Homeschooling: Dealing with the Challenges, Celebrating the Positives – a visit with Alisa

Life always look rosier after a coffee chat with a good friend. I've been blessed to have just such a friend in Alisa. She makes a mean cup of french press coffee and has been a delight and an encouragement to me for several years now. Honestly, our visits have been too few and far between, but that … [Read more...]

Circle C Stepping Stones Series {a Review}

We've recently discovered a delightful set of books written by Susan K. Marlow from Kregel Publications. As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew I received copies of Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top, the first two books in the Circle C Stepping Stones series. I am always excited to find … [Read more...]

I.R.L. Let Them Eat (and Decorate) Cake!

They say that long, long ago, in a land far away, when the common people complained they had no bread to eat, Marie Antoinette declared, "Let them eat cake!" Or so I've been told. Did you know, in real life, today is National Cake Decorating Day? Neither did I. Until the day was half over. Which … [Read more...]

I.R.L. We Store Socks on the Front Porch

I do laundry on Mondays. Usually. On Tuesday the boys had no socks to wear. Mom: I did all the white clothes yesterday. Check the sock basket. Boys: Nope. No socks. None that fit, anyway. Mom: Check under your beds. Boys: Nope. But we found . . . . (you fill in the blank. I'm sure they … [Read more...]

I.R.L. I Want to Be a “Yes” Mom

There are so many opportunities to say 'no' to our children. It's too dangerous, I'm too tired, there isn't enough time, it'll make a mess, yada yada yada. Lately, I've been working on making the choice to say 'yes!' to my kids more often. When my daughter asked if she could light a candle today … [Read more...]