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Abeka Seatwork and Why we start at 7AM!

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It’s Back to School and all those cute little pics are blowing up your feed. Our “posed” shots are coming soon, but the reality is that AbiNoelle is actually four weeks into her second grade year with Mrs. Chappell and the Abeka DVD program. Let me just say, this school year is off to a great start! So great that I wanted to share it with you all. It’s all thanks much in part to our routine change in two areas. I know, many of my homeschool friends are ready to faint at that word “routine,” but it works for us, and just maybe a few quick details might inspire you. Continue reading “Abeka Seatwork and Why we start at 7AM!”

A View of the Bar

Yes, you are correct. A view of the Bar? Bar means BAR! – as in beer, drunk, Asheville, NC. Our beautiful Asheville, NC, set in the Great Smoky Mountains has been quite overtaken by the liberal left and become the prime spot for Craft Beer and Breweries. “Oh be careful little eyes what you see?” song ditty has turned into “Oh be careful better close your eyes for sure” every time we venture downtown for a mail run. On this day in point, we rounded the corner from the Post Office and stopped at a traffic light. Right outside AbiNoelle’s window was a old mechanic shop turned beer joint and with a quick gasp she looked and said,  Continue reading “A View of the Bar”

Look what’s happened this Summer – Special Deliveries!

Deliveries abound around our place this summer – so much so that we’ve even had to set up a special delivery drop-off zone for the mail man! Aren’t deliveries fun? In just the first few weeks of our summer we have been blessed by special deliveries – some by mail truck and others by…

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She did it!

“Are you ready for graduation?”

“Graduation?…but I already did that!” Continue reading “She did it!”

She meets Mrs. Reese

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From Mrs. Reese and K5 to levels of higher learning – she’s ready and excited! What a special blessing to visit and introduce our ole alma mater to AbiNoelle. How appropriate that we visit one of the places that we are so grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

Our day began with entrance into the beautiful Crown Center to join with the Pilgrims in praise and singing to God for all that He has done for us.

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Next, came a fun time out on college field, enjoying fellowship and food at the alumni tent while watching the Turkey Bowl.

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With a cheer in the last 10 seconds for a winning goal, we followed our noses to the Four Winds and enjoyed a scrumptious feast of turkey, ham, dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, and dessert. (Sorry, all that we left was the placemat – Mmmmm!)

The night ended in a Christmas fine arts performance! (It’s so fun to get all dressed up for a fine occasion. Sparkles and Shiny are always good for little girls!)

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And in the midst of all that we even had time to sneak in a few moments to show AbiNoelle some of our favorite spots on campus. Her imagination took over as we investigated the One Room Schoolhouse and pretended to step back on the prairie for school time. “Teacher” AbiNoelle took a turn while Daddy sat on the disobedient stool and then “student” AbiNoelle practiced reading in a little desk.

The library also held a few other treasures  – a copy of our own The Voice in the Wilderness magazine in the periodical section and the beautiful painting PopPop gave to the Hortons years ago.

What a day!….and to think that the most monumental happened the night before….

Our arrival to campus and Wednesday night church brought what will never be forgotten.

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Early in the day, as we entered town, we stopped by the Academy (or should I say, Mrs. Reese’s school) – how exciting!

But nothing could compare with meeting Mrs. Reese!

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At the first sighting of her (about 2 minutes before service started) the excitement could not be contained. Emotions spilled over and a few tears had to be dodged as we took our seats and church began. Knowing our hearts, we trust the Lord forgives a little one’s lack of attention to the message, for all she could manage were continuous peeks in her teacher’s direction to make sure she was still there. At the last note of dismissal, AbiNoelle dashed toward the seat of Mrs. Reese and called after her as she and Dr. Reese began to exit the auditorium towards our decided meeting place. “Mrs. Reese, Mrs. Reese!” she called. In a moment, Dr. Reese turned and said, “I think I hear “Reese” being called!” And then it was here….the most anticipated moment…AbiNoelle with her teacher, Mrs. Reese.

And then it began – conversation and memory making moments never to be forgotten.

AbiNoelle enjoyed sharing her special card (hand-written in her best cursive writing) with Mrs. Reese. Then came quiz time from the teacher!!

(R) What lesson are you on?

(A) Lesson 81!

And on it went!

(R) Did you just throw snowballs at me in the last lesson?

(A) [Giggle, giggle] Yes, I threw a bunch at you, Mrs. Reese!

(R) Was that really you!?! [giggle, giggle]

Oh, the fun! Mrs. Reese was so accommodating. She must have soooo many students, current and former, and yet she took time with just one and the impact will be long-lasting!

Surely a trip to remember. We are so THANKFUL!

And the cherry on top was AbiNoelle’s first look at the ocean….

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….playing a beautiful handchime trio together in church….

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…and giving a special Books of the Bible recitation.

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PRAISE THE LORD!! Great things He hath done!

Never say “No, don’t, stop, or not that way!”

20160909_145818.jpgSo here we are in a local play area as a special reward for completing several responsibilities, munching on our lunch and anticipating the playtime to come, when in squeals a little one followed by his family. Of course, the little boy’s straight path to the slide was followed by older sister’s  yells and mother’s quite colorful language insisting upon his eating first before play. The whole exhibition to follow was mesmerizing to Mommy and AbiNoelle. Continue reading “Never say “No, don’t, stop, or not that way!””

Should you mark that answer wrong?

With a bounce of curls, bright eyes, and a confident smile, she presented the worksheet to her teacher. “Did I do good?” questioned the eager face. To the capable eye, the error was clear, yet not wanting to cloud the happiness, hesitation wondered, “Must I mark that wrong?”
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Ready, set, View the World & Go Neutral?

I love talking about education, reading about education, and EDUCATING! Because of the variety of opportunities given to us by the Lord, I have been able to personally chat with hundreds if not thousands of homeschoolers and teachers. In conversation, curriculum choice, processes, practices, worldviews, and opinions (and this group of people tend to tip the scales with “opinion”) seem as vast as the sands on the seashore and many times as changeable as an old hat. In this day of political correctness, blurred gender distinctions, and equality, many would t0ut that education should, at its very core, stem from a place of neutrality. Whether Common Core, Outcome -based, STEM, No Child Left Behind, bureaucrats insists they have the answer to quality, NEUTRAL education; however, the ages of time illustrate that basic assumptions of life and of the purpose thereof, guide and direct thoughts and actions creating a worldview which shape the very essence of curricula. I never cease to be amazed at the many educators (homeschoolers or schoolteachers) who, over time, adapt or follow suit completely with such experimental platforms, allowing corrupt politics to influence the minds and hearts of students. Many years ago, we had the awesome privilege of traveling throughout the western Canadian provinces. Continue reading “Ready, set, View the World & Go Neutral?”

We should MOVE! The sweet and sour…

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Well…she took Washington D.C. by storm!…or should we say, it took her? Participating in Awake America’s Capitol Connection was filled with many SWEET memories and will be long remembered by AbiNoelle. People, preachers, Congressmen, Senators, and more to meet everyday – how exciting! On our last night in town, as we drove through the streets towards our hotel, she just couldn’t express enough that we must… Continue reading “We should MOVE! The sweet and sour…”

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