specializes in items that are difficult, or costly, to ship. You can search for items near your zip code to find items within a driving distance. You don't have to worry about shipping costs, and you can see before you buy! LiveDeal (It does look suspiciously a lot like Ebay... is that legal?)

Homeschool Blogger

I have joined other homeschoolers in starting up a homeschool blog at homeschool blogger. I am not going to be double posting though. This blog is easier to post on with w.bloggar, so my random and fleeting thoughts through the days will still arrive here... while any cohesive homeschool ramblings will be reserved for that other spot.

The Voices of Men in Praise of Jane Austen

A thoroughly delicious link for Austenites.

Monday, August 08, 2005

I'm an aunt again!!

Our fifth nephew was born on August 2nd. He is first grandson on Steadfast's side of the family! Welcome to the world sweet Tomas Daniël... Je tante wil je graag zien, lief jongetje!
"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."

--Jane Austen