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  1. Hardcore INTJ. Pastor's wife. Mom to 5 kids, 13 and under. From all of the above, I've come to realize God has a wicked sense of humor.
  2. Many of them are still free. Some of them still function as Catholic churches. Some that have museums attached ask for a suggestion donation for the museum, but it's not required.
  3. I didn't mean anything by it. We will not prevent anyone from attending, nor will there be any distinction, and I certainly hope no one feels slighted. I, personally, was just surprised that so many homeschool moms said they were planning on attending. As I said in my post, I have exclusively homeschooled for 8 years. I have 5 children, I completely identify as a homeschool mom, but I do not, and have never identified as a teacher. I just see a distinction. I was curious how others felt, this is the largest homeschool group I could think to ask.
  4. I have homeschooled my children for 8 years. My oldest only attended a part-time brick and mortar for the last 3 months of his 7th grade. I consider myself their teacher, but not a "teacher". I'm not trained for, nor have I have taught in a classroom. I've recently started working part-time, and my job is hosting an evening event for teachers. My employment is a popular local field trip for schools. I've had several homeschoolers say they will be attending, as they are teachers, too. They can attend, but it's really geared toward classroom teachers (which is obvious from the information on the event). All of these homeschoolers who say they are coming are homeschoolers whose children attend a local part-time brick-and-mortar school. So, I'm just curious, would you attend an event that you knew was marketed to classroom teachers, because you consider yourself a homeschool teacher?
  5. I've used Fake Bake. I'm a novice make-up person, but it worked well. It has a nice smell, and doesn't rub off on anything.
  6. My DS 12 (will be 13 in a few days) just had his first day today, as a mother's helper. It's a mom, who has two other children who are in school and a 1 year old. DS plays with the 1 year old so the mom can get some things done around the house. It'll be for 2 hours at a time. It went really well today. He'll be paid $5/hr.
  7. This chart doesn't go past 4 children, we have 5 and their housing estimate was off by about $500/mo from what I see locally. And we still only make 2/3 of what they estimated we'd need. It's very interesting.
  8. We live in a beautiful area, and over the last 20 years have become a retirement community for people from Los Angeles and the CA valley. That is who is buying the majority of houses and driving the insane prices. Housing is a huge issue here.
  9. Median household income : $56,000 And just because I find it crazy, median detached house price : $625,000!!!
  10. I don't know the answer, but I need to find an answer soon! My cycles were non-existent or very inconsistent for years, I've been on medication to get them more regular, but that has also led to awful PMS. It really, really affects a a whole week of my month.
  11. Last year we moved from the middle to the West Coast. We did not have the funds to hire movers. We had friends help us pack a moving van. Behind the van, we rented a car carrier and pulled one of our vehicles. My husband and oldest drove the moving van. I followed with our other 4 kids in our family van. Our van had 2 changes of clothes for everyone, pillows, and a bag of games/toys. We ate breakfast at a hotel, and then stopped at rest stops for lunch that we had packed, so the kids could run/play/ stretch legs mid day. We ate dinner at or near our hotel each night. We purged a lot of little stuff, but we knew we couldn't afford to get rid of or replace big furniture right away, so we kept most of those things. I had about 6 weeks before our move. I picked a room at a time, sold what I could, offered stuff to friends, and then dropped stuff off at the thrift store. I then boxed up as much of that room as possible, before the week of the move. We moved our piano with our friends. We've moved that poor piano many times and never hired piano movers. We do hire a tuner each time we move, and our last tuner said we are almost to pitch :)
  12. London a million times, but I live in CA :)
  13. Thank you for all the responses, the weather has affected my ability to get online and reply. I just wanted to say how sorry I am that so many of you have faced such difficulties getting help for your loved ones. I really appreciate your sharing your stories though. She is at home under suicide watch with family. Others of us are checking in with her and them throughout the day. I think the crisis is settling a bit, according to her. We and others have strongly urged her parents to put away all possible sources of harm, but we can't make them do it or be thorough. She has shared she does not like or trust or psychiatrist. Her parents are having a hard time finding someone else. Our area has limited resources for children juvenile mental health. So, we keep praying and supporting them the best we know how.
  14. Closet Children's hospital is 2 hours away.
  15. I'm not sure. They have called friends who the teen is okay with, who have some experience in mental health, and they have been to visit her.
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