how to live your simple homeschool life on purpose

There’s this notion running in our culture that one must simplify to live a happy life. Simplify. The word denotes ease. Simple living. Breezy, easy living. The simple notion is easy when I have a suitcase packed and our family is headed out the door to an exciting adventure four plane flights away. Or even…

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enjoying Christmas in our homeschool through four Christmas carols

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, like the ones I used to know… One Christmas, we got snow in spades, or shall I say, in shovels. So. Much. Snow. Four feet almost to its height. Running down our 200-foot driveway was a two-foot-wide space shoveled for a walkway. We parked at the top and walked down…

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remembering Grandma’s Christmas

Grandma had called for us to come the nine hour drive north. The double row of grandfather spruce lining the driveway greeted our burgundy Chrysler. My Grandmother’s garden was a canvas of Prairie shades only three months before. Ash leaves had disappeared, but the stately evergreens swished in the bristly breeze. Grand, grey sunflowers still…

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if you’re getting started homesteading in any home

Want to know if you’re cut out as a homesteader? These hints will help you determine if homesteading is for you: You roam the countryside gathering ideas for your ideal plot of land. You’ve got a raw plot of land and you can see what it’ll be…someday. You read and research chickens. You’ve got chickens,…

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Sourdough Baking

Have you dabbled in breadmaking? Seems like I’ve seen a few more sourdough loaves in my Instagram feed these last couple months. A few years ago, I decided if I wanted to practice any homesteady skill, it was bread making. But the things that look the easiest, usually are the most difficult. (Pie crust making…

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what my homestead looks like in May 2020

I would have been in my garden anyway, with or without self-isolation, but I’m thankful for it even more now. I’ve got a reason to be outside: it is presently the most impactful self-care strategy I have in my physical world. The spa has nothing on the great outdoors. Mornings walking around my gardens with…

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