Jack quote

“I remember when I didn’t have to do school…those were the good ol’ days.”

Adie quote

So we were talking with the girls about school and what they would do if/when they had children. In all seriousness Adie said, “I might homeschool…I might mature to a very patient woman – but – right now…not so much”

One has to never guess with this girl.


Grace and Lydia are spending the week at the capital with TeenPact.

TeenPact is designed to help students understand the political process, value their liberty, and engage the culture. Through our hands-on and practical teaching, TeenPact students learn how to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders, find encouragement among like-minded peers, and develop the skills to engage the culture.

It will be fun to hear all their stories.

Because I couldn’t trust these two hooligans to stay out of trouble while I was gone, they came with us. Chipotle is not a bad way to spend lunch.

We then went to our favorite store Midwest Mountaineering, I could buy all my clothes there, but it would cost me an arm and a leg. We did score three Patagonia swimsuits for the boys for $10 each. They got to boulder and spin the wheel for a prize. win-win

I got an amazing report form Carl that Titus and Adie were rockstars today.

On the way down to the cities, I told Jack that if he took a nap, I’d take a short cut.

“Mom, I know the ways of you adults!”

Sad Day Here

Long and short…Oliver has bitten or acted aggressively towards a few kids and we can’t trust him to be safe. We host too many people in our home for me to watch him or keep him kenneled up.

Please pray for Silas as today was very very hard and sad.

Last walk with Oliver.

We were able to give Oliver to John, a combat veteran, who is going to train him to be his service dog. There is a silver lining to the story.

Life Skills

They are working together to wash morning breakfast dishes. It is so sweet to hear them talk to each other.

Front seat rider

“I love sitting up front to be able to push all the buttons and pick the radio station.”

It’s the little things that are big things when you raise a large family. Who knew that pushing buttons would bring her great joy?


Someday he will willingly with a joyful heart do his school, until then it is wailing, whining and day dreaming.

Ski Day

There are so many benefits to life schooling- one of them being afternoon skiing on a “school” day. Morgan and Lydia were apparently making funny faces.


We have lots of fun FaceTime Dad while he travels.

Off to the ranch

We sent this big out to the ranch to hang with Nana and Papa for a couple of weeks. He was so excited to work with calves, drive the mule and hang with his little cousins.

We had to stop at the Sauk Centre bakery. It brings back all sorts of happy memories of my childhood. The chocolate covered cake doughnuts are my absolute favorites.

I’ve already heard a great report back from his Aunt Stacie. We miss him tons but this life schooling is the best.