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Friday, May 11, 2012

Homeschool week 3!

So we are working on the "sh" combination this week, with focus on the word shell. We read a poem about sea shells and colored a shell picture:
Avery did AWESOME sounding out some of these "sh" words. I was surprised to look over and see her sitting at her little table practicing without even being told. I was even more surprised when I heard her sound out "shut" and "fish" all by herself! It made me so excited!
We also talked about turtles, since they live in a shell :)
I also had her practice tracing her s's and h's. She can't write the letters by themselves, but she does really well at tracing!
I was REALLY impressed with how well Avery wrote her name. All I had to do was tell her which letter; I thought she did pretty well :)
So that was our lesson this week! We ended up getting busy, so we only did school stuff Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We usually spend about 30 minutes on her lessons then 15-20 on our art projects. With Mother's Day coming up we did a special craft for Avery's Mimi and Nana:

Thursday, May 10, 2012


In light of Mother's Day fast approaching, this post is in honor of that special lady in all of our lives. Really, there should be more than just one day dedicated to our mothers. Stay-at-home mamas are some of the most under appreciated women on earth (that comes from my experience so far of being one). But we don't do what we do for a reward, we do it because we love it :) I personally believe that being a wife/mother is the highest calling a woman can have on her life: whether a birth mom, adoptive mom, foster mom, or spiritual mother figure. We are shaping and molding the next generation, which I think is a pretty important job! A lot of the time, the mother is the glue of the family, particularly in this military lifestyle. So often Dad is away training or deployed, and Mom is left at home to hold down the fort. I was commenting to my husband one day about how us stay-at-home moms don't get any kind of appreciation really, until maybe our kids are grown and come to their senses. No one gives us a bonus or a raise if we do a good job. We just have to trust that the Lord sees all of our hard work and all of the time and energy we invest in our children; I believe He will honor all of it when I get to heaven. That's where my treasures will lie. The biggest thank you I can receive though, the best way for me to know that I am doing a good job, is the smile on my daughter's face; or her saying things like "Mom, you're my best friend;" or seeing her learn and utilize things that I have taught her. I have even gotten an unwarranted "thank you" out of her once or twice. Those are the moments I live for. I am blessed to have the mother that I do. I honestly feel like I have the best mom in the world. Sure she's not perfect; but she is selfless; she has unending patience; she has a heart for God and has instilled that in her children, the best gift she could have ever given us; she is a lady of character and integrity. She is the woman I learned everything from, the reason I am this person today. Everything I needed to learn about mothering I learned from her. I am so thankful that my children get to have her for a grandmother. As Mother's Day approaches this year, please make an effort to reach out to your own dear mom and let her know how much you appreciate her. Tell her thank you. Those words are the only gift we need :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012


I am 37 weeks pregnant today, baby girl is now full term! She can come out any day now and I will be ok with that :) My back aches, my ribs burn, I am exhausted 24/7, and am definitely experiencing some major mood swings (poor Justin and Ave). Not to mention the fact that I get heartburn after every single thing I eat! But all the discomforts aside, this pregnancy has been better than my first one, with Avery. At least the nausea hasn't hung around this time, for that I am thankful! And my marriage/circumstances/finances are in a much better place this time too. Also different about this pregnancy: this time we are in the military. With Avery, Justin was able to go to every single doctor's visit. This time he has only gotten to go with me to the last couple, and that is a big deal I realize. Another difference is the fact that we are using Tricare (military insurance). I was a little nervous at first, having heard so many horror stories about Tricare and military doctors, but my experience has been really wonderful. I have been with the same midwife since the beginning, and she is just fantastic! The sad difference between this baby's birth and Avery's is the fact that all of our family are now across the country. I am thankful my mom and two of my sisters are coming out to visit and be with us, but I will sure miss the rest of our crew, as well as Justin's family. And I know that they will be sad to miss this big event in our lives. With Avery we had a hospital room full of family from beginning to end. I know we will have visitors with this baby, too, but it won't be quite the same. However, I am very thankful God has brought me some amazing military family to fill the gap and take care of us if we need them too--some have even offered to bring us meals! All the differences aside, I know one thing will be the same: the love that I will feel for this baby as soon as I hear her first cry. What a miraculous moment!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

homeschool week 2

I have to brag on Avery a little bit :) We have recently started doing a little bit of preschool work at home together, just easing into phonics and some arts & crafts until after Baby sister gets here. This week we're working on the "ee" combination, talking about words that contain "ee," reading stories and doing crafts related to "ee" words. Here are a few things we have been working on today:
And she did SO good sounding out some of these "ee" words. She is so smart!
She also did REALLY well tracing her e's.
She really enjoys our time working together, and so do I. I just love watching her learn and be creative! I love listening to her talk, too, so that I can know what she's thinking. For now we'll just stick to phonics and crafts. After the baby gets here we will ease into some preschool math, science, and maybe some social studies. The possibilities are endless!