The End of Flag Football Season for Flash

Last Saturday was the season closing of Flag Football for Flash with Victory Sports, Fort Mill SC. He absolutely loved his time playing football and it was so worth the effort to get him there. I really like this ministry and am thankful that he got to have the experience. This ministry is definitely in it to lead kids to Christ and strengthen their relationships with God. I appreciated that a lot. It turned out that his coaches were actually high schoolers who participated in Victory Sports when they were younger, but they were also homeschoolers and so Flash thought that was the coolest thing! Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I hope we have another chance to be involved there again with any of the other kids! Here are a few pictures from the season closing last weekend.


img_5612 This was Flash’s team…you can see that he is almost a head taller than the other kids and they are all around the same age! Seems like all 4 of my kids are pretty tall for their age!

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A new series coming up on the blog!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know about a brand new series I’m starting for the month of November. I’m very excited about this series and I’m calling it “25 Days of Thanksgiving”. It’s my goal to post each day about a different topic related to Thanksgiving. I plan to include links to many ideas for activities, crafts, games, recipes, etc. that you may use with your children to reinforce the special meanings of Thanksgiving and all the symbols and wonderful things that we think of when we hear the word Thanksgiving.

I’m hoping this will be a great resource that you can refer to over the years whenever you are planning out your Thanksgiving homeschool time. This can also be for any families who do not homeschool, but are looking for fun activities for the kids during November. Please pass this along if you know of anyone who may be interested! Also, if you haven’t already please join my email newsletter list to receive updates from the blog!

Thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy this new series that I’ve been working hard on!



Farewells and New Beginnings

We recently had to say “goodbye” to my sister and her family. They’ve lived about 5 minutes away from us for over a year now, but alas the time had come once again for them to move on. They have moved around a lot over the last decade and this time her husband took a job as a church pastor in Spencer, NC.

Farewells are always hard, but at least this time they didn’t move to Idaho! I will greatly miss having my sister and her kids living in the same town with us. It was nice for our kids to be able to play together and have park and museum dates. Hopefully with it only being about an hour drive, we will still get to see each other a good bit. I’m very proud of my baby sister in all that she has accomplished with her 6 children. She is a wonderful mother and works very hard to take care of her family.

Although I will miss her greatly, I know that God will be with her and take care of her. I speak the Numbers 6 blessing over her:

Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord Bless you and keep you, The Lord make His face shine up on you and be gracious to you, The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.”

Here is a picture of her family.




Family is everything..just as a reminder. Make sure you tell your family how much they mean to you as often as you can. Don’t ever take them for granted.



Fun at the Children’s Museum

A few weeks ago my sister and I were able to take our youngest kids over to the Main Street Children’s Museum. It was so much fun for them! We have a membership, but don’t get to go very often. It’s more for little guys ages about 8 and under, so the big kids don’t always get too excited about going. It was nice to have just the little ones be able to play. This is such a wonderful place for kids!



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How to Make a Lapbook

Hi everyone! I’ve mentioned in several of my Before Five in a Row posts about making lapbooks with Princess, so I thought I would share with you how I make them. I’ve been making lapbooks for what seems like forever…almost 10 years actually! I started back when my oldest was 3 and doing Before Five in a Row. Our very first one was on The Carrot Seed with Popstar and Flash and was probably back in 2007. I LOVE making lapbooks and my kids LOVE getting them out time and time again to look through them. I have even caught Popstar using them to play teach with her toys, along with the FIAR book and manual. (Reason # a million why I LOVE Five in a Row!) Anyway…

Lapbooks can be a very valuable tool and resource for your homeschool and I think everyone should know how to make them. Not all kids love making them, though. My two oldest absolutely did and still do, but when Hulk came along he broke the mold! He has been so different from the others about a lot of things and lapbooks are one. He just never had the patience to sit and work on them and so I ended up not doing very many with him. But now that Princess has started Preschool and Before FIAR, she LOVES them and so my crafty heart is happy again!



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The Boxcar Children, Chapter 11 (BYFIAR)

Popstar finished up Chapter 11 of The Boxcar Children for Beyond Five in a Row for school awhile back. Yes, I admit I am a little behind!

Chapter 11 is called “The Doctor Takes a Hand” and in this chapter, Jessie makes Benny a homemade stocking bear out of some old socks. Also, Violet gets very sick and runs a fever. Dr. Moore takes her to his home to take care of her and contacts the children’s grandfather finally.

We spent 2 school days on Chapter 11.

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