Sunday, March 30, 2014

Viva Italia! - Cinque Terra

The Italian Riveria is comprised of Cinque Terra (5 shores)!!  Absolutely, positively breathtaking!  We enjoyed a couple days of respite at the end of our Italian tour!
From green hills to rocky beaches
We could not believe, yes, it is the
American flag flying in Italia!!!

Had a relaxing time on the coast of Italia!!!!

This was the opening to get to the rocky beach :)
Yes, we can to crouch down.

Inside the church in Vernazza - lovely!

We enjoyed searching for seashells and sea glass for the girls

This is where we enjoyed a sit down meal,
next to the water

The coast is defined with the many shades of blue water

The buildings and homes are a  palette of colors for the eyes to feast
Beautiful sunny day by on the rocks!

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!"  Psalm 33:12

Gardening - Getting Kids Started!

Tips for Gardening with Kids
  1. Begin with visiting a garden store.  Let kids look around and select their own vegetables and/or flowers to grow.  Give them a limit of how many they can purchase (or $ amount) so they will have to make their choices  This is a great real-life opportunity to practice decision-making skills!!!
  2. If they have their own little rake and gloves, great, if not. picking out their own can get them excited about the process.
  3. Basil is a great to begin with since it grows fast, and the kids can help at dinnertime by easily tearing it up and adding it to dishes.  Tomatoes and beans are great as well as they are quick growers.  Fast growing plants are wonderful for the kids will get to see results quickly.
  4. Let them help pick the spot for their garden or help with the design of the garden to get them more involved and excited about it.
  5. Have them plant seeds in the shape of their name, initials or if you have enough space the whole alphabet - to make it more fun! 
We planted our tomato and pepper seeds a few weeks ago and now have some seedlings.  As soon as we can we will be planting our cool weather veggies.  Praying this is the end of the snow/winter?

"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children."  Isaiah 54:13

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2 Days of Field Trips!!

Hi All!

Would you like to join us for these great field trips?

April 17, 2014

10:45AM Bluestone Tour (please see previous post) if interested in joining us!

Are you joining us for the Bluestone Tour on April 17th?  If so, you may be interested in our May 6, 2014 events?  We will be heading back to Bluestone to pickup our plants that the kids planted  and I have scheduled the following since we will be in the area:

May 6, 2014

10AM - 12:30PM - Lake County Historical Society program and lunch

We will be learning about American Indians
Cost:  $5/child (maybe adults?)

Bluestone Plant Pickup

The two events listed above still have space for families!!!  For those who signed up early we also have a couple of other field trips planned these two days.  Please email Kim at with questions or to sign up.  We're going to have a great time!!!!

"You don’t know God is all you need, until God is all you’ve got."  Rick Warren

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Art Musee - Oui Oui

Hi All!

Please join us for a road trip, this time we are heading West!  Only the western part of Ohio though and there is no better time to visit the Toledo Museum of Art than now!   There are so many beautiful exhibits, not including their glass collection!!!  This day will include many of our favorite things - gardens, paintings, sculpture and roses!  Please join us as we enjoy a docent led tour of France's Tuileries Garden at the Toledo Museum of Art!

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43604

Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time for docent led tour: 11:15AM - 12:15PM

Cost:  FREE!!!

Space is limited….

Other beautiful exhibits:

Lino Tagliapietra
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We will meet in the main lobby.  Please feel free to bring a bag lunch to enjoy outside with us!  Please email Kim at to register your family!!  Thank you :)

"Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."  1 Peter 3:3-4

Thursday, March 13, 2014

“Friendship needs no reason!” ― Mary Engelbreit

So many homeschoolers want to connect with others.  I try to help that along with events.  Spring is coming and more and more we'll be out enjoying the weather :)  If you enjoy hiking and the parks, please feel free to contact me and we'll be happy to get out and get some exercise!!!  Anyway, just thought I would share our thoughts on friends and praying this will help others!

This past weekend a friend said this to me, "I need to be a better friend".  Has anyone said this to you?  It got me to thinking….are there people who I need to be a better friend to?

Recently our best friends moved away.  But you would never know it!  Since they have been gone, we have talked on the phone regularly and the girls had a play date with them recently.

At first I was sad, to think of our best friends moving OUT of state!  Then I thought what a wonderful opportunity for us to visit them!  God has nurtured our friendship and we thank him for the blessing of knowing this wonderful family!  We even helped them move :)  They have an open invitation for us to visit and stay with them, they are already planning when we visit a double date, a Moms' makeover day, etc…how AWESOME is that?

God has put people in your path for a reason.  Are they there to help and guide you or is God seeking you to help them?  Only He knows.  This is one story you cannot read the last chapter to see how it ends!  Keep reading page by page and enjoy the adventure He has created you for :)  

So back to the question, how to be a better friend, in no particular order:

1.  Always be there, in good and bad times

2.  Listen and do not judge

3.  Do not be scared to tell each other the truth

4.  Lend a helping hand (improve their life) do not focus on yours - be selfless (BLESS them)

5.  Be genuinely happy for them, people know when you are not

6.  Accept them for who they are, give them space as well

7.  Do not hold grudges over petty things

8.  Show up :)  - you cannot pretend to be there

9.  Go beyond the call of duty

10.  Forgive and apologize

11.  Stay in touch, whether they move or lives change

12.  Do not give up on them in their time of need

13.  Make them feel appreciated

14.  Introduce them to others

What to do with your close friends so you do not drift apart:

Call or meet up with them with/without kids?

Send hand written notes, yes snail mail!  Thanking them for a gift or experience, congratulating them on success, etc.

Email far away friends on a regular basis letting them know stories of your daily life.  They will feel like you are still right there.  Facebook really is just too impersonal for your nearest and dearest friends.  When you post, it is no longer a cherished moment between two friends, but an announcement to everyone?

Remember the milestones of their lives - birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Plan regular getaways, some homeschoolers have done scrapbooking weekends for instance.  But for many homeschoolers this may not be practical, so maybe a coffee date?

Though we are missing our best friends terribly, we celebrate their wins, blessings and successes with them!!!!  ENJOY each other and each moment :)

"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:13

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Viva Italia! - "KSU in Florence"

So what does a foreign country campus look like?  Think old buildings rather than brand new with lots of character!  Kent State University has a school in Florence, Italy which is why we had the opportunity to visit with hubby's work.  It is a very cool space, and there were other faculty from Ohio's KSU campus who we enjoyed their company with while visiting!

Have to be buzzed in, great security!

KSU's Italia fashion school

Checking out the Florence space
Molto chic

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!"  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Bug's World!

A Bug's World logo

Join us for "A Bug's World" in Wooster 
April 9th or 10th, 2014 

Bug's World is The Ohio State University Department of Entomology's educational event for 2nd and 3rd graders. The event features The Bug Zoo, Cafe Insecta and a full day of activities and insect-inspired learning, taught by our faculty, staff and students. Participants will arrive at 9:30 and finish at 1:30 on either April 9th or April 10th. 
On-line registration will open at 8AM on March 10th and will remain open until all spots are filled.

The event is free, but a deposit must be submitted to hold the registration for each class or home school group.

**  We will be there on April 9th, hope to see you :)

“All winged insects that go on all fours are detestable to you. Yet among the winged insects that go on all fours you may eat those that have jointed legs above their feet, with which to hop on the ground. Of them you may eat: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, and the grasshopper of any kind. But all other winged insects that have four feet are detestable to you.  Leviticus 11:20-23