I recently stumbled upon a quick video from Will Smith about skydiving. He said that all the fear leading up to the dive is actually useless because the point at which you jump is actually supremely blissful. So all the build-up of fear beforehand served no purpose. Then he said, “God places the best things … Continue reading Fear and the Best Stuff in Life
Imagine you’re in a van with 6 sweaty, disgusting people for 40 hours, getting out only to run, eat, and use the restroom. Add another van with 6 more runners on your team and that pretty well sums up the Ragnar--a 200-mile relay race through Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. Instead of doing what most people do … Continue reading How Homeschooling is Like a 200-Mile Race
Unless God has other plans for our family, which He very well might, this month marked our last baby's first birthday. I’m simultaneously sad and celebrating. This starts a new phase of mothering, and I think it’s worth it to pay attention to the physicality of it all. God made us physical beings. He formed … Continue reading On My Last Baby’s First Birthday: Reflections on the Physicality of Mothering
The idea that everybody took a year to a grade, no matter what! Was so fixed in her mind that she felt as though the teacher had said: “How would you like to stop being nine years old and be twelve instead?” Continue reading First Day of School Misfits
This child was up all night. Why is it so much harder to be up all night with a baby when you are in your 30’s versus when you’re in your 20’s? I mean, I know the answer to this, I’m asking in my 12-year-Old voice: “Why?”😩 Thank the good Lord I have an amazing … Continue reading Mother Culture and Natural Remedies for Fussy Babies
Homeschool planning is tough, when there are so many resources out there. Here's one helpful way to think about it.
Teachers unions may become less powerful, and less able to push against school choice movements.
God has been working on me to quit yelling at the kids so much. Has He been working on you too?
The success of our homeschools is primarily a result of what habits we, as homeschooling moms, have formed for ourselves. Of course, it's our responsibility to help our kids form good habits, but it starts with us. After some false starts and a whole lot of practice, some habits, like reading more, have taken hold … Continue reading Three Tips for Better Habits
We've hit springtime homeschool restlessness hard. All we want is play outside. The weather's great, the backyard is calling. Even the dog is vying for our attention: "Just one, maybe two races across the yard? Pretty, pretty please?" How can we sit here at the kitchen table and focus on book work when there is so much more fun to … Continue reading Homeschool Restlessness: 1 Great Trick, 5 Things I’ve Learned