homeschool mama self-care: life on purpose
self-care-practices / travelling

homeschool mama self-care: life on purpose

Homeschool mama self-care begins with self-evaluation and a solid sense of purpose. It’s been four years since our family trekked to West Africa. But I keep notes on significant moments and things I’ve learned. As we drove twelve hours from the dusty town in northeast Ghana toward the capital city of Accra, I jotted my … Continue reading

thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history
family life / homeschooling / self-directed learning / travelling

thankful: for home education, for travel stories, for family history

I was asked why I wasn’t bringing the kids’ studies on our two month trip, ten time zones away. The school year was not out yet. It was only the beginning of April. Throughout our time home educating, I have borrowed ideas from the classical and unschooling approaches. Every summer I have read solidly from … Continue reading

Thirteen Things We Know: from a mama and her almost thirteen year old
adolescence / philosophy / travelling

Thirteen Things We Know: from a mama and her almost thirteen year old

Rachel and I just returned from a special trip in the big city of Vancouver. She’s turning thirteen! My husband and I chose thirteen as the year to celebrate our children’s entry into adulthood. We experienced fine dining, visited the spa, had makeovers, shopped and talked talked talked. One meal we sat in a cheap … Continue reading

history study / travelling / where we go

remembering world war 1: on-site in ypres

There’s nothing like a third world experience, a dose of traveler’s diarrhea and malaria, having a military coup an hour away, experiencing airport scanning for Ebola, and visiting World War 1 sites to wake me up to the harshness of this world. But this is the season to remember. And in remembering the hard things … Continue reading

travelling / where we go

travel with kids: planes, restaurants & automobiles

“A ship in harbor is safe. But is that what it was meant for?” Travelling certainly has its risks, but the scales weigh heavier on the ‘just go’ side because new experiences educate our senses and our understanding of others and the world. What do the kids think of this travelling thing? My nine year old … Continue reading

travelling / where we go

the jewish ghetto of venice

No one wanted to plan for pesce…the Adriatic sea offerings. But when in Rome… The cuttle fish ink pasta wasn’t in any of our repertoires. The antipasto plate was perfetto: sardines, escargot, octopus, oysters, something resembling an oversized shrimp that covered the length of my plate, calamari (not breaded), and octopus, of course. There was … Continue reading