I love gathering information, learning, and sharing my treasures with others who may benefit. That’s why I started The Sparrow’s Home. And while I really do enjoy sharing things I’m finding…sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and touch base in a more personal way. I mean, after all…what do you really know about me? (insert sinister laugh–Bwahahaha)
I try to insert tidbits from my life into my posts. But I thought today I’d take a break from my regular posting to tell you what’s been filling my life lately, and a little bit about what’s happening at The Sparrow’s Home.
The Sparrow’s Home
If you look across the header of the website, you’ll see the categories: Homeschool, Recipes, Family, Healing, and Home & Garden.
When I started The Sparrow’s Home last spring, I didn’t have a firm plan of how my posts would be organized or planned. Since then, I’ve kind of found a rhythm that bends somewhat depending on what’s going on both in my life and in the world. I post Monday through Wednesday every week, and share what I’ve been reading around the web every other Thursday in my “Food for Thought” posts. I like that rhythm, and think I’m going to stick with it for the foreseeable future.
You may not have noticed, but recipes always appear on Tuesdays. I like to cook, have a lot of recipes, and enjoy trying new ones. So sharing one a week is easy peasy. I don’t post as much on gardening, crafts, and herbal remedies. Want to know why? I don’t know as much, or have as much to share with you on those topics. Homeschooling, marriage, parenting, and faith I have more to offer on, so you see more of those.
Having said that, I want to be open to growth. What are you interested in seeing more of? I can’t promise I’ll deliver, but I can promise I’ll give it a shot! What are your favorite kinds of posts?
My eldest son is a senior this year. So we’ve been wading through Senior Pictures, college visits, FAFSA, and thinking ahead to planning a graduation party. I will take any tips you’ve got!
He and I took a road trip to visit a school last month.
Do you remember that book, “I Love You Forever”? It made the rounds at every baby shower in the 90’s. I was never a big fan. I thought it was kind of creepy, to be honest with you. But as we walked through the dorms, one image kept flashing through my head:
After sharing this with my son, I was strictly forbidden from sneaking into his dorm room, picking him up, and singing him a lullaby. Foiled!
In the end, he decided to attend a school within driving distance. His decision really came down to cost. The additional $7-8,000 per year of accruing debt was just too hard a pill to swallow, even though he was really interested in the degree program. Having done dual enrollment, and receiving a number of credits by exam will prove to save loads of money and time, too.
And speaking of credits by exam, boy number 2 has his school work this year structured around doing as many tests as possible. He took and passed Sociology last week, and is close to being ready to take both Economics and Personal Finance. We’ve had some switching around due to some changes of decisions in his future plan, which doesn’t phase me a bit. He’s in 10th grade, for goodness sake, and he’s entitled to still be figuring things out, right!? Right now he has 21 college credits under his belt, and we have saved thousands of dollars in tuition. Not bad!
We did one study group this fall, for Personal Finance, and have done some group studying for the Economics test. Now that we have college plans settled for his older brother, I can focus on the paperwork to get this one enrolled in dual enrollment for next year.
More than teaching, I feel like I’ve learned a whole new career as an advisory counselor the past couple of years.
Fall is Thanksgiving
I really enjoy Thanksgiving. While many find it to be a stressful, busy day it is exactly the opposite for me. Thanksgiving is my holiday to host for the family. We plan an evening meal (to accommodate one of my sisters and her family going to her in-laws for lunch). The rest of my family and a crew of friends come over early and we spend the day noshing on appetizers, playing games, visiting, cooking, and watching whatever movies are on TV. We’ll have 24 people this year, I think.
And then Friday we’ll put up our tree and spend the weekend decorating the house. It’s also when mom allows Christmas music to be played. (Greg and the boys are listening to it already, but not around me…I have a strict after Thanksgiving policy).
I have lots of fun posts planned for December. If you don’t want to miss anything, make sure you subscribe to our email list!
Blessings and love to you – –