Surviving Summer w/ Kids

Hello? Is this thing still working? I just had to go search for my password so I could login to my own website. Yikes! I guess it has been a while. Blogging is just too much to make a consistent habit right now. On top of daily life with five kids (who ALL need something different from me at the very same time every day), trying to edit/re-write a manuscript, & staying in a somewhat healthy rhythm spiritually/emotionally/mentally, I just can’t. So I don’t. But I do Instagram, so any random thoughts or ramblings tend to…

Our {Short} Homeschool Journey

This time a year ago I was diving head first into the world of homeschooling. Now, a year later, I’m kissing homeschooling goodbye and counting down the days till all FIVE of my kids head to school this fall. Here’s a little recap of our journey, what I learned through it, and why I’m changing course. Summertime is often when parents re-evaluate their education goals for their family, so if any of you out there are considering homeschooling, I hope this helps you in making your decision. Past School Experience Both of our girls started…

A Day in the Life & the Important Stuff

A good day usually starts with me getting up a little earlier than the rest and sipping a hot cup of coffee while reading the Scriptures. Until I hear footsteps… At 7am it’s get up and go time (whether it was a good day and I was already up or not). The girls get ready for school, Efraim for preschool (on Tuesdays and Thursdays). By 8:15 it’s me and the 2 big boys for a couple hours. It’s laid back and a great time to connect with them. It’s also their “school” time- which consists of reading (books in Portuguese), English (via Rosetta Stone),…

Waving Goodbye to Summer

I love summer for its time. Time to sit and linger over a warm cup of coffee till 10am. Time to read one more chapter of that book when you should be getting dinner started. Time for one more episode of that new favorite TV show on Netflix late in the evening. During the summer I look at the clocks far less. I hardly know what day it is as I enjoy the moment in front of me more. For me, summer makes space. Space for new ideas, new friends, new rhythms. During summertime my…