5 Amazing Things about Summer

The summer is finally here and I could not be more excited. 

Warmer Temperatures!  It means more fresh air and less blankets.  It means adventures and it no bed time routines for our family.  Warmer Tempatures certainly is 1 of many amazing things that summer brings. 
No shoes (or maybe sandals)! Summer means less boots and more sand.  If you know me at all, you know that my life revolves around my ugg collection. It’s time for me to weed through all boots and bring out the sandals.

Cape May County Comes to Life!  No one would understand the significance of this amazing thing unless you lived in Cape May, Nj.  People travel far and wide to visit the shore and in the summer there is much to offer. You know it is summer when 

Horseback rides! For the first time in 18 years I rode a horse last November. Let the riding begin.  Trail rides, Beach rides, and horse shows.

Friends! If we do summer right we slow down.  We enjoy the stars.  We enjoy the sun.  We enjoy each other.  

What are you favorite things about the summer? Think about it. Summer is here. Make sure every second counts. 

5 Reasons Why we are Considering Franklin Virtual High School

This post is prompted by Activation ReACT’s Prefill the Response Trailer Fund for Environmental Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, landslides ect…..! Because a lot of their volunteer based involvement is with HighSchool aged students, Franklin Online School reached out to creatively work with Activation ReACT. I was not compensated to write this post but am deeply involved with Activation ReACT and their rebuilding efforts.


I never planned on homeschooling. It wasn’t on my list of things to do as a mom. But, if you are a parent you probably know that things rarely go as planned when raising your children. My oldest, Paul John, well officially be a teen in 3 months. #Wow He is in 7th grade. We do normal things (Meaning don’t worry he has plenty of friends and is socialized) He rides his horse and occasionally sings on stage. He loves his siblings but there is no doubt he is growing up. With growing up comes many decisions, High School from Home is one of them. It’s a group decision between his parents and I. We live in a no bus district so we are still investigating transportation options but while we do that we are also considering many online schools. Here are 5 of our favorite advantages to homeschooling.

1. Flexibility: Each household is run differently and ours is no different, in fact I would venture to say it is very different. We school Friday-Tues and Wednesday and Thursday is our weekend. I am a Marketing and Wedding Planner (which mainly means I work on the weekends) and my husband also works Friday-Tuesday so we get to share the weekends together.

2. More then Mom: Franklin Virtual School provides real, live, teachers! Paul John has an advisor, a homeroom teacher and core + elective subject matter teachers. I was delighted to find out he also has tutors that can be available to help at any time. This is huge to me. Some of what He is learning is beyond me and I do work 40 hours a week plus homeschool 2 other homeschool. Having tutors talk him through this.

3. Fully Accredited: One of my biggest fears is that my children will struggle getting into college or another school if we decide not to homeschool. Their is a peace of mind with Franklin Virtual School because life throws you curve balls. He could end up graduating from a brick and mortar school. We plan year to year and sometimes our schedules are different and Paul John can go to a physical building. When he gets his own car maybe he will be able and want to drive himself back and forth to school. When you work with a fully accredited program this will be an easier transition.

4. Open 24 hours a day: Mornings are crazy in this house. We have a toddler, an elementary kid, and a soon to be high schooler(insert tears here)! Routine is hard for us to get started and anything can throw the whole day off but having a school being open 24 hours seems like a bonus.

5. Big Dreams: My kids have big goals and big dreams. With their option of summer school Paul John is excited to finish high school early, relax for a little bit, and then dive into a 6 year school program to get his dream career into action.

We still have one year to decide if High School from Home is the right option for us. For now, I am just going to enjoy the moment. The moments where we are all reading the same books and have book club with our friends. I will enjoy teaching the colors of the rainbow. I will enjoy math problems that I can compute in my head and not on paper. (the easy ones). I will enjoy us all on the same schedule. I know these days will change when Paul John is in high school. For now I will just enjoy where we are but that won’t stop me from thinking ahead and considering Franklin High School and their Highschool from Home program.

Join us for a Twitter party on February 2nd at 9am PT! We’ll be chatting about online schooling + giving out prizes! Follow @Franklin_VHS so you won’t miss a thing! See you there!

5 Amazing Things about Mutts Winter Diaries

 

This past week I was sent I book called “The Mutts Winter Diaries!”  Here 5 absolutely amazing things about this book that you must know.  Even though I was compensated for this post, All post content is my own thoughts ideas and opinions.
1.  It has been ages since I had read a comic book strip.  We no longer get the news paper so this was a great treat to figure out on a deeper level in a book, not just a comic strip, what Mutts was about, why it was funny, and get to know the characters better.

2.  It was a book the whole family could read and discuss.  If one of us didn’t get a joke someone else explained it.  It was great to have a morning talking about comics like I was use to on Sunday’s after the paper arrived.  Reading this book together was fantastic.   
3.  I don’t know about you but sometimes you just need to escape.  Escaping into a book is a great place to go.  Being amused and also not having to read a business book or a deep intricate storyline was a great way to escape life.

4.  If you love social good projects there a whole chapter in the book that is dedicated to helping animals during the winter.

5.  The characters are still quirky, talk funny, and are just enough balance between silly and weird.  It’s funny how I got older but Mutts hasn’t aged at all. 🙂

5 Misperceptions about Adoption from Foster Care

There are many misconceptions about adoption from foster care such as cost, rules and regulations. Many of them are just not true. If you are serious about learning more about fostering or adopting, please be sure to get information from a trusted resource. If you need help connecting with resources or a local agency contact us. You can also contact the foster care program manager in your State or Territory.

Misperceptions about Adoption from Foster Care:  

  • Adoption is expensive. Unlike the private adoption of an infant or adopting internationally, there are virtually no costs associated with adoption from the US child welfare system. In addition, the vast majority of youth adopted from foster care are also eligible for monthly adoption assistance up to the level of the foster care rate. 
  • You have to be married. You do not have to be married to adopt in most states. Many children have been very successfully adopted by single parents. Single-parent families accounted for 29 percent of all adoptions from foster care in 2014 (AFCARS). 
  • You have to have a college degree. Having a high school diploma or college education is not required. What is important is that you are stable, flexible, and compassionate, and that you have a good sense of humor. Most importantly, you must have the support and commitment to raise a child and to be there for him throughout his life. 
  • You have to own a home and each child has to have their own room. You can rent your home or live in an apartment or a mobile home so long as your living situation is a stable one. 
  • You can’t adopt if you’re in the military. Military families stationed overseas and within the U.S. are eligible to adopt children from the U.S. foster care system.

 
There are 415,000 children in the U.S. foster care system and 108,000 are waiting to be adopted. That is just too many. And to make matters more complex, so many of those kids are seen as “too old” to be adopted by a family. Adoptuskids.org is a resource to help you whether you’re just starting the process to foster or adoption, waiting for a placement, or looking for post-adoption resources.

 

Contacting a local foster care agency is the best way to connect with resources and learn about policies to become a foster parent in your State. Choosing an agency should take into account your family’s personal preferences regarding the services provided by that agency. You can either use our interactive map of state adoption and foster care information for finding a local agency, or search Child Welfare Information Gateway’s National Foster Care and Adoption Directory.