Blogging Staycation

For more than two years, I have been writing about the good, the bad & the ugly. I’ve found it both helpful and powerful, especially when readers connect with my words. There have been moments in time that I have examined something closely that I would have previously let slip by without a second thought. … Continue reading

Doing It This Way

In years past, the holidays were done differently. We had our shopping done and the gifts wrapped under the tree just when the first holiday shows were starting. Our cards were ordered, messages written, and they were stamped and addressed before we turned the calendar to December. Yes. Things are different. We are still shopping … Continue reading

Bring On The Holiday Weekends

The first of many holiday weekends is winding down and I would say that for the most part, it was largely successful. We spent Thanksgiving at Granny and Grampy’s house and after eating, the cousins decorated the grandparents’ tree. The next day was spent decorating our house and tree, which everyone knows means mess and … Continue reading

The Thanksgiving Line

During this first full year of homeschooling, we have experienced many benefits to this change. This week, I know at his school we would have had half days due to conferences, a feast with other classes, an assembly, and a “special” visitor that comes to the PE classes and teaches the students dance moves. I … Continue reading

My Twice Baked Potato Writes!

A few weeks ago, I shared that my son had started writing for fun again. I was so thankful. I wouldn’t say that this happened without some level of “encouragement” from his writing mama. I had heard a successful author talk about his writing career. He said that he had been homeschooled and he shared … Continue reading

I’m Thankful 2014

I looked at the calendar today and realized that Thanksgiving is only one week away. I don’t know why I thought there was another week before we would gather with family and consume a meal that took my mother several hours to prepare, in less than thirty minutes. Maybe the fact that I’m not teaching … Continue reading

This Real Writer

Yesterday, I got to talk with a real writer. A published-many-times writer. A fiction-nonfiction-poetry writer. A known-expert writer. A teach-at-writers-conferences writer. Coincidentally, I saw a flyer for one of his workshops and I emailed him to see if I could steal some of his time when his class was finished. Luckily, he said yes. Now, … Continue reading

What’s Up, Doc?

It had been a long time since my son had been to the pediatrician. We are blessed that my TBP doesn’t get sick often. When you have a highly introverted child who doesn’t seek opportunities to play with other kids and washes his hands a lot due to sensory issues, flu germs are less prevalent. … Continue reading

Only Just Begun?

Last night, around nine-thirty in the evening, I added the final words to the first draft of my manuscript. ┬áIt took me about a year between teaching, homeschooling, parenting, blogging, cleaning, playing and living to write this book. At this point, I have written about 52,000 words which I’m told is not many in the … Continue reading

Gimme A Break

Tonight, I had my own version of a mini break down. I was feeling stressed and inadequate and overwhelmed with all that I thought that I should do. Thankfully, It wasn’t in front of MyTBP because it wasn’t pretty. Let me explain… At some point between early morning swimming lessons, homeschooling, and laundry, I sat … Continue reading