Lately in Our Life ~ TTD, Puppy, Chicks, and a State Champ!

Lately in Our Life April 2018


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Teach Them Diligently

This year I only spoke at one convention due to some schedule conflicts. I normally attend 3, so it felt weird! I just returned from speaking in Atlanta and enjoying my experience at the convention as a homeschool mom. I have given a lot of thought to changing some curriculum publishers for my middle son specifically, so I spent a lot of time talking with reps.

As I thought out my plan I realized we have two non-negotiables right now. Meaning, I love these curriculums and have no plans of changing! One is Teaching Textbooks Math and the other is IEW Writing.

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At this point the rest is negotiable, some more than others. Mostly for my younger two kids.

One I am looking into pretty seriously is Alpha Omega LIFEPAC for my middle son – rising 7th grade. I will share more as we progress with our plans. I was only planning to look at this for science but then liked what I saw with the history/geography. I ignored the Language Arts at first since I love IEW and plan to continue using it. After speaking with the awesome reps I learned that I could use the LIFEPAC language arts for grammar/spelling/vocab/comprehension, etc. and just ignore the writing portion. This would eliminate 4 other workbooks for him, which is my goal – to try to make his schooling simpler to go to and from the gym since he trains for his gymnastics so much.

We didn’t purchase anything yet, we are still deciding, but this is on our radar for now!

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We enjoyed talking again with the Charleston Southern University rep, who is just wonderful, and my son is really liking this college option! We found them last year here at the convention and have them on our very short list of schools he is thinking of attending! He is a rising junior, and we are trying to plan his junior/senior year around the college he plans to attend {as much as possible}. We plan to visit CSU this summer and are very excited about this possibility for him!

We learned that CSU has just launched their dual-enrollment online classes for High School juniors and seniors and provide scholarship $ up to $1000 if you end up attending CSU. We are strongly looking into this for at least 2 of his dual enrollment classes in the upcoming final years of HS!

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One of the highlights of TTD for me is getting to spend time with one of my long time friends, Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations. We normally room together for a couple of conventions each year, but this year we each brought one of our teenagers with us so we had separate rooms. We soaked up as much time as we could together!

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Our poor unsocialized homeschool kids with no friends. Winking smile

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Baxter – A NEW Puppy!    

If you follow me on Instagram, you know we got a puppy at the end of January. He was an accidental addition. You know, we were just “going to look” at how the rescue/adoption process worked. But there he was, the perfect puppy and he just had to be ours. <— That is my husband talking! I was totally fine coming home without a dog, but he insisted that Baxter was the one for us. So we have a new dog! He’s a small pit mix and the smartest sweetest most awesome dog. I am so thankful my husband followed his instincts! You can see all of Baxter here on Instagram with his very own hashtag!



State Champion    

Once again, our son took home the State Champion title! He won the All Around, Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars and Floor! He got the silver for high bar, rings and vault! His Level 8 team also won 1st place team!

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We head to regionals in Georgia where he hopes to qualify for Nationals for the very first time! He is competing level 8 elite this year, and that is the first level that goes to nationals!  Follow along with us on Instagram, using his hashtag #krashthegymnast.

Below you can see some videos from his state championship meet…

A few videos from his State Championship meet today!! #krashthegymnast

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We have CHICKENS!!!!!! I won’t elaborate much more since they have their own blog posts and their own Instagram hashtag: #chickens4thehinsons! See our journey so far by clicking on the images below.

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Another Gymnast    

Much to our surprise {huge surprise} we now have another gymnast joining a team in our house! Our daughter has taken classes since she was little but never really loved it. In fact, there were a few years recently where she begged to stop but I kept her in one simple class a week simply for exercise. Then one day last fall, she announced that she liked it and wanted to take more classes. We talked with the coaches and they placed her on the low-level pre-team – Starlets, and she began attending twice a week and had in-gym competition last December. Recently she was asked to join the AAU Bronze team and she is over-the-moon excited! She has one more Starlets meet in a couple of weeks and then she will begin training with her new team. Follow her journey here on Isntagram #LFHgymnastics


Oily Kids

For the past 3 weeks I have been leading an Oily Kids event on Facebook with two of my great friends – Jodi and Jolanthe!  The live events are complete but the content is still there for about another week. It’s not too late to watch the videos, download the PDFs and grab the fun printable pack for kids! There’s even a giveaway still open right now!

I led sessions on FOCUS & SLEEP and also told my story here – which shares about how I went from a total oil skeptic to where I am now over 5 years later. Be sure to see the Table of Contents here where you can see all of the topics and direct links to everything! Just don’t wait, as this event will be removed, it will not stay up indefinitely!

Here’s direct link to my live videos. In the event you’ll find much much more!

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Family Stuff

My husband and I celebrated our 19th anniversary in early March. God is good! Got the family together for a quick Easter Sunday photo too!


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Why I Love Teach Them Diligently

As you may know, I have been a speaker with Teach Them Diligently for the past 3 years and will be joining them again in 2017! I absolutely love this homeschool convention and am so blessed to be able to attend several locations each year. This coming season I will be in Tennessee, Arkansas and Georgia.

This past year was exceptionally awesome for me since I was making final decisions about homeschooling high school. Our oldest son is currently in 9th grade and TTD really helped us iron out all of my concerns and questions last convention season. I attended TTD in Nashville and Sandusky by myself and went to tons of high school focused sessions and spoke with many vendors.

Here’s proof! This is a photo I took during one of my sessions that I jokingly texted to my son to let him know I was getting ready!

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My husband attended with me in Atlanta where we made final decisions and learned together. I can’t explain the peace we felt driving home from Atlanta. It was a peace I never thought I would have about homeschooling high school. I am honestly not sure I would have felt this way without TTD.

This is not speaker-Carisa talking to you, this is homeschool mom-Carisa talking. Forget for a moment that I am a blogger or speaker and remember that I am really just a homeschooling mom like you. I get nervous about making educational decisions for my children, have anxiety over my inabilities in certain subject areas, and need support just like you do! Teach Them Diligently is food for my homeschool-momma soul.

I am meeting more and more moms who are considering homeschooling for the first time and I always recommend attending a homeschool convention if possible. If they can get to a Teach Them Diligently convention, that’s my #1 recommendation.

I would love to meet you at an upcoming Teach Them Diligently convention. There are 4 different locations in 2017, I will be attending all except Ohio since my son has his regional gymnastics competition that same weekend! Below you can see dates for each location I will be at and also the topics I will be speaking on!  Read more about the topics here in a post I shared last year!

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Will you be at Teach Them Diligently in 2017?

My Sessions at Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention

I am heading to Nashville this week to be a part of an amazing homeschool event. This will be my 3rd year speaking at Teach Them Diligently and I wanted to put together a post to help attendees decide if my sessions would benefit them.  There are just so many sessions and speakers, it is difficult to choose.  I personally have a hard time deciding but I can guarantee I will be at most all of the high school focused sessions this coming weekend since we have a rising 9th grader!

I love this convention and am honored to be a speaker with them!  If you attend in Nashville, Atlanta or Sandusky will you come find me and say hi?

General Conventions

I will be leading 3 different sessions this year.  One is brand new and two I have led in previous years. The official titles are in bold, with the descriptions {from the TTD program} in italics.  I have also included the day/times for Nashville and Atlanta to help those of you attending TTD in Nashville or Atlanta. I will also be in Ohio, I just don’t have that schedule yet.

The First 10 Years With A Family Who Never Planned to Homeschool  {Fri. – 6pm in Nashville, Fri. – 1pm in Atlanta}

On the fence about homeschooling? Not sure if you can or want to do it? Look up close at the family behind the 1+1+1=1 blog, who never planned to homeschool. See what their first 10 years looked like — the struggles, the tears, the successes.

TTD Never Planned to Homeschool ~ 10 years Later

This is the new one! In this session I will be sharing a very personal look into our life.  Think of it like reading a book about us, a personal memoir of sorts.  I will be sharing how we came to homeschool, why we never thought we would, our early and immediate struggles, my more personal struggles {anxiety, a strong-willed child, a child who is my opposite, balancing full time ministry and homeschooling, and more}, our seasons of struggle {Cancer, accidents and Hypermesis during pregnancy}, where we are now and our hope for the future.

The Lord definitely laid it on my heart to lead this session, even though it is a bit out of my comfort zone since I usually share about all things early-childhood related.  I can almost guarantee there will be tears {from me at least} as I pour my heart out in hopes of helping even one mom know she is not alone and that she CAN do this homeschool thing if the Lord has called her.

Tot School {Fri. – 9am in Nashville, Sat. – 10:30am in Atlanta}

Have a toddler? This is the session for you! Tot School is all about exposing your young child to early learning skills at home in a fun and engaging way.  It is NOT about teaching your toddler, it is all about exploring together through play.

TTD Session What is Tot School

This is a session I have led for the past 2 years that is based off of the idea of Tot School which began on my blog many years ago.  I share the history behind Tot School and lots of practical advice for those not so comfortable with early childhood. You will walk away with a note taking guide filled in with ideas and steps you can take to plan for the early years at home. If you are a bit nervous and unsure about keeping your young child at home during those early years, this is the session to come to!

Planning Preschool at Home {Thurs. – 6:30pm in Nashville, Fri. – 6pm in Atlanta}

Have fun learning with your child in the early years by creating a plan that works for you, your family, and your specific child. Every child, family, and season of life is different! Gain practical knowledge to help put the preschool pieces together.

TTD Session Following the Lead of Your Young Child

This is another session I have led for the past two years and is my very favorite session. I share my thoughts behind balancing you as a teacher/parent, your child as an individual, your family as a whole, and your season of life.  Developing a preschool plan for your family can be a challenge, especially with all of the many different ideas and methods out there.

Again, we have a note taking guide for this session and it is my goal to have attendees leave with practical steps in mind to help create a plan.  While my Tot School session is geared more towards those who are not as comfortable with the early childhood years, this session is for any family trying to figure out HOW to do Preschool at home.

For those of you attending, I hope that helps some!  I am a big believer in using your time wisely and choosing sessions that truly would be a good use of your hour.  I hope to meet some of you in Nashville, Atlanta or Sandusky.

I’m Going! Are You?

Teach Them Diligently Gospel


You probably know I am a big fan of the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions.  I spoke at 3 conventions last year and was in Nashville this year and am looking forward to speaking in Ohio in just a couple of weeks. Teach Them Diligently has also been a blog sponsor of ours for years now and for that I am grateful.  It is a blessing to be able to partner with such a great ministry.

Recently David Nunnery, founder of TTD, sent out an email newsletter and the message struck me.  I asked him if I could share portions of his newsletter with you. Why? Because he speaks of the Gospel focus of this convention.  It isn’t just about practical homeschooling tips, it is about Jesus.

Below you will find David’s words, with the parts I really, really want you to read in bold {especially if you are on the fence about attending}.

Leslie and I cherish those moments when we get to spend time reading and enjoying the testimonies that come in after a Teach Them Diligently event.  There are literally hundreds each time!  Here is one that we just received shortly after TTD Atlanta,

"Our family attended Nashville and were so blessed by the experience that we attended Atlanta as well. And because of the discipleship at both conferences, my husband’s relationship with Jesus has become so strong that he has decided to be baptized! I cannot thank you enough for blessing our family with your work."

In fact, at Teach Them Diligently in Atlanta, the speakers in the teen program told us that eight young people surrendered to Christ and believed. When people ask me why we are different, this is what I point to! Keep reading, because there is a special offer for you at the end.

The reason I bring this up is because I am not sure homeschool families understand the need or distinctiveness for an event like Teach Them Diligently.  Even though we reach tens of thousands of homeschool families in the U.S., I am still not convinced most homeschool families understand the point, especially if they have not attended one of our events.  When we describe ourselves as a homeschool convention, people immediately assume they will find a number of speakers and exhibitors talking about teaching methods and encouraging moms that are about to put their kids on the Yellow Bus.  While we definitely have an element of our event that helps with know-how and encouragement, Teach Them Diligently is much more. Take a few minutes to "test drive" some of our content by listening to Rachael Carman’s "Seven Simple Steps To Sanity" in which she helps moms see how peaceful walking circumspectly by faith with God can be. After you pick up that one, click here for some more free downloads of sessions recorded at our events relating to organization, curriculum choices, and learning styles. These sessions will give you an even better idea of the content you can expect at Teach Them Diligently.

Honestly, the best way I know to communicate to everyone that we are not like other homeschool conventions is to present what others are saying, and challenge families to witness it for themselves. Veteran homeschoolers will tell you that home education goes far beyond just academics, and the experience at Teach Them Diligently presents homeschooling with a foundation in Christ. To explore other experiences from attendees, just look on our website under testimonies or take a look at this video.

Testimonials Page

You can expect God to work at our event!  Some will receive a nugget of truth that helps them and others will receive a truth that will revolutionize their life.  But, one of the coolest aspects of Teach Them Diligently is the tremendous amount of diversity.  You can see it in the hallways and in the classes and the exhibit hall.  When believers that have very diverse backgrounds gather in the name of Christ and present a shared experience, it is a beautiful picture of the family of God. You cannot help but be uplifted.

So, if you have the "courage" to come to a Teach Them Diligently Convention, and risk edification personally, or even revival, we will be meeting in Sandusky, OH, at the Kalahari Resort, May 28-30th, 2015, and our last event of this season is in Dallas, TX, at the Sheraton Downtown, July 16-18.

Oh, yes!  I guess I should also mention the big exhibit hall filled with curriculum and resources, the hundreds of speaking sessions, children’s program, teen program, men’s breakfast, evening of real refreshment for moms, and just for you in Ohio, the largest indoor waterpark in the country.  We are definitely a homeschool convention, but discipleship is a big deal to us.  Come to Teach Them Diligently!  It is an experience you will always remember– and you will want to repeat!

Register Today!

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Just for making it to the end of this letter, we will reward you with a special code for a $10 discount off your family registration. Use discount code REVIVE and register before May 20, 2015.

David Nunnery
President and Founder
Teach Them Diligently

Be sure you took notice of the $10 discount if you register by May 20, 2015.  I will be speaking in Ohio and possibly in Dallas {a few details are still up in the air}.  If you will be in Ohio, please comment and let me know!  If you are planning to go to Dallas and would like to see me there, let me know!  If you were in Nashville or Atlanta this year, comment and let others know what you thought.

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Lately in Our Life

We have had a busy past two weeks! It was one of those times I knew it would be nuts and I am breathing a bit now that it has passed.  All great stuff, just busy!

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Teach Them Diligently Nashville

What a fun and fast couple of days Teach Them Diligently Nashville was!  I am honored to be a speaker again this year and thrilled to be able to spend time with one of my very best friends, Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations

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I led three sessions and will be doing these same sessions in Ohio and Dallas this year!  The Earliest Years, Following the Lead of Your Young Child, and Theme Based Learning in the Early Years {with Jolanthe}. Will I see you there?

Sadly I won’t be attending Atlanta this year as we had planned, this is because my son qualified for the regional gymnastics competition, which is the same weekend!   


State Gymnastics Competition

I actually flew home early from TTD to make it to K’s state gymnastics competition!  He has improved all season, and we were all hoping he would do well, but you just never know on competition day!  Well, he was awesome and I can’t lie, I am one proud momma!  It was fun to watch him succeed and see his hard work pay off. He is the level 5 state champ on parallel bars and pommel horse!  He came in 2nd on rings, high bar, floor and all around!  And his team took 2nd! He was THRILLED!!  This also qualified him for the regional competition so we have one more meet this season!

Here’s a peek at his parallel bars routine that I shared on Instagram.

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The Baby Girl is Growing Up 

Girlfriend lost her first tooth.  The day we learned it was wiggly my momma emotions went nuts.  She turns 6 soon too and that just screams BIG girl to me.  Here’s a video clip of the tooth pulling!

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Bird Everything

For real, the birds have taken over.  Real birds and stuffed birds.  It’s ALL bird around here!  These two play with the stuffed birds outside now, it’s so cute!

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This silly girl set up the stuffed birds in the feeders and told me to come see the beautiful birds!  Then later that night when we asked her if she got the birds and brought them back inside, she calmly said, “no, they all flew away.”  The pretend play is very real for her these days!

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Speaking of our birds, these are are new photos {all taken through our window glass}.  We know the one on the right is a Downy Woodpecker and were THRILLED when it showed up, it was our first and only so far!  We aren’t sure what the one on the left is, anyone know?

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Bottom right we are unsure of, any bird experts know what that one is?  On the left shows one of our Golden Finches, which we have TONS of.  I think the one on the left {the red one} is a Purple Finch, can anyone confirm that?

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