What a Year!


Oh my goodness. I cannot believe it’s been a whole year since I’ve blogged. I’ve missed it a lot, though, and plan on getting back into the habit. I’m thinking a lot about what I’d like to write– a lot has changed over the past year or so– but I’d love to hear from you all as well.

I haven’t been here for a while. There’s a good reason though. We’re moving!

After almost two years of waiting, interviewing, and searching for God’s will, my husband was offered a position as pastor at a church in Pittsburgh. We are ridiculously excited. Slightly disappointed, of course, not to be moving closer to family, but oh, we’ll be in a big city with lots of culture, a Waldorf school, so many homeschooling opportunity, a bigger house… we can hardly wait!

You know, when I started this blog in December of 2006, I began it to chronicle our homeschool journey and stay in touch with family and friends. I’ve drifted a bit and have really lost a lot of the personal touches here, and I’d really like to get back to that. So with that in mind, I thought I’d post a whirlwind view of what’s going on with the family and myself lately.

Can you believe when I started my blog I only had three children? My family has doubled in size! That’s pretty amazing in itself.


Oh, here…
Music Fair

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Corning Museum of Glass

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and everywhere!
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But after (another!) adventure this weekend, we should be back in full gear next week, when we plan on starting school! I’ll be back on Wednesday, hopefully, with info on our curriculum for the year, my insights on the last Harry Potter movie, cute twin pictures, and news about my latest book.

Catch you then!

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Online, at least. In real life, things are hopping.

Sunday was the nicest Mother’s Day ever. It started on Saturday, with Katie Grace’s ballet recital. Usually I go to the rehearsal and take lots of pictures and videos. With the twins, I wasn’t able to. She did such a beautiful job and smiled her lovely smile the entire time. All of the dances were just beautiful and I was once again so grateful for St. John School of the Arts and Ms. Teresa’s efforts to protect her little ballerinas’ childhood innocence.

Katie Grace is in the middle with the high tight bun.

NICHOLAS: Why does night have to be so long? Why does it have to last ten hours?
DAD: I don’t know; it just does.
NICHOLAS: Ten hours… how many minutes is that?
DAD: 600 minutes
NICHOLAS: 600 MINUTES?!?!? No wonder I can’t stay in my own bed that whole time!


Driving with a child who is learning how numbers work in the real world is so much fun!

NICHOLAS: The speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

ME: Uh huh.

NICHOLAS: That dial says you are going 35 miles per hour.

ME: Uh huh.

NICHOLAS: 35 is a bigger number than 25. It’s 10 bigger.

ME (slowing down): Uh huh.

NICHOLAS: MOM! You were Breaking The Law.

ME: Uh huh.

NICHOLAS: But what will happen if you get arrested? If you go to jail, the babies will starve.

So, you may have noticed that, aside from some content I had front-loaded onto the blog, I haven’t been around lately.

To say things have been a little crazy around here would be an understatement.

On Friday, June 5, I ran/walked my first 5K! I’ve been training since February and have lost 35 pounds, and was very excited. To be honest, I didn’t think I could do bit. I spent the last mile praying hail Mary’s.
But I did it, and I’m very proud of myself! Here I am crossing the finish line.
And here is my place– 187! But there were over 300 participants, so I guess it’s not too bad.
And here I am looking sweaty and awful with my wonderful children.
What made it even more special is that the day I ran the 5K, I also found out we were expecting our fifth baby!

Now I know how the woman with the missing coin felt. Chip found the missing camera! I updated the art pictures here, and I thought I’d add a picture Katie Grace drew of Jack Frost
That’s an icicle hanging off his nose!

And one last picture of Daniel before he got his little baby mullet trimmed.