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First Day of School

Very busy day!  We started school this morning.  Not just my home educated scholars, but even my college scholar!

Our my morning started at five.  I had the scholars up at six and watched Son #4 leave for work.  Everyone had personal devotions, breakfast and dressed by 6:40!  So they all started school!  This is not unusual for them.  Last year they were up by seven, but this year I moved it to six to give them some time to "lolly-gag" in getting ready.  I will see how this goes and adjust to what is needed.

Daughter #2 started a new year at one of our local colleges.  I get to play taxi driver three days a week, meaning I get to take Hubby to and from work on those days.  This is the one disadvantage to having only one vehicle.  But for now it is all we have and I am very thankful for it!

Daughters #6 and #3, Son #5

Son #5, Daughter #7, Son #7

Daughter #5

Daughter # 4, Son #6 (the twins)
  As you can tell we use video streaming and dvd's for school.  This is our 5th year using the videos.  It has been a huge help and much needed for my health!  By no means don't think that I have it easy!  I have to know what is being taught, have test and quizzes ready, make sure they know what they are being taught and answer questions.  That does not include grading and keep records!  This week alone, I have 67 quizzes or test to grade!  This is just the first week!  Hubby is a great help, but he works 50 to 60 hours a week!

This picture is just funny!  Daughter #2 was preparing her lunch.  She turned the plate upside down to make sure it did not have someone else's name on it and made a sandwich!  She was so happy they she took round lunch meat and folded it "square" on the bread!  Look at the plate...she forgot to turn the plate over!


We got the biggest laugh over that!  I guess she had first day of college jitters!

Daughter-in-love #3 started back to college this evening also! 

It has been a wonderful day!  I am so thankful for my little family and the opportunity to see to their education!

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There’s no one like mother.

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My mother’s gentle love, my mother’s gentle love
Has taught me of God’s tender care, and turned my eyes above.
I’ll bless her all my days for all her gentle ways.
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