Homework Battles

We have been battling homework for 2 years now.  Yep, that’s right–Laynie is only in first grade.  I just can’t wait until homework is actually work and not just simple worksheets that could really be done in 5 minutes if you just do them and get them over with.  Instead we spend a good 30 minutes (sometimes much longer) attempting to get the minimum done.  All 3 of us are usually spent by pajama time. 

I’ve been trying to get more creative to make homework time more “fun” and less anxiety inducing.  We’ve broken it down.  We’ve read to the dog.  Last week we wrote spelling words on the window with markers.   But tonight…tonight we stumbled upon a real winner.  It may be a one night wonder but I’ll take that.  Because tonight was stress-free, tantrum-free, sassy-free, arguing-free, and generally overall pleasant.  Truly pleasant.  So what was this magic formula to homework success?



We did homework by candlelight.  (Pardon the lack of clothing.  The fewer clothes, the better for this girl!)  Her pyromaniac tendencies worked to my favor tonight.  I was amazed.  I was relieved.  I was happy.

Do your kids struggle with homework?  I’d love any advice or tactics that work for you.  Please share! 


Today my best surprise ever is 6 years old!  We certainly weren’t expecting another so quickly but God knew that we would need this sweet girl as soon as possible .  Mya is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  She is a lover of all things tiny but this girl has a big heart.





First day of Kindergarten…


Striking a pose before her Daddy date last summer…


Father’s Day gift…

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But in reality, we are lucky to have YOU!   Happy 6th Birthday Mya!


Seven years ago today I became a mother through the beautiful gift of adoption!  This amazing girl has grown up so much in the past year.  I’m continually astounded by how much she is like me.  God completely knew what He was doing when we matched us up!



Loving on a bunny (October)…Bushbaby_038

One of her favorite places on Earth!  (September)…DSC_7338  

She really liked that old fashioned camera at the photographers.  So much so that she wanted her photo taken with it…


I love this girl so much it makes my heart ache!  Happy Birthday to my big 7 year old!