Tuesday, May 24, 2016

graduate number two



13 years ago we started down a path called "Homeschooling".  We were totally new at this.  We knew a few people that were starting at the same time, or had only been doing it for a few years.  We were completely in the dark.  Greenhorns.  Newbies.




Last year we graduated our oldest child.  She had no desire to get a college degree so we did not pursue that.  (I mentally sighed in relief - I did not want to tackle ACT scores, scholarship applications, etc.)




This year, we graduated our second child.  SHE wants to be a Radiologist.  Hmm...college forms here we come!  Thankfully, she is very motivated and initiative oriented.  She is filling out all the paperwork and I just have to provide some information sometimes.




And yes, they both graduated early.  That's one of the benefits of homeschooling.  They work at their own pace and that usually means faster than public school students.  Child number one graduated at 17, child number two graduated at 16. 





And I still have 11 more to go!!



Until next time...

JenT

Friday, May 20, 2016

Father's Day gift

My oldest daughter is saving money to record a cd of her playing the Native American flute.  She did a t-shirt campaign about a year ago, but now has another design to offer.  This time it's for those special people in our life...dads. 

With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get the dad in your life a t-shirt just for him. 

Just follow this link and get the t-shirt in the color you think would be right for him.  The colors offered are white, gray, and blue.  The t-shirt has an American flag on the back with the words "America's Greatest Dad 2016" underneath.

Get a great one-of-a-kind gift and help out a very talented young lady at the same time!

I've included a sample of her beautiful music below.  Enjoy!!








Until next time...

JenT

Monday, April 25, 2016

update

 Time has a way of getting away from you.  I post so seldom these days.  I vaguely remember some years ago when I posted every day, sometimes more than once a day.  Aww...those days are long gone.  A few years, and kiddos, later and my days are pretty full.

Aww...life.  It ebbs and flows like a river...sometimes calmly, peacefully flowing withing its pristine banks...sometimes raging and roaring tearing the banks away.  But - such is life.

 Now just a couple of pictures to update you.

Our family back in the winter.







And our latest addition, born Feb 23, 2016.







Hopefully we will take another family picture soon and I'll update again.

So we now have 7 boys and 6 girls.

God has truly blessed us.


Until next time...

JenT

Monday, July 27, 2015

The post in which I may or may not be kidding


What's is like living in the Smoky Mountains?  Well, at the foothills anyway.

Kind of cool...kind of hectic...somewhat irritating at times...but other times pretty nice.



If anyone else has ever spent any time of their life in a tourist town, you probably know what I mean.  When people find out you live in a tourist town they have questions; what's it like, do you have to battle traffic, do you get to go places free, what's a good show, what's a good place to eat, where is this place or that place.  Most of these I can answer pretty easily enough, but some I just can't.  I don't spend my days going to all the shows and attractions (though we have been to a few), and I don't know where everything is...I just don't.  I do know the back roads (you kind of have to if you live here and want to stay sane).  And I do know a few places that's good to eat (and those to avoid).  And yes, residents get discounts at certain places, and for a week every summer get to go to Dollywood for only $5.



But other than that, it's pretty much like any other small town - especially during the off season.  You get to know your librarians (whom I love by the way), your post office workers, your bankers, and the guy at the check-out at the local grocery store.



Then during tourist season you have to deal with, well, for lack of a better word - tourons.  They don't know how to drive, they can be very rude and obnoxious, and if not for the fact that they bring in the main business to keep the town alive, we all wish they would just go away. lol  Seriously, I have never seen so many people that make me suspect the validity of their drivers' license.  Blocking intersections, cutting you off, driving in the right lane with two other lanes are empty (sheep, people, sheep).  It's enough to make a person want to move.  Oh wait, I want to move anyway and not for those reasons (although they help).



So anyway, if you ever visit Pigeon Forge know that someone somewhere is wishing you would spend your money and go home...quickly.  I'm not saying it's me...but I'm not saying it's not either.






 Yes, the photos were a Flat Stanley project from one of my cousins last year.  They are the only pictures I have of some of the attractions here, since I don't go around taking tourist-y photos.



Until next time...

JenT

Monday, June 22, 2015

graduation time

The time has come. 


Our first graduate.


Until next time...

JenT

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dear Christian...

 Dear Christian, what sin were you committing before you got saved?

With all the hoopla over Josh Duggar, I decided to write a post to voice how I felt about it.

I in NO WAY whatsoever condone what he did.  He was wrong.  But he was wrong 12 years ago.  He said that after that incident he REPENTED, got saved, and changed his behavior.  Whoa - what?  He became a Christian?  He doesn't commit that sin anymore?  Then why the uproar?  Because he comes from a conservative, in-the-limelight family that liberals hate.

How many people do you suppose were waiting in anticipation for something to come to light?  Regardless of when it happened, I'm sure they were jumping up and down for joy.  Who cares what it was or when it was.  A Duggar messed up!!  God forbid any of our sins should be put out for the general public to see.  Oh wait, they wouldn't care because we're not on TV.  If the Duggars were not a famous family that the whole world sees, no one would have know and no one would have cared.  The people involved could have lived their lives without having to relive the whole thing all over again.

What's the saddest part about this whole thing?  That Christians are the very ones leading the pack to burn Josh Duggar at the stake.  I've seen and read so many comments from professing Christians that crucify him with their words.  The very people who should understand and should have experienced the same redemptive work in their own lives, are turning their backs on a brother in Christ and throwing him to the wolves.

Jesus said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

I think that kind of speaks for itself.

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, no idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."  1 Corinthians 6:9-11


And that's all I'm going to say on the matter.


Until next time...


JenT

Monday, April 13, 2015

snack time

With 12 children you have to be organized to survive.


With 12 growing children you have to have snacks.


With 12 children sometimes the snacks disappear before some children get a chance to have their share.


From those circumstances we came up with this concept.


They get their own box and enough snacks to last a couple of weeks.  They get one snack a day (ideally) but if they run out before the allotted time is up - oh well.  They just have to do without until snack refill time. 


So far it has worked out.  They even came up with a snack swap since they do have their own preferences and tastes.  So far, so good.


Until next time...

JenT