Excelsior!!

I am socially inept. I am uncomfortable in social settings because I just know that I will say or do something stupid. I obsessively analyze recent social encounters to check for said stupid things. And if I did do something stupid, I will anguish over it for the next ten years. True story. It seems…

Violin, -lin, -lin!!!

Right now I’m listening to Laura’s CD from her violin book. She has been so blessed to have the chance to learn violin. We are so grateful to those helping make this possible. And I think it’s worth every penny for one reason: behavioral changes. Right now, Laura needs achievements. She needs to see progress….

To Those Tempted To Homeschool-An Open Letter

I heard somewhere that you were thinking about homeschooling. Don’t bother asking where, we’re like the Mafia, we never tell. But since you’re at least interested, take a seat and listen to my spiel. As tempting as homeschool sounds, you’re uncertain; suspicious even. What about socialization, grades, keeping up, and the persistent fear that your…

“I wish I may, I wish I might…”

It’s funny.  I always thought you decided what you were going to be when you grew up when you were…well, not grown up.  For example, I was entirely convinced that I was going to be a Latin teacher.  I was good at it, thoroughly enjoyed both the language and Roman culture, and there are too,…

Homeschooling is selfish.

Okay, before I start: Homeschoolers, put away your tar and feathers (yes, I see you hiding those behind your backs).  Remember that I am starting to homeschool in the fall and hear me out. Everyone else, I hope this enriches your understanding of how homeschooling can be right for some people, even if it’s not…

Introspective…

It seems like when you get one decision sorted, at least three more crop up.  I ended my two-year agonizing over schooling with the simple decision to take an associate’s.  However, any relief I felt was short-lived.  Next I had to figure out our curriculum for Laura’s Kindergarten year, how to fit a newborn into…

Aaaaahhh….

Can you hear that?  That is the sound of the end of a semester.  The exams are done, the prayers over the tests and papers have been said, and you’re just waiting for grades.  I’m feeling particularly relaxed about the end of this semester because I have decided what I’m going to do with my…

Can you dig it?

I know, a hopelessly horrible title.  But I’m excited! “But, why?”  You ask? Our garden will be “go!” next Saturday!  Whether the weather cooperates or not, I will have seeds in the ground.  There are plans to plant the corn in our community garden on the fifth, and Handsome and I will take the opportunity…

How we (kinda) homeschool

I’ll write another post later about my reasons for homeschooling.  For now, I just want to show what materials we’re currently using and share my thoughts on them. When I began investigating homeschooling, I was immediately bombarded with information.  I hadn’t realized that there were so many different ways to teach from home!  It’s actually…

My Kingdom for a Garden!

In Idaho, winter seems to linger twice as long.  It must like our small mountains and windswept plains.  It certainly enjoys gnawing at the edges of our coats (and sanity) with dull, aching cold.  Each snowfall sits atop the last, creating layers of crystalline snow and crisp ice that refuse to completely melt until June….

A love letter to my 20-year-old daughter

No, you didn’t stumble into a rift in the time-space continuum.  My daughter hasn’t aged 15 years since my last post.  Although it certainly feels like she’s started on being a teenager early.  Some rough stuff today, and lately, made me think of writing to my daughter of what kind of woman I hope all…

“You can’t take the sky from me”

I have a more than a fondness for NASA.  I grew up with stories of man going to the moon and my daddy helped launch Titan rockets into space.  When we lived in Florida, we were able to see rocket and shuttle launches regularly.  We made a big deal of it, with tailgates and such. …