The Rationality of Irrationality: Listening to an Upset 3-year-old

The Rationality of Irrationality: Listening to an Upset 3-year-old
My 3-year-old with his self-bandaged foot.

My son got a splinter in the arch of his foot.  It wasn’t very big, but it went deep under the surface of his skin.  After lots of hugs and kisses, I gave him an ice pack to hold on his foot while I went to gather our splinter-removal supplies (sharp tweezers, some Thieves oil, and an adhesive bandage). … Continue reading

A Circle of Caring

A Circle of Caring
A delicious meal brought to us by a caring friend.

Last week was a tough week for us.  I mourned the death of my mother-in-law.  A friend’s dog nipped my 3-year-old, who then needed an emergency tetanus shot.  A wasp got under my son’s shirt and stung him 8 times before I managed to flush it out.  I missed my husband while he was out of town (big things always feel more difficult when we’re apart). … Continue reading

A Long Goodbye: Death, Mourning, and Alzheimer’s

A Long Goodbye: Death, Mourning, and Alzheimer'sMy Mother-in-Law died this past week after over a decade of struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease.  We all miss her.  A final goodbye is still difficult, even when we’ve seen it coming for a long time.

 

Watching her succumb to dementia over the years, I feel like we not only said this last goodbye, we’ve also said 100 little goodbyes along the way. … Continue reading

Through the Eyes of a Child: Waiting Can be an Adventure

Through the Eyes of a Child: Waiting Can be an AdventureThrough the eyes of a child, everything is magic and full of fun.  Even waiting in a parking lot.

 

As we waiting for a friend who was running late, my boys had a great time exploring a dirt and weed filled parking-lot island.  They took what could have been 20 minutes of simply waiting (or lots of complaining), and turned it into an outdoor adventure.… 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

When You End up with a Full Suitcase for a Weekend Trip

When You End Up with a Full Suitcase for a Weekend TripI was preparing to fly out of town for a memorial. In and of itself, that made my trip last weekend feel like an emotionally big trip. To add to the feelings, this was the first time I had left either of my boys over night. While my husband travels frequently on his own, I don’t.

 

The latter factor felt both liberating and a trifle worrying.… Continue reading

When your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip: Some Helpful Tips

When your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip: Some Helpful TipsWe returned earlier this week from our second big road trip of the summer. The trip went well. We had a great time visiting my extended family. We celebrated my brother’s marriage with his fabulous wedding party. It was a good trip.

We drove home and made it from Southern California through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and through part of Colorado. We were making it home in record time.… Continue reading

Relaxing Near the Bay

Relaxing Near the BayTaking time to relax, to step away from day-to-day demands, is important.  We all need white space in our lives.  Time that is unscheduled.  Time to think.  Time to dream.  Time to simply be.

 

While I work hard to create moments of quiet in my day-to-day life, as truly we all need to have downtime daily, it’s definitely a challenge to accomplish this while homeschooling two young, active boys.… Continue reading