Valley of Fire Staycation

Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.

Looking for a fun stay-cation in the Las Vegas area?

Believe it or not, there is more to Las Vegas than casinos, 24 hour booze, and adult entertainment.  If you're wondering what family fun there is to be found, Valley of Fire State Park may be just the thing you are looking for.  The nightly rate (which includes parking) is currently $30.  This month we were looking for an impromptu mini vacation before my husband deployed, and this was perfect for us.  There are no reservations, so you don't have to plan too far ahead, making it really ideal for locals.

$130 spending spree + Erin Condren

Who wants a FREE Erin Condren life planner and a TPT giftcard?!  Hope on over to enter!  Make sure to send this pin to a friend who would love the chance to win!

I wish I could enter too...

...but my loss is your gain - one less person to compete with!😉  Several of my fellow TPT educator authors in the Special Education realm are teaming up for a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive an Erin Condren Life Planner as well as a $130.00 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card!  This seriously rocks, and I am so happy to be a part of it.  The great news - if you already follow me on Instagram, you already have one entry to claim.  Just follow whoever you'd like from the Rafflecopter below and enter the required information!

The winner will be chosen at random in Tuesday May 9 at 6:30pm MST and will be announced shortly after!  Best of luck to you!


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Free Sight Word Printables 126-150

Free Sight Word Printables! Great for the k-2nd grade age range.

Here is the second set of sight words!

If you missed the first set of sight words, don't forget to download those while you're at the subscriber freebie section!  The next set of 25 is now available for download, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for number 3.  If you need help with your reluctant writer, you can browse my series on that here.

My Mother's Day recommendation on Epic!

Sometimes I like to go in the parent profile and assign a few books that are perfect seasonally, or that sync up with what we are studying.  I just found a great one I would recommend if you are already an Epic! subscriber.  Mother's Day and Other Family Holidays teaches about the origins of Mother's Day, but it also takes care to mention up front that all families look different.

Do you have a subscription to Epic!?

I've written before about Epic! as a great addition to your homeschool as well as for reluctant readers.  We use it mostly for our free reading time, as we do the 20 minutes a day thing in our home on top of school work.  We do have weekly trips to the library as well, but they get bored after a few reads through their books.  Allowing them to read on Epic! also fulfills their cravings for iPad time when they've reached their daily limit.

Completely Incomplete



Incomplete before Autism: I am so grateful for a God who allows the pain of this world to be used for good.  I am grateful that He has used Autism to allow me to see how incomplete I am on my own; starting me on the forever journey of finding my completeness in Him.


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I never knew what I was missing


Thinking back to life before Autism, there are definitely some things that I miss.  Before having my son, I was an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force.  There was always the potential for travel, excitement, and adventure...  I had a decent income, which meant I could do all kinds of fun stuff.  I received several awards and acknowledgement for my achievements, which I loved.😊  I also didn't realize how much I was depending on my own strength or how much I was letting my head swell.  I began to sense it and prayerfully decided to separate from the military when I had my son.

Autism is shaping me for the better


I don't mean to make light of the serious challenges Autism can present.  I've written before about not wanting the painful aspects for my son, but appreciating the good that comes with Autism.  It took me a long time, however, to realize how much Autism has also been shaping me for the better.