• Homeschooling

    Our “Unschooling” Experiment

    I mentioned last time that we are dipping our toes into the world of unschooling. That led to a couple of interesting conversations, and was a bit of a surprise to some who saw Facebook posts of us beginning our semester as normal just a few weeks ago! The truth is that our fall semester of homeschooling was difficult, to put it mildly. It was so bad that I desperately wanted to put the kids in public school in January. That didn’t happen though, and I finally accepted that we were still doing this homeschooling thing. I hoped that simply being settled in a home with all of our school supplies…

  • Life

    2019 is off to a great start!

    Facebook is full of memes about January feeling like an entire year, but my experience has been the opposite. Our January was a beautiful, happy month that flew by almost too quickly. My last post was a hard one, so I feel I need to speak to that. Just as the solstice brought the return of the light, it also brought us many blessings and joys. Our difficult year left us with new vision for the future of our family, an even stronger commitment to finding joy in each day we’re given, and a deep appreciation for each other. While I would never want to relive 2018, I was able…

  • Life

    The Dark Nights

    December is here, and I must admit that I have never before looked so forward to saying goodbye to a year. 2018 has been brutal. I will be happy to see it go. 2018 has been marked by grief, loss, disaster, and the lesson that sometimes things simply don’t go the way we hope. It has been the hardest year of my life, and I can feel that it has changed me deeply in ways I can’t even begin to put words to. I’m writing this while sitting on the floor in a bare, unfurnished rent house. This certainly wasn’t in my plans for the year. When I last posted,…

  • Life

    RV Life: Campground bathrooms, PB&J, and Dog Farts

    We’ve spent the last seven weeks living in our RV, adjusting to our new life in Arkansas. Seven weeks. It has flown by so quickly that it is hard to believe. Yet it feels like a lifetime ago that we pulled out of our driveway in our traveling caravan, saying goodbye to our sweet little farm life. The first few weeks in the RV were a learning curve, just like the last time we did this. In some ways it has been worse this time because we do not have sewer hookups. It’s sort of unbelievable. We’ve stayed at five different campsites so far and NONE of them have had…

  • Life

    New Adventures: Selling the Farm

    I’ve tried a thousand times to type up a post explaining what is going on in our lives right now. Our lives have changed drastically in the last few weeks. I mentioned before that Brandon was changing careers. We had it all planned. We were going to stay on our farm. He had a couple of good job offers on the table. He applied and was accepted to a great graduate school just a few minutes down the road from us. Everything was planned. But sometimes plans change. After a few weeks of talking, praying, and soul-searching, we decided to just explore the possibility of moving closer to family. Brandon…