Category Archives: Bonding

The First Week of Sixth Grade

A Decent First Day Ah, the return to homeschooling! It certainly had its fits and starts. I knew I had a cleaning later in the afternoon and I also had some errands to run, but I expected we had the … Continue reading

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Why Do You Want to Leave Me?!

There are some movies that just get you right there in the feels. When I need a good “feel good/pick me up from the doldrums” movie, I pull out┬áMy Big Fat Greek Wedding. My husband and I quote from it … Continue reading

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And Along the Way? Have Some Fun!

Recently, Em asked for some flavored lip balms. I found a cool pack of soda-flavored Lip Smackers on Amazon and she was tickled to get them. And then today? I stopped by Dollar Tree where everything is a dollar and … Continue reading

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Reading Spikes and the Big Green Light

I’m so stinkin’ excited, folks. I can’t even tell you how excited! Well, I will, right now actually… The Right Way to Start Off the Week Finally, after weeks of delays, and a nearly seven-month-long process, we received our foster … Continue reading

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Schedules, Promoting Writing and More

Schedule Rearranged Beginning at the first of this month, I moved most of my cleaning clients to afternoon appointments. This was the first step in planning our fall schedule. Em wants to return to homeschool and I feel more confident … Continue reading

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Schedule and Routine Makes a Difference

  When I was homeschooling, one of my biggest challenges was dealing with an ever-changing routine. This mainly had to do with my work schedule cleaning houses, which fluctuated around my clients’ needs and schedules. No one day was the … Continue reading

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Teaching Responsibility

Apparently, it is crunch time in my daughter’s little academic world. And it is interesting to see how she reacts to it. Menopause has its benefits – I’m far more patient now than I used to be. If I were … Continue reading

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Great Minds Think Alike

Eleven Years Ago Today Eleven years ago today I had just spent one uncomfortable night in a hospital bed, hooked up to far too many monitors. I was sure that “today was the day” that I would get to meet … Continue reading

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How About a Mental Health Day? (and other stories)

As the weeks and months have marched on, I can see clearly the path that this blog will be taking. I’m sharing that vision, along with an Em update, below… Great Grades “Hey Mama, I almost forgot, here’s my quarterly … Continue reading

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Raising a Strong Woman

I have been thinking about strength and resiliency lately. What it takes to be strong, to bend with life’s misfortunes, to not break. And, raising a daughter, this has been especially important to me. I don’t want her to be … Continue reading

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