Collage Friday :: Creating our New Normal

Happy Feast of All Saints Day!

Life is finally returning to normal.  Our new normal at least.  Not the moving crazy it’s been over the past two months or so, just the normal crazy!

Adjusting to Life in Florida

It’s hard to believe we have only been in Florida for a month, it feels like so much longer – in a good way.  

My parents came to visit for a long weekend in October.  We loved having them and we look forward to their return again in December for Christmas.  

For the most part we are enjoying the new creatures around the yard.  The turtles are huge compared to anything we saw in Michigan.
Some new to us produce.

Homeschool P.E. in Florida

We have definitely been taking advantage of being outside.  We finally purchased a tether ball – we have been wanting one for a long time.  I have it listed on my 10 Ways to Keep Kids Active in Winter post.  That goes for moms too.  Let’s just say the words “you are not going to beat me!” may have come out of my mouth.  That’s a good workout!

Then when we have exhausted the tether ball and the swings in the yard, there is always the pool! 

My poor hubby is still traveling back and forth to Michigan temporarily.  He’s not lovin’ the MI weather.

Somebody’s got to suffer through the Florida heat and humidity ;)

We have actually been doing some “real” school again.  On top of our basics we added in Nancy Larson Science.  So far this has been a huge hit.  The kids have been asking for science on the days we haven’t gotten to it.  While this is very basic for my 7th grader, we haven’t done a ton of formal science and this is hitting some of the basics for him.  

We have also been gearing up to get started with Tapestry of Grace – year 3.  This week we have been talking about John Adams and Abigail Adams.  Next week we learn about The French Revolution and Napoleon.  

We are still doing bits from our Florida study and right now we are reading A Land Remembered.  This is a great book.  We are only half-way through, but so far it’s a very interesting read.

Happy Halloween!

And finally, Anna turned 9!

November is National Adoption Month

I plan to have a few posts this month pertaining to, and hopefully, promoting adoption!  I will also be highlighting some oldies but goodies on my Facebook page as well as Google+.  Be sure to follow along!

If you click on the above photo over on the right side of my blog, you will find all of my adoption posts.

And if you click on Adoption Stories, you will find many encouraging stories from real life parents who have chosen the adoption path.  Be sure to check out my Adoption Pinterest board too.

Have a great weekend!

I’m linking up with my friend Mary @ Homegrown Learners for Collage Friday.

Homegrown Learners


  1. Mary says

    Jen! I have the adult version of A Land Remembered and have never read it – I guess I need to now. My mom gave it to me a long time ago. As I read your post I must say that I’m actually a bit jealous of your move ;-) On a cold and rainy day here in GA I am wishing we were living in S. Florida, too! I admire the way you and Bob set a goal and just DID IT. I can’t believe you’ve been there a month. Time flies!!


  2. mnewell0293 says

    So glad you are feeling settled and exploring the native lands and animals! Life seems good to you all in Florida! I will send ya some snow in a jar soon! Blessings

  3. Lara Molettiere says

    Florida looks good today! It’s rainy and cold here. I’m so glad it’s already home, moving can be so tough, especially when it’s such a huge change. I love the Luna moth, they are one of my favorites!

  4. Patty says

    I LOVE the new normal in your life. I was just thinking about our “new Normal”…the parents of teens. I have to bust out laughing when I think people may be concerned about the social aspect of my kids. Holy smokes. I think we are busier now than ever. Sometimes way too much social stuff :) A whole month already?? That went crazy fast! Seriously. So happy that your folks were down for a brief period and that you’ll see them in December. Hope they felt better after being with y’all.

  5. Tiffany Leijten says

    Happy All Saint’s Day! I really enjoyed seeing your collage of happiness…I can relate since the ocean is my favorite place on earth, next to the Blessed Sacrament:) My prayers are with you for continued peace in your transition!

  6. Patty says

    I had tears reading this. All of the adoption stories are God-filled, but this one truly tugged at my heart strings a little bit more. May God continue to bless this family with abundant grace!

  7. wegmannp says

    Renee, this is amazingly beautiful! Thank you for sharing your pain and your joy. You say so many insightful things which only those who have truly suffered can understand. I love what you said about broken hearts being able to hold more love. I hope many hurting couples struggling with the immense cross of infertility will read this. My adopted son is 35 now, and he and his wife are expecting their first child. I see so well God’s plan..that this child, my son, was the perfect one for us. Families are about so much more than biology, and like you said, we are adopted by God. I love your story! Hugs to you, dear Renee! Your daughter is precious and your family is beautiful…and perfect, coming from the Heart of God. xoxo

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