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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Viva Italia! "Getting There"

Buon Giorno Homeschoolers!

If you have not heard of the Carolina Homeschooler, I am happy to share:

They offer homeschoolers trips and has one scheduled for Italy next March!  I had an opportunity to visit with my husband's work.  He said he had an opportunity to visit and I said, only if I can come :)

It was an amazing experience, I cannot wait to return and share it with our daughters!  They cannot wait as well.  Not sure when that will be but, we have been in the prep stages learning the Italian language.  Being part Sicilian, it was charming when the natives thought I was a native.

I will be sharing experiences here and there, but it was a trip of a lifetime (Spring 2013)!  This is just getting to Italy, planes, trains, etc…..

The airports were so large, they had inside trams to get you where you needed to go!

The Amsterdam Airport

Charming Hubby was in charge of the luggage!  THANK YOU :)

Almost to our first destination - ROME!!!  Yes, I am getting pretty excited at this point.

The high speed trains

We kept circling the area looking for our hotel room.  I think we found it!!

Vespas were the vehicle of choice

Tons of people in front of the Pantheon at the Piazza della Rotunda!!!!
For our church's Sports Camp, they asked anyone traveling around the world to send in photos with the tshirt in a foreign country!  Here I am in front of the PANTHEON, could hardly believe I had left the North American continent?  Thanks to hubby who had been to Italy a couple times previously, he was the best travel advisor/tour guide :)
That's all for now - Ciao!

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"  Ephesians 5:25

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bluestone Tour & Planting Activity

Happy Spring Homeschoolers!

I am so excited that Spring is YES around the corner!!!!  After the deep freezing temps, it is great to know we are on the upswing :)  Join us for the informative tour of the award winning Bluestone greenhouses during their Spring shipment.  

The children will also enjoy planting their very OWN baby plant.  We then return in a month's time (think Mother's Day gifts) to pick up their plant!  It is up to you if the plants will be Mother's Day gifts or if you will find a bright spot in your garden for the kids to plant them?

DATE:  Thursday, April 17, 2014

TIME:  10:45AM

ADDRESS:  Bluestone Perennials
7211 Middle Ridge Road, Madison

Age Range:  K - 5th grade, just so they may gear their talk to a certain level and not all grades.  Older and younger siblings welcome!!!

Limit:  75-80 children, thank you!

Please feel free to visit their website to see what they have to offer:

As always, please email Kim at to register your family.  Please include the number of children participating!!!

"I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys."  Song of Solomon 2:1

40 Maps that explain the World!

Dear Homeschoolers,

This is an amazing site/article, I hope you check it out and find it as interesting as we do:

Which map is your favorite?  This is one of my favs - how Nutella is made ;)  Enjoy sharing with your students.

"One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet."  Proverbs 27:7

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Foster Home Valentine's

Dear Homeschoolers!

My family will be making Valentine's for the Berea Children's Home located in Berea.  We would like to bless the children and let them know someone has them in their hearts.  If you would like to join us, please feel free to make some as well.  The home has about 65 kids and does not allow visitors under the age of 21 due to the children's backgrounds of abuse, etc.  It is for the safety of everyone that children do not visit.  If you would like to send small gifts, that may be fine as well?  Chocolate, $1 toys, etc???

Please contact me at to make arrangements prior to making any Valentine's to arrange for pickup or drop off.   We are in the Akron area, but visit the Cleveland area on a semi-regular basis.  I would like to deliver all Valentine's on Friday, February 7, 2014.  Thank you!  Kim

"I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You'll never - I promise - regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we're at our worst.  Luke 6:35

Sunday, January 12, 2014

February Moms' Meeting

Hello Homeschoolers!

Hoping everyone faired well from the deep freeze this past week?  I wanted to share that I will be hosting a Moms' meeting in a couple weeks.  We enjoy fellowship, exchange information, enjoy goodies, please feel free to bring something to share :)  Here are the details:

DATE:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (rescheduled)


LOCATION:  Tallmadge, address given when RSVPed

TOPIC:  Valentine's Day, "expressing love to others"and more!!!

The meeting is open to all homeschoolers and those interested in homeschooling, so feel free to bring a friend along!  Hope you will join us!!

Please email or call Kim for address and directions at or (330) 630-3837.  Thank you and looking forward to seeing many new and familiar faces!!!

"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."  Proverbs 18:24

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Italian Language Classes

Buon Anno Amicas!

The Italian classes were so fun and educational that we will be continuing with a second session.  The instructor is a retired teacher and is Italian!  She does a fabulous job with the kids and we are excited to begin again :)  We will be starting the Italian language classes again in March (with cultural info as well).  If you missed the first session, no worries, we can get you caught up!  We have a little community going, enjoying spaghetti dinners together and will be attending festivals, etc.

Dates:  Tuesdays, March - April

Time:  10 AM - 11AM

Location:  Stow-Munroe Falls Library, 3512 Darrow Road, Stow

Cost:  $4-5 per student, depending on the number of students

Would you like to join us?  Class size is limited for maximum individual student attention.  Please email Kim at to register your child(ren).  Grazie!

"And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?"  Acts:  21:37

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Look & Discover Tour - Cleveland Museum of Art

Dear Homeschoolers!

I am happy to announce that the Cleveland Museum of Art has a large collection of Religious Art!  I have scheduled a special tour of their collection with a docent.  This is a free tour :)  Please join us!

DATE:  March 20, 2014

TME:  1:30PM - 2:30PM with docent, then self guided tour

ADDRESS:  11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland

Space is limited to 30 students, so please email Kim at to register your students.  Thank you!

"He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer."  Exodus 35:35

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Schwebel's Bread Tour

Please join us for a FREE guided tour of the Schwebel's Baking Company!  This is a last "hurrah" tour.  Schwebel's will be closing the Cuyahoga Falls manufacturing facility sometime in 2014.

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014



1950 Newberry Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44221

This tour has a max capacity of 50 due to the headsets the participants will be wearing.  We have set up two groups for 25 people per group.  This is always a popular tour, so please reserve space for your family quickly. 

Schwebel's has an age limit of 5 and up due to the nature of the tour.  Everyone will receive a loaf of bread upon leaving :)

Please email Kim at with the number in your family to be part of this tour.  Thank you and Happy New Year!!!