I’ve decided to go back to blogging here even though I know that nobody really reads blogs (especially this one!) any more. 🙂 I love having the record of all that we did and all my wandering thoughts for all the years I kept it when the older kids were HSing, and I want that for the younger kids’ homeschool lives.
So here’s a quick little June update, and I’ll try to keep things up and just come here to check in regularly again.
Toria (21) and Rhia (19) have graduated but both of them are still happily part of our days. Toria and Gabe still live in their house (if you remember, I bought it for $4,000 cash a couple of years ago and they have been fixing it up and paying me $200 to pay it off). It will be paid off in a few months and they will own their own home, debt free. It’s tiny and a bit of a wreck, but it’s theirs and it’s on four lots. We had hoped to get their first garden in this year but life got busy. They have a walnut tree and a pear tree, though, so they will still have some bounties this year from those.
Rhia is still living at home and is working on getting her photography business established. She has some regular clients who like to book her for fun shoots (she’s very inexpensive so it’s an affordable splurge) and she is working on expanding to new clients.
Jack (16), Alex (12) and Fiona (7) are all in the Wilder Pageant again this year, along with Daryl. This makes something like 15 or 16 years straight that at least some of our family members have acted in the pageant. It’s always a lot of work but they make great friends and are part of something really special. Opening night is July 5.
Jack is planning on working on a nearby farm again this summer. He worked there last fall but was 15 at the time and was not able to work much during school days because of labor laws (homeschool kids aren’t allowed to work during public school hours by law, even if they school at other times of day or on other schedules). This year he’s 16 so he can have a more flexible schedule. It’s hard work but good money, and he’s developed a wonderful work ethic that makes me proud.
Alex’s friend Cody is here for the summer again from Indiana (he spends summers with his aunt, our next door neighbor), which is great fun for him and for Fiona too. We took the three of them to Valleyfair for their homeschool day and had a blast.
We also got a new dog! We adopted Moose from a shelter in March. He is a year old and is a black lab – English setter mix. He’s smart, energetic, playful and never met a dog or person he didn’t love.