September 19, 2012

Homeschool hat is now on!

The homeschool hat is now perched up on my head. I love homeschooling my children and never would have dreamed when I started this journey 12 some years ago that I would continue until I had one graduating!

The school year can quickly overwhelm me at times as there are so many things to do, teach, go to, and then that beloved curriculum all of a sudden doesn’t work for the next child!  Between planning, teaching, co-op, housework and all the stuff we do our plates gets full quick.

So here is a PSA: if you come to my house don’t expect it to be neat. at all. :)

Here is what we are doing this year because I know you are on the edge of your seat waiting!

Bekah is doing finishing up a couple credits that she needed to graduated. She has enough to graduate now and be done but I am making her wait to graduate with our local homeschool group.  She is doing College Plus currently and we are VERY impressed with their program.


She has passed her first CLEP test and is studying Western Civilization and hopes to take it and pass before her trip to Ethiopia.

The other items we are using this year for the other kids:

Geometry TextbookMath 4 Teaching TextbookMath 7 Teaching Textbook

I used to always keep the kids on the same time period for history but it just doesn’t work anymore. They are now in all different time periods which makes it crazy but our timeline should fill up quick!  (We started over with it last year.)

Early American and World JRHSG.jpgUS and World SG.jpg Mystery of History Volume I (Second Edition)

Our favorite writing program!


Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish Level 1 with Audio Companion Homeschool Edition, Version 3


Science this year!

BotanyZoology 2Chemistry 2nd Ed. Exploring Creation with 2-Book Set

Getting ready to start back up this with this (I’ve learned a lot myself from this one!)

The kids are also taking a variety of classes at our local co-op such as Survival Skills, Debate, PE, Art, Presidents, Warfare, and other things. (as I type survival skills and warfare it makes us look like those really weird homeschoolers!! lol)

Phew.  We are up and running!  Is it time for Thanksgiving break yet? :)

September 12, 2012

Guatemala with Desi!

Guatemala Recap!  Our next couple of posts will be sharing about the crew's trip to Guatemala.  Their hearts were touched and are dealing with the re-entry back into the states and processing all they have seen.  Greg is still looking for that job that pays him to go from place to place serving and helping others. :) Bonus if it allows the family to travel with him as well.  Anyone have any leads?

Greg, Rebekah, and Josh's (plus the Olshove crew!) first stop was with Desi in San Antonio, Guatemala.

Read more about Desi and what she is doing here:

I met Desi several years ago in Guatemala with our first trip there to Dorie's Promise.  We were all excited to connect with her again.

The crew stayed at hostel in Antigua and loved the signs:

Beautiful Guatemala!

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The team built 2 chicken coops, planted a garden, planted fruit trees and did some clean up work with Desi.  The boys played soccer with some local children and the girls learned how to make tortillas with fresh corn and the best guacamole ever.

The met people their own age that have such different lives and responsibilities that it caused them all to pause.

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They met and prayed with the mayor of San Antonio.



Photo: Church Service - the kids went up and joined the other Guatemalan's during worship time! heheheh look at their faces!IMG_1011IMG_1118IMG_1166Photo: Josh working on the Chicken Coop!Photo: Greg and the boys working hard today!

My 2 favorite pictures Rebekah took. This is the young girl they built a chicken coop for. They were blessed to spend a day with her family and to fellowship with and pray with them.  Her family taught the girls how to cook (and laughed at them a lot!) :)

Savannah made this video when she came home.

More to come later on Village of Hope!

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