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Wordless Wednesday: The Hair Do

Male movie stars may spend hours of time (and a lot of money) to get this look, but all my boy needs is a little sweat and dirt (and mom to run her fingers though his hair) to get the "just got out of bed" look.

Blogging Break

Won't be blogging much in the up coming weeks.  I broke my thumb while trying to get our double jogging stroller ready for a family run.  I am finding that most tasks are taking me a bit longer, including typing.  So, for now, I will not be blogging much. 

But, I have lots to share . . . pictures from our trip to Williamsburg, J and I running a 5K together, homeschooling, and my running goals.  So, I do hope to get some things posted soon!

Getting on my soapbox

I do not get on a soapbox often. At least, not on my blog.  I started the blog to journal about our family life so family members who live far away can see what goes on in our daily life.  But today, I am upset enough to get on my soapbox.  Indulge me.

This morning, I received an email from a friend that stated everyone should watch this video.  Please click play.



I cried while watching the video.  Maybe after viewing countless children from around the world on Waiting Child lists that have similar disabilities as Emmanuel just waiting for a family, waiting to be adopted and seeing this man who was adopted and how his life can speak to the beauty of all life . . . well, it is touching. 

And then I was on Facebook and a friend posted a link to this article:
Jury Gives Parents $4.5 Million Because They Missed Chance to Abort Disabled SonRead the article.  Yes, their son is missing his arms and one leg.  And the parents were upset because they missed the chance to abort him.  And they wa…

7 Quick Takes - Back to School Edition

1. We started school this Wednesday.  I had been pretty stressed about starting again and had not slept well since we came back from vacation.  But the first three days of school went well.

2.  I have instituted a formal system of bribery in our school.  The boys earn Monopoly Money for various school work (doing extra work or reading, getting 100% on  a test, knowing the answers to questions when I ask, good handwiritng, etc, etc).  The boys save up the money to buy things like an extra field trip, an ice cream sundae party, no math day, etc.  So far the boys are doing great.  My oldest counts his money every morning.  He wants to earn the school lunch party with the lunch of his choice (Papa Johns pizza).  The whole money system has caused impromptu math lessons with advanced addition and subtraction.  So far I like this!  Thanks, Mom, for the idea!

3.  I forgot just how messy my house is while homeschooling.  Up until about 3 PM, most of the house is a disaster!  There are books o…

Wordless Wednesday: Chasing Rainbows

Our vacation to Buffalo in pictures

Tractor Rides with Grandpa


A day at Beaver Island State Park




War of 1812 Re-enactment at Old Fort Niagara