Friday, October 16, 2020


 Hi, Everyone! How are you doing? As you may have noticed from my lack of posting, and from my previous posts, I've taken a break from this blog. I've spent the past couple of years writing while my family sleeps and now I have a few novels that will be coming out.

Swimming Upstream is my debut book. It's the first book in the Love is a Triathlon series. The second book will be out in November, and the third in December. It a Young Adult Sweet Romance. 

Ash Stampford is a shy girl with a plan: defend her state swimming title and graduate valedictorian. But she doesn’t plan on getting swept away by a flood of distractions and unfamiliar feelings.

A new rival in the pool is a bigger challenge than she expects. Then Dylan, a popular and gorgeous swimmer, seems to set his sights on Ash. Unsure of herself and hurt because her secret crush only wants to be friends, Ash accepts Dylan’s offer of a date. 

With rumors and threats circulating, and the real reason Dylan dates her revealed, Ash must learn how to swim upstream in unfamiliar waters.

Dive headfirst into book one of the Love is a Triathlon series, and swim along with Ash during the first trimester of her senior year. 

A swoon-worthy clean sports romance with first kisses, drama, and laughs, Ash’s first dip into dating and love will have readers floating along with the beginning of her story.

You can find the ebook on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited and there is also a paperback available. Thanks!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Good Bye

I will be ending this blog soon and no longer leaving it up. I haven't had the time to devote to it, and I feel like it's run its course. It's been fun, and I'm thankful to everyone who has stopped by. I enjoyed the time here, the people I met, and everything it brought me. But it's time to move on. I wish you all well in the future! Maybe we'll meet somewhere else out there.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sixth and Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Wow. Time flies!

My children are now in seventh and ninth grade, but I never posted what we did for sixth and eighth grade. We've entered a different season of life with teenage children, and that leaves me little time to blog. Plus, I've been pursuing a different hobby with my minimal spare time. And as always, we're enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities as a family.

This lack of time to blog left me with the decision to get rid of my domain name and return to the free blogger site. My blog is still here, just with blogspot in the name. I'll try to post, but it's not regular.

I'll play catch up now. I usually list the curriculum we use, which leads to this post of what we used last year.

Things didn't change much from the previous year. We've found what works for us and we stuck with it. It made the year easy and we knew what to expect.

Even though I have two children in different grades, for the most part we are able to do everything the same.

Here's what we used:

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 8 & 9

Math: Teaching Textbooks 7, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry (First two for the 6th grader and last two for the 8th grader)

Science: Holt Science & Technology Physical Science (I taught from this when I was a junior high science teacher and had lessons plans)

History: Mystery of History Vol. 4

Bible: Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado (finished the last half)

English: Bob Jones Grammar & Writing 8

Reading Comprehension: Spectrum 8

Reading: The kids had their choice of novels during the year for alone reading time, but we also did quite a few together. Many are historical fiction, which corresponded to the time in history we were studying. These are the ones we did together: "My Brother Sam is Dead" by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein, "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate" by Jacqueline Kelly, "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi, "War Horse" by Michael Morpurgo, "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool, "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, "Half Upon a Time" by James Riley, and "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan.

It was a fun year of school. We ended in early May and took a 10 day trip to Ireland as a family with grandparents. The kids researched the places we went in Ireland and maybe someday we'll do a post on that. (No promises).

We're nearly half way through our new school year, and maybe I'll get a post on that. We've transitioned and now have one child at a public charter college prep high school. He transitioned really well from homeschooling to a public school setting and had an outstanding first term. I can't say it's because of homeschooling, but he's doing much better than we thought he would in academics. Having homework is a new thing, and there's some complaining, but he does it. We just got back from watching him perform in the All-State Guitar Ensemble. He auditioned and earned a place as a freshman, and it was amazing to watch the young talented musicians perform beautifully!

I hope everyone is doing well! Have a great week!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Christmas Card 2018

I seem to be playing catch up because of my lack of blogging.

I share our Christmas card photo every year. I'm a little late.

Here's 2018:
(The background was a watercolor by Chewy. The kids' faces and the dog were photoshopped in. Don't's only a photo of the dog yawning...he's not vicious.)

And a cruise down memory lane.


2015 (Look for the two kids and dog hidden in the photo.)


That's enough for now.

Hope you all had a great Christmas. Maybe we need to start planning next year's photo now. We're always scrounging around at the last minute to come up with one.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Annual Funny Face Photo 2019

My kids say I don't blog anymore, and they want me to start again. I guess I'll start with them. I've been posting their annual Valentine funny face photos for years. I might as well start with that. We've been doing this for 9 years.

Here's their 2019 photos:

And for a run down memory lane:









They're such good sports to indulge me with this every year. I wonder how long I can convince them to do this for me?

Do you have any traditions you've been able to keep up?


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