Bedside Table Reflections

by heidijo on April 29, 2015


My Bedside Table

This collection is the first thing my eyes fall on when I wake each morning. Everything here is a reflection into my soul, my hearts cry, my desires and my passions (and my immense love for the color turquoise). I would love to share and explain each one so you can better understand me.

The ugly brownish chair – this was my grandmothers, it is old, worn and if you lean too far back in it, it WILL flip over… ask me how I know(and for this reason it backs onto a wall). In this chair I have held children, prayed, cried, did devotions, listen to my husband pour out his heart, talked to my family on the phone, read, drank many cups of coffee and just sat and was still. I really don’t know if I can ever get rid of this chair, it is part of who I am.

Pier One lantern – I just love candles! So does my husband, thought I am sure our reasons for loving them are slightly different lol 😉

Magazine holder full of decorating and storage magazines – I don’t know if you knew this about me, but I am a designer by degree and it is still one of my favorite creative outlets.

My Bible – This is my study Bible, the one that I mark up, write everything in, pour over and rarely take to church with me (mostly because it is as heavy as a small child)

My book stack – I always have a few books that I am reading. I am a moody book reader and never know what I will be in the mood to read each day. So currently have going

The life-changing magic of tidying up – a great book on organizing and decluttering, my life’s work it seems.

Good News for Weary Women – every women needs to read this.

Everyday Graces – Light and insightful

Standing Firm in These Last Days – this is an inductive bible study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians, I LOVE these studies and usually have one going at all times.

My Kindle – more books of course, right now I have a bunch of Karen Kingsbury books I am reading through.

My wedding rings – I don’t wear jewelry when I sleep so I slip off my rings right before bed. I am so blessed to be married to my husband, he is completely perfect for me.

A pen, post-it-note and my to do list – I learned long ago to write everything down. I have also learned that without fail that everything important will come to my mind just as my head hits the pillow. I am jotting things down in the middle of the night just so I can go back to sleep. Crazy right?!

The beautiful shell. – my oldest son bought this with his own money when he went on vacation with my parents. I just love it and it makes me smile.

Framed photo – My love and I, after 20 years together he still gives me butterflies and makes me smile like no one else.

My lamp – I got these from my mom when she and my dad went on the mission field (no need for lamps on a boat). I have been pondering painting these for years. My sweet husband got these beautiful shades to replace the originals which were from my childhood.

Love Note – they are wedged in the lamp shades. My sweet husband put them under my pillow before traveling for work. Did I mention he is amazing?!!!!

So there you have it, my life on a small table.




Best Homeschool Year Ever

by heidijo on April 20, 2015

This year we tried something completely new, Quarter Block Schedule. You simply break your school year into 4 quarters, make a list of all subjects you need to cover and slot them into the quarter you think best. This part took a bit of trial and error to find a good balance ratio between which subjects worked best together.

We decided that Math would be good for our first quarter and get it over with. This was a wise decision. Math is tough and the first quarter my boys were ready to go. It was a very good pairing lol. We got it done and then used extra worksheets as weekly review for the rest of the year. We decided to do History for quarter 2, grammar and spelling for quarter 3, science and writing for quarter 4. I sprinkled in phonics, logic, and outlining in there too. We did Bible each quarter and the boys did daily reading.


I can not quite explained how this quarter blocking method has changed our homeschool.  We never felt rushed, we never felt behind, we complete curriculum, we got through more then most years, the boys retained and used what they learned and did most of this without much complaining (well, most days).


As our year is getting ready to finish up…. TWO MORE WEEKS PEOPLE!!!! (I’m just a ‘little’ excited) I am actually looking forward to planning out our next school year. As I look at my stack of curriculum for next school year, yes I have already purchased it and my sister’s hate me for it lol, I was mentally dividing it into which quarter we would do what. So, today I took out my weekly planner and jotted down a few of my ideas.

The first stage of planning is so easy. I used movable post-its to make even easier to organize each quarter. The boys will be covering 10 subjects next year. Take a look at how easy it was to break it down and plan each quarter.

My first stage of quarter planning for 2015-2016

I will be working in more detail on this when I tackle my homeschool yearly planning session. But for now, its great to have a basic idea of the what is to come.

Now to finish the next 2 weeks well and enjoy our beautiful break.



quick life update

by heidijo on March 18, 2015

ï»żWell, it’s been a super long time since my last post. From that time till now we have – bought a house, packed up old house, moved into new house, decorated for the holidays, celebrated the holidays, sold the old house, had 17 humans sleeping in one house (love  when family visits), went to Disney, went to Miami, celebrated 3 birthdays, oldest child got her drivers license  and all this while homeschooling, church activities and husbands crazy work travel schedule we’re going on! Whew! Looking back now it was a seriously busy season



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