Fun in the Sand

I cannot say these snapshots were taken on a lavish beach somewhere.
I can say they were taken out in the country where kids roam barefoot and free.
I can say when your property is in a constant state of building,  your barefoot children will find a pile of sand (among other things) while running around free.
Welcome to the country.
Take your shoes off and have fun in the sand.

Random snapshots of a typical homeschool morning

They say April showers brings May flowers.
May brings the chance to be outdoors, plan field trips, go to the park and just relax a bit.
Curriculum catalogs start arriving in the mailbox.
Planning next year begins.
Along with a gentle reminder: Stay focused and finish Strong!

The current view from our front porch

Spring is here.
The color green is everywhere.
Flowers are in full bloom.
The smell of fresh mowed grass lingers in the air.
Oh, yes, Spring is here.
Over the weekend we gave our front porch and yard a little TLC.

This is the current state of our front yard.
The purpose was to level it out.
Remember the post "A weekend playing in the dirt."

Give a guy a bulldozer.......

My love for Oklahoma Sunsets

To capture an Oklahoma sunset is to capture a sunset like no other.
The diverse nature of Oklahoma's sky leaves me speechless.

Have a great weekend!

Drivers Education for the Home Schooled Student

Oh, Yes! This is happening.
It is possible for you to teach your home schooled child Drivers Ed.
Surprisingly, I'm not as stressed as I thought I would be.
The blue S10 pickup Rodneys in was his Dads before he got a company truck.
Together they have been fixing it up.

I am posting this to help other parents get an idea of what they need to do.
The steps listed are what I understand to be Oklahoma state laws.  All state requirements are different.  See links below for more information.

Here's what I know:
1.  Jeff and I had to complete paperwork with our driving information and send it to be approved by the DPS.
2. I ordered a DPS approved curriculum.
3. Started the 30 hours of book work requirement.  (We are here)
4. Book work test gets mailed in to be graded.
5. When the results are mailed back, he can then go get his permit.
6. Behind the wheel training can begin.  (Approved letter from the state must be in the car.)
7. I must log at least 50 hours driving time.  10 must be at night.
8. Final test must be taken at an approved location.  (Since, I chose a local curriculum, Rodney will take his at that office.)
9. After passing the final test.  He receives a certificate of completion and is free to take his driving test and the DMV.  I must have all paperwork complete along with a parent signed homeschool affidavit. (Proving the child is in school)
10.  Proceed with caution, a new teen driver on the road. :)

Currently, we are on #3.
I will update our progress in future posts.
I'm looking forward to this journey.

If you have more information and would like to share.... Maybe you have more experience homeschooling high school and driver ed.  Please chime in by leaving a comment.

Disclaimer: I don't claim to be an expert to the home schooled high school student. Nor, was I compensated for this post. I purchased this curriculum and so far I'm a fan.
Rodney is my oldest and this has been my first year to home school high school.
That being said;  I did extensive research on the "requirements" pertaining to curriculum, credits, testing, colleges and state our laws.  I encourage you to do the same.

Parent Taught Drivers Education Information:
HSLDA has a wealth of information for each state requirements: Drivers Ed
The following link is for Oklahoma residents only: Department of Public Saftey of Oklahoma 

Easter Weekend

Over the weekend we enjoyed a fabulous service at our church.  I mean, look at that curtain surrounding the stage!  I wish I could show you a video, complete with the sound effects.  So cool.
I love my church!

Sunday afternoon I colored eggs with the littles. 

Here's to another Easter full of grace, mercy and love.

It is a Good Friday Indeed

Jesus personally carried our sins in his body to the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.  By his wounds we are healed.  1 Peter 2:24

Blessings to you and yours this Easter weekend!

Easters on it's way + A Freebie

Easters just around the corner. I have a new freebie up on my facebook page. 

This is what happens when a creative mind gets a hold of a notebook during baseball
practice.  I am almost embarrassed to admit this is how most of my designs begin.

Then I see the completed product and I no longer care.
Get egg-cited! Printable pdfs are included.  Enjoy!

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