Grandpa Mike’s Wisdom

JMJ  *To support himself and his family during the Great Depression, he did all kinds of odd jobs.  On-the-job training was the norm, as he would often tell prospective employers that he had skills which he did not in truth possess!   Ring the School Bell 141/180 Days Grandpa Mike, my husband’s father, began his life’s…

Touched by an Earthly Angel

JMJ140  *Being blessed twice in one day, made me think of what I can do today to put a smile on someone else’s face.  There will always be those that have less than I have or are in need of some immediate solace or help.  Ring the School Bell 140/180 Days I do believe in…

Board Games Anyone? The Benefits of Family Game Night

JMJ135  *”Although I am partial to Candyland, I especially like games that require mental strength, where I have a stake in the outcome.  Hey Mom, do you think we can invite some friends over and have a game tournament soon?” -my 19-year-old Ring the School Bell 135/180 Days Today I enjoyed the Game of Life board game…

Dealing with the College Rejection Letter

JMJ133  *Rejection while in high school can be especially hard.  It may be one of the first times that a young person puts themselves out there, presenting their unique and personal self to the “dream school” of their choosing, only to find out that they were not among the selected.  At the very least, a…

Time-Out, Mom-Style

JMJ134  *How to celebrate?  Take a moment and think of something that you need to celebrate.  Give yourself the permission to give yourself a small pat on the back.  Or simply take the day off to take a break from the relentless busy-ness of being a mom-on-call 24-7!  After all, you don’t want to turn…

Quotes for a Weary Mom Part 2

JMJ130  *Although it has been mainly a pleasant journey writing about this academic year, journaling every day has been more tedious than what I had anticipated, especially at this point.  The pot of gold at the end of the academic rainbow is not within reach, and I am getting weary for it. Ring the School…

Choosing the Right University with your Child

JMJ131  *Ultimately, it is your child’s decision as to where they will attend university.  If your child is wise enough to will listen to your advice and ponder it, then give them your words of wisdom.  And then… let go and support their decision.   Ring the School Bell 131/180 Days Here is the update on…

Fairy Gardens in Danger of Extinction: Setting Limits on Electronics

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ JMJ  *Set some limits, so that your own children can experience the same magic many of us are so sentimental about from our own childhoods.  This is easier said than done, especially with today’s generation bombarded with so many electronic devices.  Ring the School Bell 128/180 Days While our girls are beyond the “believing…

Handymom and her Littlest Fairy: Irish Limerick Fun

JMJ127  *Limericks are so fun, quirky and goofy to write!  Rather nonsensical, they may have originated in the city or county of Limerick, Ireland.  Nobody knows for certain.  There are a few things to keep in mind as you write your own limerick. Ring the School Bell 127/180 Days After mending some of the items…

Reasons to Homeschool Through High School: My Top Reason

JMJ123  *Many parents choose to send their homeschooled kids to a brick and mortar school for high school, thinking it has to be that way.  I am inviting those parents and students to consider extending homeschool into the high school years. Ring the School Bell 123/180 Days Today was Sabrina’s last day of Driver’s Education….

Until Then, Dad

JMJ122  *I never took the time I had with my dad for granted, and I am so happy I didn’t.  It is not a good idea to assume that there will always be a tomorrow to make amends or to spend time with a loved one. Ring the School Bell 122/180 Days A bientôt j’espère,…

Grandpas and Homeschooling

JMJ121  *I am going to leave the reader with the thought that homeschooling provides more time to visit with extended family, when they come to visit.  That is, if you are willing to be a little flexible with breaking away from the regular routine.   Ring the School Bell 121/180 Day Another great reason to homeschool…