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A New Year- A New Theme

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I love themes! Themes are a lot of fun. We use themes in our homeschool and our church uses themes as well. At the beginning of each year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,introduces a new theme for the youth ages 12 to 18. This year's theme is:


Isn't this a beautiful theme? It's from the scripture verse 2 Nephi 31:20 in The Book of Mormon which reads:
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
Scriptures make beautiful themes. Our homeschool theme this year also comes from scripture- this time from Doctrine & Covenants 88:118-119:
And as all have notfaith, seek ye diligently andteach one another words ofwisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best bookswords of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.Organ…

A Homeschool Day In the Life- January 2016

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Next month I'll be linking up with Simple Homeschool's Day In the Life from my Happy Hearts Homeschool blog, but I also like to give my family and friends an idea of what homeschooling looks like here at the Madsen home, especially since we have a rather unique lifestyle within our friends and family circle.

Now that I have two adult children, living on their own as they attend universities, I only have two teenagers at home. I would describe our homeschooling as efficient. This is our seventh homeschool year. Looking back, the time has gone by so fast! I feel incredibly blessed to have the freedom to homeschool because it gives me precious time with my kids that I would be missing out on if I sent them away to school for six-to-eight hours every weekday, especially in these crucial teenage years. This is the time when kids need their parents most of all.

So, what does a typical homeschool day look like around here? It's pretty laid back and serene, which we appreciate.

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My Birthday Girl

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My sweet baby girl is growing up.

But she still loves Harry Potter

And Legos!

And Greek mythology
Today I am extra thankful to be a mom and for homeschooling which allows me more time with my baby girl, before she leaves home and joins her big brother and sister at college. Every day with her is priceless! She is the sweetest, most lovely girl I know and I get to be her mom! AND, who says a mom and daughter can't be best friends? I love being best friends with my daughters! That is the highest compliment they can give me as a mom, to consider me one of their best friends. :)

Blissful Monday

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Happy Heart's scripture verse for the week.
Last week we started our homeschooling back up after the holiday week, but we are still getting up to speed due to colds and a mom with a tooth needing a root canal. Thankfully, I'm having that taken care of this morning. I've been on penicillin and ibuprofen all weekend. Fun, fun! But last week was a good start for Happy Hearts. We watched all of the Liahona classes, most live and Marcus did a math review plus a new math lesson. We've also continued reading together (the 3 of us) in our book, Nightmares!, by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. We are really enjoying this story and since it's the first in a trilogy, we just might have to buy the second book which we've seen at Barnes and Noble.

At the start of this new year, I thought that Marcus needs a word to help him do his best in his studies. His word is, FOCUS. He is working on staying focused all the way through his online classes and during our math lesson. To h…

Reflecting on 2015

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2015 was a fantastic year for our family. Here are the highlights:

At the end of February, David, Marissa, Marcus and I moved back to Utah from Lima, Peru.

To celebrate our twenty-third anniversary, David took me on European cruise in mid March. We spent a few days before the cruise in Rome, Italy and a few days after the cruise in Venice, Italy. We also visited Naples, Italy and parts of Greece and Turkey. This was my first visit to Europe and it was a dream come true.

We spent Memorial weekend with David's mom, LaWona. She is a wonderful mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. We love to visit her and spend time with her. She has gone on several vacations with us, too.

In June, Darcie, Marissa, Marcus and I participated in a Liahona "super trip" with other Liahona families. We spent a week in New York City and saw local attractions, plus five Broadway shows. It was so much fun!

In July we had the pleasure of taking care of my sister's four children for ten days. Tha…