Blog Pals, Peru, and back to Homeschool!

The Titus 2:1 Conference:

I was at the conference as event photographer, so of course I toted around a big camera all weekend, but these iPhone pics of me with blogland pals are super fun!

L-R: Rebecca, Sarah, Tabitha, Jimmie.
2to1 Conference gals

Rebecca (of Mom’s Mustard Seeds) lives only an hour or so away from me. Sarah (with Samaritan’s Purse) and I ended up sitting together at nearly every meal. Tabitha (from Meet Penny) was the roomie I stayed up too late talking to Saturday night. And I was delighted to FINALLY, after at least six years of online friendship, meet Jimmie! I met so many other wonderful ladies at the conference, and there were so many others I wish I’d had a chance to talk to!

Meanwhile, in Peru…

During spring break week, Ken and Lindsey were in Peru on a mission trip for high school seniors from our church. Ken went as the trip photographer. The group ministered in the villages, and hosted VBS for kids in the area.


Lindsey is now considering applying for an internship next summer that would have her working in a ministry in different areas of Peru for eight weeks. What an exciting possibility! If anything like that existed when I was her age, I sure didn’t know about it!

In our homeschool:

This week, we’re back to schoolwork and enrichment classes. Plus, Lindsey has started a discipleship group for high school seniors, led by our senior pastor. It’s in-depth teaching about studying the Bible, defending the faith, facing temptations, and so on. After her first meeting, we had a good conversation about it, and I’m happy to see how excited she is. I told her my big prayer during her mission trip last week was that she would finally take ownership of her faith — and this seems like a good step in that direction.


Between basic schoolwork, we leave time for interest-led learning. Kathryn chose composing a letter to the President as her writing assignment for the week, and spent some time perusing a few interesting books around I try to scatter about. And as always, we’re reading; it’s about time for me to share another list of recent recommended free reading, so look for that soon.

Springtime is giving us nature study we can’t help but notice, including fruit trees blooming, irises unfurling, blueberry bushes blossoming, and a robin’s nest on the back porch — with four little blue eggs!


Good news on the adoption front!

New developments this week mean things are far more certain in regards to adoption, and we will be able to homeschool the littles next year! Until then, we’re reading, playing, even doing a bit of nature study on the way to the school bus stop.


It’s strange, this stage of life: planning what I’ll do for the littles’ homeschool next year, all while planning Lindsey’s graduation! But it’s all good, and I’m looking forward to both.

Proud [step]mom alert!

I have to brag on Brandon for a minute! He had his first “real” job interview last week! Even if he doesn’t get this position, it’s great experience and we are very proud of him. I know he will be a wonderful band instructor — not only because he is talented, but because he is as passionate about the kids he works with as he is about his music.

Homeschool link-ups:
Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
– Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
– No Fear Homeschool High School at The Daisy Head
– Collage Friday at Home Grown Learners
– Family Friday at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling

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  1. says

    That sounds like a busy and wonderful week. My parents are getting ready to make their second trip to Peru for missions work, and they’ve talked about how wonderful it was for their faith. It sounds like an 8-week internship would be an awesome opportunity!

  2. says

    I like the 2:1 pics. We sponsored Rebecca and she is wonderful. I hope y’all are able to get together often. Also love the eggs in a nest photo. It’s been a few years since we’ve had a bird nest nearby…enjoy!

  3. says

    Jamie — so glad you got to spend time with so many blogging friends! AND, I’m so glad your phone survived the trip in the elevator 😉

    I’m happy to hear about the adoption news and that you will be homeschooling them next year. What a wild ride it will be :-)

    Thanks for linking. I love reading about your weeks. You make such a DIFFERENCE!

  4. says

    OOOh, eggs, how exciting! We’re on the look out for eggs and nests in our pond study. The ducks have just paired up so it should be soon!
    I love the photo of Lindsay in Peru!

  5. Tara from The Magnolia Barn says

    Thanks so much for stopping by The Magnolia Barn! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the 2:1 Conference and it looks like alot of fun. Have a great weekend!

  6. says

    Wow, such a busy week! I hope Kathryn receives a response from her letter, wouldn’t that be great. I love the pretty robin’s eggs. We never see the nests around here, but we do occasionally find cracked robin egg shells laying around.

    Exciting adoption news too! I hope it continues to progress well.

  7. says

    I love seeing you with all your blog land friends! I would love to be able to attend a conference and meet in real life all the awesome homeschool Moms who are so important to me. The trip to Peru sounds amazing! How exciting for Lindsay! I saw on Mary’s blog? where you commenting about taking your littles to the bus stop and didn’t realize until then you couldn’t homeschool them when you are fostering? Keilee got all ‘outraged’ and said, “What!? They don’t think homeschooling is good enough?” :) So glad you will be able to next year. How fun and what a grand adventure.

    Love the robin eggs. We had some last year and we need to go on a nest hunt and see what we can find. Happy Saturday Jamie.

  8. says

    What a wonderful experience for Lindsey in Peru.
    Prayers for you as you add planning for the littles into next year, but what a blessing to be able to keep them home!

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