Here we go!

The 2017-18 school year has officially begun and day one was a huge success! I am super excited about this school year and praying that we grow into a great and consistent routine. I feel truly blessed to be able to stay home with my sons and teach them. It’s such a blessing to watch them grow and learn, to be a part of that learning and be the one who decides what and how they learn!

I will refrain from making curriculum declarations because as most homeschoolers know, that can change! That is another of the beauties of this life, is if one thing is not working you can easily change that up or supplement where need be. Aside from the appropriate levels for core classes, we are starting off with learning about famous artists, taking a US Geography “virtual road trip”, and finishing up with astronomy before we move onto chemistry! I look forward to sharing many of our experiences with you, and would love to hear  from you other homeschool families out there about some of your favorites, experience, and your journey in general! Find me on social media (links to the right.)

Praying for a blessed homeschool year as well as a smooth semester for myself! I hope the start of the new school year goes as smoothly for the rest of you as well, whether you homeschool or not!

Be Blessed!

~Melanie

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Oops, it’s August!

Life in July was absolutely overwhelming; some good, some bad but most definitely insanely busy! Our oldest moved back home, we had a birthday to celebrate, we had VBS and soccer camp, as well as so many appointments and tasks to tackle daily. I truly felt like I barely had time to breathe last month. But I survived, by the grace of God and thanks to my amazing support system.

It has been a pretty pleasing month for our little homestead in the making, we now have laying ducks, we have slaughtered some delicious birds and the garden is coming along nicely. We have also decided that next year we will be expanding our livestock with pigs and possibly sheep and goats! I am super excited!

We are now diving into another busy month and this first day had best not be an indicator of how it will be, I had to take a serious time out and have a talk with God because I know that only He can get me through the days that seem so heavy and worrisome; I am too blessed to be stressed and sometimes we all need to take a step back and look at it all from a different perspective.

Speaking of our amazing Father, if you follow me on facebook you have seen the updates I have been sharing about a young man named Bobby who was in a terrible car accident last month and is defeating all the odds against him by the power, love and grace of our great God! Thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ have been praying for this boy and he is truly a living miracle! Our God is so good!

I truly do intend to get better at this regular blogging thing, perhaps I need to schedule it in my happy planner 😉 but for now I’ll leave you with prayers for a blessed month as we dive into a new school year and then my favorite months of the year (I absolutely adore Sept-Dec!) Be blessed and be a blessing.

~Melanie

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Thank you, June

It really has been a great month! We spent last week worshiping along with thousands of other Christians, and led by some amazing artists! The first day was literally dampened by  some major downpours but that stopped no one, most people stood through the storm to praise and honor our Father! The second day could not have been more perfect, we had a nice shady spot and it was much warmer. I was blessed with the opportunity to chat with Dave Pettigrew who is involved in a great ministry, and is such a beautiful soul with an amazing heart for God. I was also blessed to watch my 11-year-old grow in his faith, and both of our boys cannot wait to return again next year. We already have our tickets, wouldn’t miss it for the world! It truly was an amazing weekend of spiritual growth for all of us.

Another blessing from this month is our oldest choosing to return home to us, I am truly looking forward to rebuilding with him and seeing where God leads him. Most of my blog readers do not know about the turmoil we had been through with him and I will honestly keep it that way, but just be in prayer for this transition and his heart and future. We love him dearly and are so happy to have him home!

I also feel like we are on the cusp of my husband’s job transition, and we couldn’t be more excited because this will mean more family time! Lastly, we are officially done with 2nd and 5th grade and I could not be more proud of my sons who blew their achievement tests out of the water! They both scored way above their levels, this was certainly a confidence booster for those “I feel like I’m failing” mommy days as well as a confidence booster for my boys who do have their occasional struggles in some areas. It’s also a nice thank you for your opinion but we’re good to all the naysayers in our lives.

God is on the move in many mighty ways! ❤

Have a safe and blessed 4th of July weekend friends, we look forward to celebrating our soon to be 8 year old as well as spending time with our church family.

~M

June is our month!

Everyone has something they are looking forward to in the summer, for us, this year it is the second annual Worship in the Adirondacks concert! We took our sons last year and it was a truly amazing time, thousands of people gathered out in God’s great creation, worshiping him and learning of ways to serve others. It was wonderful, our boys truly enjoyed their first concert and since then we have been sponsoring a young boy from Colombia. It has been a blessing to our family, knowing we are making a difference in someone else’s life! If you would like information on sponsoring a child, please feel free to contact me!

June is also the month we are working hard on getting our garden going, we have already planted many things and praying that it will thrive in this sketchy New York weather. Northern NY means that on this first weekend of June it’s actually a little chilly outside, we are set to have a high of 62 today! What is the weather like where you are? What are some things that you like to grow and that thrive well in your climate? I for one would love to grow some citrus but that is not happening here!

Have a blessed weekend, make it count!

~Melanie

Rainy Day Blues

It has been a very wet spring here in Northern NY. This is mostly good, because God is cleansing the Earth and we certainly need it, especially in preparation for gardening. But the downside to so much rain is a mucky yard and lazy days. We went through a little storm of our own during all of this, we have had to re-home our two dogs as they attacked our birds and killed one of the ducks. It saddened me but I have to protect my flock. I am not waiting long enough to “maybe” break them of it only to have them kill more. The boys were completely fine with it and therefore so are we.

The sun-breaks in our life recently include an amazing camping trip this past week and the completion of my first semester grad school with excellent grades. The boys are winding down 2nd and 5th grades and looking forward to all that summer holds for us.

My husband will be starting a new job soon which will allow for more family time, God is so good! And I’m almost ready to launch my Etsy shop and have just signed on to sell Usborne books again!

I’ve got a growing to-do list though loves, so I hope you have a blessed weekend! Take a moment to remember those that fought and died for your precious rights!

~Melanie

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