Thursday, June 4, 2015

Two Survival Tactics for Introverted Homeschool Moms



I am an introvert. I like to be alone. I like quiet. I like not speaking out loud for hours on end. When I have to talk or someone talks to me, my energy tank starts to drain. When I'm in the presence of people, my ability to stay engaged starts waning. I wish, wish, wish I could be energized and empowered when around people. That would be easier. (Extroverts don't know how good they have it!) When I'm already tired around people it drains faster. When I'm hungry, faster. When I'm in pain, faster. When I'm sick, even faster.

Have I mentioned I also homeschool five children?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lost In the Depths

I've been gone from my blog for quite some time now. I feel like I should apologize but the reason may be surprising. I have always been transparent with my friends and family, and I'd like to extend that to my blogging family...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2014-15 Daily Homeschool Schedule

Friends always ask me what my homeschool schedule is and my schedule feels more like an "idea" than a schedule. (I LOVE schedules.) I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about. Homeschooling is more like herding cats or corralling balloons without a string, than a structured daily event. Public school has it easy. ONE grade, ONE age group, ONE schedule. That. Would. Be. Awesome.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Homeschool Room Tour


I have been trying to post a tour of our homeschool area for 2 years, but I keep needing to clean it and end up rearranging it. So I have resolved to just get over it and show you guys our setup as it stands today organized or not. (Whew, I feel better just confessing that.)

We live in a 1400 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. Seven people in a small home can get tricky and homeschooling in a small space is even trickier. But we make do with what we have and a little bit of strategic organization helps keep it feeling not too cluttered.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Many Thanks In Our Time of Sadness

I’d like to spread some thank yous. As many of you know, the reason why I’ve gone a little silent on my blog lately is because we’ve had a death in the family. Some of you sent donations to help us travel and afford to be away for two weeks. Thank you for your blessings. My heart is full and overflowing with gratitude. The only thing I can give in return is a story and, if I see you in person, a hug.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Our Curriculum 2014-2015


For those of you who homeschool, you know how big of a deal it is to be done picking out your curriculum for next year. It is hours and hours of thought and planning and debating. I have researched and researched until I was dreaming about homeschool curriculum. I actually love that part. This year my peeps will be in 8th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st Grade. Woohoo!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Raising Royalty: Mission to Raise GREAT Women

I am on a mission to raise great women. I have 4 girls and have many estrogen-filled years ahead of us. Woohoo! My oldest has just made the leap into her teens. We had been looking forward to this birthday for a while now. (She and I, and her daddy.) I am looking forward to seeing what kind of women we can mold in each of our daughters into. So what I needed was a plan. I love a good plan, a general guideline to which we can set our feet and reach our goal.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Raising Royalty: Taming the Reaction Monster

After spending years being a reactive person, I chose to take charge of my life and my behavior and tame the Reaction Monster inside me. Sadly, my children had seen and mimicked my reactive behavior. If there is one thing I’ve learned while parenting, is that if you don’t want your kids to do it… You should stop doing it FIRST.