• Life

    Winter on the Farm

    The Winter Solstice brought with it the surprising gift of warmer temperatures! We are all grateful for it. When I fed the animals this morning, it was 42 degrees. Compared to single digit temps and windchills below zero, 42 degrees feels wonderfully warm! It is fascinating to me how well the animals handle the cold compared to us humans. I worry constantly about the chickens and the cats, but even our coldest temperatures have not bothered them a bit! The barn has stayed much warmer than we expected. It rarely drops below 40 degrees in the barn, which is wonderful. The cats have cozy beds of straw, which is a natural…

  • Homeschooling,  Life

    New Year Goals: Charlotte Mason Habit Study

    I will probably be blogging a lot about Charlotte Mason in the upcoming weeks, as I am reading through her writings and trying to process her educational philosophy! I plan on moving our homeschool this direction in 2017, so I am trying to learn as much as I can. One of the reasons I am so drawn to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy is her emphasis on habit study. My children need this, but if I’m being honest, I need it more. So many areas of my life are less than what I want them to be, simply because I haven’t developed the habits necessary to make them so. Last year, I…

  • Homeschooling

    Homeschool Curriculum Review: MFW Adventures in U.S. History

    We have been homeschooling for less than a full calendar year, so I feel a bit silly writing a curriculum review! However, I have had so many messages from friends asking about our curriculum that I promised to do a full write up once we made it a little farther into it. We’re currently halfway through and have made some big decisions about how we will complete next semester, so it feels like a good time. We’ve been doing My Father’s World: Adventures in U.S. History. I ordered this curriculum on a whim, the very day I decided to homeschool. I knew nothing about it, other than what I had read…

  • Life

    Commitment Issues

    December is always a time of deep reflection for me. The weather turns cold, and I find myself spending more time resting in doors, reading, writing, and thinking. This is especially true here on the farm. Here, the seasons have become even more meaningful to me. Each season has its unique work. As we rushed this past fall to get our farm ready for winter, I found myself looking forward to this season more than ever before because of what it offered. Rest. The gardens are tucked away for the winter, other than a few cold weather plants still working for us. The barn is cozy with hay and straw.…