I'm an oldest child. I'm told that means I'm bossy and authoritarian. I don't know about all that, but I am pretty strict about certain things. I have conceded letting the kids pick out their own mismatched clothing (so long as it's seasonable) and allowing my daughter to have her hair hanging in her face … Continue reading Being a “Mean Mommy”
It's my experience that many homeschooling families spend a lot of time defending (some well, some not-so well) their decision to home educate their children. I was having dinner with some truly admirable women from church and they shared the amount of guilt they experienced because they're unable to be at home with their children. … Continue reading My Top 5 Reasons for Choosing Home Education
Here are the things I need to address this winter: Bees- order 3lb package locally Chickens- decide on breed for flock expansion and set up brooders Garden- what to plant and where; seed start area Goats- build shelter; fencing; milking stand; water and feed; medical preparations; get goats Fermentation- start brewing ACV; kombucha; kefir These … Continue reading Planning for Spring 2018
Today has been exciting, and boring... I didn't sleep well last night from contractions, which increased in intensity and proximity as the morning drew on. We ended up going to the hospital to see what was causing them since I'm still preterm. 10 hours later, they haven't let up, and I'm on bed rest with … Continue reading Mama Knows Best
In my high school years, I never understood the desire for motherhood. Partially because of how my mother and father's marriage crumbled and disintegrated into a steaming pile of brokenness devoid of integrity. It made me a bit of a cynic regarding wifedom and motherhood. Flash forward to 23 year old me, I'd been married … Continue reading You’ll Have 3 Under 3!?
Thursday evening, my son's babysitter sent me a text asking if she and her boyfriend could take my little man out for a day at the aquarium. For starters, both of them go to my church, and I trust them. Second, my son loves Miss Shelby, because, well frankly, she's a very pretty blonde, southern … Continue reading My Toddler’s First Day Out
The title isn't a clever segue into a vast outpouring of wisdom or sage advice. It's truly a question I have. I've been watching videos on the philosophy of peaceful parenting, or rather, anti-spanking. They offer statistics showing how damaging the effects of spanking are on children along with the illogical cycle of aggression it … Continue reading How Do I Parent Peacefully?
Everyone is going to die. That is a morbid truth in this world. Pending the Rapture, everyone will some day die. I feel as if a part of me already has. The spontaneous, perky, loud-mouthed, hockey-loving, stout-drinking, reckless, singer passed away at some point between conception of my son and his birth. And with him … Continue reading Facing My Mom-tality
Unicorns. Leprechauns. Krakens. Loch Ness monster. Sleep training. All of these things are mythical figments of someone's imagination. There are so many things I expected out of parenthood, like, for my kid to be as awesome and also awkwardly weird as I am. Or for him to look a little bit like me. Or to … Continue reading Myths of Mom-dom