Category Archives: Throughout the Year

Winter’s Goodbye

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? – Percy Bysshe Shelley


In the Northeast winter came in like a lamb with seventy degree weather on Christmas day and headed out like a lion with a Nor’easter on the second day of spring. I’d like to think of today’s storm as winter’s official goodbye. The sun is shining brightly, the snow has passed, and just like that, winter is gone.

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. – Elizabeth Bowen

We had a bit of a snow day indoors as we are still recovering from the dreaded stomach bug. The boys got their hands a bit messy with some painted snow.  We filled containers with fresh snow and the boys went to town with paints. They really enjoyed this one.




This winter we focused on our kindergarten materials, enjoyed the occasional outing with friends and family, and our holidays were lovely. We spent many days in fellowship with and rejoicing with our church family. We crafted, read books, and spent time curled up on the couch. Many hours were spent in intense prayer for faithful friends who are still enduring an immense trial.

On the weather front, winter was kind to us this year; we didn’t end up with ten feet of snow from back to back storms or unbearably frigid weather for months on end. Winter was kind this year and we’re all grateful.

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. William Blake


I hope you had a winter of blessings and your home was full of joy.

Happy Spring,

The Joyful Homemaker


Summer 2014: A Review In Pictures

We still have a good month of summer here in the Northeast but ultimately, autumnal days, apple picking, and holiday preparations will be here before we know it. We are easing into our homeschool year with a focus on Preschool and Kindergarten materials.  Our homeschool group is kicking off the school year with a back to homeschool picnic and a trip to Bluff Point State Park. I am very excited to begin this school year.  🙂

This post is a simple round-up of our summer and our never-ending educational endeavors. We consider learning  to be a whole life experience. Learning doesn’t begin with a specific curriculum or scheduled activities and summer is full of experiences and opportunities for feeding the young, curious mind.

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JH Boys Reading

JH digging dirt

JH garden

JH shapes

JH Lego

JH pool time

JH fresh produce


JH reorg

jH boys outside

jh castle

jh bingo

jh kitchen


wes beach pool

ns fair

building stuff


jack cake


I hope you had a truly joyful summer.


Many Blessings,

The Joyful Homemaker