Well, hello there!

It’s been a whole month since I’ve been in these here parts! During my little bloggy break, as you know, Asa started kindergarten. With our homeschool-hybrid, he goes to school two days a week with Lydia. I assumed those two days–MY two alone days would be full of answering my emails, finishing posts I’ve had in my drafts folder and other such super-star-blogger practices. If nothing else, my house would be cleaner, right?

The very first day I was home without the kids, I was literally standing in the middle of the house looking up at the sky wondering what in the world I should do. I felt absolutely lost. I knew I was supposed to do something productive but just couldn’t put my finger on exactly what that productive thing should be. It got a little better the next few days but then, well, LIFE took over. I had to help the kindergarten teacher (and lots of other moms) cut out crafts for Art class, I went to Moms in Prayer, I had to run errands for my husband, I went to the grocery store and all sorts of other…STUFF.

Anywhoo, the break was good, too. I was much more singularly focused on school and home this last month. But then, something began to sneak up on me that got my focus moved and my heart-rate pumping a bit. Do you know that there are only FIFTEEN Saturdays until CHRISTMAS?! Y’all. That means there are only TWELVE Saturdays until Truth in the Tinsel begins! You might not know (or you might, because I talk about it every year) that October through December are straight up Truth-in-the-Tinsel time in my inbox and mind. And ever since my friend Sunny’s post about a Truth in the Tinsel Swap Party, I’ve had it in mind to do a meet-up of all the Atlanta-area Truth in the Tinsel folks to have our own little Swap Party.

So, I did it! I got it all squared away and figured out and now, my Atlanta-area friends, you are cordially invited to a Truth in the Tinsel Swap Party on Sunday, October 12th!

SAVE THE DATE: Atlanta-area Truth in the Tinsel Swap Party coming October 12!

What’s a Swap Party? Well, basically, it’s like a cookie exchange party. But instead of bringing 4 dozen cookies, you bring a slew of craft supplies all ready to go for one of the days of Truth in the Tinsel (maybe enough black paper and tissue paper for 24 people to make the day Day 1 candle) and then you’ll switch out with the other people at the party and when you walk away–you’ll have EVERY SINGLE craft ready to go for Advent! How cool is that?!

Registration will begin later this week and will include all the details (including time, location, what craft to bring, childcare, super-fun extras and more!) And if you’re not in Atlanta (*sniff*), don’t worry, we’ll be sharing the fun with you, too! I’ll also be keeping track of all the details and behind-the-scenes so you can craft your own Swap Party!

So, right now? All I want you to do is be CRAZY EXCITED about this, share it with all your Atlanta-area friends and then leave me a comment telling me how excited you are there are only 12 weeks till Christmas!! The registration will be limited (based on the venue) so make sure you’re subscribed to ohAmanda to get the most instant updates and are a friend on Facebook so you don’t miss the announcement when registration opens!



Asa’s First Day of Kindergarten

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My boy starts kindergarten today. KINDERGARTEN.

When I filled out his application for our hybrid homeschool, one of the questions was, “Where does he excel?”. I think they were looking for an answer like “reading” or “math”. Even though I’ve been homeschooling him the last few years, it’s been very student-led, very low-key and very fun (I hope) and I haven’t pushed him to recite his ABCs or know all the sounds or whatever it is they learn in preschool. I just wanted him to get used to being in our homeschool room, to enjoy learning and love reading.

Anyway, the answer I gave for what he excels at? Imagination. Play. Pretend. It’s what he does. He takes every–everything–we do and turns it into an adventure. He hides from dragons while he puts clothes away. He uses spatulas as swords. He plans surprise dance parties before bed, makes his toys come alive in play and hears monsters stomping through the house.

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My little pirate isn’t so little anymore. And while we get adjusted to kindergarten homeschooling (and Lydia’s 3rd grade at the same time!), I’m going to take a month off the blog. You might see me on Facebook or Twitter a little tiny bit. But mainly, I’ll be unplugged. (And yes, the kids are gone to school two days, so it would seem as I have more time, but this is all new to me. So, I’ll be getting in the homeschool groove and hopefully working on some Truth in the Tinsel stuff and other behind-the-scenes details that don’t require instant updates.)

While you’re waiting for me (you will be, won’t you?), check out some of my favorite school-themed posts!

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See you back here September 8th! Enjoy the first day of school with your littles!


God’s Little Explorers

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Apparently it’s a thing in the homeschool-blogging world to share your curriculum choices at the beginning of each school year. I totally love this idea and I love reading through all the fun ideas and plans people have for their kids. Alas, this is not that post. You may have gathered that follow-through is not […]

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Duct Tape & Tshirts

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So. My little girl went to camp. And guess what? SHE LOVED IT. She had the absolute time of her life. It was THE camp experience I wanted her to have. The camp experience we prayed for! She told me she wasn’t nervous the entire week! Her counselor said all the girls in the cabin […]

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Our New Favorite Coloring Book

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Isn’t this lovely? Lydia colored and decorated it the other day. It’s from our new favorite coloring book, What’s in the Bible? Coloring Book. My kids must color. Know what I mean? Like sometimes they just need to be sitting down, letting their little hands work and their little minds be creative. Sometimes when the house […]

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My New Favorite

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Anyone remember back in the day when I would tell you about all my new favorite stuff? Well, I thought I’d reprise it for today. Ready for some yumminess? Picture :: :: :: Asa doing his thing: playmobils and pirates. Christmas-y thing :: :: :: Shaun Groves new Christmas EP! Join his kickstarter campaign to get […]

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One More Dragon Thing!!

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I cannot believe I forgot to tell you about this one last dragon activity! It just popped into my head the other day. My very very favorite story of a dragon is actually one little part of a book—the story of Eustace in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis! It’s one of […]

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