My grandfather loved his flower garden. I recall my mom planting a few tomato plants for them one year, but for the most part, they grew the flowers. A mountain of snapdragons. Hoards of little pansies that my grandma always says look like men with mustaches. Peonies as big as your head. And my favorite: … Continue reading Heirloom Bloom
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3 He said … Continue reading Ezekiel 37
Since making the decision to home school my children, currently ages one and three, I have been researching various methods of home schooling. Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share with you some of the benefits I've seen in each of those methods. If you are considering home schooling, this may help you … Continue reading Charlotte Mason: Whole Child
We have committed to something that might be a bit crazy. Come next June, we are taking both of our boys -- ages 1 and 3 -- to Olympic National Park for a week. My husband and I love hiking and exploring in the National Parks, but since having kids, we have not been bold … Continue reading The Wild Blue Yonder
In our discussions of home schooling, my husband and I come back around to one question over and over: How will they become “socialized”? Of course, the typical home schooling argument is that children learn how to live and work with others in their families, in their churches, and through clubs, co-ops, and other activities. … Continue reading Making Friends in Home School
It's happening today: my baby is turning one. While many advantages draw me to home schooling -- flexibility, individual pace, custom curriculum -- none come close to the idea of spending more time with my boys. Childhood passes in a blink, and maybe this seems selfish, but I want to spend as much of it … Continue reading In A Blink
"Behold how pleasant and how good it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." Psalm 133:1 One of my biggest draws to home schooling is these two besties getting to spend more of their time together. How has home schooling impacted your children's friendships with each other?
Today my grandma, my boys' only living great-grandparent, turns ninety. From building domino castles and hand-churning ice cream to her official turkey stuffing recipe (which bids the reader to "find a cat" to deal with the liver), this woman is legend. She tromped all around tarnation with us collecting leaves and flowers to press and … Continue reading Legacy