Hello all. I have no idea if anyone missed me while I was taking a break but I sure missed writing. Some of you know of our struggles in the past two months. Actually the struggles probably began prior to that time but I'll say it lasted two months. We have been looking at sending our children back to school. I was so frustrated with our learning environment and began to think that school may be the answer. What I know now is what I have known all along....there is no perfect answer. School can provide some parts of education that I can not provide as a homeschooling mother. On the other hand, our homeschool provides some wonderful options that the boys can not possibly receive at school. We did find a fabulous school that would be able to work with Nathan's special needs. What a relief. I even had a job interview. Private school can be expensive, you know. But in the end, after a lot of prayer and discussion and contemplation, we have decided to continue homeschooling.Today was a terrible day. I couldn't believe I had made the decision to homeschool. I really wanted to send them to school today. But then I remembered that I can't just look at the bad days. I have to look at the big picture. James 1 says to Consider it ALL joy, my brothers when we are faced with adversity. So today, as I managed to maintain my composure amid two boys who were testing my authority to its limit, I considered the joy that comes from teaching a living lesson on character traits. Obedience was the lesson for today, learned the hard way, as most lessons are learned in our family.I am excited to be through my "trial," and back to blogging. We are reconsidering our curriculum and our activities. More to come in that vein on another day. As for the pictures...we are blessed to live in a county with a fabulous park that includes a house built by George Washington's subordinate: General Hand. The house is preserved and hosted a Revolutionary War reenactment. I love how history is presented in such a living way. I wish my kids appreciated more of what they are really seeing. Someday they will understand.