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.ย 
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.

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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 ย 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.
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