Homeschool, life, and curriculum update

high school homeschool

We're a few months into our homeschool year, which means we're far enough in to see what's working and what isn't. Although I don't do any formal sort of mid-year review, I do try to stay tuned in to my kids so I can tweak our plans and schedule as needed, no matter what time of year. 8th 1/2 grade homeschool curriculum update: We've somewhat … [Read more]

My new hobby: Art Journaling

art journal pages

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ~ Beatrix Potter Over the years, my inborn creativity has been rubbed off and worn down from what it was when I was a child. … [continue reading]

Meet the new [fur] kid!

Piper the bat ear dog

First of all, in case you missed the discussion on Instagram, WonderDog has a new name. In a crazy-weird coincidence, one of our adopted kids' real name was way too close to our dog's name. What are the odds of that!?!  … [continue reading]

Bicycle fun for everyone!

family bicycle ride

I miss my bicycle. Mind you, I still have it and nothing at all is wrong with it. But around our neighborhood there's no way to go that doesn't include hills. Lots of them. So my bike and I don't spend as much time … [continue reading]

Homeschooling gives our family time

learning to play checkers

I've spent a lot of time thinking lately about how much harder it would be for us to keep and strengthen family bonds and deal with all the things life throws at us if the kids were in school. I know it's possible … [continue reading]

10 All-Time Favorite Books

10 favorite books

Tricia from Hodgepodge challenged me to share my ten favorite books of all time. So I'm doing it -- but really, how can anyone pick just ten? It's like walking into a room of good friends and having to pick only ten you … [continue reading]

Foster Adoption: one year later

foster adoption update

We spent Abby and Jim's adoption anniversary at the beach. We didn't plan it that way; it just happened to work out as the best timing for our family vacation. A year ago, at adoption finalization, I couldn't … [continue reading]