How Daddy Joined Our Homeschool

Daddy’s Role In Our Homeschool My husband has always taken the role he likes to call ‘Principal’ in our homeschool. In our state we legally homeschool by filing as a small private school and so we have assigned roles of administrator, teacher, and principal to dole out between us. And …

Where Do I Find Good Books For My Kids?

How Do I Find Literature With A Strong Moral Compass… Why Should I Look For Good Literature for My Kids? Books help us develop a moral compass. I think that after the effects of mother and father on a child, books are the next most important source of morality (unless you …

Homeschooling Focuses Our Faith

I Was Terrified to Homeschool When I first set out to homeschool our children I was terrified. I did not know where to turn for advice. I had family who thought that I would harm my children socially and scholastically if my husband and I set forth on the homeschooling path. …

Waiting for the Sun

Waiting for the sun. For me, the rising sun is a precious moment each day that pulls me in close to my faith. It is a time for me and God, and my orange cat, to share. Every morning, our little orange cat eagerly dances about me as I stumble …

Why I Make Goals for The Year Ahead

I did not often make goals for the year ahead for much of my pre-homeschooling life. Most of my goals were long-term and for everything else, I lived in the moment. That made my life before children and marriage awfully fun and spontaneous. My now-husband would call me on Thursday …

Word of the Year: Family

The New Year gives me a chance to think about my life and how I might make it better. This year my life is a nearly bursting with the closeness of family. Not the extended family we always think of around the holidays, but the family that my husband and …

Gumdrops & Packages & Warm Woolen Mittens!

I love gumdrops with a passion. And yet in spite of our exploration into bread baking and soap making and our family’s general abandonment of all things processed food (initially driven by the financial constraints that come with homeschooling), I never tried making candy. Until last weekend. My son absolutely …

Christmas & Letting Go

My kids have a wonderful Christmas every year. In fact, it is their favorite time of year. All of us are happy and relaxed and the Hub and I get time to talk and laugh and enjoy. We have the time to focus on what Christmas really means and celebrate …

Why Don’t We Teach Our Culture?

My daughter showed me a YouTube video of some tap dancers this afternoon and while I was watching, I realized that people gravitate to dancing and singing generally when they are happy. There are sad songs and I suppose there must be sad dances, but most of the time the …