Outlining Family Wholeness (10 things I’m learning – Whole Together Family)

I've been thinking about what this idea of Whole Together Family means to me. I'd love to someday have a manifesto that tells the vision more coherently, but that's somewhere down the line. Because right now I'm just figuring it out, thinking out loud, and piecing it together for me. But even just having this … Continue reading Outlining Family Wholeness (10 things I’m learning – Whole Together Family)

Library Magic, Monsters, and Mischief – 8 Great Picture Books!

Libraries feel like memories. It doesn't matter if I've been there before, it just has to have the rows of books and I feel at home. I remember the magic of finding and rereading Strawberry Girl, They Loved to Laugh, Nancy Drew, and Frog from the middle grade section at the library. I remember the … Continue reading Library Magic, Monsters, and Mischief – 8 Great Picture Books!

Process over Progress – making goals with kids in mind.

This year I want to do things with my kids a little more. It's not a new thing. In the past I've made goals like: "Do something with the kids everyday." "Play more games." "Teach them to read." "Read to them every day." But these small goals always seem to go by the wayside after … Continue reading Process over Progress – making goals with kids in mind.

A Balance of Needs {Whole Together Family 11/31}

Every now and then in the past year or two I have found myself online, haphazardly browsing preschool or school school website. I look at the places I've heard of that teach something admirable or in a way that I agree with. Faith based preschools, Spanish immersion preschools, Montessori schools, classes, day camps, and various … Continue reading A Balance of Needs {Whole Together Family 11/31}

What happens when you have a book-centered mama {Whole Together Family 10/31}

I handed in the library kid-pack sans the missing hammer. The librarians smiled and granted a renewal, just as benevolent as I had imagined. We now have two more weeks to find that silly plastic hammer. Aw, blessed relief. The real Win of the Day though?  While looking for a few books for Meg, I … Continue reading What happens when you have a book-centered mama {Whole Together Family 10/31}

Us-Schooling {Whole Together Family 3/31}

If you ask me how school is going I'll probably give a friendly smile and say it's going great and they're learning everything. Just don't ask me to elaborate, because I have yet to find a pleasant and succinct way of telling curious acquaintances what we are doing for our kids' education in a reassuring … Continue reading Us-Schooling {Whole Together Family 3/31}

Whole Together Family {31 Days 2018}

"Oh, I could never do that." That's a classic response when people hear we're homeschooling/unschooling. If that's you, trust me, if you wanted to do it, you could. It'd be fine. You would find what is right for you and your family. (Maybe you actually can't and that's completely fine. God has that figured out … Continue reading Whole Together Family {31 Days 2018}

Books vs Life

Books will solve the riddles of my life. If I read enough parenting books my kids will behave, if I read enough writing books I'll have written something, and if I absorb enough fiction I'll know how to deal with this wild ride called life. Of course they can do that. These are the lies … Continue reading Books vs Life