Category: Seven Quick Takes

{SQT} Quiet July Takes-A Summer Theme

Last summer at this time, our calendar was a blur of events and lines indicating camps, vacations, festivals, local events, etc. Now, our July is practically empty. Despite months of cancelled events, I still can’t get used to all the white space on our calendar. We did learn that our town will have it’s annual Read More

{SQT} No Party But Celebrating No Surgery For Now

And just like that, it’s the end of June and Fulton gets ready to turn 12 on Sunday. It seems weird, because for so much of the quarantine, it felt as if time was standing still. But, time marches on, and already the days are getting shorter. Missing from this June is our annual Nativity Read More

{SQT} Next Year’s New Student And Attempts At Summer Fun

1. We are officially done with school for the year. Fulton and Teddy finished all their work last week, and this week I am correcting, grading, and updating transcripts for the older three. There are a few things the older three are redoing or finishing for me, but it’s basically been a week of tying Read More

{SQT} Sounds good.

What’s a creative way to combine the words quarantine and vacation? I don’t know so we’re calling this week Quarancation!!! As you might expect, our family is having a great time. We are in the town of Duck in the Outer Banks, in a home directly on the Currituck Sound. Since Sunday, we’ve been soaking Read More

{SQT} Planning, Packing, and Promoting

No, we’re not on vacation yet, but as of today there’s only two more sleeps and then we’re off to quarantine in a different location! 1. Tomorrow we load up our trailer with most of our STUFF. Sunday morning all the remaining medical equipment, and cold food will get packed. I have one packing list Read More

{SQT} Grandma, School News, and a Road Trip

I don’t know if I really need seven whole quick takes to recount the last week or so, but here goes. 1.For Mother’s Day, we managed to join a Zoom chat with my grandmother who lives in an assisted living facility. She’s been in lock-down, in her room, for at least six, maybe seven? weeks Read More

{SQT} Nothing Is Happening Here

Time marches on. Our routine remains the same, with slight variations for nice weather, of which there is still not enough. 1.We introduced the kids to the A-Team recently. For all the explosions and shoot outs, Teddy was expecting more dead and wounded, but we explained that prime time TV didn’t show those things back Read More

{SQT} Easter Happenings and Discovering a Love of Chainsaws

1. Happy Easter Friday- go eat some meat! And if you have any Easter candy left, have some of that too. We’ve devoured most of our goodies, except for Addie who rations out her candy far longer than I believe humanly possible. (It’s why I always wind up stealing more candy from her basket than Read More

{SQT} In Like a Lion, And Not Going Out of My Mind

1.Welcome to April 3rd, the 3,402,239 day of Lent 2020. Only 235,249 more days to go until Easter. Spring is finally here. To celebrate we’re getting lots of rain…among other things. 2.We got word that our town has it’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19. The mayor, police chief, and school district are posting regular updates Read More

{SQT} Homeschooling Like Everybody Else

I keep seeing posts about people having all this free time now that they’re at home, and my inbox is filled with emails from bloggers telling me all the things I can do to fill my time now that we’re in quarantine (exercise! take a course! learn a new language! improve a habit! rewire your Read More

{SQT} Bedrooms, Choosing Hard Things, And A Fun Lenten Quarantine

Let’s talk about something that’s NOT contagious…at least for a bit, shall we? 1.This past weekend we got all the kids bedrooms switched around. The girls moved into the finished attic bedroom, and Byron moved across the hall into the girls old room. I disassembled the loft bed Byron used in the room he shared Read More

{SQT} Telling You About Lent Won’t Help Me A Bit

First, things first. I hit 40,000 words on my manuscript and today I’m submitting the new and improved version to my editor. Prayers that I didn’t make it horribly worse! I’m so relieved to be done with this step! (Also I need to mention here that I have one Amazon affiliate link below or men Read More

{SQT} Eight Years Of Blogging Love

Today marks EIGHT years since I started my blog. ***E.I.G.H.T. *** I know that doesn’t seem like much to some people out there, but in an era when many websites come and go, eight years is actually like, 56 years on the world wide web (is anyone still calling it that?). Seeing as today’s Quick Read More

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