Lauren has been accepted to her first college: Mississippi College. She’s also been invited back to interview for scholarships around the 1st of the year. We are going back to Covenant next Friday for another visit and to talk about money with them. Still trying to decide where else to visit/apply.

There was ice on the windshield this morning. A little earlier than usual. But it’s supposed to warm back up the end of the week.

And we are looking forward to John’s and Kim’s visit next week after their trip to DC. Dana and I are doing to Atlanta on Friday to celebrate my birthday.

And after being closed for two weeks, the pool is back open with the dome on. The water was still cold this morning!

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Cool Morning of Work

Unlike last year, this year’s weather for the Folk School was wonderful. This morning started at 40°, so our early morning shift of volunteering at the ticket both for free admission and lunch was a little cool


but it was definitely worth it for the $18 saved in admission and the $28 worthy of BBQ lunch.

The problem with the Folk School and seeing all the crafts there is there are way too many hobbies I would like to start.

After spending most of the day there, we went to a birthday party for one of Rebekah’s and Lauren’s friends at Fire’s Creek. This is as close as I’ve gotten to water this week as the pool is closed as they put the dome up for winter.


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Full Tanks—For Now

Both of our cars have full tanks, but whether we’ll be able to fill them up again anytime soon is up for debate. Every gas station between here and church, except one, was out of gas by the time we came home (and that one had a line of cars). And I’ve read that most of the stations in Murphy are also out of gas. Hopefully, it is a short-lived problem, but I would hate to be on vacation right now in the SE.

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A Little Spicy Update

School has been the norm over the last few weeks. We are 1/3 of the way through with the semester already (at least Lauren and I—Rebekah’s class is taking a couple of breaks along the way).

It has been unseasonably warm for this time of year—92° yesterday—and dry. While the mornings have cooled off, several in the 50s as of late, the days have not. As I usually swim in the mornings, the pool has cooled off noticeably in the last couple of weeks. They will put the dome up in a couple of weeks.

The garden is still putting out copious amounts of cherry tomatoes—hundreds actually, and green beans and okra. And while we ate no tomatoes tonight, we did enjoy stuffed jalapeños and peach jalapeño salsa. Good and spicy!


We think Lauren is about to start giving piano lessons. She has a potential student, and we’re trying to nail down days and times in the midst of a busy senior year. Speaking of which, we hope to have our first graduation meeting soon with the parents of the other kids who are graduating this year. It looks like Lauren will be one of ten homeschoolers from our community who will graduate this year. And hopefully we will have a date sooner than later, though coordinating with 9 families’ schedules (one family has twins) will probably be difficult.

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New Beginnings

Last weekend saw us spending about 30 hours in the car from Friday to Monday: a trip to Texas for a wedding (new beginnings #1) and then back through Mississippi to drop Jenna off for her sophomore year (new beginnings #2) and then home. Despite so much time behind the wheel, we got to see some family we didn’t get to see on our May trip to Texas, so it was worth it. The girls did a great job of getting school work done in the car as they had much to do. And we got to sneak in a free Andrew Peterson concert in Jackson on Sunday night.

Wedding Pics



The girls with cousin Tracie


The Watzlavicks with a cousin photobomb.


Before the Andrew Peterson concert (finally, someone took a picture of me!)


The girls in the parking lot of Jenna’s new dorm.


And it’s about time for round two of pepper canning. But it will have to wait until after the baby shower that is being held here tomorrow for a lady from church.


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Birthday and 1st Day

Now that Lauren is home, we got to celebrate her birthday from July.


And today was the first day of Classical Conversations for our senior and freshman.


And speaking of our senior, she has finished her application to Mississippi College (well, actually, I did in finally finishing and submitting her transcript) and registered to take the ACT again in October.

And today I started my 6th year of tutoring Classical Conversations. This year we will tackle Latin III, Trig/Pre-Calculus, Philosophy, U.S. History, Shakespeare/poetry, and Chemistry. My nine wonderful students were ready to go on day one.


Jenna’s stay at home has been good, but it will end all too soon as she loads up and heads back to Mississippi for her Sophomore year. We will attend a wedding before dropping her off, and after moving her in, we all get to see the girls’ favorite artist, Andrew Peterson, in concert for free.

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Garden and Girls

The garden is doing well, which means we have been staying busy (and Dana bought a bushel of peaches too!):


And we brought these two girls home yesterday from a summer of working at camp!



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