happy new year & charmed top ten posts of 2019
homeschooling

happy new year & charmed top ten posts of 2019

Happy almost 2020 to you and yours! 10. To my utter surprise, it’s really this page that garners the most attention twice as often as the most popular post, but since this page is as familiar as the back of my hand, I’m less likely to share it. I just updated it, so it is … 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

a Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music
christmas / homeschooling / homesteading

a Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music

It’s a week before Christmas eve and I’ve not baked up a storm. Our personal stamp on Christmas for the last twenty years, our unique version of Christmas family traditions, was super fun to decide in our early family’s life. Falling back on the same traditions year after year creates a continuity, a collection of … 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