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

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

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

Debt Free Victory Lap

We did it. Maybe it’s too soon to write about this because it hasn’t sunk in and I’m still in a daze. But here’s what happened: God reminded us of the original vision. Read more about that here.  We put our rental property on the market. We asked the Lord to bring us the perfect … Continue reading Debt Free Victory Lap

The Liebster Award

  I have been nominated by HistorianRuby for the Liebster Award - Thank you!  HistorianRuby is a blog I follow because it's well written and fascinating.  She is a historian and writes about English history as well as her own family history.  Check out my favorite post of hers here. So what is the Leibster … Continue reading The Liebster Award

Working Mom Comes Clean

We went to the bank on Tuesday, at 11 am. On Monday we had broken our piggy bank open after a couple years of saving. We brought all $180 worth of change to the bank and poured it down the coin counter in the lobby. When we took our ticket up to the teller, I … Continue reading Working Mom Comes Clean