agoldenafternoon Suddenly, Mom taking pictures is embarrassing. 14h

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agoldenafternoon Pre-pool fuel. Matilda the swan is waiting for these 7 kiddos. 18h

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agoldenafternoon She let the mama and babies out for a little walk while the other chickens were away. 🐓 3d

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agoldenafternoon We have a summer visitor. Her name is Matilda. 4d

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agoldenafternoon First day of summer break and all of the stuffed animals were invited for breakfast. No, I didn't burn the pancakes, those are just how grain-free banana pancakes look. Don't be jealous. 4d
  •   faithrphotog What do you put in your grain free pancakes? 4d
  •   agoldenafternoon @faithrphotog nothing yummy I've tried so many recipes but they are all gross. Wish I had happy things to say. This recipe is my most recent pin on Pinterest if you want to try. 🏻 4d
  •   faithrphotog @agoldenafternoon that's about what I put in mine, except I use oat flour (instant oatmeal buzzed in the blender) instead of coconut flour and sometimes some nutmeg, sometimes some sour cream. (Not sure what your dietary restrictions are - but that helps activate the baking soda) Have you tried almond flour? 4d
  •   agoldenafternoon @faithrphotog yes, love oats, but they are grains too. I'm dairy, grain, sugar, starch, and lots-of-other-things-free. Yes, I've tried almond flour and a combo of almond and coconut. I usually just don't make pancakes because they are so gross without some grain or starch. 4d
  •   faithrphotog that has got to be a tough diet for baking!! 4d

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agoldenafternoon This has come to be their favorite end of year tradition. Trash the math book...or recycle...but that doesn't sound as empowering. WE ARE DONE. 5d
  •   mybelles101 Awesome!! I must do this with my two next week! One will be trashing that same math-u-see book ;-) 5d
  •   mybelles101 ... Of course, mine will probably want to burn them. Boys. 5d
  •   wineabit5 I am selling all the years of math u see if you need them. @agoldenafternoon 5d
  •   day3663 Hahahaha @cmb922 who wants to do this more...you or J? 5d
  •   agoldenafternoon @holycraft1 that's a great idea! I'm filing that away...maybe I'll use our fire pit 4d
  •   agoldenafternoon @marlyssl bummer! 4d
  •   agoldenafternoon @wineabit5 I have them all for elementary, thanks You switching math? 4d
  •   wineabit5 We use Right Start math. I tried doing math u see but it was a no go with my kiddos. Was looking for something that didn't require me to do all the lessons. I am glad we r back to Right Start though. I bought all the years of math u see from a friend who is no longer homeschooling. @agoldenafternoon 4d

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agoldenafternoon "The only way out is through". I just read this quote again tonight. So many of us need the reminder that pain HAS to be felt. There is no way around it. I used to think I could handle so many heavy situations without shedding a tear. I chose strength and determination as my weapons. Now, I realize how much pain and sadness I pushed through, for years, without letting myself acknowledge, feel, and accept it. There is no shame in being sad, angry, or hurt. I believe God intended for us to feel these emotions; just not to linger in them. Also, if you find the hurt still holding on, read "Codependent No More". A friend recommended it to me and it has given me so many great tools to fight against legitimate hurt and pain that I have allowed to control my thoughts and life. There is freedom to be found in taking care of yourself and processing pain correctly. Take heart, friends, you are not alone. 6d

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agoldenafternoon She still has this solid tippy toe move, especially while cooking. Tonight she's making salmon baked in coconut milk, salad with a special vinaigrette, and blueberry cobbler. 6d

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agoldenafternoon I wanted a picture of us together to celebrate the end of our fourth year homeschooling. There is tremendous symbolism in this picture which points to the reality of this last year; our first truly challenging year. Certainly, this job is difficult and can sometimes be isolating, but, man, what a gift! I believe the investment I'm making in them is invaluable and I LOVE that I get to be with them all day as they navigate struggle and experience success! Cheers to all of you finishing your homeschooling year, whether it be the first or the last! Seriously though, I'm ready for summer break. 7d
  •   mommydesiree I. Love. This. 7d
  •   rachelreneereeves I love you guys. 7d
  •   jesszwo Yes, congrats to you! We just wrapped up our 10th year of "formal" homeschooling. Crazy! Hope you have a restorative summer. 7d
  •   elizap123 @amyjp12 made me think of you 7d
  •   ashleysbrandt Those words are really encouraging as I have begun processing homeschooling beyond preschool age. 7d
  •   odddaughterco Your candid family photos could make my heart burst!!!! 7d
  •   sara_williams3 We wrapped up at the very end of April- I tell a lot of my friends that I think it's funny that they worry about having things for their kids to do all summer once they are out of school. When you homeschool you are just as excited to be done with school as the kids!! This was our fourth year also :) 6d

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agoldenafternoon The tragic moment a 2 year-old realizes the polar bears are absent from their exhibit. There were some tears shed. 7d

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agoldenafternoon I love how Sea World made these succulents look like underwater plant life. Gorgeous. We are here at homeschool day for $6 🏻! We finish school Monday for the summer! I am a complete believer in taking a summer school break (minus times tables). Good for Mom. Good for kids. I am so READY, aren't you?! 7d

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agoldenafternoon Most of the grave stood alone, but every once in a while you'd find one like this. It was for a navy seal who lost his life in 2006, during the Iraq war. It simply said:
"Loved Deeply
Deeply loved"
1w

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agoldenafternoon Thankful for the untold stories of bravery represented by these markers; bravery abroad and bravery of the families at home in supported of their spouses. We were able to help pick up flags from the graves left over from Memorial Day. 1000's of flags were rolled by our group and that was just a small percentage of the men and women who have protected and maintained our freedoms. 1w

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agoldenafternoon True friendship is such a gift. I prayed for years that God with surround me with deep connecting and honest women to share life with. What a joy to spend a few days chatting, snacking, and taking care of kiddos with a good friend. I can't complain that there was also a squishy baby involved, as well as my first alcoholic beverage in almost 6 months! I can't even believe it's been that long, can you?! Healing takes CRAZY sacrifices. ( ok, now you can laugh at the picture you saw me take @rachelreneereeves ) 2w

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agoldenafternoon Making a new friend over an art lesson. Franks calls him "that boy" or "Dan". @rachelreneereeves 2w

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agoldenafternoon I mean...I would say I really HAD to buy these flowers because @rachelreneereeves is coming to visit. What kind of friend would I be if I didn't? 2w

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agoldenafternoon I told my husband when we were first married that I wasn't really a "bring home flowers" girl. Well, maybe I've become one along the way, especially for my favorite flower. So, whenever I buy myself flowers I say thank you to him, as if he's the one who handed them to me in the first place. 2w
  •   graceinmagnolias I said this to my husband as well! We change. We evolve. We find beauty where we once only saw wasted expense We were young and poor! 2w
  •   sanlynet I thank my husband for the flowers he (doesn't) get me.... 2w
  •   nikolesarvay What are your snips wrapped in? 2w
  •   jeanettekauffman I think it's because we all pictured a dozen, red roses as "bring home flowers". Hate > 2w
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agoldenafternoon "Mom, when I grow up, I won't be a rotten teenager" (his adjective, not mine). 2w

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agoldenafternoon Everyone deserves a little boat adventure, even a chicken. Also, some day there will be a grove of fruit trees back there once we can find and gather some water around these desert parts... 2w

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agoldenafternoon Long live onesie pjs. 🏻️ 2w

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