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When I Almost Forgot They Were 9th Graders

When I Almost Forgot They Were 9th Graders

When we initially started a formal co-op, with our oldest children in kindergarten or so, I traveled with my husband once a month, tagging along across the state, enjoying the beach and hotel while he worked.  These were fun and happy times where we walked, explored museums, snacked and shopped, my little ones and I….

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Donielle By Donielle, January 12, 2017
Our Gender Reveal Popsicles

Our Gender Reveal Popsicles

We succumbed to the trend.  My hip twenty-something sister had a gender reveal instead of a baby shower.  It was lots of fun to bite into a Boston Creme cupcake and discover the filling was blue.  So since we have two girls and just about everyone in our family and friends prayed for, hoped for…

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Donielle By Donielle, January 9, 2017
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The Psychcology of Seeing Your Baby – First Ultrasound

The Psychcology of Seeing Your Baby – First Ultrasound

There is nothing like that first blurry image to endear you to that tiny life within your womb.  I had an ultrasound this week.  At 18 weeks so much can be seen.  It told me things that I already knew from the early flutters:  this baby is fond of action, movement, headstands, and head butting…

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Donielle By Donielle, January 6, 2017
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When Life Takes you by Surprise

Have you ever been really surprised by a turn life takes?  That is where I am right now.  Have you ever looked at your 14 and 10 year old and thought that, after six miscarriages, you had given more children more than a fair try, you had turned the corner of 40, and were really…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 20, 2016
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The Best Books You May Have Missed

Who was it that said that there is no friend like a good book?  “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.” – Grouch Marx An avid reader anyway, I have been walking my 14 year old through the really good books. And…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 13, 2016
Making Christmas Activities into Traditions

Making Christmas Activities into Traditions

There are lots of choices for great activities this time of year.  But there are those few that really signal “holiday” to your family.  We have tried out many different events and experiences besides the usual decorating the tree and baking cookies: Going to see the Nutcracker ballet and Handel’s Messiah, ding dong cookie ditching,…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 8, 2016

To Santa Claus or not to Santa Claus?

That is the question many Christians ask themselves when they begin the task of raising children.  Whether ’tis nobler to leave the jolly guy out of it altogether for fear of his supplanting Christ?  Or to enjoy the poetry and romance of a mysterious benefactor spreading goodwill toward men? If your conscience dictates that you…

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Donielle By Donielle, December 1, 2016
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Celebrating Advent as a Family

We love Christmas.  And Christmas is best celebrated in little increments, that bolster our anticipation of the big day.  After all, advent means “the coming”.  We celebrate the birth of our Lord, but even as we do, we identify with the Jews who waited for their Messiah with longing.  Advent is a time to examine…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 29, 2016
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Field Trips: Disney World – Hollywood Studios

I have one more park to write about.  I saved it for last because it is in such a state of renovation right now that unless you are a Star Wars fan, there is no point in visiting at the moment.  But I am a Star Wars fan.  So are my husband and kids.  That makes…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 25, 2016

Field Trips: Disney World – Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has a terrific mix of fun and science education.  We never miss an opportunity to ride the exciting rollercoaster featuring the legend of the Yeti – Expedition Everest or the white water rafting adventure Kali River Rapids!  Beware, someone in your boat will get wet!  But do not let that stop you.  They…

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Donielle By Donielle, November 22, 2016
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Hi! Donielle Mason Kazim here!
I am a lawyer, homeschool mom to two terrific dolls, wife to Gary, follower of Jesus. I love literature, researching, chocolate, iced tea and anything to do with the beach. Let's be email friends! Subscribe and leave your comments. I look forward to chatting!
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