The Homeschool Mother’s Journal (10-12)

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

This has been another of those weeks in which I’ve gotten very little sleep. Kendra is teething, and it has really upset her sleep patterns. I realized recently that I haven’t slept through the night more than a couple times in the last four years. No wonder I feel completely exhausted!

We have been busy planning for “company” to arrive later today–my parents are coming to visit! Everyone is excited and we’ve all been trying to get things finished so we can visit when they arrive.

In our homeschool this week…

We had a bit of a relaxed homeschool week. I’ve simply been too tired to focus on anything too challenging. I made sure everyone did what was truly necessary, but we eliminated some of the less essential things. I’m promising myself that we’ll get back on track next week!

Brandon, Devin, and Kaylee are ready to start Lesson 3 in IEW’s Student Writing Intensive B. We are going to pick up the pace a bit for the next few weeks, since they are doing very well with the lessons. I’ll post a recap of Lesson 2 soon!

I’m so pleased with the success Kaylee and Keaton are experiencing with notebooking their way through Mystery of History. We are notebooking newbies, and I’m thoroughly impressed with the time and effort they put into their notebooking pages. And they ARE learning, even without worksheets to prove it!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Don’t forget that iHomeschool Network’s Homeschool Hopscotch kicks off on Monday–mark your calendar so you don’t miss this exciting event! I’m participating with the topic Hymn Study for Homeschoolers. I’d love to have you join me!

My favorite things this week were…

  1. Brandon successfully shot and killed a button buck on Tuesday! This is first year to bow hunt, and he is of course excited and proud. I was thrilled that I was able to go with him to track the deer and take some pictures. I even stayed around to watch him gut it. :-)
  2. In the middle of one exceedingly long, sleepless night, Kendra looked at me and said, “Dink!” It’s so nice when she can actually express to me what it is that she is wanting

I’m cooking…

Today I’m doing some extra cooking for the weekend: Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Chicken Biscuit Bake, cornbread, and hopefully some kind of yummy dessert.

I’ve also been experimenting with making whole-wheat bread during the last two weeks. I’ve not had fabulous results since getting my new mixer, a Swedish-made Verona Kitchen Assistent. I’m trying to remind myself that practice does indeed make perfect . . . and in the meantime, my kids are devouring the rather heavy loaves as fast as I can make them!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Just in case you missed it last weekend, I’m sharing this video again. . .


  1. OH wow…his first deer. I bet he didn’t sleep for two nights. I am making venison stew tonight in order to start clearing out the freezer for this year’s (hopefully) bounty. What do you make with the meat? Please consider linking this up to my new end of the week feature – Its a Wrap. -Savannah

  2. I am working on my whole wheat bread too 😉 It can get quite heavy LOL I hope you have a wonderful visit with your family!! Have a great weekend!!

  3. Wow! A buck with a bow?? He must be QUITE a shot! I’m not sure that I would’ve stuck around for the, um, cleaning process, but good for you! ::laugh::

    I’ve had such a frustrating time making bread lately too! For most of the year my loaves have come out wonderfully – rye, wheat, French, white – but suddenly my last 3-4 loaves haven’t even risen! Perhaps my yeast is “gone”? It does take some time to get it right though!

    Awesome solo! I always wanted to be able to play the piano, but I don’t have a single musical gene in my body! ::wink::

    • Jessy, I should point out that I didn’t actually TOUCH the deer, LOL!
      If you have any bread-making tips for me, I’d be interested in hearing them. I am getting a bit discouraged with heavy bread. {sigh}

  4. I love baking bread but it took me months before it popped out fresh and beautiful and somewhat respectable 😉 I have been wanting to experiment with whole wheat flour, but is very expensive here Alaska.

    Woo hoo on the first deer! We are hoping to do a family black bear hunt in the spring. I still do not have the stomach to even watch my husband gut a fish, so we’ll have to see.

    I am praying that you’re youngin’ will sleep through the night soon! I know very much how that is. My firstborn and my fifth were both terrible sleepers. Losing sleep just changes your persona!

    • Oh, my, Alaska? I imagine there are many things that are more expensive there!
      My boys would be thrilled with the opportunity to hunt bear. I, on the other hand, would probably find some excuse to stay home. 😉 You are a wonderful mom to be going along!
      I really appreciate your sharing about having a couple difficult sleepers. I sometimes feel that, after having had seven kids, I should surely be able to figure this out. Most people seem to think that I just need to let her cry or somehow “make” her sleep. Oh, well, moms always survive, right?
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • There really is no ‘making’ a baby that they need to sleep. They eventually become self-sufficient so that even if they’re not sleeping, they’re not your hair right??

        • So true, Kay! I need to remind myself that I have six children who DO sleep through the night, and baby will when she is ready. Thanks for your encouraging words!

  5. Wow! Congrats to your son on his first deer and to you for hanging around for the “clean up.” You are a brave woman, lol! :-) I hope you have a wonderful visit with your parents! I have been baking a lot of bread lately, but have cheated a bit and use my breadmaker. Does that still count? :-) Hope you get some sleep soon. That is so difficult and then having to homeschool all day. Great video! That is one of my all-time favorite church hymns! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, friend! Many blessings, Lisa :-)

    • Lisa, I should probably clarify that I did NOT touch anything, LOL! The actual cleaning was no worse than dissection, which I survived quite nicely last year. :-)
      I’m still making very mediocre loaves of bread. I’m going to buy some new yeast and see if the bread improves. And of course using a breadmaker counts–I’d use one if I had one! :-)

  6. My kiddos are doing IEW as well and really enjoying it.

    Congrats on the deer – I grew up around hunters and remember many a deer being gutted in our garage/yard, haha!

    Hamburger vegetable soup sounds delicious!

    • I’m glad to hear that your kids are enjoying IEW, Shay! I wish that I had begun using it with my children sooner. While some of them claim to not like it, they are ALL turning in excellent paragraphs.
      Thank you for the “deer congratulations”–I’ll pass them along to my son! :-)

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