Monday, March 23, 2020

Social Distancing Mary Style

What do you do when the world has gone a bit off kilter and you are stuck at home all day???

Get up early... just because...

Bounce like Tigger off the walls...

Make messes everywhere you go...

Go outside. Then inside. Then outside. Then... you get it...

Practice letters and numbers...

Throw a fit or two... or three...

Play dress up...

"Read" books...




Help with the cooking...

Play car racing with the brothers...

Follow Mama around wherever she goes...

Ride your bike...

Dance around the house....

Pretend you are a cat... Pretend you are a dog... pretend you are...

Jump on the trampoline...

Ask when you are going to school....

Ask when you are going to church...

Ask when you are....

Make messes.... oh I said that...

Play with playdough...

Listen to music... 

Build puzzles....

And that's all before lunch!!!

Social distancing sounds like a nice quiet time... unless you have a Mary in your house!!

We are hanging in here in our little house on the hill.

All our Homeschool Conventions are canceled through the end of May. 

You would think that would mean more time on our hands but with three littles home... having to completely adjust how we are going to market our material... figuring out how to keep teaching my co-op classes... etc. etc. etc... we are shocked at how much busier we are at the moment!!

But we are grateful that we are together and no one is sick.

We are grateful that Mary's seizures are at a 'normal' pace right now. Her seizure alarm went off last night scaring us both to death. We had to rescue her and I spent the rest of the night trying to calm down from the panic. She's still seizing a lot each day with status episodes once or twice a week but despite the midnight alarms and the day seizing, she is better than she was two months ago.  We will take better!

We are trusting the Lord through this time. Praying for our family, our friends, our country, our government, the world. It's a strange season but God is still on His throne and in that we take comfort.

Stay safe. Stay home. 

If you are looking for homeschooling material to do with your kiddos... check out our website. BIBLIOPLAN. Our history is easy to do and you can do it with the entire family!!

Thursday, March 12, 2020



We have the book in our ever so tired hands.

It's been one of our most challenging adventures in the BiblioPlan world.

When we started writing Ancient Days almost two years ago, we realized that the old Ancients scope and sequence was not good enough. So we changed it.



Remember... it is just the two of us. 

We have one very dear person who helps us 10 hours a week. 

Otherwise Rob and I carry the entire load.

All the writing, shipping, conventioning (if that's a word), selling, paying, answering - everything is shared between the two of us.

With three kids at home who kind of need us to be their Mama and Papa... and one of them who has some pretty intense needs... it has taken us a lot longer than we anticipated.

But one day at a time... day in and day out... plugging and working...

A HUGE mountain was just climbed.

Our newest book is DONE. 

And so are a bunch of the products that go with it!!

The Ancient Family Guide is finished. Oh my gracious it doubled in size and is amazing.  So many extra features. 

And just because we are completely nuts, we also upgraded the Medieval Family Guide, the Early Modern Family Guide and the Modern Family Guide... all with amazing features!! All within the last 9 months.  

The Ancient Timeline is finished! Woo Hoo… another amazing upgrade! More pictures. Better labels. 

The Ancient Hands on Maps for Middles is finished.... the maps are all new - better quality! 

The Ancient Cool History for Littles and Ancient Cool History Middles are also finished. Again - Upgraded and wonderful!!

All the Notebooking has been revamped.

The Ancient Coloring Book is finished (although not back from the printers yet). And again, because we are nuts - we also upgraded the Medieval Coloring Book and the Modern Coloring book in the last year. 

Elijah helped us with these books!! His new coloring pages are amazing!

And in the midst of all the writing we have been doing ...

(WITH THE HELP OF OUR DEAR FRIEND, LU at Poppies Blooming).....

Talk about a learning curve. 

It's incredible and sleek and has a brand new 'special-needs' section for all the families out there who have struggling learners, gifted kiddos and more... Our material is adaptable for all ages and learning types!!

It also has its own blog and Rob wrote one of the first blogposts. CLICK HERE to read.

We even have a new Logo (Thank's LU!!)

We are not finished yet.

There is no rest for the exceptionally weary...

The Ancient Craft Book is going to take another 9 months or so. But it is getting a brand new revamp that will make the wait so worth it! 

The Ancient Companion for 7-12th graders is going to get a HUGE Revamp. We are just beginning that project but hope to finish it by summer 2021. With that revamp we will have a new Ancient Discussion Guide, Ancient Hands on Maps Advanced, Ancient Cool History Upper Middles and Ancient Cool History Advanced.

So we are not finished yet.

But we are taking a pause to share what we do have done.

And rejoice in this moment.

Because our newest book and the products that go with it are fantastic.

If you haven't used BiblioPlan before... now is the time to consider changing over.

Ancient History is where to start.

So check us out.

Enjoy the new website. 

As for me... I am on my way to the Great Homeschool Convention in Texas.

I'm flying. 

Rob's holding down the fort with all three littles for three days.

Insanity Doubled!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Birthdays and Lessons Learned

Note for next year:

Do NOT tell Little Girl that her birthday is tomorrow.

Just don't.

Because she will wake up at 1:00 am when her Papa tucks her into bed with Mama and she will poke Mama and kiss her and sing "Happy Birthday to Mary" over and over again. And when Mama tells her to go to sleep she will not. She will instead kiss Mama and poke Mama and sing "Happy Birthday to Mary." So Mama will have to put her back in her own bed where she will talk and sing for hours. Until she falls back to sleep. 

Happy Birthday to Mary.

9 years old.

Not quite there emotionally but we still celebrate.

The laughter. The joy. The crazy. The heart attacks.

She's a disaster waiting to happen.

She exhausts us. She inspires us.

She makes us cling to the One who called us to be her Mama and Papa.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!

With a kiss and a poke and a song!