About Us

    I'm Christy, the mother of one daughter, Amber, who we have been homeschooling since January of 2012 after years in parochial school.  My husband, Fred, works very hard so I can remain home with Amber, but he's a fairly private person and rarely appears here.

    We are Christians, specifically Lutheran - Missouri Synod, and our homeschool reflects these beliefs.

    We are a kitty-cat loving family that did not have a single cat until Amber outgrew her early childhood allergy.  Since July of 2011 we have acquired three cats: Biscotti (a classic tabby Maine Coon mix), Rosetta (calico Turkish Angora), & Milori (gray & white Turkish Angora, litter-mate to Rosetta).  We are now full, with no room left at this inn.

    I started this blog as a way for me to keep track of our homeschooling journey with the hopes that I would do a better job here than in my paper journals.  However, after being encouraged by reading blogs about the day-to-day life of other homeschooling families, I've begun to add more to my blog in the hopes it might be an encouragement for others as well.

    We've now embarked on a new journey with Amber, and that is one of chronic illness.  Amber became sick in February of 2013, and after over two years of various secondary diagnoses we are getting close to the primary cause.  At this point she is diagnosed with a form of dysautonomia and severe digestive problems, most notably fructose malabsorption.

    We continue follow the life set before us, and even though the road is rough at times we move forward knowing that the strength to face each day comes from our Lord and not within us. 

    9 comments:

    1. Christy, hello. I really enjoy your website and appreciate your insight and encouragement. I have decided to begin homeschooling my 10-year-old son, beginning in January. He has had many of the same experiences as Amber. We live in Missouri, too. He does competition dance...was at the Cathy Rose and Masquerade competitions, both near you, I think. Thank you so much for your lovely photos and great information.

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      1. Sherry, I'm glad you enjoy the blog and I hope all goes well with homeschooling your son. Amber used to compete in dance and has been to Masquerade before. It was a fun competition.
        If there is anything I can do to help, let me know. It can be a daunting task to homeschool your child. I know we felt like we had to jump right into full school days with our January homeschool start, but I've learned now that it really would have been alright if we eased into the new experience. It also took us a while to find our own rhythm and style, but we have such fond memories of our first semester homeschooling.

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    2. I'm new to your blog, but happy to have found it. I don't have any ads or endorsements on my blog, either. We, too, love the Lord and for a while attended a Missour Synod Lutheran Church. We have a kitty that we adore. I have one daughter with her own set of "special needs" in a sense. We unexpectedly switched to home schooling in 2011, because our daughter began to BEG me to! It's been WONDERFUL! It's a much better fit for her and her needs. And her faith in Jesus is growing stronger, through it, too. We haven't quite gotten back into our routine, yet, either, because my daughter caught a cold. So, we have a lot in common. Come on over and visit my blog, too, if you'd like.

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    3. Hi Christy. I have been leaving comments on your posts but I don't think they are getting here! Let me know of you get this one!

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      1. I got it! :) Hmm.. I got another one today too. I wonder what might be going on.

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    4. Wow, we have a lot in common with you. After nearly 8 years of parochial school, we began homeschooling our 14 yo 8th grade son in November due to severe gi issues as well. I'll be coming back.

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    5. Wow. Just started to follow your blog - - we are originally from Missouri. Now transplanted to Texas. We started homeschooling out of absolute necessity for our son's future. I am a Lutheran (Missouri Synod) music minister - so it was absolutely awesome to find/hear of another Lutheran Missouri Synod homeschooling family (I don't know too many like us). How awesome to find another family and from our Home state.

      When I was in school (in Missouri) I studied the Missouri Constitution and Government in 9th Grade along with US History and Constitution. We did have to pass a MSCT (Miss. State Const. Test) but a large part of our grade (50%) was a project called the Missouri Notebook. We did a similar thing with our son here for Texas History. His binders (2 4" D Ring) include letters and materials from nearly every zone, county, university, sports league and visitor center as well as reports on ecology, anthropology, historical, civic, environmental and other aspects. He learned more that route and we had fun uncovering fascinating facts about our state... not often found in a textbook. Hope you had fun with the study of Missouri. We are going to study Missouri (because it's home) in 10th grade here.

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    6. i was looking at the diorama that your daughter made of the egypt temple. were all those printables included in the curriculum.

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