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I didn’t forget!

I didn’t forget! I have so so many photos to post I have just had so little time since returning home today. Look for posts from Savannah, HHI and Bluffton. We had a great (educational) time visiting the inlaws 😉


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Canning Tomatoes w My Mother In Law & Daughter












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I was asked to give a speech…….interesting haha

So…..one of my good friends asked me to give a speech on behalf of her free health clinic…….here is what I have to say. Let me know what you think, and if by some chance you’d be interested in donating to Healthwagon of southwest Virginia then by all means do !!!


A chief contributor to the Health Wagon, Commonwealth Catholic Charities. Paula and Teresa’s show above with the Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond Va

Now, for my speech:

When David first contacted me to ask if I would consider addressing you all for a few minutes this evening, my first thought was A FEW MINUTES!! That’s an awfully long time!!! Since then though, it has come to mind that a few minutes is not nearly long enough.

Many of you here tonight do not know me at all, so I will introduce myself. My name is ———– , my husband ———– and I live in ——– with my two children ——-&——–. Many of you know my husband and I am sure most all of you know his mother ———— executive director of the local chamber of commerce.

For 22 years my husband was a manager for Verizon, in 2009 he retired and began a second career in law enforcement. In April of this year he surprised me by changing departments and taking a position with the ——– County Sheriffs Office. After accepting the position as deputy sheriff, we were told we would not have health insurance for the first 30 days of his employment there. 30 days, that doesn’t seem like a terribly long time in the grand scheme of life does it?

Imagine to how to my horror, on the DAY AFTER our health insurance ended from the previous employer, our daughter fell while skate boarding and injured her wrist. Not even 12 hours after our insurance was dropped, I faced an emergency not with my own health, but with my child’s health. Fortunately for me, I knew Paula and Teresa, I knew about the Healthwagon and I knew they could and would help me. Fortunately my daughters injury was not severe enough to warrant having to see a pediatric orthopedist. Certainly Paula and Teresa became my personal heroes that day, saving me hundreds of dollars. With this behind us, after a few days things went back to the normal stride of life….until 5 days later when I received a phone call reminding me I had an appointment with a neurologist, an appointment I had been waiting three months for. Now here I stood, facing another medical dilemma with no health insurance.

At the time of that phone call, I had been having episodes of some fairly extreme neurological symptoms which later were diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia. If I rescheduled I would have to wait 3 months again….I was faced with a decision, could I endure 3 months of these episodes of bone crushing facial pain knowing that they could be a symptom of something as serious as a brain tumor or MS? I had to decide right then and there

Just How Much Is My Health Worth?

Fortunately because I, unlike most others without health coverage, had the finances to pay out of pocket for that appointment, I was able to keep it. At the appointment however, the neuro decided that it was necessary that I have an MRI w and w out contrast, an MRA, and a blink reflex test to rule out a brain tumor and MS. At that point, facing thousands of dollars worth of medical testing, once again I had to decide….


I explained to the neurologist that I would not have health insurance for 24 more days and I asked him just how urgent it was that I have these tests completed? Could they wait? Fortunately he felt they could wait, even in a worst case scenario of a brain tumor, 24 days wasn’t really going to affect anything. Had it been longer, 60-90 days however, he would had felt differently. So, for 24 days I waited…wondering DO I HAVE A TUMOR IN MY BRAIN? Or MS?

24 days….doesn’t seem that long does it? Not when you’re rushing around doing life, but believe me when you’re waiting, wondering if you have a brain tumor…24 days is a LIFETIME 24 days wondering what life will be like once you have that answer, 24 says to wonder what would happen to your children, your husband…..your family. Fortunately for me, that worry was unnecessary as I did not have the tumor or ms. Fortunately for me I knew exactly when I would be able to get the healthcare I needed.

For untold numbers, right here in our own back yard….our neighbors, our friends, our families….they’re without health insurance, and without hope. There is no end in sight for them, No 24 day countdown, there’s nothing…..NOTHING except The Health Wagon. Nothing except Paula, Teresa, Dr.S, and their team.

The Healthwagon reaches out, and like a ray of sunshine beams into darkness, they reach into the depths of despair and they give hope, they give help, they give.

Paula, Teresa, Dr. S and their team, give from the abundance of their love for others and from their sincere desire to meet people where they are and bring to them the most basic necessity…..healthcare. They’re amply filling Sister Bernadette Kennedy’s vision to take healthcare to the people who otherwise wouldn’t have any…..people like me last May….and people unlike any
we have ever known. People living in the most destitute situations. Tey go showing no prejudice, no judgement, asking no questions…simply reaching out because they are able . They’re able because of you, because of your generosity. You have enabled them to go further and do more each time and for that I thank you .


Above my mother in law executive director of chamber of commerce is preparing for the HW RIBBON CUTTING at their new clinic.









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So, you call yourself a homeschooler….

So….you call yourself a homeschooler…I guess that means you spend all day at home then right? You know…doing school and stuff. Continue reading

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Homeschool Cruise!?

So have any of y’all ever been on a “homeschool cruise”? We love to go on cruises but we haven’t ever been on a “homeschool cruise”, if you have or are planning to please share! I’d love to know more!!



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What kind of race is this anyway? (The OVERsocialized Homeschooler)

Grayson’s team 🙂 #3 in the district 😉

Are we running a long distance or is this the 50 yard dash?

Sometimes, I feel like I live live in a 24/7 version of the 50 yard dash! I’m running so fast my lungs are literally on fire and I can’t feel my legs anymore. My heart is pounding, there is a roar in my ears from the rush of blood. I am unaware of anything except the race, I’m falling behind…..I have to catch up! MOVE FASTER LEGS!! PUMP HARDER HEART!!! BREATHE LUNGS, BREATHE!!!! Then it happens, the inevitable, CRASH! Not just a crash, but a crash and burn……I am totaled….beyond repair….ready for the scrap heap.

I don’t understand how it happens, we start out walking along our homeschool path. We are like the tortoise; slow and steady wins the race. Pretty soon though, “ssssssssocialization” (that homeschool lie the devil told) begins to worry us, so what do we do? “Sign them up for a sport” we think…..yes thats it! So we sign up for the sport of the season and then pretty soon instead of walking/strolling down the homeschool path, we are at more of a power-walk pace. “Is 2 hours a week really enough?” begins to creep into our thoughts, “Ssssssssocialization isssss imporrrtant, the kidsssss aren’t gettttinng enough of it at hooome” Satan whispers . We sign them up for another sport, a music lesson; now we’re at a slow jog running to and fro to two sports and music lessons each week. “They still aren’t getting enough ssssssocialization, they need moooore, they will end up with no friends and be outcasts forever” he whispers again. What do we do? We sign up for something else! and then another and another and another until HOMESCHOOL is no longer at HOME…..EVER.

I am not at all implying that we homeschoolers should stay home all of the time, I’m simply saying….we shouldn’t have to go at a dead run in order to keep up with all of the social activities we have scheduled for our children to “make up” for them not being in school. Why do we feel that we must “make it up” in the first place? I’m not saying that some (very very very few…like 1 or 2) homeschoolers don’t overkill it with “bunker syndrome” , there are those who really do lock their children in the proverbial closet……sadly, this must be admitted. The truth is though, the great majority, of homeschoolers don’t! We have our children in public venues on a regular basis, they go shopping, they go to church, they take them on play dates, and in fact….homeschoolers DO have friends 🙂 contrary to popular anti-homeschooling beliefs. Truly, children who are homeschooled are, in general, more and better socialized than children who are confined to desks all day hidden away in the prison , oops I meant public school.

Satan would love to convince you that your homeschooling efforts will cost your child in the long run. After all, if he cannot compel you to “sssssssssssocialize” them, there is very little room for him to slither his way into their minds…..there is no way to plant the seeds of doubt. I am not saying “don’t socialize”, I am saying choose carefully with whom your child does so. Satan comes but for 3 reasons; to kill, steal, and destroy. He comes to kill your joy, steal your peace, and destroy your faith. When he lies, he is simply speaking his native tongue….there is no truth in him. The problem is, if he cannot convince you to believe the lie directly he will do so indirectly. You may have great discernment of knowing when it is your flesh or satan tempting you to stop journeying down the road God has called you to; often, it is more difficult to discern this though when he is using a close friend, family member, or your pastor……yes that’s right….your pastor. I’m not saying MY pastor has ever spoken against homeschooling, but I do know of those who do and have. It’s a hard pill to swallow when someone you consider to be a spiritual mentor challenges you on the choice to homeschool, especially considering this person has had a much longer and often times much stronger walk than you have had yourself….that is after all why they are your mentor right? I know…..you would think that Satan couldn’t use your mentor….after all, they are in tight with God and they pray all the time, they’re spiritual giants in your eyes; not true just look at Peter. Peter was the one Jesus directly ordained as the first minister of the church, and yet…..he told the Lord it was not so that he would be crucified, thus prompting the ” Get thee behind me Satan” chastisement. Peter also denied Christ the three times before the cock crowed. Satan is very good at using us Christians….so good that we don’t even recognize when he is using us because he “appears as an angel of light”. Let me encourage you then, since now we obviously know these things, not to be so easily swayed and worried about the “ssssssss” word.

Since I covered the lie….and I covered the truth; what isn’t and what is…..allow me now to cover what should be. Yes, your child does need to be among other children their own age, free to play without structure at times. Yes, being on teams will build sportsmanship, social skills, and team work concepts. Yes, musical lessons are wonderful, beautiful, and open the creative mind! Yes, co-op homeschooling can and is a wonderful tool! These are all wonderful. The key however, is “all things in moderation”.

You wouldn’t decide to paint your bedroom and then go buy every color of paint available then come home and splash it haphazardly all about your room on the walls, the floors, the ceiling and furniture! No! Never! You decide to paint your bedroom, you go to the store, look at swatches, perhaps you bring home a small sample of one or even two. You make a decision of whether one or both of those colors “fits” your space, and then you go back, make the purchase, come home and do the job.

Why then, do so many homeschoolers (myself included) decide that we need to get our kids “ssssssssocialized” and then proceed to do so by signing up for every lesson, co-op, sports team, play date, church play, vacation bible school, day camp, overnight camp, and every other imaginable social activity that one could become involved in…..all at one time!? This sends 2 messages; 1. You are insecure in your abilities as a homeschooler to socialize your child adequately. 2. It tells other people that homeschoolers are in fact poorly socialized….after all, if they were socially fine then why on Earth would their parents spend all that time and money running and chasing after “friends” for them through extra curricular activities…..homeschooling must really not be “enough”….just like they thought. In conclusion, since I myself am guilty, I am committing to only ONE musical lesson per week for each child and ONE sport per season for each. Gone are the days of leaving from the library reading buddy program, and running straight to competition cheer….followed by the next day’s piano and then basketball game……followed by the next days basketball practice and soccer practice…..followed by the next days children’s ministry activity……followed by the next days’ play date….and on and on…..it’s OVER. I am reclaiming my life and my purpose, and I encourage YOU to do the same. After all….I think we’ve more than proven that we do know how to socialize. 🙂


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Really struggling

So we really are struggling with this whole sleep issue now…..my son who really has never been afraid, who had always turned in early no matter what was going on, he went to his bed and went to sleep even if we had company here.

Now even though he is 10, he truly is legit afraid of “ghosts” and “dark things”……things he never mentioned until we went to that stupid DAR pottery event and they told the kids the mansion there was haunted.

What can I do? How do you help this?


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