I sip non-fat cappuccinos in cafes in my Kootenay Mountain hometown, while waiting for one of my four children to finish their dance, choir, soccer, curling, or music lessons. Oh, and I write.
I just released my book Homeschool Mama Self-Care, I offer one-to-one coaching and online courses, host guests at my bed & breakfast, stare at impressionist art, listen to classical and jazz, and read like a hungry baby bird.
I write here about our homeschooling and homesteading life.
From mid-September to late April, I homeschool (self-directed style) three of my four children.
I spend much of my days giving writing feedback, practicing French sentences and Latin verbs, and reading on plate tectonics to ancient civilizations.
By February, I want to fly to a tropical location. And by April’s end, I have decided to unschool, again.
In that unschool season, we spend more time outside.
I train and walk our Great Pyrenees puppy, Violet. I bake bread, grow a veggie, perennial and tea garden, fertilize the fruit orchard and keep a ready supply of plum jam and homemade meals. I sell a few dozen eggs a week, thanks to the Cluckingham Palace ladies, and happy Henry the 8th.
We began homeschooling our four children, Hannah, Madelyn, Rachel and Zachary nearly fifteen years ago.
We have lived more adventures than the years we’ve lived in one place.
Homeschooling has provided us plenty of time for building stories, building family, and living day-to-day memories with our favourite four.
We spent years traveling half our days, working short-term stints in other towns around our province of British Columbia, into Alberta, and the North West Territories. We’ve traveled into Europe, the United States, and Africa twice too. Our adventures are found here.
When I’m not playing Uber-mama, I’m building a homestead. It’s a way of life, a work of creative art. We found the land, designed the house, designed the landscape, planned the homestead, and even turned it into a seasonal bed & breakfast.
When I am playing the role of Uber mama, I am driving my crew to dance classes, choir, curling, youth groups, playdates, and part-time jobs…
If I’m indoors, I’m likely writing, either homeschool books, seminars, or courses. I aspire to ‘fill my paper with the breathing of my heart (thank you, William Wordsworth). Or I may be reading.
Homeschool mama=professional reader, right?
I’m always eager to encourage our homeschool community, so let me know how we can work together.
Copyright Teresa Wiedrick 2021©