Why We Homeschool Year-Round + Summer Homeschool Plans

One of the things I love most about homeschooling is the ability to set our own schedule.  Our first year of official homeschooling, we stuck with a traditional school schedule.  I realized after that year that I would quickly burn out. So over the years, we’ve settled into a year round schedule. I found our school routine naturally settled into […]

Lift Up Your Head and Be of Good Cheer

It’s been a quiet week here on the blog, but not at all quiet in real life.  While our days have been full and mostly happy, the past month has also been filled with a lot of loss for our family. First of all, my Grandpa passed away and Edith and I made the trip to Iowa for his funeral. […]

FREE I Love You Hand Embroidery Pattern

I’m super excited to share this free hand embroidery pattern with you today!  (Get it?! HAND? I crack myself up.) Supplies: 8″ embroidery hoop (or size of your choice) Black Pearl Cotton Embroidery Needle Linen Fabric Pattern (download for free by click ADD TO CART below) Instructions: Transfer the pattern onto your fabric. I use a light box (similar to this one, except […]

What I’ve Been Reading Lately: May 2017

Grayson by Lynne Cox Swimming to Antarctica is one of my all-time favorite books.  So I was delighted when my cousin told me Lynne Cox had written another book.  This is a quick read and tells the story of when Lynne encountered a lone baby gray whale while out for a training swim in the Pacific Ocean early one morning. […]

Six Routines that are Keeping me Sane (mostly)

Life is busy right now.  We’ve got kids of all different ages, with all different levels of needs and interests.  We do limit their activities, but even with one sport and one musical instrument and one church group per child, we’ve still got a lot of places to be. Running a household is tough and I don’t see it getting […]