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I know, not everyone really enjoys the whole "trick or treating" but we do it. And we enjoy it!

This year the youngest two went out and about while Big Kid stayed with my mom handing out candy to the multitudes of kids!

While we were out, we met up with my aunt and uncle and my two cousins, who happen to be about the same age as Ray Ray and Little Miss.

We got to go see my great grandpa, their great, great grandpa. How many kids get to say they have a great, great grandpa? 

This man is my hero…if I can do HALF of what he does at his age, I will be content! 

He gardens…this year it was just tomato plants in straw bales but he still gardens, he cans…everything!, he bakes, he freezes what he won't use, he cuts the yard and keeps his house clean. If I wasn't a homeschooling mom to three, I would say he does more than me (I call it even right now). 

How does he do it, he was raised that way. Hard work was the only way to get anything. And as a homeschool family, I am glad we get to do "school" with him whenever we want. My kids are learning from him and he is learning from them. 

So on this fourth day of thankfulness in November, I am thankful for the elders in my family who can continue to teach me and my children every day!!

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal ~ Novemeber 3, 2013

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In my life this week…

* In our homeschool this week… We learned all about pumpkins and ended the week (Thursday) with dissection of pumpkins.

* Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… listen to your kids…they will ask questions and they will WANT to learn!

* Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We seen my great grandpa, the kids' great, great grandpa. It was such a treat!

* My favorite thing this week was… having daddy home with us for trick or treating and finding out there was nothing that requires surgery on his knee.

* My kiddos favorite thing this week was… Halloween of course!!

* I’m grateful for… all my family members, and the memories of those no longer with us.

* I’m praying for… everyone to have a good holiday season this year.

* Something I am ogling or have my eye on… nothing….I am happy right now with all I have!

* A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

 

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #41

 

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Welcome everyone!! Check out the Host and Co-hosts right over here!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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Trusting God, Trusting My Husband ~ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Series ~ From First Comes Love

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

*Finding Homeschooling Support Groups In Your New Town ~ From Snail Pace Transformations

 

* Lets Be Thankful ~ From Mom's Mustard Seeds

 

* C is for Character: My Favorite Teaching Resources ~ From Proverbial Homemaker

 

 

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The Kids of Hopkins Homeschool


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So here I am. Thinking, what can I write about? Do you know what I thought about? I haven't really "formally" introduced you to the kids that make up Hopkins Homeschool!! Well, here they are!

 

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Big Kid is 13 and in 7th grade this year! I can't believe how old he has gotten already!! We are coming up on our 6th year anniversary of our adoption day of Big Kid! He has always been a part of our family, but he has been our "son" now for six years. We started our homeschooling journey last year during the middle of his 6th grade year. Since that time, we have watched him change into a kid who asks questions again. Opening his mind to new ways of doing things and watching his aha-moments has made all the tough times worth it! We love seeing him become a man, but at the same time we love seeing him still be a "little kid" with his brother and sister! He loves to read and loves to read aloud to Ray Ray and Little Miss. Big Kid is our animal kid. He loves each one of them in this house and loves helping the neighbors with theirs too. His hobbies seem to change with the months. He loves to watch Star Wars, but also loves a good cartoon too!

 

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Our little Ray Ray! Always keeping us on our toes! He is 5 this year and sort of doing Kindergarten 🙂 He loves copying his big brother. He was a little slow getting into the school thing this year, but is now all about showing us what he can do! He has gotten into following the words as we read, and we get yelled at if we don't do that. Counting has turned into a game that he is always wanting to do…by ones, twos, fives and tens. He is finally starting to like to color, but it has to be boy stuff! Just like his brother, Ray Ray loves to watch Star Wars. He is starting to like Bakugan (a little ball that transforms into something to "battle" each other), and runs around finding all the magnetic items in the house that his little Bakugan can stick to. And a silly story about the picture, just a few days after mommy took this picture, we came back here with daddy. Ray Ray did a big boy jump and fell in, just behind where he is sitting here. Daddy became his real superhero when he went to rescue him, only to hurt his knee in the process. Like I said, always keeping us on our toes!

 

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Little Miss, our 2 year old who acts like she is 12! She is all girly with painted nails and pretty hair, than you blink and she is full of mud while shooting zombies with a nerf gun! Yes, she is ours all the way! Little Miss is full of energy and fully independent. She knows what she wants and goes for it, no matter what anyone says. She copies the brothers with their school and has surprised us with how smart she is! Although she will watch Star Wars and can name all the characters, she would rather watch Little Mermaid or Snow White. She is daddy's little princess and knows it 🙂 

 

So there you have it! The kids that make this blog happen. Each one is an individual who makes this family perfect. I couldn't imagine a day without them and love them all so much! 

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My Beloved and My Friend ~ Book Review

 

 

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Every girl dreams of being married to her best friend for the rest of her life. That one person you can share everything with and be the most comfortable around. But what happens when life takes over and everyone gets "too busy" for each other? That is where this books comes into play! 

(I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that. I was not required to write a positive review, I just did what I wanted to do!)

My Beloved and My Friend: How to be Married to your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses can be pre-ordered here for $12. And for that price, you can't go wrong!

Hal and Melanie Young have been married for almost 30 years and are still in love! Who better to get advice from! This advice ranges from "Leaving and Cleaving" all the way to "How to Fight so You Both Win", and who couldn't use that bit of information?! 

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I have been married to my best friend for the last 8 and half years. We were friends for at least 3 years before that. We have been through ups and downs and sickness and health. I love him as much today as I did 8 and half years ago on our wedding day, but this book still helped me with things I didn't even know I should be focused on. I really loved the help Hal and Melanie gave when it comes to temptations, (which is not just what you think either!)  "The Five Finger Fist to Fight Temptation". They have used this for themselves and to help their children fight temptations also. This is something I remember on a daily basis, and I am teaching our kids too!

I would recommend this book to everyone! When I say everyone, I mean, those who are still dating and not yet married, all the way up to those couples who have been married 30+ years and want to re-ignite their friendship with their spouse and best friend.

 

 

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Want to read more reviews on this wonderful book? Head on over here and check them out!!

 

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal ~ 10/26/2013


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In my life this week…

* In our homeschool this week… We have been having fun with lots new things this week. We found things that didn't work and changed them! Now that we have found our “grove” we have been excelling!

* Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… If something doesn't work, change it! You don't have to suffer just because you said you were going to use this program or that program.

* Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Today (Saturday) is going to be spent helping grandma rake her yard.

* My favorite thing this week was… watching Ray Ray find the joy in letters. It was his “aha” moment and I can't wait to have him get better at reading now.

* My kiddos favorite thing this week was… playing in the unexpected snow. It is too early in the year for it, but they loved it!

* I’m grateful for… my family! I love each and every day I get with them.

* I’m praying for… my husband. He had hit his knee on a rock while saving Ray Ray from the river two weeks ago and he had to have an x-ray on it yesterday. We are hoping for no surgery!

* Something I am ogling or have my eye on… nothing….I am happy right now with all I have!

* A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #40

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Welcome everyone!! Don't forget to head over Upside Down Homeschooling to read about the Host and Co-hosts of this Blog Hop!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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My Daughters' Modest Monday ~ At the Manly Home Imporvement Store from First Comes Love

 

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

* Bible in a Year With Your Kids Week 2 Free Pack from Growing in God's Grace

 

* Welcome to Kids in the Word! from Kids in the Word

 

* Ultimate List of Homeschool Resources from Paradise Praises

 

* A Word Study and Recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Butter from Southern Test Kitchen

 

 

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October in Minnesota

 

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October 20, 2013

This is a crazy sight to see!

We woke up and seen flakes, but those flakes got bigger and bigger. This is not something I really care to see.

I live in Minnesota.

I hate snow.

But the kids love it…

 

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When Daddy asked Little Miss what the snow tasted like she said, a snow ball 🙂 And than he asked Ray Ray what the snow tasted like, he said "Winter"…smart kid!

I am fine with winter in the winter, but in my opinion, October is a little too early! Here's to hoping it doesn't keep up like this all winter! I do like a few more nice days in the 40s before pulling all this winter stuff out. But at least the kids are having fun!

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #39

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Welcome everyone!! Don't forget to head over Upside Down Homeschooling to read about the Host and Co-hosts of this Blog Hop!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

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Math for Gifted and Struggling Learners from Mom's Mustard Seeds

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

* The Busy Mom's Guide: Taming the Laundry Monster from Home With Purpose

 

* 5 Ways to Encourage a Stay-at-Home-Mom from Following In His Footsteps

 

And one that made me think…

 

* Are You Really Present for Your Family and Friends? from Bits of Positivity

 

 

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