Category Archives: Learning all the time

A Night To Remember

We have heard of Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine for years but never really understood how huge it was.

Keilee was asked to attend as Elsa and it was the most unforgettable night.

Years ago I worked with Special Education high school kids and it was the most wonderful job.  I fell in love with these kids who were always so full of joy.

This is Travis.  Travis refused to leave Elsa’s side.  Even when she was taking pictures with other people.  Finally someone came to get Travis so others could enjoy Elsa.

I love the people outside the window watching.

This is Woody. He loved Elsa too.  He drew her a picture for her to take back to Arendelle.

See Travis in the background? 😉

Woody giving her the picture.

She has never been hugged so much and I have never seen so many smiles. (and tears a few time from me)

Adults and children loved meeting Elsa.

More Elsa love (and Elsa LOVED them back. She said it was the best night)

These two little girls followed her everywhere.  They were so precious.

There were 500 proms going on simultaneously across America.  I hope they all were as full of special memories and love and joy as the one we attended.  If you ever have a chance to help or attend this event it will bless you beyond belief.

Homeschooling Rocks!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller


Sean of the South

I have loved Sean Dietrich AKA Sean of the South for years.

If you aren’t familiar with his work go find him.  He is very active on Facebook (under Sean Dietrich and Sean of the South), Twitter and Instagram.  He also has a podcast and several books.

His writing evokes a simpler time.  He is 35 with an old soul.  I know way too much about his life, his lovely wife Jamie and his dog Ellie Mae.

For the Carnegie Carnival he came to our town. I seriously almost lost  my mind when I saw it on Facebook at 11:00 PM.  Keilee thought something was wrong.  It was expensive (to us) but Keilee insisted we go.  She said it would be our Valentine’s gift to each other.

We arrived and met his wife at his book table.  She was delightful.  Seriously we both fell in love with her within 3 minutes.  She had us rolling laughing with stories she told.  The show itself was wonderful.  He is a magnificent storyteller and also singer.  He is funny and poignant and heartbreaking at times.  His father committed suicide when he was 12 and it is a huge part of who he is. He see the absolute good in everyone.  He notices small details. He sees beauty.  He appreciates all the small details.

He comes from humble beginnings.  He doesn’t like fancy people or fancy events.

Us with Jamie Dietrich.

Sean on stage.

Afterwards we met him. Twice.  The first time we were the first in line.  We assured him we were ‘his biggest fans’.  (but not in a creepy way) and I bought a book even though I have them all on Kindle.  He offers them for free occasionally on his Facebook page.

Then we went back to talk to Jamie and in the course of the conversation it came up that Keilee owned a princess company.  She told us that Sean’s younger sister did that years ago so of course we had to stand in line again to tell him.  He thought it was very cool and asked Keilee is she played Elsa.  (he has a niece) and asked her to sing Let it Go.  She told him he had to sing it with her.

All in all it was an incredible night.  Please find him and read some of this stories.  I PROMISE you won’t be disappointed.  In fact they may change the way you see the world.  I know they have changed the way WE see it.

Homeschooling Rocks!

“We all lose in the end. The fight in between is all that counts.”
―Sean Dietrich

Capes, Crowns, Crochet and Days at Home

January is over.

It took about 6 days to zoom through it. May is getting closer. May when Keilee graduates.

January was filled with events as always.

She had to be Wonder Women at a Chick-Fil-A event when her Wonder Woman got sick  I actually love her as Wonder Woman!

The Cow

There was Cinderella

And Moana

And Elsa

There were theatre classes taught: (with doggie visitors)

There was crocheting: (available on Instagram and Facebook @Keilee’s Kreations)

There was SNOW! (but we were sick and didn’t get to enjoy it much)

There was a new monthly Science kit that she will be doing experiments from @BringingSmartBack

And there were days at home.  More than usual.  Since it’s been so cold we try to stay home as much as possible.

So goodbye January.  You’ve been good.  Extremely cold, but good.

Homeschooling Rocks!

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
Edith Sitwell




January 3, 2018

She is 18. This amazing person who made me a Momma turns 18 today .

I’m not gonna lie. This is a hard one. For both of us .
For me because HOW CAN SHE BE 18? For her because she worries that she should have her entire life figured out. And she doesn’t. Oh she has dreams and goals. Too many of them. I assure her it will all work out. I remind her that Jesus already can see what her life will look like and it will be beautiful .

I have so many emotions. So many feelings. It’s always been just me and her. She’s been my center for so long. She got me through the death of my Momma. She brought me closer to Jesus.
I told her the other day that one of the hardest things for me to learn was to put Jesus ahead of her. But I did learn. Because I know He is the only one that loves her more than I do .
I can’t wait for her to soar. I wish she was still playing with dolls. I can’t wait to see her blossom into the beautiful woman I know she will be. I wish we were still having tickle fights on the bed. I can’t wait to see her conquer the world. I wish we were still making sheet forts in the den .

Some days she acts 10. Some days she acts 80. She runs her own business like a boss but loves snuggling with me and her dog .
Life goes by in a blink. And the swiftness of it breaks my heart at times .
I sit and remember and the memories make me smile. And bring me to tears .

But I can not wait to see who you become my love .
You have made my life so breathtakingly beautiful. You astound me with the wonderfulness of you . Every day with you has been a marvelous adventure.
Happy birthday Keilee. I love you to Pluto and back . Because the moon is not far enough.

I adore you,

My daughter is my biggest achievement. She is a little star and my life has changed so much for the better since she came along. Denise Van Outen

Storytelling, Costumes and Cotton…

Ok so I’m not going to start my post talking about how quickly time is flying.  Or the fact that it’s NOVEMBER.  Nope…

Just going to dive right in with some fun.  We always take cotton pictures.  We always have.  It’s so strange to me that there are people who haven’t seen cotton.  A few years ago we offered to send cotton to our Instagram friends who have never seen it.  There was a lot of people.

We also go to a Storytelling Festival every year.  It is always wonderful.  I think storytelling is a lost art and I love that Keilee has grown up listening to great stories.

Basil and Rosemary are about the only 2 things we can grow successfully.  We freeze it in bags or freeze it in ice cube trays to throw in the crockpot.

She got to be Merida for a party. Merida is HER favorite but no one ever wants her.  She speaks in a Scottish accent so I ‘get’ to hear that for days.  And days.  And days.

She volunteered for Head Start in 4 classes, one elementary school and the library as “Gumdrop the Candy Monster”.  THAT voice is very high and squeaky so I got to listen to that too.

She dresses so cute.  And it’s ALL thrift store and garage sale clothes.

Always dancing and singing in the car.  My life is many things; quiet is NOT one of them. 😉


Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a short (21) minutes that comes out at Thanksgiving.  Keilee made a decision to buy the (expensive) costume.  It is glorious.

The cape is so beautiful.

At church she was asked to do a spoken word of a Christian rap song.  She killed it.  It was so emotional and I was so proud of her.
The entire sermon is wonderful but her part is at 45:00 minutes

The video


So there you have it.  The last couple of weeks.  I told Keilee the other day, “What in the world will I be when you graduate? All my social media and my blog is Homeschool Girls”.  And she said, “Mom you named it that because we both were learning.  We both will still be learning. You are keeping it Homeschool Girls forever.”

Homeschooling Rocks,

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau



4 D Farm and Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament

Keilee do you want to go or not? I asked her this 10 times Sunday night.  Monday was Homeschool Days at a farm and corn maze.  It was an hour from here and my first inclination was to say “Let’s not go”.  It’s easy to say no.  Saying yes requires action.

We made the decision at 7:00 AM Monday to go and we had the best day.  The weather turned cooler and we had a new audio book (John Green’s “Turtles All the Way Down”) so we set off.

We had the most beautiful day.


I swear she said “Silly face!”

Horse!  (What this picture doesn’t show is him bopping me in the head, knocking my sunglasses off and breaking them!)


Pick a pumpkin!

She loved this sweet horse!

It was a beautiful day.

Swinging on ropes!

From my Instagram Story

Then we went down the road to The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It is beautiful there.

So gorgeous!

All in all it was a beautiful day.  That would have never happened if we had said “NO”.

Homeschooling Rocks!

Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new and make a difference in your – and likely in others’ lives as well. Yes is what keeps us all young. It’s a tiny word that can do big things. Say it often.  ~Josh Billings



Hello October

Isn’t October wonderful?  It’s our favorite month. Yes it’s still a bit hot.  It’s not lovely, chilly days yet but we still love it.

We spent October 1 at the Wildlife Refuge for a picnic.

Always ears!  She loves them.

Fun on a stump.  As one does.

We also went to Bridge Street which is the coolest outdoor mall. We enjoy going and just window shopping.

She has been on the One Decatur Steering Committee for 15 months.  It has been such a great experience.  She has had meetings, met with the committee and helped come up with a plan for our city going forward.  Last night was the Open House.  I just stood back and watched her.  Watched her interact and discuss and guide a room full of adults.
It amazes me how many people my 17 year old homeschooled daughter knows !
I watched her laugh and talk to our mayor, business owners, and citizens of our city. And she was the youngest one there by many years.
We got in the car and she said “Mom all these people know me. Some I don’t even know. And you would have been so proud. I was socializing like a boss” .
Baby girl. I’m always proud of you.

Discussing plans

We spend a lot of time talking politics, listening to podcasts, watching news.  More than ever before.  It’s ironic that she is taking Government and Economics this year and we are immersed in all things political.

She is the teaching assistant for 3 theatre classes.  2 in elementary schools and one at our theatre.  She loves it so much.  She is still leading kids church every  week.  And of course running Magical Memories.

So 1 month into her Senior year and things are good.  But time hasn’t slowed down any.  Who do I see about changing that??

Homeschooling Rocks!

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
― Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Fun at the Fair and Superheroes

September is coming to an end.  We (by we I mean Keilee) has had a great first month of her senior year.  She is insanely busy.  But she operates well under crazy busy.

The last 4 days she had 2 events.  One was Superheroes in the Park. She finally got her Superheroes together after wanting them for a year!!

This event was at a park which co-sponsored it with her.  There were over 200 kids and it was awesome.  She posted tons of pictures on her Facebook page but here are a few.

Keilee is Harley Quinn. However she is quick to tell you “Not the yucky Harley Quinn, the little girl version on DC Superhero Girls”.

More fun!

She made me a cape….. cause I am a superhero Photographer!


The entire crew!!

Wednesday was Special Education Day at the fair.  Unfortunately it was insanely hot and the kids didn’t stay much after they got there but a good time was had by all.

Batman is always a big hit.  This guy is AMAZING with kids!


Merry Go Round Fun!

This little girl insisted that Moana get on the bus with her and go back to school.

Meeting his hero!

See that face?  It is the face of terror!

I have decided I am going to try to post more.  What I do is get so overwhelmed because we do SO much and then I try to play catch up.  But then I just don’t post. So I will try to throw something up more often.  Because SENIOR YEAR!

And if you need a daily record (which I’m sure you are holding your breath) you can find me on Instagram!  @homeschoolgirls.

And in 2 days MY FAVORITE MONTH of the year!!!

Homeschooling Rocks!



Hello 12th Grade….

1st day of 12th grade

We’ve done these pictures for years. Each one getting closer and closer to this year.

This senior year. I could write pages and pages about how I feel right now. Excited and sad jumbled up together.

The picture she is holding is her on the first day of kindergarten. 12 years ago. 12 years!

That day I felt the same. Excited and sad. I walked her to class holding her 5 year old hand, kissed her and let her go. She never saw the tears all the way to the car and home. Today she sees the tears and laughs and hugs me. She calls me a mushmellow. But she doesn’t understand. One day she will.

Keilee it’s the most beautiful gift being your Momma. And I hope you have a senior year filled with learning and laughter and love and new adventures.

Let’s do this.


Without further ado, here are the plans for 12th grade.

  • Western Civ (textbook and Crash Course)
  • World Literature (Great Courses)
  • Algebra 2 (Khan Academy)
  • Economics/Government (book)
  • Sociology
  • Astronomy
  • Creative Writing
  • Spanish
  • Bringing Smart Back (her Instagram and YouTube educational channels)
  • Magical Memories
  • Keilee’s Kreations (her crochet shop)
  • Princess Theatre (she is doing an internship here.  She will be helping the educational director with 3 classes a week. 2 in city schools and 1 homeschool class. She is so excited about this)


Homeschooling Rocks!


August is almost gone.  I can not believe it.

This will be Keilee’s senior year. S.E.N.I.O.R.  Ugh.  She asked me if we could officially start in September.

This month has been filled with goodness.  And Princess stuff (which is still goodness).  I am not posting pictures of Princess events. There are too many.  If you want to see follow their Instagram or see them here. Magical Memories
There is also her Facebook page. I am beyond proud of her.  She started this in July 2016 and it has exploded.  She is a legit girl boss.

But we did find time in August to do some fun things.

One of our favorite places is Ave Maria Grotto.  This is a magical place full of miniatures of biblical places and places in the world.

Even though Emma and Keilee were both slammed busy they found time to do some glamping. (complete with bean bags and twinkle lights)

We also went to Lynchburg Tn to Jack Daniel’s Distillery.  We didn’t take the tour because they started charging and I didn’t bring enough money but the town is amazing.

All in all it was a beautiful August.

And I am ready to start Keilee’s senior year (more about that later).  I just hope it goes at a sloth’s pace.  (and if you know Keilee you know how apropos that ‘sloth’ reference was),

Homeschooling Rocks!

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”  George R.R. Martin