One of the things I discovered this summer was the beauty of coupling daily narration with watercolor painting. It has become one of our favorite times of day. I typically don’t incorporate painting in our daily routine, but I was greatly inspired by some Waldorf and Charlotte Mason blogs. (Although… type “Waldorf watercolor painting” into Pinterest and you’ll see our … Read More
When our home bubbles over with laughter – and I’m glad to say it often does – we are rich and strong together. The very pillars and foundation of our home are strengthened by our children, who create and share laughter so easily. After all, it’s their mother tongue: they’ve been laughing since before they could speak, or walk, or run.
Besides the books that we read, this is our wisest curriculum investment… for hours and hours of learning reinforcement, application, and creativity.
Happy Back-to-School!! Or rather, “Let the games begin”! We’re studying Medieval History this year and are looking forward to a rollicking time. Our homeschool day begins with Morning Time. For years, we’ve started each homeschool day by taking time to look at the calendar and observe the day God has given us, to look out the window and notice the … Read More
(Here’s our preschooler, acting out Peter Rabbit…) It’s Preschool-Sign-up Season in our town and young parents are trying to figure out the best educational option for their children. Recently, several young mothers have asked me to tell them the basics about homeschooling. When we sit down to chat and I reflect on my experiences as a homeschooling mother, I realize … Read More
One summer, we gathered some friends around the campfire to make s’mores. I was in the lawn chair of honor as the Mom with the Marshmallow Bag. All the kids hovered around me like I was a YouTube clip on a cell phone. (Kids these days…) Each of those sun-kissed kids passionately wanted marshmallows… and each one of them wanted … Read More
After much cavorting around the house, Rapunzel and Sir John (aka Flynn Rider) were finally wed in the living room on a wintery day in 2012. Perhaps you will be bored by my many photos, but I was so delighted by their union (and by the adorable wedding planners) that I just have to fill up my blog with snapshots … Read More
As you know, we have 17 chickens. They lay eggs every day. Their entire lives revolve around laying those eggs: they eat, sleep, and socialize so that they can lay eggs. For the most part, they lay eggs in nesting boxes. We never had to teach or train them to do this. They just knew: “There is a plastic bucket … Read More
(Blowing bubbles into the water to see that air floats! Don’t worry – they weren’t drinking it!) We had a blast doing candy experiments with leftover candy. I snagged some clearance bags of warheads, nerds, crunch bars, skittles, m&m’s… and we got to work! I found all of the ideas at Candy Experiments and typed out my own lab sheets. … Read More
“Jesus is not coming for a church that’s gritting her teeth, struggling to stay free from sin, secretly wishing she could indulge in a little immorality No, Jesus is coming for a church utterly devoted to Him – one that is free on the inside. The greatest motivation for obedience comes as we encounter more revelation of who Jesus is.” … Read More