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Baby is going to the farm. Baby is looking for a horse. Is this a horse? No, this is a chicken. Is this a horse? No, this is a cat. Is this a horse? No, this is a dog. Is this a horse? No, this is a cow and her calf. Is this a horse. […]


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Do you scrapbook? I don’t. When MacGyver and Miss Enigma were born I bought each a scrapbook and all the trimmings to scrap away about their first year of life. I did two pages in MacGyver’s before he was born and I didn’t do any pages in Miss Enigma’s. I know, I win the shameful […]


Post image for A Boy and His Net: FREE printable book

It’s an honor to have something named after you. I’m proud to say I  have a river named after me. My grandsons affectionately call the river close to our home, “Grandma’s River.” And Jeannine’s children call it, “Aunt Joyce’s River.” Now I’m sure the Texas State Legislature is not going to officially change the true […]


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It is summer harvest season here in our small Texas town. We are lucky enough to live close to our parents who plant a splendid and delicious garden every year. There is nothing like the rich flavor of a tomato or the crunch of a cucumber picked from “My Grandpa’s Garden.” Come along with us […]


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One morning, I heard Shadow barking nonstop. However, Shadow likes to bark at the neighbor dogs across the fence. He likes to bark at the deer. He likes to bark at the squirrels. He likes to bark at the birds . . . getting the picture? Shadow likes to bark at any and all nature […]


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The best farmer’s market I have ever been to is on the square in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. While visiting my sister-in-law in Chicago, she suggested a trip to the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. My husband countered with a suggestion, “Why don’t I drop you two off at the grocery store. You can […]


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MacGyver is a scavenger. Here he is during one of our family walks on the beach at dusk.We had to make a rule during our evening walks on the beach: If he wanted it, he had to carry it. Before this rule, the entire family was lugging his stash along our walks. How far have […]


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It’s May:  warm weather, fun in the sun and maybe a trip to the beach.  Last May, Jeannine and I did something that would make most people scratch their head and ask,  “Do you two honestly love kids that much?”  We packed up one uncle, five kids ages 2, 5, 7, 8, and 11, and […]


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Family Friendly Beach Vacation to Fort Morgan, Alabama One of the most wonderful things about homeschooling is truly using the world as our classroom. When I was teaching, I tried to bring the world into the classroom, often with much success. But nothing can replace getting out into the world and hands-on learning. Last year […]


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Last Saturday it was raining.  So rather than packing the kids up and heading out into the world, we grabbed a cup of coffee and sat under our back porch and watched it rain. Well, it didn’t take long before the kids took themselves out into the world (our backyard) and made a morning of […]


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This is the arbor that greets and ushers you into my back yard. This is where I relax each morning with a good book and my coffee. This is our vegetable / herb garden. Phew! It’s a lot of work! I’m perspiring just thinking about it! I use the Square Foot Gardening method. Great for […]


Big Skies / Big World

April 11, 2010

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Between the ages of 5 to 10 years, lying on my back with my hands pillowing my head, I loved looking at the sky. My spot of choice for looking at the sky was to the right of a three foot wide sidewalk that stretched from the front door of our home out to the […]


Vacation Giggles

March 21, 2010

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Now if you’ve never driven from South Texas to Colorado and beyond there is a whole lot of NOTHING from here to there! And what are three sisters to do during all of that nothingness? Giggle of course. God blessed our father with three little girls but unfortunately God forgot to bless our father with the […]


On the Road Again

March 12, 2010

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We would be plucked from bed around 4:00 A.M. and dropped onto the backseat of our car. As we slept, Daddy would drive through the darkness until dawn. Then we would stop at a real live restaurant for breakfast. What a treat eating breakfast in a restaurant! So began our yearly-family-camping-pilgrimage from south Texas to […]