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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds Returns After a Year Hiatus

About a year ago I decided to stop blogging here at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds.  My plan was to leave it up as an archive of resources for home educators, while I switched to writing about my more personal pursuits at a different web address. 

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds is back after a year hiatus!The archive bit happened, but the rest?  Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans.

The short story is that I just needed a clean break from blogging for awhile.  What I thought would be a few week break turned into a few months and before I knew it almost a year had passed.

And then I realized that I wanted to come home to this blog and talk with you, not build up and create an all new blog and talk to all new friends. 

So, welcome back!  I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with you and sharing what we are doing in our homeschool. 

Let me give you a quick update on the family.

It’s been a very rainy spring and we are all kind of sick of being cooped up inside.  This morning the kids are building together.  And not fighting.  Bliss!

Kids building with Pinblocks at Homeschooling Hearts & MindsKids building with Pinblocks 2 at Homeschooling Hearts & MindsThey are using Pinblocks, which are pretty cool (even the teen is fascinated).

Chris and I celebrated our 18th anniversary this January.  This picture is from his birthday a couple months before (his age on the cake is in binary---see if you can figure it out).

binary birthday cake at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


David is 16 and just finishing up his 10th grade coursework.

David's birthday at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


Mary is 12 and finishing 6th grade.

Mary reading during graveside memorial at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


Peter is 10 and finishing 4th grade.

Peter in a tape body outline for Emma's detective mystery at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


Emma is 7 and finishing 1st grade.

Emma in laundry basket at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


The girls after their ballet recital:

Girls' ballet recital at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


Peter bridged up to Boy Scouts this spring.

Peter bridging up to boy scouts at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


Emma discovered that selfies are fun.

Little kids like selfies at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


We noticed that sometimes the sky looks just like a painting.

Amazing clouds at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


We engaged in plenty of learning…

Physics with marbles and pipe insulation at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

…and a whole lot of silliness.

Being silly at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

I’ve had some health issues this year.  There’s something about being in your 40s and suddenly having health issues that makes you take notice of your mortality.  Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere---but I am taking stock of the way things are and what I’d like change.  There’s only a couple more years before my oldest becomes an independent adult (eeps!).  This is a good time to be reflective and intentional.

Christmas at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds


Since we are finishing up our coursework and heading into summer, I’ll soon be talking about what worked and didn’t work for us this year. 

Me and my crew at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

In the meantime, how have you been? 

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