• Homeschooling

    HHA Week 3: Astronomy and Greek mythology!

    With Farmer Boy in public school this year, I have people asking me daily why I don’t put Cowboy in public school as well. I admit, it’s tempting to think of having hours a day to be blissfully silent, alone, and free. 😉 But the truth is that there are three very good reasons why I continue to homeschool Cowboy, despite being in such a phenomenal school district. Homeschooling has proven to work better for him. He thrives with one-on-one, individualized education. Homeschooling has also had significant health benefits for him. We enjoy the time together. He’s not the kind of student to fight against school work, he absolutely loves…

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    HHA Week 2: Sparta, Athens, and Insects!

    Tonight, as the kids drifted off to sleep in their beds, I sat in our little school room and prepped my lessons for the upcoming week. Every homeschool family will tell you that a homeschool room isn’t necessary at all for homeschooling. Learning can happen anywhere! But I must confess that I absolutely love having a homeschool room and hope to never live without one again. Week 2, our first full week back, was quite possibly the most fun week of homeschooling we have ever had. In Story of the World, we studied Sparta and Athens while we continued reading Greek mythology. It was so interesting to compare the warrior…

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    Back to School! HHA Week 1

    We’ve survived our first week back to school! SO much life has happened in the 2.5 months since I shared we had purchased our new home. It has been an absolutely crazy summer, living and working in two different cities hours apart as we transitioned! We finally tied up all of our loose ends in Little Rock and settled here fully August 1. We rushed to finish remodeling and unpacking so that we could all dive into school! We didn’t quite make it, ha! Our garage still has quite a few boxes we haven’t even touched and some projects remain undone, but I’m really proud of how much we accomplished…

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    Introducing Hawthorn Hill

    I almost didn’t go see the house we just purchased. When we were searching for a new home, we had our hearts set on another farm. We quickly realized that what we were looking for just didn’t exist in our price range. Instead, we decided to settle for a house on a couple of acres, enough to keep a few chickens, bees, and the gardens we love. Our long term plan is to keep an eye open for a larger plot of undeveloped acreage nearby for future projects, but a couple of acres should keep us busy in the meantime. Still, even with our adjusted expectations, we almost didn’t go…

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    Going Back to our Roots

    The longer I live, the more I see patterns in my life. Our biggest life changing decisions and events always seem to come in May. I have no idea why this is. It all started thirteen years ago, in May, when Brandon bought an engagement ring. 😉 (Although, on second thought, maybe it started the May before that. . . the one where I packed up my car and left Nebraska to move back to Arkansas, in order to see if this thing with Brandon was going anywhere. 😉 ) Twelve years ago, May brought our graduation from college and our first “real” jobs in our hometown. The following May, we…