Author: kmantoan

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope y’all had a great week and a great holiday! Link up below as usual. You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter Read More

Shakespeare At Home

First, before the real post, I wanted you all to know that we get to keep 12 hours of nursing care!!!! We went through several appeals, but finally an external appeal agency agreed with us and overturned the insurance company’s decision to reduce our hours. Thank you for you prayers!!! Now onto the post! One Read More

Arise From Darkness: The Book to Read Following A Difficult Diagnosis

Shortly after the diagnosis of my son with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, I feel into a deep depression and state of spiritual despair. I was angry with God and unable to pray most days, and while I thought I should consider professional counseling, I couldn’t imagine fitting one more appointment into days already packed with homeschooling, Read More

{SQT} Come Holy Spirit!

Edie got the sacrament of Confirmation! Welcome to spiritual adulthood Edith Kateri! (One guess who she chose as her Confirmation saint. I had fun spelling it to the cake decorator.) It was a beautiful ceremony and Edie looked beautiful in her dress, which also happened to be my mother-in-law’s wedding dress. It fit Edie perfectly Read More

{SQT} Costume Deets, A Sudden Sacrament, and Book Disappointments

Welcome to November- go pray for some souls! Edie, who wants to live in any decade but this one, decided to make her own jester costume based on this historical photo. We purchased two green and two purple shirts at Goodwill, plus a pair of purple scrubs. From them she was able to create the Read More

Costumed Quick Takes

Short takes this week because HALLOWEEN COSTUMES. Even though I’m only actively making costumes for Fulton and Teddy, I make things hard on myself by trying to create Comic Con worthy costumes within a week….or less than a week. Every year I try to give myself more time, I really do, but somehow it always Read More

{SQT} Crafts, Field Trips, and Coffee

Still no progress on those jack-o-laterns. Maybe this weekend. 1. Admittedly, I got side tracked by all the cool crafts in The Creative Home Projects Bundle. I wasn’t going to do any more bundle promos this year, but I snapped up this bundle because it contains tons of projects and tutorials I’ve been saving on Read More

{SQT} Birthday, Anniversary, and Nature

Teddy turned 10 on the 8th! (Somehow the big event didn’t make it into last week’s Takes.) We celebrated with grandparents, ate cake, and Teddy managed to receive two of the most complicated board games in the history of boardgames. (Axis and Allies and Legends of Andor [which contains HUNDREDS of cardboard pieces to punch Read More

{SQT} Conquering Long Division, Resurrecting The Bull Moose Party, and Costume Planning

It’s been a good week. Nothing too exciting to report, but I’m not complaining. October is usually insane, but right now, things feel less and more And I can live with that. Recently, I attended a homeschool mom’s social for the first time in forever. Last year, the few socials that were held conflicted with Read More

How to Create Self-Motivated Learners

If there’s one question I’m hearing more and more frequently this fall it’s “How do I get my kids to do their school work?”. Parents who are overseeing distance learning are stressing out because their kids need seemingly endless amounts of oversight, and homeschoolers are second guessing every piece of curriculum they’ve purchased. I am Read More

42 Things About Me

After a fabulous early birthday massage last Saturday that included the liberal application of scalding hot stones across my entire back, I’m “back” to normal. Thanks for the prayers! Tomorrow is my 42nd birthday! We’re going to celebrate with my parents, and Tony and I will get to attend an outdoor concert as well. On Read More

{SQT} A Field Trip Picture, an Invalid, and Don’t Skip a Lesson

Contractors came to install our roof last Friday morning so, in order to avoid the noise and music floating down our chimney, we went to the beach, which provided the perfect opportunity for those back to school photos I’m so bad at taking. It was cloudy and cool, but not crowded so we enjoyed salt Read More

What My Special Needs Parents Did Right: An Interview With Emily DeArdo

Being a special needs parent can be overwhelming and frustrating. It’s not that we don’t love our kids, but it’s hard to be a caregiver, parent, and now for many of us, the primary educator and therapist day in and day out. Sometimes we get angry, and yell, or cry and it’s easy to feel Read More

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