Homeschool Co-op Returns

Last night I went to our homeschool group’s co-op orientation meeting. Co-op starts back next Monday. We’ve got our schedules and are raring to go!

I teach crochet and I have a few new students and several return ones. I enjoy teaching crochet to the kids. Actually, girls. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’ve always have had girls sign up for my classes, and that’s ok. The girls love learning crochet and “girl talk.”

The first day of class, we will decide what charity we’d like to crochet for and donate to. In the past we’ve made chemo hats for Hope Circle and baby blankets for the Pregnancy Resource Center in our area. The girls get to learn something fun and useful. While donating, they get to see how their new craft can help so many.

I truly enjoy my classes. In addition to their donations, some of the girls have made gifts for their family and friends. Here are a few pictures of some of our past projects. Crocheting rocks! Pick up some yarn and a crochet hook and then you’ll be hooked! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a blessed day!

JoAnn

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Vicariously Vacationing with the Daughter

Our daughter Morgan made it back home from her vacation to Florida with my parents last Tuesday evening. The pictures she shared were beautiful and her stories thrilling.

On their way down to Florida, they had an overnight stay in Mobile, Alabama. While in the area, they visited Bellingrath Gardens. The pictures were breathtaking. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed to be taken inside the home, but you can see some on their website. http://bellingrath.org/

While in Florida, they went Fort Walton and Destin. In Fort Walton they went to Gulfarium. http://mobile.gulfarium.com/ More breathtaking pictures here as well.

I’m so happy my daughter has a great relationship with my parents. I do love when they take her on road trips and vacations. They usually stop at great places that are both beautiful as well as educational. But most importantly, they are making memories together to treasure always.

Below are few pictures from Florida. Enjoy.

JoAnn

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Past Dreams and Aspirations Unfolded

I was an avid reader as a child and teen. Loved books with such a passion. Still do. Anywhere from Nancy Drew Mysteries to Ray Bradbury science fiction to classic books by John Steinbeck. Even into my now forty-something years, I still like to read an old classic or two.

I remember thinking about the writer of whatever book I was reading at the time. What made them tick? Who or what was their inspiration? How did they get started? Light bulb moment from a then teenager- “I want to be a writer!” Then I would write some short stories, only to tear them to shreds and throw them out. Grr!

Truth is, I was afraid. Afraid someone would read them and think how horrible they were. I guess we are our own worst critics. I never gave anyone a chance to read anything I wrote…ever!

Since I’ve been homeschooling our daughter, I’ve encouraged her to keep a journal. She’s got oodles of them. This past year, while buying her some journals, I bought one for myself and let loose a few words here and there. I think it’s good practice. And, I’ve not shredded anything! Progress! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Who knows, one day I may share with the world my stories. Well I kind of do now, by blogging. But that’s just the daily ramblings of a hurried housewife and homeschooling momma. ๐Ÿ˜„
Why do you write and or blog? What makes you tick?

Have a blessed day!

JoAnn
2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Staycation is Coming to an End

The daughter will be coming home from her vacation this evening. The house has been clean for days now, laundry has been caught up and no school for nearly a week.

It’s great having a clean house and laundry caught up. But, it’s been awfully quiet around here. Even George knows something’s amiss.

Morgan has FaceTimed us and George heard her voice each time. He ran into whatever room we where in to look for her. He barked and whined when he didn’t see her. We turned the phone toward him and sniffed it. Yep, he is missing her, too.

I think it’s great she’s got a great relationship with my parents. She’s an only child, just like me, and an only grandchild. She’s top billing with my parents now. My days have been long gone since she was born over 15 years ago. She’s been on some great trips with them. My parents simply adore her. I hope Morgan understand how important these trips are to my parents and she that treasures every moment with them. She’s a lucky young lady.
May you and yours have a blessed day.

JoAnn

Morgan at Gulfarium

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Dinner Party with the Girls

This past Saturday night I hosted a dinner party for my high school friends. No husbands and kids allowed! Just dinner and laughs with the girls. It was much needed for all with the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.
I broke out my antique China and served ham roll ups, veggies and dip for appetizers. Next up, I served a Greek salad. For the main dish we ate roasted red pepper pasta served with crusty bread and pineapple sweet tea to drink. Finally for dessert, lemon-lime pound cake with berries and whipped topping. Great food plus great friends equals a great night.
Do you still get together with your high school friends? If not, call them up, share some laughs. If possible, share a great night of food with even more laughs and making new memories for future laughs!

Have a blessed day!

JoAnn

No Rest for the Mom

Well, the hubs made it home safely this past Sunday from his trip and now the daughter has gone on a vacation with my parents. I guess I’m on a mini staycation while she’s gone. No school work means no papers to grade. Yay or nay? Nay…the hubs and I will be home. I’ll be doing laundry, cooking and cleaning. Sigh.
It’s only Thursday, but it’s been a hectic week. Hubs came home from his trip with a toothache. Toothache turned into a much needed root canal. Yikes! I took the daughter to my parents to get ready for their trip yesterday. Earlier in the week, she needed several last minute things from Walmart for her trip. Sigh. Again. Going to Walmart is not my cup of tea. It seems I’m always overdressed for that place. Apparently going there in your pajamas is deemed vogue and by wearing a blouse and jeans I was definitely out of place. Long sigh, while shaking my head.
I’m really going to miss that daughter of ours for the next week I really love my family and my life. I feel blessed to be able to stay at home with my daughter and homeschool her. And yes, I do get overwhelmed at times, that’s just a part of it. With lots of prayer and tons of laughs, I move on.
Well, I’ve got to get my day started. French toast croissants and sausage for breakfast, followed by laundry, house cleaning, and hopefully, I can get some crocheting in today! No rest for this mom today (or any other day).

Have a blessed day!

JoAnn๐Ÿ˜‰

Ps. Please keep my parents and daughter in your prayers while they travel! Thanks!

Another Day, a Lonesome George and a Sleep-Deprived Mom

Day two of the hubs being out of town. Our dog, George has been restless during the night, and sleeps most of the day. I’m not sure if he’s thinking I’ve got the day shift to be on red alert and he’s got the night shift. Apparently, the daughter and I cannot replace daddy being gone. We’ve paid plenty of attention to him and have not used the “d” word (daddy) around him. We even took him for a ride this evening. He usually jumps in the back of my truck, but when we let the tailgate down, he whined and went to the back door of the truck. He usually likes to ride in the back of my truck, so he can stand up on the sides and bark at everyone and everything. He wags his tail the entire time, too. It’s his way of greeting everyone. ๐Ÿ˜‚ He didn’t think he could jump up in the back this evening when we told him to “load up.” I’m thinking his arthritis was acting up.
I hate to admit he’s getting old. He used to be able to clear a tailgate in his younger days. Of course, that has always depended on the height of the truck, and I’ve got a tall one now. He’s like most senior citizen dogs his age, he’s got good days and bad days.
The daughter thought he’d like his window down, so we rowed the back window down for him so he could see the sights. He wasn’t interested. Not much going on this evening for him, I suppose, either that or he was being a backseat driver, because when I sped up, he barked at me. He’s such a character. When we got home, he did a full house search, looking for the hubs. When he couldn’t find him, he plopped onto his bed and let out one of his long drawn out sighs. Bless his heart.
George’s late night rendezvous entail checking all quadrants of the house, from top to bottom. I’m going to have to squeeze in some naps during the day to catch up on my sleep.
On a happier note, after homeschool work is done, we’ve been watching some great flicks, enjoying yummy food and lots of laughs. Here’s to hopefully a good night’s rest!

Have an awesome and blessed Friday!

JoAnn

Ps. I honestly think dogs are pretty doggone smart. George thinks he’s a genius. ๐Ÿ˜œ

George enjoying a Sonic Drive-In trip

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