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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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First Day Of School 2017

Our little schoolroom opened today and we began our fifth year of homeschooling! It was a happy and cozy and successful day, and we look forward to many more.  : )

Our Second Grade student was up bright and early!

We got a picture with the Superintendent of Schools...

And a very happy Second Grade teacher.

After a delicious breakfast of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, made by our in house Cafeteria Manager Peyton...

We headed into the schoolroom, and got to work.
Our Sophomore was up and ready too!!!

This year Flynn is looking forward to studying the continents in Social Studies, making an exploding volcano in Science, and using an actual spiral notebook for dictation.

Rhett is looking forward to being done Introduction to Business and lunch. : )

Have a wonderful school year, my friends!!!


  1. This is just the best. Superintendent, cafeteria manager, etc. Good stuff.
    And you know what I'm going to say.....the exploding volcano lesson deserves a break to watch Peter Brady show you all how it's done. Just watch out for those Boosters!

  2. Aren't all teenage boys ready for lunch?! I love that. We are making those exact same muffins (because of you!) today too!

  3. Lovely, lovely, lovely photos!!!!

    Happy day!!!!

    And of course, I sooooo love hair bows on little girls. Especially on little girls, with lovely long hair. :-)

    I am sure your school year, will go wonderfully.

    Great job you are doing there, Madam Teacher!!!!!!!

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

  4. EXPLODING volcano.....??????????


  5. I hope you guys have a wonderful school year! One of the earliest things I remember about your blog was you showing the first day of school for all four kids and I was so impressed that you got them each gifts. (In fact, it might have been your first year homeschooling if memory serves.) I have enjoyed following along and enjoying your cozy country home!

  6. Sounds like an exciting year ahead. Great first day photos.

  7. Your introductions were lovely and made me smile. Have a successful and fun school year.

  8. Have a great school year! Love her 2nd grade shirt and skirt :)

  9. Dear Billie Jo ... I love this posting. So heartwarming. You are so organized and everything looks 'perfect' and such a lovely family. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

  10. HAHAHA. The last part made me laugh so hard. You can do it, Rhett! Soooo proud of you, Flynn Grace! <3

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  12. At least Rhett was honest!! I love the title of cafeteria manager. Sounds like a perfect title for Peyton.

  13. I still have so much to learn....are you sure I can't apply to your school? You have the MOST fun!! xoxo

  14. Guys never get as excited about school as girls do, but I bet both Rhett and Flynn have a fantastic year....after all, they have the BEST teacher!

  15. Hi Billie Jo!

    What a wonderful day! Wouldn't it be nice if every child looked as happy as, Flynn on the first day of school?! My grands love school, but they would love it even more if they didn't have to leave the house, and their mom was the teacher . . . and the pumpkin muffins would just be the icing on the cake. I have two little grands who just started 1st grade, oh, how I would love to be their teacher!

    Thank you for sharing your first day of school with us ♥

    Hugs and Love,

  16. Billie Jo, the children have grown so much. You and your husband have done a wonderful job. Congratulations on entering your 5th year of homeschooling!

  17. Oh my gosh...home schooling. That is neat.

  18. I totally love what you wrote about your sophmore...haha! Happy School year!

  19. I totally love what you wrote about your sophmore...haha! Happy School year!

  20. Such precious photos! I hope you have a wonderful school year!


  21. Enjoy and have a wonderful school year!

  22. Blessings on a happy, healthy new school year! Go Flynn & Rhett!! I can't believe how much they are growing up! ♥

  23. It's going to be a great year!!! So when you started wasn't Madison like Rhett's age? Oh my gosh how tall he is! And your little Flynn, cutest 2nd grader ever! Such a sweet outfit too! Enjoy every second of your teaching.

  24. Enjoy your school year!!
    Exploding volcano's are on our to do list this year too! My boys are all excited!

    Hugs to you,

  25. How time flies! They are growing up! What a joy & blessing it is to have this precious time with our children! Btw where did you buy your chalk board! I am looking for a good chalk board for my room! I think I may have to custom order one from online! Blessings, Lisa (hotcoffee4lisa)

  26. Wow, it's that time again, how lucky for Flynn and Rhett to have such a wonderful school staff at their service!! Looks like everyone is off to a good start!


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