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Mother’s Journal – Amazing Week!

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In my life this week….

I had all my boys home for a week! We packed it with lots of good times and memory making! We started off with a trip to Yosemite where the younger two boys climbed to the top of Half Dome!

Half Dome Hike October 2014

It makes my heart so happy to see these two challenging their limits together. They have been planning this hike for months, hoping they would get the opportunity to achieve their goal. They had to put their names in for the lottery to get the permit to hike the trail and the weather needed to cooperate. As you can see, it was a perfect day to complete this hike.

Half Dome Achieved

I love the angle of this image because it really gives you the perspective of just how high you are at the top of this granite top.


Yosemite October 2014

My favorite thing this week was…

I cherish the times we have all the boys to ourselves….catching up with their adventures and hearing their plans for the future. This photo was taken after their Half Dome hike at the Yosemite Lodge where we had dinner.

Crown and Anchor

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We had a quick trip to Monterey during the week for a wedding. On that day, we took our middle son for his first official drink since turning 21….the Crown and Anchor is a really fun place to eat and we highly recommend it if you are ever in Monterey, California.

17 Mile Drive

Mr. A and I had a great day at the coast…Lone Cypress in the background (17 Mile Drive). His friend was getting married at the beach in Pacific Grove which was an almost perfect setting. It is hard to believe that their friends are already getting married and moving on to a different chapter in their lives.

For now, I am savoring the moments I can have my boys all to myself but part of me acknowledges that this will not last forever. They are all growing into amazing young men who make me so proud.




Mother’s Journal – Praise for FaceTime

So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?

Catch up post….

FaceTime is this mama’s favorite tool from modern technology. Staying in touch becomes important as your chicks spread out all over the world. Hearing their voice is great but seeing them…really KNOWING they are okay sets my mind so much more at ease.

They are all doing very well, experiencing life and growing up super fast. I am enjoying the view even if it is just through the small screen of my iPhone.

Harmony Fine Arts San Francisco @harmonyfinearts

Last week was truly a highlight of my month. I was able to spend the day with my daughter, my sister, my niece, and my grand-niece. We all met in San Francisco for lunch and then a visit to the Legion of Honor to view the Intimate Impressionism exhibit! I have been talking about this particular exhibit for a long time here on the blog and I will be sharing in detail all of my thoughts in an up-coming post, stay tuned for that because it was an awesome experience.

Spring Wildflowers

This week is all about getting ready for some big trips and changes in our home. Yosemite National Park on last time with Amanda and then packing up and moving her to New York.

Crazy Spring Week @harmonyfinearts

I think my faith is supporting me, anchoring me.¬† I feel the loving guidance and assurances found in my daily Bible reading. For now, I savor the moments I can spend when they are at home and then give them the support they need as they pursue life’s goals.

I try not to dwell but to look forward and truly enjoy my new freedom and ability to explore my new life.

I will catch up with this Mother’s Journal when things settle down again.

Thanks for stopping by and join the fun over on Mary’s Collage Friday and Carlie’s Homeschool Mother’s Journal.
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Control, Concern, or Confidence?

Control Concern or Confidence @harmonyartmom

Confidence-the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something, firm trust.

This isn’t the post that I had planned for today but it woke me up in the middle of the night just daring me to get up and write it. You know those thoughts in the wee hours that rattle around and around until you have to roll over, throw the covers off, and just get up to unload the things swirling in your head.

From now until the beginning of May, my life will be filled with things that are pushing me way out of my comfort zone. There will be things that I know will test my ability as a mom to let go of children, to let go of a feeling of control.

You see as a homeschooling mom I felt a huge amount of control over what the children did each day, what they experienced, and how far I would allow them to stretch. Maybe that feeling of control was all an illusion or maybe my control was real…now I am not so sure. It may have just been a slow releasing of them out into the universe, so slowly that I didn’t realize it until it had already happened.

We nurtured in our children a trust  in a greater power and purpose. They seem to have no great apprehension that the big things they are doing in their lives are part of the right path. The learning they experienced through homeschooling gave them a pattern to follow.

  • Make a goal.
  • Define steps to achieve the goal.
  • Pray over the steps.
  • Take one step at a time.
  • Enjoy the ride, whether it turns out as planned or somehow the goal is refined and looking back they can see how it was touched by holy spirit and was exactly as it should have been in the first place.

Being on the sidelines, I can become a little anxious. I struggle with wanting them to stay safely at home or at least near-by. There are those middle of the night moments when I worry about all the details. But, holding onto them too tightly is not the answer. I can’t keep every bad thing from happening, no one has that power. So now is the time for me to not only talk the talk but to walk the walk and show them I have confidence in my path. They are still as young adults watching me to see how I will handle my new freedom.

I have made new goals, prayed over the goals, taken steps to achieve the goals, and now like them I need to enjoy the life that has been given to me as a gift.

Parenting is a series of readjustments in thinking. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you face a new challenge. I am drawing strength from watching the way my children are facing the world.

Middle of the night thoughts are normal for moms. It will always be our job to be concerned over our children no matter their age. That is what moms do.


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