Versatile Style by Tracey

A Spring in My Step

Posted on: January 30, 2013

Wednesday we had temperatures in the 70’s… It was sunny and wonderful , by late afternoon we were under a wind advisory and the wind was blowing hard when I got around to taking photos… The temps are dropping to the fifty’s Thursday!

IMG_1867Sunglasses come in handy when the wind is blowing to get your hair back and out of your eyes!  This top and the skirt are both items that I thrifted.  Buying them on half price day meant together they cost me a total of $5.00.  Thinking about that price made me realize that this outfit is very low budget.  The shoes are from yearly clearance at Off Broadway shoes and were just $10.  The navy tank underneath was part of a set purchased at Burlington so this one cost $2.50.   If you’ve done the math, a total of $17.50.

IMG_1872Excuse the hair here that was those strong winds at work! 

The Spring in my step today isn’t just over the weather… It has so much to do with homeschooling Connor.  My biggest fear for Connor was that instead of doing remedial work in phonetics that they were relying on his intelligence to get him through.  They mentioned his intelligence at every meeting… They taught him a strategy of guessing what words were coming up based on the words that came before.  He was great at this and they were ecstatic that he moved up a level in reading.  His guessing was so accurate and sometimes he used a synonym for the word and no one corrected that.  They also taught him to forget about names and just use a first initial.  Alarm bells for his mother!!!IMG_1876

That fear stemmed from feeling it was handicapping him.  This is a child who like his siblings believes college is in his future.  So with the guessing strategy how would he ever be able to read read Shakespeare?  I also knew that if he was reading new informational textbooks that the guessing strategy would never transfer to science or history,   let alone course work in his chosen major.  So why the Spring in my step?  I now have proof that our  hard work last year on phonetic work is really successful.  We are reading Tom Sawyer, no way he can guess what Mark Twain is going to say next in a sentence!  He has to sound out each word phonetically and he is doing so beautifully! Typing that brought me to tears as I realize that I have given this child the most amazing gift and brightened his future!

  Gratitude:  I am grateful that despite my husband’s reservations and my own fear that Connor would be stubborn and never allow me to teach him,  that I was brave and took the plunge to homeschool!  I am grateful that Connor is standing taller recognizing his progress.  I am grateful that I put out the exercise trampoline and that after jumping on it, Connor’s bad mood disappeared and he read making funny voices and having fun!   

I am also sad, that I didn’t get to share this part of the journey with my mother.  I miss the cards she always gave me telling me how proud she was of me as a  mother!  

Dear Readers thank you for letting me share  my joy!  If you are a mother please comment and share just one thing that you are proud of yourself for.  We mother’s have to love ourselves and give ourselves kudos and I would love to give you kudos as well.  I look forward to your  comments.  Remember it doesn’t have to be something huge or life altering, just something that you are proud of yourself for doing or saying.  It doesn’t matter if your kids or young or all grown up chime in!!  You never know a comment here could be read by another reader and make a difference!  


10 Responses to "A Spring in My Step"

I wish I could be as successful when thrifting. We don’ t have anything really worth going to locally. Your skirt is adorable. I could see it paired with lots of tops and jackets you currently own. It also looks like when paired with tights, it could be a skirt for all seasons. I love it!

Congatulations on your success with homeschooling. Several of my friends homeschool and I know it isn’t easy. Bravo for standing up and taking charge of your son’s education. It is certainly paying off!

I wore it once with you are right can be winterized… thanks you!

Hi Tracey, cute outfit. I’ve been looking for a lace top while thrifting too. I’m proud that my daughter knows she can come to me when she has a problem. She’s 16, and we definitely don’t always get along well, but when the chips are down she comes to me first.

That is the most important gift you can give your daughter and that means that you created a safe environment for her to do so.. Congratulations!

Congrats to you and you son on his progress! Home schooling him was indeed a brave move. My daughter wanted to start “virtual school” this yr and we could never have made it work. Good for you and Connor!!

I love this skirt Tracey! So awesome that one of your thrift stores has a half off day!

Also congratulations to you and Connor on all you’ve accomplished on the homeschooling journey – I’m sure it presents its challenges to you both, but is rewarding .

Nicole @ Sequined Patterns

Thank you and any challenges are offset by the progress and that I shudder at the thought of having let him continue and never have had the remediation in phonetics that the school just never had the time to do

Tracey, fashion comment first, you are the master of thrift shopping! Your outfit is stunning, love the black and white and its perfect for the incoming spring fashion which is all about black and white.

I’m so thrilled to hear about your son, Connor and his progress. I know it took much patience, sacrifice and love on your part. I also agree whole heartledly with you, we as mothers, do need to give ourselves some kudo’s once in awhile. So, here’s mine, last year my youngest left for college leaving my husband and I as empty nesters. I was seriously dreading this time but surprisingly it wasn’t as hard as I thought. When I was asked by a friend how I handled it, I realized that I didn’t look back with any regrets. I honestly couldn’t say, “i wish I would have been to that, or did this”. I was always the volunteer mom, beginning in kindergarton and ending with their highschool graduation. My children knew, without doubt that we, as parents, would always be at their activites. I believe this helped them gain the independence and self assurance they needed to be happy (semi) adults. I’m still enjoying the journey of motherhood, just in a different way.

Knowing that they were important enough for you to show up is a very great gift that parents can give their children. I love being a cheerleader in my children’s life..Parenting adult children is so different and becomes more about just offering the wisdom you’ve accumulated and backing off to let them decide their path. I call this stage, “dropping pebbles into the water and letting the ripples go out” We do this a lot as parents.

Love the pattern in this skirt!

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