Something I've come to realize as one of the main truths of homeschooling is nothing ever happens when I want it to. NOTHING. Time keeps slipping and sliding away from me, as if I ever owned it in the first place. Although most days I have rough plans or an agenda, I have to keep in … Continue reading It’s (all) About Time
We're Christian Unschoolers so we often get strange looks when asked which homeschool "style" we tend to use. Well, we use many of of them. We use none of them. It kind of depends on the day! So I thought I'd set out and (instead of reinvent the wheel), share a collection of my favorite eight … Continue reading Top 8 Unschooling Myths
Strange things weigh us down in the 21st century; technology, our phones, the need to be accessible 24/7; our jobs, deadlines, gossiping co-workers or friends; tasks like laundry, dishes, and constantly tidying up; financial stress like student loans, medical bills and mortgages; health issues like cancer, obesity and heart disease; and first-world problems like coffee orders … Continue reading Let This Burden GO
Oh December 2015, I'll remember you so fondly and not just because we celebrated our Savior's birth but because our son grasped reading like we've never seen him grasp it before. We are so excited! This opens up a huge world for him (and us as parents) and couldn't be happier God set his heart on learning so early. With his … Continue reading December in a Nutshell
Our kids, almost 6 and 2, are homeschooled. This means they spend a lot of time together. Before the nineteenth century siblings spent every day, all day together, helping their parents with chores and activities on the farm to live and prosper. Today, siblings spend their lives in different worlds if they're in school and activities … Continue reading Foster Sibling Love + Respect
You heard that right. Independent Followers. Our generation has seen the dawn of some amazing societal advances including but not limited to things like the computer, video games (quick shout-out to Atari!), cell phones, the Internet, electric cars and safer child car seats, to name a few. But our generation has also witnessed, in my opinion, … Continue reading Raising Independent Followers
It's already challenging telling others we homeschool. Let alone telling others we Christian Unschool our kids. Which is probably why I veer away from any curriculum discussions with other homeschooling moms and simply let our family know we enjoy a relaxed homeschool. But let us be honest. It's not about others and their opinions. It's about … Continue reading The Unschoolers. The Outcasts. The Called.
The winter months here in the Northwest can make hard to get our family bundled up and outside. I long for the day we live on a piece of land where I can stay snuggled up next to the fire whilst my kids run wild and all I have to do is set snacks outside when they need to … Continue reading Nature Deficit Disorder
Update: Read my latest Minimalism book review on "The More of Less" by Joshua Becker. Minimalism has grown on my husband and I. The last five years we've begun dissecting our house and belongings. We've taken a look at the garage and weeded out what we don't want. Everything we have weighs us down, one … Continue reading Living With Less (with kids)
So many times adults ask your children the fateful question: "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" And I, often with the purest intentions, roll this question over in my brain many times over about my children as well. Usually, I ponder these thoughts as I watch our five and one year old do something they're … Continue reading Who Are Your Kids TODAY?