Thirteen things that I love about my thirteen year old.

IMGP85971. She is helpful and responsible.

2. She is fun to talk to and has interesting things to say.

3. She is so very smart and such a joy to homeschool as she devours every subject with a voracious appetite for learning.

IMGP86074. She is so practical and does not get lost in frivolity.

5. Though she has entered her teens, she still sees the world with sweet innocence and curiosity.

6. She is trustworthy and honest.


7. She continues to amaze me with her artistic ability.

8. Everything she does, she does well. She strives for excellence in all things.

9. She has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh.

IMGP851510. She is so fun to watch movies with – she squeals and jumps and laughs outloud and fully enjoys every minute.

11. She makes an excellent macaroni and cheese.

12. She is careful and does not rush into things without thinking it through first.

13. She is so beautiful.

Happy Birthday to my teenager! I love you more than you’ll ever know!




These Moments – Camping

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

So, today’s This Moment picture is actually pictures, plural. Our family camp out was wonderful, and there are too many good pictures to just pick one. 

Bragging on the Bookworm

We have had such encouraging responses to our comic strip, so The Bookworm and I want to show you some of her “real” art. The comic strip is fun, but I think you will agree that her talent really shines through better in the following examples.

She has been taking art lessons for almost a year, now, and has totally blossomed into an amazing artist.

She draws the most beautiful things, and I need more walls to hang them all on.

At twelve years old, I think she is amazing!

Here is one she sketched of The Dancing Queen, who really loves posing for her.

I guess the art lessons are paying off.

She has even been featured in an art gallery already!

That’s my girl!