Thought for the Day: Lubbock

Thought for the Day: Lubbock

 

Sometimes the simple things in life are the most fulfilling.  Making and eating our favorite double chocolate cookies or peanut butter cookies.  Seeing the joy on someone’s face when we tell them, “Yes!”Snuggling quietly with one of our favorite people or simply spending time with someone we love.  Spending time outdoors.  Finding a way to relax quietly.… Continue reading

Making Art Bots at our Local Makers’ Space

Making Art Bots at our Local Makers' SpaceHomeschooling, and parenting in general, doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  One of the ways we expand beyond the personal resources my husband and I possess as parents is to search out resources within our community.  Sometimes this comes in the form of knowledgeable friends, and other times it comes in the form of institutions and teachers who become part of our learning community (and often become friends in the process).… Continue reading

Thought for the Day: Emerson

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Isn’t it a blessing that we can begin anew each day?  It’s comforting to me that every morning I can start again, setting aside that which did not serve me well yesterday, and building upon that which did.

 

I can leave yesterday behind me.  Today I can try again.  Today I can recreate.

 

Every day is ours: to enjoy, to learn, to love, to experience, to grow, to live.… Continue reading

Creekside Chamber Music

creekside-chamber-musicWith the school year just beginning, people seem to be especially curious about how and why our family homeschools.  Questions regarding our motives, our practices, our most- and least-favorite parts of homeschooling, and more seem to come daily.

 

In an effort to answer some of these questions, I decided to put up periodic pieces that give a peek into our homeschooling lives. … Continue reading

Taking a Short Break

Taking a Short BreakIt’s always good to know when to take a break.  Over the last week or so, several factors have come together to let me know that this is the time.

 

Last week my computer died.  One morning it was working fine.  The next time I went to turn it on, it simply wouldn’t start.  It suffered from a major hardware failure, and was completely done.… Continue reading

Thankful for the Kindness of Strangers

Thankful for the Kindness of Strangers
My new addition to my purse whenever I travel on public transportation: a bag.

Last weekend I traveled across the country for a memorial.  It was an emotional weekend, but in the midst of it my heart was happy to be reminded of the kindness of strangers.

 

I prepared for a weekend of travel.  I was traveling by myself, and prepared myself for all sorts of possibilities (I’m a planner in that way).… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice CreamIt’s summertime, and this week it’s very hot.  In our house, this means it’s time to make ice cream.

 

We haven’t made a lot of ice cream so far this summer.  I’ve still been mostly sugar free and we just returned from our second big road trip of the summer, so we’ve been gone quite a bit.  But this week’s heat wave along with my boys’ sweet requests combined to put me in an ice-cream-making mood.… Continue reading