Let's be honest, for a "minimalist" family our home is still often a little bit messy (keeping your kitchen perfect as you homeschool kids who need snacks every hour is utterly impossible. Believe me, I've tried). Our kids still have more clothes than I'd like, my closet still isn't paired down as much as I'd like, and my husband's office, … Continue reading What Makes You Happy? Do That.
Everyone in our neighborhood starts school next week. It feels like summer just started so I'm still not sure how I feel about school buses swinging by our home again so soon. In my last post about getting rid of to-do lists, I wanted to share my process in how I got rid of to-do lists. … Continue reading Planning This Year’s Homeschool
I had a mom tell me the other day that I have it all figured out. I had to laugh because she couldn't be further from the truth. As moms, especially homeschooling moms, no matter if you're new or seasoned, we're all still trying to get it right. The only thing I can say is … Continue reading No More To-Do Lists
Since we homeschool year round we believe our kids are constantly learning – there's no beginning and there's no end to one's curiosity and pursuit to the depth of knowledge – so I'd be lying if I said we "break" for summer. Rather, we shift things around. Summer, for us, has turned into "let's dig deeper and … Continue reading What our Unschooling Summer Looks Like
Here's a collective list that's been piling up in my brain since we began homeschooling this year. Since we are blessed enough to get to Christian Unschool our kids, I've happily discovered we frequently get the opportunity to: Hug our kids and tell them we love them a million times a day; Let them play make-believe well past breakfast; … Continue reading 20 Homeschooling Family Perks
Instagram. Are you on it? Who do you follow? Do you think the app helps or hurts you as a parent? How does scrolling through the often beautiful, inspiring pictures affect you? I mainly follow the homeschool mamas and I feel a mix of emotions when I scroll through. On the days my bum feels stuck to the chair, … Continue reading Instagram Much?
Having two kids under 6 is super stressful. And when you add a home-based business, homeschooling (aka everyone spending max amount of time together in a small space) and how one of these two kids doesn't sleep well, then we have a recipe for what could be a disastrous home atmosphere. But God doesn't allow difficult circumstances to … Continue reading Living on the Bright Side
Call it serendipity. Call it divine timing. Call it whatever you will. When a small, blue book called "The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own" showed up in my mailbox I couldn't wait to devour its pages. Why? Because it's spring and we're naturally purging already and continuing our … Continue reading The More of Less, & less & less &
As the sun descended behind the mountains, I drove alone toward a quant downtown pub, applying lipstick at red lights and trying to remember how long it's been since I'd seen my girlfriends – all fellow mamas I've known since our firstborns were babies. But this mom's night was different. I knew in my gut although this was "my time" to … Continue reading Happiness in Homeschooling
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