Photo Challenge: Day 20 In My Bag


30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 20 In My Bag

It’s a hard to define “in my bag”. I could show you pictures of the contents of my purse, but you would probably never read my blog again, as it is very unorganized and incredibly uninteresting.

My other bags are almost completely packed, our moving day is less than two weeks away.

That’s not really an interesting subject matter either.

However, I have been stashing away a few goodies for the upcoming Graduation.

They are definitely “in my bag”, as I refuse to let my son see them until Graduation Day.

I think the mystery and suspense adds to the excitement.

We have family coming in from out of state. We have old friends and new friends coming to visit for the occasion. It’s going to be a great day!

We also have a party in the works, there will be plenty of good food!

It’s all very exciting.

This is our first homeschool Graduation. I am preparing to cry uncontrolably at the event.

I am warning you now.

Note to self: bring extra tissues and waterproof mascara.

For those of you who don’t know much about homeschooling and are thinking our diplomas are homemade and written in crayon, you will be pleasantly surprised.

You could make a high school diploma any way you want to, but we chose to have one professionally made from

They are a local company and have a stellar reputation for all your graduation supply needs including caps, gowns, custom diploma covers, etc.

I love how professional it all looks. Puts our homeschool on the map!

I have much more to share on this subject later in the week.


Photo Challenge: Day 16 Habit





Perhaps I should call this photo habitat instead. I have struggled with today’s photo topic: Habit. It’s because like most people I have more bad habits than good ones.

I don’t have a habit of exercising.

I have a bad habit of biting my nails.

I have an even worse habit of falling sleep on the couch way to early in the evening.

I do have some good habits, although I can’t remember what they are off hand.

One of our family’s favorite habits is bird watching. We love birds.

We studied backyard bird species as a science project when the boys were small.  They still love watching them.

For the second year, there has been a momma robin who made a nest in the light at our back door. She just hatched her babies a few days ago. We can hear them calling to her when she’s out in the yard pulling at worms.

New to the yard this year, is a family of chickadees. They have taken up residence in a little white bird house in the tree out back. They scold me when I get to close. They have such a sweet little chatter.

Our youngest boy recently discovered this precious nest of blue eggs in the bushes out front. It’s a wren’s nest. I see the mamma flutter away when I open the curtains next to the window. I can’t wait until they hatch.

This is one of my first attempts with the new camera. I love it already.

Enjoy your Memorial Day!

Photo Challenge: Day 13 Can’t Live Without

 Can’t Live Without: Adventure

I have been thinking about this post for several days. Life has once again gotten in the way of my creative plans, and I find I just can’t seem to devote as much time to this project as I would like. Today’s photography is assignment: Can’t Live Without.

This is a loaded topic. I find there are many things I can’t live without for reasons outside my control, but there are also many things I choose to live without deliberately.

It’s confusing.

I must say I have decided that I can’t live without adventure. The idea of me spending my life sitting behind a desk in a grey cubicle under florescent lights makes me ill. It’s just not for me. Not at all.

As much as I like some stability, like being in the same house for several years, I also enjoy things that are spontaneous and adventurous.

Like taking my son to the rock climbing gym. It was so much fun. We have never done this before, but it won’t be the last time.

Notice, you do not see me climbing these walls. I climb the walls at home regularly, I don’t need to do it at gym too.

Besides, I had to hold the ropes for him. And take the photos. This week that was about as adventurous as I got.

I would love to take off this summer for an adventurous vacation, but we can’t decided where to go.

Any suggestions?

What sort of adventures do you have with your family?


30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 7 Routine


Are you a creature of habit? I find that I choose to be habitual when it suits my purposes, but I am rather lacking in habit when it is something that I don’t want to do.  Today’s Photo Challenge is “routine“. I don’t have many routines, but those that I do have are carved in stone.

For example, I don’t get up at a certain time of the morning, nor do I go to bed at the same time each day. I am really not much for schedules.

BUT, I always take a mid-afternoon break from what ever projects I am involved in during the day.

When our kids were little, I would send them off to their rooms for “quiet time” in the mid afternoon, after we were finished with our home schooling. The rule was that unless there was fire or blood, they were not allowed to leave their room for 1 1/2 hours.

I never once lost a child during quiet time. We never had blood or fire either.

It wasn’t really that the children needed quiet time, it was that I needed it.

I needed time to think, rest, nap, make lists, pray, or just time to enjoy solitude and peace away from motherhood.

My kids are in high school now, and they still follow the quiet time rule.

They know when to disappear, and they enjoy reading, writing, napping, etc. during their quiet time just like I do.

My routine has changed slightly, but I still make a cup of hot tea and enjoy it with a cookie or sometimes a rice cake with peanut butter.

Occasionally, I start a fire in the fire place and stare into the flames. It’s very relaxing to me.

Mostly I collect my thoughts, knit, or read a good book.

Some routines are definitely worth keeping for the long haul.

Give your self permission to have quiet time today.