My Homeschool Co-op Experience

When we first started homeschooling, i had thought about joining a co-op, but at the time it didn’t make sense as we were pretty unstable (moving state to state, pregnancies, etc.). Come January 2019, 6 years into homeschooling, we finally joined a co-op for the first time.

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Towards the middle of January, i had heard about a new co-op starting the first week of February. I had been praying so hard in the months leading up to that, that something might come along for our children, as i was just feeling like they were needing something more. Some other people to connect with, who live similar lives.

I went to the information meeting the week before the first classes were to start. I was honestly pretty nervous (being that i’m a really shy introvert) and was continually trying to talk myself out of going to that meeting all day long. But i’m glad i forced myself to go and even more pleased that we joined this co-op.

Most of my kids were on board for joining a co-op, a few were hesitant, but after our first day all of my kids loved it and couldn’t wait for the next week.

Now, because we have never been a part of a co-op before, i have nothing to compare it to. I do know, that since this was this co-op’s first year, things were pretty much trail and error. And i believe next semester will run even more smoothly.

If you have been wanting to give a co-op a try, but have been on the fence about it, I say go for it, the worst that could happen is you absolutely hate it, and if that happens you can always drop out. You won’t know until you try, right?

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May Reading List

Hey there!

May is just around the corner, so i thought today i’d share what we are planning on reading in May.

may reading list

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards Book 2)

Dasean (11 years old/ 5th Grade)

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Secret of the Staircase (The Virginia Mysteries Book 4)

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

Veronica (Me!)

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Bible Promises for Moms

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Mere Motherhood

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The Bronte Plot

That’s it, those are all the books we have planned to read this month. What are you reading?

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April Reading List

Hi Guys!

It’s a new month, so you know what that means. Another monthly reading list.

Here’s what we are reading in April.

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Samuel (13 years old/8th Grade)

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The Cooper Kids Adventure Series books 6,7,8 – He loves the Cooper Kids!

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Electronics for Kids – He is wanting to know more about electricity, so he asked me to get him a book about it.

Dasean (11 years old/5th Grade)

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Ghosts of Belle Isle (The Virginia Mysteries volume 3) – He loves this series!

Karina (7 years old/2nd Grade)

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Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet

Veronica (Me)

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Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine

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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

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Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed

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Past Darkness

That’s it! Those are the books we are reading this month! What are you reading?

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Minecraft Birthday Party

Hi Guys!

This week my son turned 11 years old, and since he is super crazy for Minecraft, we had a Minecraft themed party for him. I found lots of great ideas online and i couldn’t wait to decorate…

Minecraft Birthday Party

The Nether Portal – To¬† be honest, we created this super last minute, so it didn’t turn out exactly like i would have wanted it to (mainly a cutely decorated sign), but my son was super impressed with this. All you need to create this is: Streamers (black & purple – I bought mine at the dollar store), tape, and a sign that says “Nether Portal”.

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Minecraft Window Panes – This part was super labor intensive, that we actually had to start on this the day before. It was well worth the effort though, it turned out great. All you need to create this is: White Tape & scissors.

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Creeper Face – Probably one of my favorite decorations was this giant creeper face! All you need to make this is: Square Paper Plates (dark green, light green, & black – they sell these at the dollar store) and tape.

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In This House Sign – We have a regular “In This House…” sign, so i just printed this Minecraft version out and taped it over our sign.

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The cake – I ordered a plain cake (just blue frosting on it) from the bakery and then i ordered this Minecraft cake topper and decorated the cake myself. My son loved the way his cake turned out!

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That’s mostly it, except for some other hanging decorations, some balloons, some inflatable swords, and a happy birthday sign. I hope you have enjoyed this peak into our son’s birthday.

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Healthy Valentine’s Day *Kid Friendly* Menu Plan

Hi Guys!

I know how hard it is to come up with a healthy meal for my family, especially holiday meals. That’s why i’ve decided to write up a healthy menu plan for this Valentine’s Day.

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Before, for Valentine’s Day, we would most likely have donuts for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely love a good donut here and there, but they aren’t healthy and they are packed full of sugar, and they don’t fill you up.

Instead, for a healthy breakfast option, how about Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

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You could even make them in a heart shaped mold, to make them more festive. What’s great about these pancakes is they are; sugar-free, oil- free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

For lunch, the Banana Dog Bites are super yummy!

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We have been making these for years, and all my kids love them. They are also super simple to make (only 3 ingredients)!

**If you are not a fan of peanut butter and bananas, you could do a tortilla roll up instead, with deli meat, cheese, and your favorite condiment (i love mustard on mine).**

Where we live Valentine’s Day is always chilly, so warming up with a hot bowl of soup always sounds like a good idea. This Cheeseburger Soup is a big hit with all of my children.

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Packed with veggies, even a secret one that was blended up that my kids still don’t know about (Shhh!), it’s creamy, delicious, and can be made in a pressure cooker!!

Of course it’s Valentine’s Day we are talking about ,so i can’t forget about dessert. Chocolate Covered Strawberries will always be a classic Valentine’s Day dessert for me.

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You can make them healthier by using a dark chocolate, and skipping out on the sprinkles.

I hope you have enjoyed this healthy sample menu for Valentine’s Day. What do you normally eat on Valentine’s Day?

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February Reading List

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with our February reading list!

February Reading List

Here are all the books we have planned to read this month…

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Infinity Ring book 4 

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)

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The Great Escape (Secret of the Hidden Scrolls book 3)

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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May I Please Have a Cookie?

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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The Kissing Hand

Veronica (Me!)

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Everybody, Always – I actually just finished this book yesterday. It is was so good, i highly recommend it!!

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Mere Christianity 

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Emptied

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It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way – I have loved every Lysa Terkeurst book I’ve read, so i expect this one will be no different.

Read Aloud Book

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Baby Fever {Will We Have More Kids?}

I think I will be 70 years old and still have baby fever.

It’s just a part of who I am.

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When I was a little girl, most of my fellow classmates dreamed of being; doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc., while the only desire in my heart was to be a mom. I used to proclaim I was going to have 13 children.

As I grew older that number of desired children slightly changed from 13 to 6.

After having my 5th child, I told everyone that we were done. That was it, no more kids. But I really only said that because I knew that’s what everyone wanted to hear. People today don’t seem to like big families.

Truth be told, I don’t know if we are done adding to our family. I will tell you that sometimes when we are all together hanging out, I will all of a sudden get this feeling like someone is missing. I then start counting the children, only to see that all 5 of them are there, but yet this missing feeling still lingers inside me. My husband believes that feeling comes from the baby that we lost.

Who knows what God has in store for us for the future. I would absolutely love to have another baby, but if that doesn’t happen I know i’m incredibly blessed with the kids I have been given.

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