I can breathe!

September and October have been very hectic months for us. Just about every weekend of both months either me or my husband were away for at least one night, we were under a great deal of stress and there just did not seem to be enough hours in the day.

While most people dread the holiday time, I adore it and am so ready for November and December and all that they bring to our lives and home. I am thrilled that my husband will not be away once this month and I am super excited to be getting ready for Christmas! The celebration is month long in our home, and because we like to soak up every bit of the fun in December, we started decorating last week!

What are some of your favorite traditions? We celebrate the time of advent with our wreath and a devotional as well as some fun activities and ways to serve others. We do a lot of baking and crafts, and watch a lot of Christmas movies. The satellite holiday stations are live as of tomorrow and I can’t wait to blast them after we have our own little worship sessions with “The Message” every day. 😁

School has been going well, we had fallen behind a couple of times (seems every time we would get caught up something else would cause another interruption.) But we are breezing through our core subjects and the boys are learning so much through their Friday enrichment program. It is so fun to see their creativity in their writing classes and to hear about what they are learning in world missions and apologetics. They are both loving karate at the moment and very much looking forward to skiing in a couple of months. What are some of your favorite winter activities?

Here is our tree on Halloween night (stayed up late with the boys to do it) before we added all the decorations. ❤️ 🎄

Have a blessed week!

~Melanie

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Sep-Dec

My four favorite months, the best time of the year! It is almost upon us and I geek out that my birthday kicks it all off! I’m already indulging in all things pumpkin and after an incredibly hard start to August I have already decked the house out for fall, I needed the pick me up.

4th and 7th great are off to a rockin start, and our furry baby count has grown yet again. We have come under the attack of Satan once again, with the start of my husband’s pastoral studies. But now that the initial boom has passed, I refuse to let him flatten our faith or steal our joy! Our family could use your continued prayers but we have an exciting and insanely busy month ahead, full of growth and celebration and I am taking you along for the ride!

Enjoy the snapshots from August and get ready for a fun filled final third of the year! What are some of your fall and holiday traditions? I am excited to share ours with you so stay tuned!

~Melanie

I’m truly an awful blogger!

Why do I keep doing this? I come, I make a post about getting better about this and then I am nowhere to be seen for months. I guess I feel like I never have enough good content to post about it so it would be kind of pointless, that maybe nobody cares to read my blog because I am inconsistent and uninteresting. But, maybe it’s just that I am not putting forth enough effort, or putting too much rather than not enough thought into it. What kind of content do you like to read? My blog is “suppose” to be about our homeschooling and homesteading journeys, which have had a lot of ups and downs over the past couple of years. Maybe I need to quit trying to have a theme to my writing and just write from my heart. There are also a lot of things I’d like to write about but they aren’t mine to write about, they are part of my husband’s journey. Something I am very passionate and have a lot to say about is my faith, my Lord, my Savior, my God! Maybe that is what I am suppose to write about. I am certainly not all knowing, but I am definitely passionate; and our country, our world, needs a revival! I don’t know what “lil ole me” can do, but I do know that “nothing” is not an option, and if my words can help even one person find their way to Christ, then it is all worth it.

I am not going to sit here today and merely say “I’ll do better at this” I am going to commit to writing more, I am going to start small rather than setting myself up for failure, and I am going to commit to writing at least once a week. If I do more than that, fantastic! If I do at least that, then I’ll be pleased with myself. I’d love to share my wisdom and growth with all of you and encourage anyone that I can, because I have come to realize that is what God has made me. An “encourager.” I love praying for others as well so if you are in need of prayer feel free to comment or send me a message. I don’t even need all the details, God already knows that but if you could use the comfort of knowing that at least one more person is praying with you then I’d love to be that one more.

We are getting ready to begin a new homeschool year in a couple of weeks and we’ve had several little adventures this summer. I am not going to simply jot down the basics about each of these today though, this will be part of my commitment. I will return with plenty to say on anything I’d like to share, I think that is part of my problem is I cram everything into one post, devoting a paragraph at best to each story or item and then I have nothing left to say so my blog sits collecting virtual dust for months on end.

I leave you with this and will return very soon! Have a blessed day, week, and rest of this month! Know that you are loved by the one who knows you best, the one who created you and knows you even better than you know yourself. God bless you!

~Melanie

2018

Where does the time go? The past several months have been hectic and busy! A lot of changes in our lives, our oldest moved into his own place which was a huge adjustment for all, the boys have their own rooms again which has cut down on the rivalry a little (winning!) And we have acquired more chickens as well as some bunnies! The Christmas rush and cleanup is over and we are settling back into routine. We are starting this new year with some curriculum overhaul and we are super excited to dive into the new material. I will probably post some reviews in a few weeks. The boys have ski passes this winter so we spend one or two days a week at the mountain, they ski for literally hours and I enjoy the cozy lodge and some books and crafts.

My husband is so happy in his new job as are we because we finally get to enjoy much more quality time with him. This has been an adjustment as well because with better hours came a significant pay cut, but we are faithful and God is good! I am working hard to get my mom cave reorganized to create an ideal workspace so that I may devote more time to my etsy business and my usborne sales.

The most important thing going on in our lives right now is the time and effort we are devoting to God and our growth as Christians, we are spending more time in His word as individuals, a couple, and a family. My husband and I are diving into children’s ministry as well. And I will end this update here and say that if you have any prayer requests, feel free to send me a message or leave a comment and it will be my honor to include you in my daily prayers. I pray that this year will be one full of joy and blessings for all of you!

~Melanie

Busy, Busy!

The school year is in full swing, my second semester of grad school has been kicking my butt, and life has been hectic to say the least! We’ve had some great days mixed in there though with impromptu trips, finally opening and using our pool (in SEPTEMBER) and planning many fun things for the next several months! The boys have resumed their homeschool enrichment program, as well as karate and this month we are off to visit family as well as take a mini vacay in Plattsburgh!

Dear sweet readers, I could really use your prayers these days. Things have been a little bit crazy, but God has got this and God is good! How can I pray for you as well? Please shoot me a message or leave a comment!

I have some projects I am working on that I’ll be sharing with you soon but I just wanted to check in. I pray that your homeschool year (or otherwise if you don’t) is off to a great start, pray for our children. All of them. That they may have a successful academic year and be surrounded by good people!

Be blessed and thank you for stopping by!

~Melanie

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