Begin Again

Yesterday didn't go so well. My morning started off with a groggy, grouchy 5 year-old boy coming into my room yelling, "The tooth fairy didn't come! Why didn't she come!?!" {read more}

7 Things To Do On the Weekend to Ensure a Better Week

Some weeks are better than others. And maybe the secret to having a good week is what you do on your weekend?Here are 7 things you can do on the weekend to ensure a better week for yourself (not a perfect one, but a better one):  {read more}

Mom’s Meeting

It’s safe to say that Mom’s Meeting is my favorite part of our homeschooling day. We have it every morning about 10:30. The breakfast dishes are done; my bed is made; I am back from exercising. The kids have (theoretically) done their morning routine, daily responsibility, personal scripture study and any other school work they […] {read more}

2 to 3 Witnesses

I had my first experience with my 2 to 3 witnesses several years ago. I was thinking a lot about exercise and what I should do. I hated exercise, but yet I knew it was good for me, so I wanted to find what was right for my body and my spirit. After pondering and praying on this question for awhile, I had 3 events that happened within a few days of each other. {read more}

It’s Okay to Be Me

I have always been slightly ashamed of 2 parts of me. First, that I prefer work over play and second, that I enjoy being alone. (You can imagine how well I fit in with my family, neighbors, church, etc.) {read more}

I Am 42.

I know that women generally don't like to talk about their age, but to not be able to say the number is like not being able to say Voldermort. It gives your youth and your past more power than your present. To avoid, deny, or lie about one's age is to be afraid or ashamed of aging.  {read more}

Small Change

As long as I can remember, I have had a shelf in my fridge labeled "Toppings". Think ice cream. Hot chocolate. Pancakes. Kind of toppings. The shelf included whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel topping, vanilla creamer, syrup, jelly, and as of late, even some vanilla flavoring. It was my yummy shelf. {read more}

The Stuff Homeschool Dreams Are Made Of

BUT yesterday was different. And I write about it because yesterday reminded me what is possible. It reminded me we are making progress. It reminded me to not give up. It reminded me not to worry- there was nothing that happened at school that was better than what we did together. It reminded me of my true priorities. It reminded me to stay focused. Yesterday reminded me that homeschooling is exactly what I want to be doing. {read more}

Practice in Personal Revelation

I've long thought that kids need to learn how to get personal revelation earlier than we let them. We control too much and take over too much, and when it becomes necessary for personal revelation they are not prepared. They don't know what to do, how to ask, what answers feel like, etc. Kids need practice in personal revelation before the stakes are high. {read more}

Speak For Themselves

The first kid looked the waitress in the eye and told her what she wanted for dinner. The next child ordered and made a modification from the menu -- something along the lines of 'hold anything healthy and add fries'. The next child asked a question to clarify the menu and then she ordered. Lastly, we got to my 5 year old. He looked at the waitress and said, "I'll have a quesadilla, please." {read more}

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