Cherishing Learning

Note: Over the next week, I’m going to take you with me on a meander through my day. No two days look alike around here, but this will give you a glimpse on my daily rituals of cherishing life. I do this very imperfectly. I would love to hear about your own rituals in the

Cherishing Chores

  Note: Over the next week, I’m going to take you with me on a meander through my day. No two days look alike around here, but this will give you a glimpse on my daily rituals of cherishing life. I do this very imperfectly. I would love to hear about your own rituals in

The Newest Question

It’s been awhile since I heard the question I used to dread. The all-American question women ask each other to make conversation. “So what do you do?” The answer to that question is complex whether one is a stay-at-home mom or a Fortune 500 CEO, so I’ll save that discussion for another time, preferably the

How a Homeschooling Mama Can Hold Together When the Week Unravels

This is the week of homeschooling which I am tempted to skip writing about. The week I took no pictures on my phone. The week our schedule was totally disrupted. The week I got take out one night and served hot dogs with macaroni and cheese another. Mornings we slept too late and mealtimes with

Homeschool Progress Report – Week Two

I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee looking back at the second week of school. At 1:00 in the afternoon. I have to state that fact because I tweaked the schedule this week, and we were still able to finish school around lunch time most days. Don’t worry. My kids expect me to change things. They

First Week of Homeschool

I love new beginnings! The first week of school is always the most fun, and I wish I could hold on to the newness and enthusiasm and pull it out in April. Of course, I’m always a tad bit more excited than my children are. 🙂 Getting the school room ready is one of my

Mentoring in Real Life

  Note: The last few days of this series, I will share stories of those that have influenced my own. I am forever grateful to God for each of them. Mentoring is very “in” now. It is perhaps what apprenticeship was 100 years ago. While formal mentoring sessions may be profitable, I find that other

The Teacher Who Taught Me To Think and Others

  Note: The last few days of this series, I will share stories of those that have influenced my own. I am forever grateful to God for each of them. It was Bible class. The class that most of us seventh graders checked out of because, after all, we heard it all the time. Give

Parenting: Unedited

As I filled in the last page of my journal today, I leafed through the pages of the past year. I came across an entry from a year ago which reminded me of my parenting journey. I don’t write a lot about parenting. Honestly, I mostly don’t write about it because I feel like I’m failing

When Two Firstborns Compete for Fifteen Years

“Your daughter can’t marry him. It will never work. They are both firstborns. Everyone knows firstborns are too competitive and don’t make good marriage partners.” Such was the sage advice given to my mother after we announced our engagement. Stereotype or not, both us are competitive. We each like to be in charge. If someone