family life

freedom to play

When I first took the kids out of school, I gave them loads of time to free play in the backyard. One of them could mix together clay and water, and make wet, gunky, globs of reddish mud-clay bricks, baked in the sun. She did it for hours. Together, they would swing, ride the slide, have water fights, … Continue reading


the road less travelled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy … Continue reading

family life

thriving in the kitchen

Our seven year old is in the fill-out-every-contest stage…and the first thing she submitted, she won! Tickets to the local Thrive Festival! A boon for me, because I love a velvety jazz concert. So her and I attended one on Saturday. On Sunday, we all headed to the local Iron Man chef competition. We sat in the … Continue reading



I am from the era when Apple wasn’t cool. Well, they started cool, but IBM quickly made its imprint and everyone owned an IBM product. There was a time too when fax machines were the “in” things. Do you remember Palm Pilots, or Blackberries? Okay, Blackberry would like you to remember that it is in your … Continue reading

family life

the indispensable spouse

There’s nothing quite like recognizing the benefits of my husband, especially when he’s away. So easy to take him for granted when he’s here. Bedtime hour is quieter: for me, anyway. He’ll bring them to bed, read a few stories (or improvise, much to the annoyance of our children). He’ll sing his lullabies…”You load sixteen … Continue reading

mama self care

homeschool mama self-care: be myself and give much, let others be themselves and receive much

“I try my hand at being myself.” Bob Dylan I came to home educating at different times than some people I know. I came to it with different struggles and different preconceptions. I came to adulthood with different experiences. I travelled to different places. I saw eleven schools before graduating high school. I’ve learned that … Continue reading