Scenes from our Week – Week 9

The boys had their annual Christmas program at school.  Since the 6th graders move on to Middle School next year, they get to be the “stars” of the show.  The 3rd – 5th graders provide the music while the 6th graders perform the play.  Bennett is a 5th grader and played in band and sang. …
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Counting My Blessings In November

November is the time to count our many blessings – name them one by one. I want to look at each day and name at least one blessing from that day. Something that happened or affected me on that day and not just in general. It can be so easy to igore those little blessings…
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Please Vote!

Click Here to vote for our rapidly growing Benton Community High School Marching Band.  We desperately need new uniforms and more instruments.  Our nephew is currently a member of this band and our kids are future band members.  The band when we first came here was….well….um…..not so great.  But, now, I get chills when I listen…
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Celebrating the Last Week of School and a Recipe

Summer begins today for us.  We had a great year of school and each of our kids excelled and had awesome experiences.  Even Patrick is still wanting to be in school.  I’m thinking since he is still sleeping at 7:30 that he will change his mind today.  I had a lot to be proud of…
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After 82 days of summer, today started day one of a new school year.  Those 82 days of summer went by so fast.  I am frustrated because there was so much that I still wanted to do with the kids, for myself, for our home, and they didn’t get done.  But, I am so blessed…
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Mondays Matter: Week 30 (on a Wednesday)

Taken from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza Create a Back-to-School Backpack -28 million children from low-income families enter school each fall. -Required school supplies cost between $20-$100, depending on the grade level, a financial burden for low-income families, especially if they have more…
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Stacie's read-in-2022 book montage

Master Your Core: A Science-Based Guide to Achieve Peak Performance and Resilience to Injury
Hidden Figures
Personal Effects: What Recovering the Dead Teaches Me About Caring for the Living
Waiting for Tom Hanks
The Maid
The Other Black Girl
Anxious People
The Body
Great American Road Trips- National Parks: Discover insider tips, must see stops , nearby attractions  more
Apples Never Fall
Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
The Vanishing Half
How to Find Your Way Home
People We Meet on Vacation
Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
Dear Evan Hansen
The Unsinkable Greta James
The Road We Took

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