The 2019/2020 school year was our first full year homeschooling. We had no idea how that decision would prepare us for the 2020 spring school closures. We pulled our children from public school with a middle-schooler, an elementary student, and preschoolers. We’re still figuring this homeschooling gig out but wanted to share some important things... Continue Reading →
*A different tone than my usual posts. I always try to write with humility. Today I’m just struggling to breathe while I miss my sweet Sadie Rose and I’m weary of having to defend/explain why. As ALWAYS, love to my grieving families with ANY age/reason/type of loss. And with special sympathy to a local family... Continue Reading →
Our February 2020 Hawaii trip feels surreal. Sometimes I wonder if it really happened. Upon our return, COVID-19 erupted stateside and our lives were caught up in a different whirlwind. All the pictures and posts I’d planned to share were suppressed by concerns of the virus and stay-at-home orders. Our children needed significant nurturing and... Continue Reading →
Here’s a game sacrilegiously titled, Mennonite Manners. You will need a piece of paper for each player, a pair of dice, and one pen.
I’m evaluating my own patterns of rest. Here’s the link to an article I wrote for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine about the Productivity of Rest.
We had a whirlwind several weeks following the death of my aunt in a date nearly a thousand miles from us. The children and I joined other family to make the trip to Missouri, the state of my birth. You’ll see more about the trip in an upcoming post, but for now, here’s some snapshots... Continue Reading →
My aunt’s body arrives at the churchyard in a two-horse-drawn hearse. Mourners gather outside the white clapboard church, men on the right side, women on the left. Hushed greetings and stoic expressions of sympathy float between them, followed by a holy kiss. Reverence stills the crowd as the hearse halts. The well-trained horses stand at... Continue Reading →
Last week, Eli started the Classics-Based Writing course through SchoolhouseTeachers.com, our “go-to” for ALL our homeschool curriculum. He studied the poem, “Opportunity,” by Edward R. Sill (!841-1887). Today, I used one of the suggestions in the lesson and asked him to rewrite the poem as a short story. It could be set in any time... Continue Reading →
Liquid gold, drinking in the aroma Of Gain laundry detergent, regular scent Inhaling deeply the month of June, Sterile hospitals, funeral homes, And her, still covered with the fluid of my womb Whispers of family and friends on soft summer breezes, Gathered fully for the first time in years, To mourn our lost love Eyes... Continue Reading →
Several years ago I came across "Forks Over Knives," (referred to hereafter as FOK) a documentary promoting a "whole foods plants based" diet. A WFPB diet consists of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole grains, and can be beneficial in addressing some of the numerous health issues. I convinced my husband to watch... Continue Reading →