Welcome to Day by Day in Our World! I am so happy to have you here.
Take a few minutes to read and learn a bit more about me, the blog and my family.
Hi, I’m Laura, owner and primary author of Day by Day in Our World. Mr. O and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this past summer and we have four boys that keep me busy and occasionally questioning my sanity. We’ve been in Alaska since January 3, 2010 and we love it way more than I thought possible.Beyond homeschooling and homemaking activities, I have spent years supporting other mothers through groups such as La Leche League,VBAC support groups and homeschooling groups. Until August 2014, I was also one of the core adult leadership for the youth ministry program at our current parish.
When I’m not filling my vocations as wife and mother, I enjoy reading a good book, listening or actively participating in music, traveling and learning new skills such as photography.
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Posts You’ll Find Here on Day by Day in Our World
Our family has been a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew since the beginning, so you will find a lot of homeschool product reviews shared throughout the year. I am also a voracious reader and will share book reviews on occasion.Other post types that are favorites of mine and readers include faith-based, recipes, travel and entertainment posts. During 2015, I increased the number of fashion posts as I am working to claim a style which isn’t just jeans and a tee. Giveaways are popular, with 5 of the top 10 posts having a giveaway attached.
The Top 10 Most Viewed Posts for 2015 are:
- Organize Your Life with The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner
- Party Worthy Spinach Salad with Strawberries
- Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan
- How to Dress for Your Body Type (giveaway)
- Spring Fashionista 2015 Jewelry Bundle Giveaway
- Creating a Spring Cake Using Sweetworks Candies (giveaway)
- Crock-pot Red Beans and Rice
- Chicken Taco Soup
- My All American Coming to Theaters & Swag Giveaway
- Win Your Holiday Gifts ~ Necklace and Earring Set
Meet the Rest of the Family
A voracious reader, P is our eldest son and a college freshman for the 2015-2016 ‘school year.’ He’s been in scouting since 2nd grade and was active in Boy Scouts with the rank of Eagle Scout awarded in the fall of 2015. Since J’s birth in October 2009, he has taken on more responsibility with child care including the taking of a babysitting class that included CPR and First Aid training. Beyond helping to watch his younger brothers at times, he has enjoyed an occasional part-time job with the MOMS group at church working as a babysitter, served as a camp counselor for an Elks run camp in the summer of 2014 and spent last year working part time at a local Fred Meyer.
He dreams of getting his pilot’s license and then becoming a helicopter pilot. A month long intensive aviation program up at Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA) through our charter school only solidified his desire to pursue that path. While currently enrolled as a student in the mechanical engineering program at UAA, he is also investigating their piloting program. He also has been teaching himself guitar and can be heard late at night trying to pick up new tunes.
A 10th grader, R is our second born who has loved books since he was quite little. Along with taking a few books to bed each night, he was often found ‘reading’ picture books as a young tot with his story being relatively close to the written words. Brothers joke that dessert and video games are his currency and what he enjoys most. Of all the boys, he is the ‘go to’ person to help a brother beat a level in just about any video game we own or borrow from the JBER library.
Last year was been transitional with the increased demands and expectations of high school for him. He still struggles with the increased workload but is enjoying some of the subjects. During the fall of 2015, he spent a month at GILA for their culinary arts program. This program solidified that culinary arts is something he enjoys and will be pursuing more opportunities in the future.
D is the third in the line-up, although he spent 6 years as the ‘baby’ of the family.
A precocious child that takes after his Papa with whom he shares his middle name, he is the child most likely to learn in leaps and bounds. Like his big brothers, he enjoys reading and video games.
He’s a 7th grader, even though his birthday is after the cut-offs in both Alaska and Maryland (where we previously lived.) For the last 2 years, D attended a local school through the lottery system and spent those years with the “toughest teacher” at the school. His teacher’s consistent enforcement of rules and high expectations of the kids might terrify a few, but it’s a great fit for this child who knows that the structure allows for his teacher to add a lot of fun to the mix. This homeschool mama is thankful for a teacher who’s not afraid to give a child an F.
6th grade brought the ability to learn a musical instrument. He selected clarinet (band) and made the honor band for last school year (a tough fete given the high number of clarinet players vying for a chair!) He has started playing saxophone at home as well as continuing with clarinet and dabbling with the piano. He recently made the transition back to homeschooling.