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2019-2020 Homeschool Plan

Schedule, Lesson Plans and Curriculum I love to see how other home educators structure their school, so I thought I would share our current set up.  This year I had more time to plan before school started and our first week was the smoothest yet. That being said, I still hold to the idea of … Continue reading 2019-2020 Homeschool Plan

Madison to Michigan

Juan was invited to speak at Michigan State in East Lansing so we all went along in the RV.  First, we drove through Chicago right at rush hour. We took the 290 around and it wasn't really that bad. It just took a while. The next stop was the new Indiana Dunes National Park. We … Continue reading Madison to Michigan

Dreams Really Do Come True

We bought the RV.  If you know me, you know this has been an obsession for the past few years.  Thinking about it and researching it had actually become a hobby.  But as it says in Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick."  I began to recognize it was pretty far fetched and unlikely … Continue reading Dreams Really Do Come True

Shame in School

“In our original research on shame, 85 percent of the people we interviewed could recall a school incident from their childhood that was so shaming, it changed how they thought of themselves as learners.” - Dare to Lead by Brene' Brown, p.132. I, too, can think of a specific incident that changed how I thought … Continue reading Shame in School

2018 Book List in Review

I set a goal on Goodreads to get through 12 books in 2018.  I learned a few years ago not to make any New Year's' resolutions that involve actual numbers (miles run etc.), but Goodreads asks you for a number so I thought a book a month was reasonable.  I ended the year with about … Continue reading 2018 Book List in Review

The Voice

The Voice Last month our pastor preached about Christianity and mental illness. As both a Christian and a physician, I really appreciated this thoughtful, compassionate, well researched message. You can listen to it here. My favorite part was when he said: “God has given humans the right to do science!” However, the part that had … Continue reading The Voice

Homeschool Shopping

Homeschool Shopping I used to hate school shopping. I know it sounds fun to go buy a bunch of pencils and books, but what actually happened was this: you take a bunch of kids in a store, which is your first problem. You have a list of esoteric items that neither you, your children or … Continue reading Homeschool Shopping

Packing Tips for Hoarders

We are moving. You may be surprised, but probably not as much as I am. We have been in this house for 13 years.  It’s the only house our kids remember.  While we were focused on raising said kids, we seemed to have accumulated a lot of stuff. Just getting started on the kitchen packing … Continue reading Packing Tips for Hoarders

Ways We Almost, But Didn’t Die in Hawaii: Part I

Before going to Hawaii we had heard all about sharks and venomous centipedes, but we didn’t see hide nor hair of either.  The true dangers for mainlanders are the sun and the waves. I could attest to both, but a sunburn doesn’t count for almost dying, so I’ll stick to the undertow.     This first … Continue reading Ways We Almost, But Didn’t Die in Hawaii: Part I

7 Tips for Travel from The Midwest to Hawaii

We made it! We have always wanted to go to Hawaii but we never thought we actually would. I’ll be doing a series of posts on our trip. We really didn’t plan it and I’m no expert, so I am just going to share our experiences and what we learned by doing. If you are … Continue reading 7 Tips for Travel from The Midwest to Hawaii