Are you ready? I am finding that looking over our year in photos is a bit surprising. First of all, I didn’t take nearly enough photos!

There were months when I never even picked up my regular camera, and I was so happy I got the phone with camera for my birthday in March. This is prompting a resolution to take lots more photos around here in 2014!

But here it is, our year in photos.

January – Yes! That is us doing some heartfelt homeschooling outside (really big math problems!) in shorts in January. Such is life in the South. 
February – Learning about Helen Keller in Booking Across the USA was a highlight of our month. The kids had fun trying to figure out items by touch and learning to finger-spell their names.
March – Someone turned six and enjoyed his “best birthday ever” with friends at the local bounce house place. Love that boy.
April – Olivia spent the night at Children’s Hospital after having surgery on both legs to lengthen her tendons. The surgery was supposed to correct toe-walking, but even after six weeks in casts, we still have to remind her multiple times daily to stay off her toes.

May – Olivia received her First Holy Communion, just weeks before Matt returned. She looked beautiful. I snapped a picture of this photo one night to send to Matt.

June – Another birthday! Whatever that present was, the eight-year-old girlie-girl loved it.

July – We celebrated the Fourth with corn and bar-b-que.

August – What a nut. Always a jokester, he keeps us on our toes. And stories? This kid can tell them with the best of them. Have I told you about his 21-year-old girlfriend?

September – I took my crew to Krispie Kreme for “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” We overdosed on free donuts.

October – Pumpkin patch time. We haven’t missed an October in the past seven years.

November – We watched the National Dog Show as a family on Thanksgiving Day, and it made quite the impact. This was a couple mornings later. I am not sure which of these fine dogs won.

December – First piano recitals and first solo in church. Our little girl is growing up. She did a fantastic job at both!

Bonus – Screen shot I took one happy morning in May, so I would never forget the feeling. He was still a few days from being back in the US and over two weeks from being home, but this was the best news I had seen in a long, long time.

Matt’s unit didn’t lose a single soldier in Afghanistan — something for which we are so very grateful. Four days after I got this text the Guamanian National Guard unit that replaced them lost four soldiers in an IED attack. They had only been in country a few weeks.

And they are still there. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.


Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.