Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Gratitude list
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices

Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Gratitude list

It’s too easy to spend the beginning of January contemplating how I want to change things, do things differently, write a resolution list. Sure, I’ll write my yearly goals, but I’ll remind myself what I am grateful for instead. Twenty things even… Nature out my back door. I have a fascination with trees. And girlfriend, … Continue reading

Homeschool: How I Saw It Then & How I See It Now
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Homeschool: How I Saw It Then & How I See It Now

Homeschooling: how I saw it then. I know what I thought then, because I journaled it all. I began consistently writing at the same time I began homeschooling. Starbucks was my destination every Wednesday evening. where I ordered my pumpkin spice latte with whip and biscotti. I opened my journal and wrote about our days, … Continue reading

taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead
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taking stock: your past year in review & planning for your new year ahead

A new year. A time to take stock. Consider the content and meaning of your past year. What did you learn? What did you do? How did you live it? Each year, at just this time, I sit with pen and journal, cup of tea and as much time as I can eke out, and … Continue reading

Daily practice in receiving: Christmas gifts from Above
christmas / family life / homeschooling

Daily practice in receiving: Christmas gifts from Above

As we light the Advent candles, I struggle to remember the order…is the correct pattern: love, joy, peace, hope…or was it love, peace, joy, hope? No matter what the order, the discussion of them each Sunday and finally, Christmas morning, is part of our family tradition. The kids know there will be Christmas gift opening … Continue reading

banishing the picture perfect Christmas
christmas / family life

banishing the picture perfect Christmas

These are the stories of the not-so-picture perfect Christmas. Real family stories happen in the thick of Christmas too. Five minutes before we left for Christmas Eve service, all spiffed up in our best, we pulled the sofa table away from our new custom sofa to grab a family pic before heading out the door. … Continue reading

christmas: these are a few of my favourite things
christmas / family life / homeschooling

christmas: these are a few of my favourite things

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorites things” Somehow I know I’m going to see a television replay of the Sound of Music this Christmas season.  It shares the value of home and family. That we … Continue reading