Meet Marcus

This is Marcus.

His smile is heartwarming.  His enticing personality has a mysterious way of drawing people towards him.  Everyone that meets Marcus loves him and thinks he’s just the greatest thing since sliced bread.  What kind of mom would I be if I didn’t agree?

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Busch Gardens (through Marcus’s eyes)

Last week we went to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.  Marcus eagerly begged to use the camera and I agreed, since I figured it would be a good opportunity to see our day through his eyes.

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Koreshan State Historic Site – a former cult compound

Today we visited Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero, Florida.  It was beautiful, scenic, educational, slightly eerie, possibly haunted, and left us scratching our heads over the cult-ish religious beliefs of the people that once inhabited that land.

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Carrot Cake Cookies

Let me be clear about something – I hate cooking, but I do enjoy baking.  Do you know what makes baking even more fun? When your kids join in!  Today Christian joined me, or actually I joined him….assisted him….OK, I admit it – I just watched.  Since Easter is tomorrow, we decided to bake carrot cake cookies to go with the festivities.

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The Importance of One-on-One in Large Families (advice needed!)

Being raised in a small family, one-on-one time with my parents wasn’t something I valued.  My brother is 10 years older than me, so by the time I was old enough to care, he was almost an adult and I felt like an only child.

Now that I have a large family, I recognize the value of one-on-one time with each child.  The dynamics of a large family are different.  There are more fights between siblings, differing personalities, increased financial demands, lack of personal space, and more time is required for the never-ending cleaning and laundry.  Especially for a large homeschooling family, the lack of personal space can feel greater because you’re always together.  In the midst of the choas it’s easy to forget about providing one-on-one time with each child.  

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Our love for Homeschooling (plus tips and what’s to come)

WARNING:

I am a huge advocate of homeschooling and will encourage it every chance I get!  However, that doesn’t mean that I am against public schooling, and know homeschooling isn’t for everyone.

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Showing Love

April 5, 2017

Dear Marcus,

I wanted to commend you on the letter you so boldly gave to your friend when he made a bad choice.  I know going against your friend’s actions to stand for what is right can be difficult.  In the end it’ll save you from a lot of unnecessary trouble, so keep up the good work.  Remember what we tell you:  you’re either on the dark side or light side.  Be the jedi.  Stay away from the dark.

Love,

Mom and Dad

❤❤❤❤❤❤

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