And the Tribe Adds One..

Hello? Anyone there? This blog has been so quiet. All of my lovely intentions to share all of our lovely reading with you over the past several months has failed to come to fruition. It seems that the days get crazier and busier. When I finally have a quiet moment to formulate a thought or two, well, my brain goes into hibernation mode.

And then the Tribe adds one….Yes, a sweet, adorable little guy decided to come a couple of weeks early and melt our hearts.

David Matthias arrived September 24th weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. Everyone is absolutely in love with him. Ezra is delighted to be a big brother and gives lots of kisses to David. Or as Ezra calls him, “Dave”.  I have to constantly chase away siblings who want to hold Little Dave. No lack of love or attention here.

The little guy is currently napping so now I get to do a few reading lessons, check in on math progress, and see how science narrations are looking. Then I’ll be back to rocking and cuddling the little one.


School Pictures – The Teens

A couple of weeks ago, I officially became the mother of four teens. When this parenting journey began, I would have told you that I loved little children and was, honestly, dreading the teen years. However, reality has been completely different from those clueless thoughts years ago. And I am so thankful!

I have some fabulous young adults in my home that bring much joy and laughter. Daily. Parenting, no matter the ages or stages of your children, is difficult and rewarding. I like to think we lean more toward rewarding than difficult. I’m going to miss these kiddos when they leave home.

So, yes, I compelled my older four to play nice for Picture Day.

Lydia, 13, is one of my beautiful redheads. Even as a young child she valued the quiet and alone time. She still does. I often find her hidden away in her room with a good book. Or with sketch pad in hand. She has aspirations to one day be an artist and I think leans toward illustrating books.

Caleb, 14, bears the burden of being surrounding by all these teen girls. Is it any surprise that he enjoys a good hike in the woods? Well, unless he has a good book on hand. He is a smart, intelligent young man who offers up excellent conversation. His future? There has been some discussion of the military but I’m not confident that it is set in stone.

Mary, 16, is my take charge, get it done girl. She plans to one day teach piano and perhaps do music therapy as well. In her free time she loves to sew, read, and any number of other things. She doesn’t believe in idle hands. Get up and get busy is her motto!

Bekah, 17, is a senior this year. She is taking a couple of classes via dual enrollment but the majority of her studies are still at home. Give her chocolate, a good book, and some yummy yarn and she is a happy girl. You will often find her hanging with Lydia in the their bedroom, quietly, enjoying her current read or knitting project. What does her future hold? She is unsure but with her love of literature, I can see her leaning in that direction.

I think that wraps up the torture we call Back to School Pictures for 2016-2017.  I am sure they are looking forward to a new family picture when we need to update this fall. Ha!

Now back to the books!

August Means Back to School or ..

Back to School pictures, at least!

This past Monday the public schools in our area cranked up the big yellow buses, teachers decorated bulletin boards, and kiddos grabbed their backpacks full of fresh school supplies. Here with the Tribe the big red van is in the shop, the little people decorated their arms with red ink pens, and a huge dent has already been made in new school supplies.

We have chosen to homeschool year round and it has worked out well for us over the years. It is a flex and flow style that I love.  However, August is the unofficial start to a “new school year” and the perfect time for me to snap a picture or two of my children. Nothing fancy, of course. I do, however, require a clean shirt and for hair to be brushed. High standards, I know.

First up is the Younger Crew:

Ezra, two, always adds an element of fun and energy to our days. Why sit and play quietly when there can be sword fights, block demolition, and trying to climb everywhere? But if you bring out a stack of picture books, he will happily sit and listen to you read. He is a joy and delight and thankfully has quite a few more years of learning with dirt and sticks.

Martha is four and not officially starting kindergarten until later. She enjoys being my Baby Girl and is a self-proclaimed princess. When she grows up she says that she will still be a princess. The girl is focused! She is silly, sweet, and smart. Throw in a bit of sassy and that is Martha Ann.

Sam, six, is working hard on building his reading and math skills. He joins his older siblings for history readings and science but always balanced with plenty of time in the great outdoors. Sam loves to talk and talk and talk. He also enjoys read alouds and that is about the only time he is quiet. He was planning on being a movie theater owner and a bounty hunter. However, archaeology has now captured his interest and he thinks digging up fossils would be really cool.

Sarah, eight, is my right hand gal in training. She loves to be busy and loves to have a to do list to check off.  Reading has finally started clicking for her and she is taking off with her books. Math is still fun but her siblings informed her that wouldn’t last. Her future? She wants to do something that allows her to be outside. But working in a museum dusting artifacts would be cool, too. Perhaps Sam and Sarah will work together?

Hannah, ten, would happily avoid not only school but the camera. Ha! Just let her outside to enjoy a good climbing tree and all is well. Hiking in the woods, collecting cicada shells, and playing with our cats are favorite activities. She hopes to one day be a zoologist as she loves all kinds of animals. Hannah also loves to read and one days hopes to have her own library. Sounds like a great plan to me!

This younger crew keeps me laughing. These years are precious and I love watching them grow and learn so quickly. Next up? The Teens!