Category Archives: Jennifer

This Week at the Homeschool

        Lesson plans are ready to go!

We’re getting back into school today after taking a week off for Easter Break. We didn’t get to go anywhere, but we did have a visit from some out of town family that made the week feel a little special. Typically, we visit family in northern California during Spring Break, but since we have a family wedding up that way in a couple of months, we decided to postpone our travels. Continue reading This Week at the Homeschool


You can never have too much!

So, I was at Target, doing a little grocery and sundries shopping, and generally minding my own business. I put a jar of applesauce on the belt, and when the clerk picked it up, I told her I had another 12 jars in my cart. That’s right, I was buying my weekly 13 jars of applesauce.

The clerk looked surprised, and excited. With a twinkle in her eye, she asked me, “What are you going to do with all of this applesauce?” I really felt like I was letting her down when I replied, “We’re going to eat it.” Continue reading Applesauce

And so it goes…

Thank you so much for visiting my brand new blog! My name is Jennifer, and I’m a wife, mom, want-to-be-writer and busy homeschooler. When I was a new wife in my twenties, I had a pretty good idea of how things were going to go. Now, in my 40’s with two teenagers, I can tell you that my life and family look nothing like I expected!

I NEVER thought I would be a homeschooling mom of two very different, but awesome, teens who are both on the autism spectrum. My son, Gray, is now 15 and doing very well. My daughter, Hope, is 13 and we’re still struggling with her autism, as well as some very serious health issues that have cropped up in the last several years. I THOUGHT I would have 3 or 4 very typical children and that we would have a very normal, stable, predictable life.

But, autism and health challenges and just LIFE happened, hence, my Best Made, Mislaid Plans. So, despite my very different reality, I’m still here and my family is growing and doing well. I hope that you’ll join me as I share what we do, how we do it, and how we’re coping. By God’s grace, so far, we’re doing just fine.