Homestead Update

Well, we're as busy as ever here. Had visitors last weekend so this weekend is catching up/jumping back into regularly scheduled things.We had a nice and uneventful Father's day. That particular holiday usually finds someone sick or injured in our family, so it was nice that nothing terrible happened this year- yay for no stomach … Continue reading Homestead Update

Homeschool in the Summer

This will be our 3rd- wait, 2nd? No... 3rd- official summer doing homeschool. I decided after our first year which included teaching a preK pre reader curriculum and taking care of a 1 year old while pregnant with babe #3- yeah... That was a LOT- I decided to take a break from teaching lessons. Which … Continue reading Homeschool in the Summer

Distance Learning Isn’t Homeschooling

I read an article in the paper that really just made me sad. Mostly because I could empathize with the parents being written about. I worked as a 1:1 Teacher Assistant for high school students with autism for 2 years in North Carolina. Prior to that I had subbed for grades k-12 and the kids … Continue reading Distance Learning Isn’t Homeschooling

Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Let's be frank for a second- kids are oftentimes counterproductive. But, with clear instructions and guidance (at times I swear I'm a drill sergeant...) my kids can become my greatest asset. Instead of book work today for math, I brought them with me into farm mode and together we did some work for the chickens. … Continue reading Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Cultivating a Rich Thought Life with Children

Guys- I really miss having time to just sit and think. I've always been a writer; keeping various journals and diaries. I've saved numerous letter correspondences, specifically those from my husband's time at boot camp because they show the marked and rapid progression of faith in Christ at work in us during that time. Perhaps … Continue reading Cultivating a Rich Thought Life with Children

Creating a Family Schedule

Since we brought home our 4th child about 7 weeks ago, (and really even before that) our family life has been a hodgepodge of inconsistencies. We had bits and pieces of daily routines that shifted and changed based on our mood, so the kids frequently responded to the chaos and unpredictability with disobedience. My husband … Continue reading Creating a Family Schedule

Life with 4 under 5: A Day in the Life in Pictures

Bobby pin in my coffee... Baby snugs 😍 School time! Even homeschooling moms have "problem students..." Out. Like a log. Quiet time reflections Good afternoon, Captain Crazy Hair McPantslessness Keto bread win! Yay dinner! Bed time! ...kind of...

Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

I don't ever wanna hear another complaint from public school teachers about a "problem student" Having worked in public high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and pre-K, the challenges there just don't even stack up to the challenges of home educating your own children. 1) I bet public school teachers have never had their entire … Continue reading Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

Curriculum Shopping & Sanity Day

Some days, I'm on my game from the minute my feet hit the floor. Other days, the kids throw dirt in eachother's sweaty hair, effectively making a mud helmet, need baths before lunch, and then Mama kinda gives up around 4:30pm and decides to order pizza for dinner and watch Winnie the Pooh while she … Continue reading Curriculum Shopping & Sanity Day

Introverted Parents with Extroverted Children

Parenting is always a little stressful. That just comes with the territory of being responsible for other tiny, virtually helpless humans. But there are certain circumstances that can make parenting particularly challenging. For my husband and I, that is being introverts with extroverted children. I am an introvert. I never knew that, because I've always … Continue reading Introverted Parents with Extroverted Children