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How about something thinking outloud? (Homeschool)

We must make some changes. This is spun from a text I sent to a friend, but I would love more advice from many of you seasoned mamas. Basically without getting too many names involved, where we live we either have to be in an umbrella, or distance learning private school, or with the county. For my oldest, we have chosen to have her in a distance learning private school which was great until they changed all the requirements this year the day before classes officially began. It has been a stressful nightmare. It is no longer homeschool but school at home with crazy busy work and deadlines that just don’t work. My daughter is seven, working mostly at a third grade level in fifth grade math. With certain things she needs a bit more time but can do it. But with their new deadlines it doesn’t matter and no. . .

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New Year, New Starts and continued Works in Progress

By any accounting this blog post title might definitely be related to a needlecraft art. New Year, New Starts and WIPs sounds a bit like something directly out of a Stitch Maynia or Stitch from Stash SAL (stitch-a-long for those curious). Yet at the same time doesn’t that title ring true for a homeschool mama trekking alongside in school with her students? We need a fresh start. We need to regroup our progress and decide what is working and what efforts need to be tweaked to reach the optimal progress for us all to succeed. And then again, what about the mom blogger who wants to make a fresh and exhilarating new Year with an effort into affiliate funding and building review and other blog relations in the online community of similar mamas. While we are at it, why not throw in the prospect of new life growing deep in the womb. . .

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Making money from home with only a click…

Lately, I have become pretty passionate about putting forth an effort to use some services to make a little bit of money from home. Yes, I am a stay-at-home homeschooling mama to three littles (and one on the way) all under the age of seven. I cross stitch and read books in my spare time, but I want to try to pay for my blog expenses and pull down our debt a little bit. While I do not want to bombard you dear readers with ads, I have put up a page with what I’m calling my affiliate mall containing links that would give us a few cents and possibly dollars eventually when you purchase using my links. I have added a few rotating ads in my sidebar as well. But never you fear, I’m not getting rich quick. *Dude, there are affiliate links in this post. Use ’em and. . .

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Stress Free Homeschool (needed desperately)

In the past few months I have noticed a drastic change in our homeschool. It was stressing me out. Actually, I’m pretty sure it was stressing all of us out. I realized that we were having a stress-filled homeschool and I needed to stop re-evaluate and possibly take a break. In truth, we have been homeschooling for about five years now, as we started when AppleBlossom was quite young and vying for educational inspiration and exploration. We jumped right in, and I couldn’t keep up with her thirst for knowledge and budding learning skills. Teaching her has been a delight and looking forward to learning more and going deeper has been a dream to contemplate. But that is not how the last few months, or school year, has played out… There are quite a few new elements. Toddler Rascal brother in the background as well as five-year-old attention span of. . .

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December, where did you come from?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who can hardly believe that we are half way through the month of December and that much closer to starting a new year!? When I started this post the other day I was full of things to say, then I became distracted. Now, I’m sitting down to type and try again with a full battery in the laptop, but apparently, the internet has just lost connectivity, so hopefully this draft won’t disappear… Cross stitch, it’s my thing! I’m sitting down tonight to type and talk as I cannot stitch this evening. As a matter of fact, I’m not letting myself stitch at all today as I seem to have overdone it the last few days and my shoulder is hurting terribly from an apparent repetitive stitch injury. Oops! I know, I know! I just couldn’t help it though. I was finally able to. . .

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How is it going, dear readers?

  I figured it has been a few weeks since my last hey, how you doing post, so that is what I’m here to do today. Last time, I checked in I was talking about our trip to the beach and how we were all recovering from my miscarriage this early summer. Well the late summer threw us for a loop as well as I found out in early October that I am pregnant again. This is the sixth time I have been pregnant and it is a realization with tons of emotions this way and that. Personally, due to the circumstances of the last few months I have to confess to quite a bit of trepidation. Only time will tell and it is all in God’s hands is it not? Here is a sneak peak… Next appointment is November 15th! I have still been cross stitching a lot and. . .

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Cross Stich Update (September 2016)

This past year, my love for the sewing needlework art of cross stitch has taken me by surprise and a powerful passion. While I have been stitching on and off since around the age of fourteen, when I made my first stamped cross stitch quilt… This year I have discovered all sorts of new techniques and challenges and I’m loving every minute with a thrilling excitement. At this point, I have started two HAED projects (long term, huge one over one designs of full coverage). I discovered Heaven and Earth Designs when I was looking to complete my seasonal fairies from a beloved artist Ruth Sanderson. I had started out with two Dimensions Kits of Fall Faerie and Woodland Enchantress. Right now, I have one completed page of four finished on the fall faerie and the woodland enchantress is completely stitched except for a bit of backstitching and beads. I. . .

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Adventures in Nashville (from a reader’s perspective) Part 1

This past week I was blessed with the experience of an incredible adventure. As a mama of three littles under the age of seven, I do not get out much and I have never before been away over night. As my youngest has recently turned two and is nearly weaned this was the time for a mama adventure. A beloved dear reader friend invited me to share an Airbnb and attend a one-day Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. We turned it into three days and had an amazing time! One might think, what is the big deal getting together with a reader friend? But what if I told you that this friend lives states and many hours away and our relationship was built upon the commonality of our book choices and timing of our addition of children to our families? We are kindred spirits, although we may be in contact from. . .

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Plans for 2016-2017 Homeschool Year {Blog Hop}

Yesterday I waxed on and on about the curriculum choices for the upcoming year including a Toddler, Kindergartener, and 3rd Grade Student. Today I want to touch base a little bit on planning. It’s the 5 Days of Homeschool 101 this year and will be taking place from the 8-12th of August 2016!! There are daily themes and these include the following: Monday – Curriculum Tuesday – Planning Wednesday – Home Management Thursday – Traditions Friday – Encouragement Over the last 5-6 years that I have had homeschooling my children on the brain, I have been planning. I write things on notebook paper that inevitably get thrown away. I have tried to use online planners, but can never seem to get it quite right and keep on task with it. Especially when there are some weeks that I just want to run from technology. I have read, and re-read books such. . .

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3rd and Kindergarten Curriculum {Blog Hop}

It has been a while, but I’m here again to participate in a nearly annual homeschooling blog hop! It’s the 5 Days of Homeschool 101 this year and will be taking place from the 8-12th of August 2016!! There are daily themes and these include the following: Monday – Curriculum Tuesday – Planning Wednesday – Home Management Thursday – Traditions Friday – Encouragement   The discipuli… With the 2016-2017 school year we are going into sixth year of homeschooling. This year I have two full-time students. My oldest daughter is an advanced seven-years-old, superhero obsessed and working at a mostly third grade curriculum level. I have tried to hold her back, but she just keeps on trekking forward with more and more challenges. We have enrolled her in the Veritas Press Scholars Academy Diploma program (VPSA) with a variety of Online Live, Online Self-Paced, Teach at Home Diploma, and extra-curricular. . .

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Hello there, dear readers…

Crazy times, ‘eh? Well! My email inboxes are exploding and apparently are incapable of being tamed, but I’m trying! We went on a family vacation to a South Carolina beach and the kiddos all go to be introduced to the ocean and the concept of waves for the first time. That was fun and a good distraction for physical and mental healing. I have been busy cross stitching and going for lots of distraction these days and honestly, I am getting better. Interestingly, I gained a bit of weight with this last pregnancy, but since it did not take the normal route it did not shed as quickly. So please, pray for me to figure that out. I’m hoping a little more seriousness with Trim Healthy Mama and South Beach Diet will help. *Some affiliate links included. I’m working on some children’s picture book reviews. I just finished an amazing. . .

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It’s been nine days since my miscarriage…

Hi all. I’m not ready to come back to the internet. I’m not ready to return to my blog. I’m pretty sure I’m not ready to pour out all my emotions. I’m not sure if I’m ready to share my thoughts. I owe you some reviews through the TOS Crew. (LearnBop, MySchoolYear, Veritas Press Online Self-Paced Bible.)  Until I can get them from page to post, please feel free to read the crew reviews. I also owe you a few book reviews. Know that I am enjoying Sarah Sundin and Michelle Moran as per usual as a one statement recommend their latest reads. Reviews to come. I need the fog to lift a little more first. Pretty much the only online interaction from me is sporatic updates from instagram across the social networks sharing progress on my “In the Arms of an Angel” cross stitch Lavender & Lace piece which. . .

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Floss Tube Or Not To Floss Tube?

Funny thing, I wrote this post then was confused when I couldn’t find it. I accidentally wrote it on a old blog test site from my iPad and not Creative Madness Mama. Oops! I finall found it, however.  Lately, I have really been spending a lot of time getting back into the groove of cross stitching. Truly I would say that cross stitching was my first crafty hobby. I started out with stamped quilted baby quilts, then moved on to wall hangings in both a combination of stamped fabrics and small count Aida material. I never really stopped, but I haven’t stitched regularly. It was more as the stitchy-bug hit here and there. When I was pregnant with AppleBlossom was probably the last time I did a big gift project. In recent years I have worked during certain holidays on particular seasonal pieces, but no real finishes. This last fall. . .

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It’s been 2 years since my miscarriage.

It’s been 2 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, and 2 days since I had a first-trimester miscarriage that was diagnosed as a blighted ovum and ended in bleeding and a necessary D&C surgery. Why would I remind you? Why would I dwell on it and bring it up again? Well… I’ve been a little quiet around here lately. Pretty much my only social online interaction has been my stitch therapy sharing progress updates on my WIPs and new starts. Now I’ll tell you the reason why. I’m pregnant! Well, sorta. After we got married we tried for two years without success to get pregnant, but were finally blessed with AppleBlossom in 2009. Just as soon as we wanted we gave her the Princess for a little sister in 2011. When we first started trying again, we had a miscarriage in 2013. However, that angel baby was followed by our very. . .

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6-Year-Old Second Grade Curriculum (2015-2016)

Homeschool Edition! Mid-year thoughts!! Link backs: Previous Curriculum Choices Favorite Curriculum Choices (2014) PreK3 (2012) K4 Curriculum (2013-2014) K4.5 and Tot School (Spring 2014) K5 and PreK3 (Fall 2014) PreK3 Curriculum and Tot School (2014-2015)  K5 Curriculum (2014-2015) K5/1st Grade Curriculum and Tot School (Looking Back at 2014-2015) 1st/2nd Grade Curriculum (2015-2016) Hmm… so it would seem that I have missed a post or two of updating you on our curriculum choices. Life must have gotten carried away, plus we’ve had a bit of a virus filled year. Although, right now things are looking up! You might recall when AppleBlossom was five-years-old I wanted to do a Kindergarten (K5) year. We went for two First Grade curriculums hoping they would span two years. However, she completed the entirety of Seton Home Study School First Grade Curriculum AND Memoria Press First Grade Classical Core Curriculum. So when age six came around,. . .

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