Friday, April 5, 2013

Welcome Ultimate Blog Party 2013 Visitors!

Welcome to A Learning Journey! Thank you for stopping by our family blog! It's time to PARTY! The 2013 Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom has begun. This is my first year participating in this event. I am super excited! I look forward to meeting new bloggers and developing many new lifelong friendships. Would you like to join us? You'll meet lots of people. There will be giveaways too. Click on the button below for more information. Conversations on Twitter can be seen using hashtag #UBP13.
Ultimate Blog Party 2013

My name is Tracey. I am the blogger behind A Learning Journey. We live in the quiet Texas hill country area. I am a former second grade public school teacher turned into an eclectic home educator addicted to chocolate. Oh wait . . . I have always been a chocoholic. I started blogging about our learning adventures in 2009 . . . my older posts were written under the blog name Tot Play: A Learning Journey. I shared many tot school teaching ideas. I recently changed my blog name. I had to change the name, because my daughter was no longer a toddler (my eyes are beginning to tear up). The time passed by so quickly and the moments shared will always be treasured. I am very thankful that I can be a stay at home mom. I currently write about a modge podge of family and educational topics. You'll find teaching ideas for many subjects, product reviews, life activities, a freebie here and there, and once-in-a-blue-moon a giveaway. I joined the Schoolhouse Review Crew (The Old Schoolhouse Crew) in May and have been blessed with the opportunity to write products reviews. The crew has brought new meaning to my life in more than one way. I have made several great online buddies and hope to gain more this year. My daughter and I love trying new curricula and products! Learning is a serious obsession for us.

I homeschool my kind-hearted five-year-old daughter named Alyssa. She is truly an amazing girl! She enjoys school and all subjects (so far). My daughter is currently working through 1st and 2nd grade material. I haven't pinpointed her exact reading level yet, but I know that she keeps a chapter book or the Bible by her side most days. She is an avid reader that loves to tell and write stories. She is a mini mathematician that enjoys logical thinking games. This little bundle of joy loves to sing, dance, act, observe, and create. She reminds me of her father at times because she's always doing something goofy to make the people around her smile. She doesn't just learn from me . . . Alyssa has taught me several important things over the years.

I am married to a handsome, hard working firefighter. Jeff is committed to doing everything he can to support and provide for our family needs and wants. Everyone that meets him knows that he is full of energy and brings laughter to those in his path. He is diligently building our new home. I am thrilled about how it is turning out! I can't wait to cook in my kitchen. This was my first post about our house progress and there are a few updates included in my Weekly Wrap-Up posts. I really need to write an updated post soon because so many things have changed. We will be packing this month and hope to be moved by the middle of May.

We never thought we would homeschool but after numerous prayers God has chosen this path for us. My husband attended a homeschool conference with me last April and his eyes were opened to new possibilities. We embark on this adventure together as a family with God as our guide.

Please feel free to comment and consider following my blog if you are interested. I love hearing from my readers! Don't forget to also leave your blog address in the comment section so that I can visit your blog as I pack boxes. Thank you for visiting my blog and enjoy your visit. Please be sure to check out my Pinterest boards.

God bless,


  1. Hey fellow crew member :) Not sure how I missed your blog before the party though LOL. oh well :) I found ya now! Hope you have a great day and a wonderful time "partying" this week!!

  2. Hi, I'm here through UBP2013 :)

    We homeschool too and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Just wanted to come and say hi :)

  3. Adorable family! And admire your husband for being a firefighter and working so hard for his family.

    I think it's awesome that you're able to homeschool your daughter. Lots of bonding time there.

  4. Hi there Tracey! I'm stopping by from the UBP! Nice to meet a fellow homeschooler! I wish you the best of luck on your journey! Stop by and say hi sometime!

  5. Good luck on your move!

    Nice to 'meet' you!

    Stopping by to say hi from the Ultimate Blog Party!

  6. Just stopping by from the UBP13. We hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.

  7. Congrats on your decision to homeschool... I don't do it personally, but I see so much support online from bloggers. It's a fabulous community.

    Thanks so much for joining the party!

  8. Not sure if my previous comment went through...

    If not... I was saying congrats on deciding to homeschool. I'm sure you'll have wonderful success and find lots of help online from bloggers.