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As you may have noticed, the Organic Homexchooling blog has taken a backseat in our life in recent years. In addition to the regular challenge of prioritizing how to use our time as we manage a house-full of children, in February 2013, our oldest son, Rich, was in a serious car accident with a prolonged recovery. It was during that time that our old laptop died and (such a silly thing, I know) I (Kara) could not figure out how to blog easily from an iPad.
To bring you all up to speed on where the Murphy family is now, we entered a new stage of life on May 16 when our second son, Luke, married his beautiful bride, Sabrina. Luke and Sabrina live about a quarter of a mile away. What a blessing to have them so close.
The week before the wedding, our oldest son, Rich, proposed to the love of his life, Hannah. They plan to marry in August.
That leaves us with eight children still at home. Elizabeth (or Lizzy, as we call her) is seventeen and driving. She is almost done with her formal schooling and beginning to look for new ways to serve beyond our four walls.
Matthew (16) and Harrison (14) are beginning to make the transition from child to adult. They stay very busy with their mowing business and doing their studies, most of which they do independently.
The five younger children are the main focus of our organic homeschooling—Jonathan (11), Jackson (9), Gabriel (7), Josiah (6), and Maggie (4). For the first time in our parenting, we have no babies or toddlers in our home. We'll see what the Lord does about that in the future.
Easter 2015 (Sabrina, Luke's wife) is in white between Steve and Luke)
Steve is still a full-time pastor. Steve and I now write and create podcasts for Highlands Ministries. You will also find the new year-long Organic Homeschooling curriculum sold exclusively on their website.
Another fun change is that my parents, Tom and Carol McGinnis, moved in next door. The children love to have daily interaction with their grandparents. I love to have a place to escape to from time to time when I need a few minutes of sane conversation.
Warning: Expanded Topics Ahead!
When we began the Organic. Homeschooling blog in 2009-2010, we used it to promote our monthly subscription-based curriculum and to support the Organic Homeschooling users with encouragement and additional ideas, research topics, and project and craft ideas.
This summer, I plan to expand the topics of this blog to include other topics that are near and dear to my heart–health and fitness, home and family life, nature, crats and activities, hobbies, and so on.
This is your forewarning. If you do not wish to read about family music night, our favorite movies, picnic ideas, T-Tapp, Trim Healthy Mama, taking nature walks, preschool summer crats, pool time, knitting projects, scrapbooking, fiction and non-fiction writing, Every Thought Captive, and our new HomeWise podcasts, now is the time to unsubscribe from the Organic Homeschooling blog.
You have been warned.
If however, any of these topics interest you, let us know in the comments below. If you do not comment, I will be forced to blog according to my whims something I will enjoy, but that you may not.