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 FYI Homeschooling Moms - I am also having a drawing TOMORROW for a comp ticket to Cindy Rushton's Ultimate Homeschool Expo - the online homeschool convention!  See this post and leave a comment to enter.


Outside my window...
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It's Lilac time!

I am thinking...
about the bagpiper I met last week. On Monday I went to a funeral for a friend's father. The gentleman had been in the navy for World War II, and so the bagpiper played the Navy Hymn as he led the casket into the church and out. He also played Amazing Grace. At the grave side, after the service was over, he stood in the distance and played "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." It was really impressive.

Flash forward to Saturday and I am running my first wedding of the season for the church. The couple had hired a bagpiper to lead them down the aisle after the ceremony and I could hear the pipes in the basement. I went down there to introduce myself, and it turns out it was the same piper!

During the wedding we chatted and he told me that he first heard the bagpipes up close and personal when he was 20 years old and he was hooked! He started taking lessons and never looked back. Now 15 years later he has quite a career going for himself. He really is a joy to listen to.

I am thankful for...
a good night's sleep. Lately I have been sleeping like a dead woman. Out like a light for 7 solid hours!

From the learning rooms...
I think Sam and I are going to start dissecting his ACT results and really trying to figure out what we can do to better his score next fall. We will also continue to work towards the CLEP test in American History. The younger kids and I are reading about California and the Donner Party!

From the kitchen...
Turkey burritos tomorrow, ham and egg noodles in a white sauce on Tuesday and a pot roast for Wednesday!
I am wearing...
Black pants and white 3/4 length sleeve shirt.

I am creating...
a work plan for next week with typing and homeschool as well as working out.  Trying to figure out how getting the Liturgy in the Hours fits into my life. 


I am going...
to reorganize my classroom, continue my cleaning spree in the laundry room and keep working out in the mornings while running with Izzy's friend in the evening.

I am reading...
I'm reviewing Bravewriter and Help for High School.
The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party


I am hoping...
to have more of you homeschoolers enter my contest for the Ultimate Homeschool Expo!

A few years ago I "attended" Cindy Rushton's Online Ultimate Homeschool Expo and was blown away by all of the information. I have a lot of the talks still on my computer that I can download to an MP3 and listen to at MY CONVENIENCE. And this is a perfect time of year to - to get inspired to finish the current school year and start planning for the next!

Online Seminars with With 35+ Speakers!
Virtual Vendor Hall!
Free Gifts--ebooks, audios, downloads!
Special offers from your favorite Online Vendors!
Mp3 Downloads for all audios (over $1000 in workshops!)

Since I am an affiliate, Cindy is allowing me to give away one ticket to this event. Simply leave a comment on this post before next Wednesday April 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern time and I'll choose one at random and send the winning e-mail to Cindy Rushton so that she can send you your "complimentary ticket."

I am hearing...
Sam, Gabe and the singers practicing for the youth mass to be done next month!


Around the house...

laundry room march to the sea... er the washing machine!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Sam has a soccer game on Tuesday - way out in the next county!   Write a letter to Aunt Dorothy.  

A picture I am sharing:  
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Rosie the Soccer Girl- ready for action. 




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