Happy birthday, Jeffrey!


strong. kind. loyal. practical. gentle. quiet. helpful. reliable. contemplative. determined. gracious. funny. laid back. hard working. teachable. encouraging. present. gifted. driven. involved. active. affirming. bold. brave. faithful. generous. observant. peaceful. hands on. resourceful. strong willed. handsome. the best daddy. the most wonderful husband.

here’s to 34, jeffrey!

today we celebrate you! 

you are the best part of us, and we are so very thankful for you! 

we love you!

happy birthday!

Broadwell Academy, Weeks 1 and 2

We are pretty settled into our school routine now, and the kids are doing great! We are trying to be as productive as we can before co-op starts and as we slowly add in our evening activities as well. The kids are really liking all of their curriculum, which I’ll have to post about sometime soon, and we also kicked off the school year with an Olympic study which has been so much fun! So now here’s what our first two weeks of school looked like…

Week 1…

  • Monday: Trip to Riverbanks and Waterfall Junction with co-op, finishing our day with handwriting, reading, and our new spelling curriculum–which the kids are absolutely loving!
  • Tuesday: Weekly trip to the library, errands around town, and a stop by Sonic Happy hour after we finished all of our school assignments. During the fall, we are also going to do art on Tuesdays, so for our first week we drew self portraits, and we’ll do it again in the spring! We also started math back on Tuesday too!
  • Wednesday: After a morning at the dentist, we got all of our work done that afternoon. Reece’s reading program is going so well, Sarah Ann’s new favorite it spelling, and Carson’s favorite part of his letter work is when he gets to glue!
  • Thursday: A morning in the pool was perfect for PE, and we did all of our assignments that afternoon. The big kids love getting to “teach” Carson in between me working with them. We started our Olympic study this day too, which I’m going to post about soon!
  • Friday: We try to keep Fridays pretty simple, and they were so productive and ended the week so very well! We also had our co-op yearbook signing at the park and enjoyed some time outside playing and Pelican’s snowballs to cool off! It was great way to end a wonderful first week!

Week 2…

  • Monday: we went back to the zoo and splash pad again while Annalee was in town, and the kids worked super hard on their work that afternoon so that they could have a cousin sleepover Monday night! They work so well together most of the time!
  • Tuesday: Carson keeps himself pretty occupied “doing work” while the big kids get their work done too. Things are moving swimmingly and getting into our routine and who does what when has gone really well too! Tuesday afternoon for art we painted Olympic rings and talked about what they each represent.
  • Wednesday: The kids love when we get books from the library that come with the CD, and our pajama days with lots of cuddles are my favorites! We spent the morning doing all of our language arts work and reading before we ventured out to the library. We usually do math in the afternoons.
  • Thursday: Sarah Ann’s favorite spelling day in Thursday because she gets to incorporate creative writing, and Reece loves all the rhymes that go with his spelling. We continued through our Olympic book which was teaching us all kinds of neat things about the summer Olympics, and we also did more Olympic writing and activities. Carson worked on the Letter B this week, and he had lots of fun with puzzles, glue, and dot markers!
  • Friday: Jeffrey and I were heading out of town Friday night, so the kids were heading to Nanny and Pops’ house, so we worked super hard Friday morning to finish up all our work. Sarah Ann did awesome on her spelling and writing dictations, and Reece is totally in the groove with our Writing with Ease now! We ended our week doing our read aloud time while enjoying Kona Ice!

Downtown Atlanta


This Georgia girl sure does love her Carolina man and her Carolina babies, but there will also be something about going back to Atlanta that feels like “home,” even though I haven’t lived there in 14 years. Whenever we make a trip back to the Peach state I like to incorporate a little bit of some of my childhood and growing up favorites for Jeffrey and the kids to experience. So when we went down to celebrate Annalee’s birthday this past weekend, we decided to take a trip downtown on our way home and visit the new World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic park. The World of Coke was awesome! The kids had a great time meeting the polar bear, seeing how they make and bottle coke, learning a bit of the history, getting to hold one of the Atlanta Olympic torches, experiencing the 4D movie, and of course, trying lots of coke and different drinks from around the world! It was such a fun trip, and boy was I happy to try some coke again! After the World of Coke, we walked across the street through Centennial Park. The kids played on the playground, checked out the monuments and statues, and then got soaked in the Olympic ring fountain. It was really neat to visit again, and it brought back so many fun memories of when the Olympics were in Atlanta twenty years ago! The kids can’t wait to go back again and do the Sky Wheel, while this Momma really wants to visit the College Football Hall of Fame! Carolina, you are surely home now, but Atlanta, we sure do love your visits!


Lovin’ on Annalee!

Last week Annalee came to spend a few days in Columbia! The kids were so very excited, and they couldn’t wait to give her lots of love! Sunday night they just had to show her all of their toys, and Monday we had a fabulously fun day at the zoo! We got to see lots of animals, ride the carousel, enjoy a picnic lunch, and Annalee loved splashing around at Waterfall Junction! Monday night all the cousins had a sleepover at Nanny and Pops’ house, and they got to go swimming, eat spaghetti for dinner, play and stay up past bedtime! And I’m sure there will be many more sleepovers in the future!




And this weekend we took a trip to Atlanta to celebrate Annalee’s first birthday! She had a super adorable pool party with friends and family on Saturday evening! She wasn’t too sure of her smash cake, but she definitely loved all the presents! It was such a fun weekend celebrating the big one year old! Happy birthday, Annalee! We love you!




Daddy’s Boys

Last Friday, August 12, was National Middle Child day! And these two middles sure are just alike in so many ways! Jeffrey and Reece like karate, music, playing the guitar, watching movies, being in the air conditioning, blooming onions from outback, chips and salsa, food on the grill, and root beer. They don’t prefer chocolate or waking up early, and they are always the first to get bitten by mosquitoes when they are outside. They are two peas in a pod! On fighting nights at karate class, Jeffrey usually brings his gi and his gear to fight with them, and Reece loves any chance to beat up on his Daddy a bit!


And while Jeffrey and Reece act just like, it’s definitely Jeffrey and Carson that look just alike! So many of their faces and mannerisms are the exact same! And when we told Carson last week that Daddy was going to be his soccer coach, he was over the moon excited! Yesterday on the way to practice Carson said, “I actually really know who my soccer coach is. It’s my Daddy!” He had the best time at practice yesterday, and we are looking for another fun soccer season!


Sweet Summer Snippets, Part 4

We’ve been settling slowly into our new school year routine, and we’ll be adding our evening activities over the next few weeks, but here’s one more peek into our summer…

When I look back on summer 2016, I am so very grateful. It was a summer of family, friends, flexibility, freedom, and preparing for new adventures in the future. Oh, summer 2016, you sure were sweet!


Grace and Giggles


Tonight while Jeffrey was making us some yummy stir fry for dinner and I was emptying the dishwasher, the kids asked if they could dress up in some of our clothes. They were full of giggles as they came out and modeled their new fashions for us. They tried on shirts, dresses, pants and shoes too! And while I snapped a picture of them in one of their ensembles, the Lord so gently reminded me once again of just how big this calling to love, teach, encourage, and instruct my babies really is. They are watching our every move and following in our footsteps. And on the hard days and long days, like this particular day was, it’s our opportunity to give lots of grace to each other and to ourselves. Grace for new moments,  for fresh starts, and for lots of silly giggles while dressing up in Mommy and Daddy’s clothes. These are the days and moments that I don’t ever want to forget.

sweet summer snippets, part 3

we’ve finished up three days of school so far, but here’s a little peak into a little more of our summer fun! the days were full and fabulous… and filled with lots of fun with family and friends! most of our time outside was spent in the pool, since we had record hot summer days, but we also made the most of our time inside staying cool too! oh, summer, you were so very much fun!

Broadwell Academy is Back!

Broadwell Academy is officially back in session! Today was our first day of school for the 2016-2017 school year, and we had such a great day!

We started our day at Riverbanks Zoo and Waterfall Junction with some friends from co-op. The kids had a blast splashing, playing in the fairy garden, playing gigantic checkers, climbing the rock wall, riding the train and carousel, and of course, visiting the animals. They all took their cameras with them today, and they really liked taking pictures of the animals, especially the new sea lions and seal!


After some quiet, rest time, we finished up our first school day with some spelling, handwriting, and reading. The kids were excited to get started back, especially with all of their new curriculum and notebooks! Carson is also going to be doing a Letter of the Week curriculum, and he was happy to be working right alongside the big kids today!


We are excited and looking forward to a new year of growing, learning, traveling, and exploring! We are so grateful for all of the flexibility and great opportunities we get to experience because of homeschooling. The days are not always easy or glamorous, but they are always so very worth it!