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

homeschool mama self-care: wrinkles, and the stories they tell
family life / homeschool mama self-care / homeschooling

homeschool mama self-care: wrinkles, and the stories they tell

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Mark Twain The first, and only, self-drawing I drew, revealed my sixty year old self…all wrinkles revealed. The drawing instructor frowned at my page and suggested merely, “You are not that old.” Later, it dawned on me that I could not frown and smile simultaneously, so there … Continue reading

what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization
family life / homeschooling / socialization

what’s the secret? the truth behind homeschool socialization

“Power shapes what a person does, influence shapes who they become“. Erwin McManus Apparently we were being watched. We had travelled to a new town and didn’t know many people, so we decided to wander around town. The roasted bean fragrance from the street lured me into a trendy coffee shop. Stranger-watching amused us, but … Continue reading

Homeschool hygge: Twenty easy to adopt Self-Care Practices
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Homeschool hygge: Twenty easy to adopt Self-Care Practices

Homeschool hygge: nothing like an autumn day to entice me with a few cozy blankets on the sofa, burnt orange candles lit, fireplace blazing toasty and a Pelecis piece playing on Spotify. The first day of frost woke with us last week. The puppy’s water froze. The chickens hesitated leaving the coop. I hesitated walking … Continue reading