From the beginning of this blog, I’ve referred to my kids as “my son” and “my daughter,” but I have to admit that lately those designations are getting a little difficult to keep. Which has placed me in a strait between two.

On the one hand, I don’t want to use their real names in an attempt to protect them as I share with you. On the other hand, I really hate using aliases. I’ve read them on other blogs, and the fake names always make me pause in the flow of the reading; to me, they draw attention to themselves in a very distracting manner. Still, I felt the latter was my only option, and I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with aliases that I didn’t hate. You might even have noticed a few of those efforts in the sidebar. But each time, after I’d typed them in and let the names sit awhile, I’d come back to my blog and hate the sight of them.

Then, as I was writing this post in my mind and telling you a little about my children, my daughter unknowingly provided the solution. You see, since the baby has arrived, she proudly refers to herself as the “middle-est.” After all, we have an oldest and littlest now; it just made sense to her to have a middle-est, too. It makes me smile every time I hear her, and as I type this it makes me smile.

Thus, let me introduce you to…


My oldest is my OCD child. He likes his life organized, scheduled, and all the details in place. He loves to read and to learn and is meticulous in his work. On the other hand, he is also my “class clown” and gets his greatest thrill out of making others laugh. Oldest wants to be a policeman, preacher, baseball player, and artist when he grows up. He is launching into first grade this year.


Middle-est (formerly “little one”)

My middle child is my creative child—all rainbows and butterflies, creating a kind of Dr. Seuss-world. Though she likes a predictable schedule, she hates to be hemmed in with any other kind of structure. When Middle-est  grows up, she wants to be a princess and a cow girl. She will be tackling K4 this year and is so excited about learning to read.


My littlest will probably eventually need a name-change, but for right now the designation is convenient. He loves to be with the gang and will cry until he’s in the big middle of everything, then contentedly sits and watches the action. His nick-name around here is Sir Grunts-a-lot: he grunts more than any baby I’ve ever known. He’s also MUCH bigger than the other two were (nearly a whole pound more than the others were at birth), so we tease that he’ll one day be our gentle giant. He’s smiley and sweet, and we’re all so in love with him.

So there’s the gang, my three stooges, my little loves, that fill my life with so much joy and endless writing material.

4 thoughts on “Introducing…

  1. Your children are adorable. Thanks for sharing. I’ve often wondered what their names are, but I totally understand not posting them. I do not have a blog, but I would hesitate as well. We have three kiddos….boy (7), girl (5), boy (almost 2)….and now, we have a “surprise” on the way. It might be an interesting year for homeschooling this Fall, but it will be great. We are thankful for the Lord’s blessings. Although not planned, this baby is just right for our family and we are so grateful.
    I have sent you emails a few times and I always appreciate your response. My question is how strict do you think you should be with handwriting. My oldest is finishing up first grade. ABeka introduces cursive early, but I chose manuscript until this year. We started off the year last August introduing cursive, but it just hasn’t went that well….so I’ve decided to let up on it. The last few weeks I’ve had my son focus more on printing neatly (which has been an issue). He just wants to hurry up and then it’s sloppy. We have been just practicing the cursive basics at a slower pace.
    What are your thoughts on Cursive vs. Manuscript? Do you start cursive as Abeka recommends? Some curriculums do not introduce cursive until 3rd grade.
    I know all kids are different. Thanks for you input.

    • Post Author Tracy

      I actually have a post scheduled on this very topic. =) I started cursive in K4 (as A Beka recommends) only to have it completely bomb before we’d made it through two weeks of lessons. I fought through cursive lessons and then would watch him happily write manuscript on his doodle board. So, rather than continue fighting with something that wasn’t working, I shelved cursive and created my own manuscript handwriting sheets for him. Now, nearly two years later, he is extremely interested in learning cursive. So we are! I’m not entirely committed to interest-driven learning, but I do believe there are times and moments where we as parents should feel out what our child is ready for. That’s the beauty of homeschool. Our child is not forced to keep up with a classroom of other children; he can learn at his own pace, whether that is ahead of others his age in some areas or “behind” what is expected in others. In my post, I’ll be sharing a few fun ways we’re starting to introduce cursive. Hope that helps!

  2. Welcome to the crew! I’m looking forward to reading more about you and your gang.

    • Post Author Tracy

      Thanks, Jennifer, and good to meet you! I’m so excited to be reviewing for TOS with you. Thanks for stopping by!

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