Personal Reflections – Summer 2015

Ronnie and I have enjoyed this summer. I have kept busy with other things besides writing.

In July I completed a continuing education class which added to my skills: Publishing and Selling Your E-Books Online. I had hoped to have a completed e-book by the end of the class, but I now want to add to what I already have for that first e-book.

In July, Ronnie and I celebrated our 24th anniversary in Branson, Missouri, went on to Morehead, Kentucky for a family reunion (Ronnie’s side) and then on our return stopped for some other sites. We continue to read our letters of 25 years ago; we are now reliving our engagement and marriage preparation.

PHOTOS: Anniversary Dinner at Bob Evans in Branson; Stone Castle outside and view from breakfast room; Veteran’s Memorial – Ronnie and Maggie stand next to what seem to match our dad’s uniforms during WWII; Viet Nam War Causality Wall – Randy Lundy – Why would Maggie remember the name of a fallen classmate almost 50 years later? We must never forget!  Five of seven Dail siblings in Morehead! Mansfield, MO – Laura Ingalls Wilder remembered.

Bob Evans (2)

   Branson, MOStone Castle Hotel (2)View from Breakfast Room at Stone CastleMaggie at Veteren's Museum w Dress Uniform Dad Wore Ronnie at Veteran's Museum w Dad's Uniform Vietnam WallMaggie's Classmate - Randy Lundy Vietnam

Arlington National CemeteryGood Reminder at Veteran's Museum5 of 7 Dail SiblingsRock House (5)Rock House (3)

Rocky Ridge (1)

Our summer schedule has given some rest and time to enjoy other activities. We have given a number of non-test assessments and Brain Training assessments. Summer remains a great time for assessing our children and making plans for the school year. We enjoy assisting families in this process.

We can now help more families as we have Laura Barnes working with us. Laura serves as a Brain Trainer following an assessment with Maggie. Also, she serves as a Menu Coach. What is a Menu Coach, you ask? Many of our clients / students benefit from changes in their diet. Following a new plan and cooking differently can overwhelm the mother who works with her child. Laura provides a week of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners plus snacks and desserts – recipes and help with shopping. She provides support for those who purchase her menu plan.


I am just about ready for a more consistent schedule – while I work all year around, summer definitely gives opportunity to breathe. We would love to hear about your summers.

We are now scheduling for September through October.

Introducing: Laura Barnes, Brain Trainer

1273403_10201180328804017_1852832432_oLaura Barnes graduated from high school from Moberly, Mo. in 1988.  She has been married for 25 years and has three children.  Laura has homeschooled her children and a niece for the past 20 years. She has taught yearbook in the Heartland Homeschool co-op last year, but also taught drama and P.E. in another homeschool co-op several years ago.
Laura is currently homeschooling her last child, who will graduate in 2016.  With her last child she has had many struggles over the years teaching him.  Last year he was tested and it was discovered that he had problems with dominance in his eyes and ears.  Since he has been working with a Brain Trainer he has made many improvements.  It is through watching her son’s  growth in education and in social settings that she was greatly encouraged. She also took an online course Overcoming Learning Challenges. Laura is seeking to help others who are working to make education more productive and more enjoyable.
With Laura joining us we will be able to help more families beginning this Fall.  Welcome, Laura!