My Favorite Picture by a 5 year old


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Feast of Saint Nicholas

Each year I have tried to shift the focus away from Santa Claus to the real Wonderworker, Saint Nicholas. It is 16 degrees outside on my porch right now and I just plopped clementines, golden coins, and chocolate SAINT NICOLASes into four little rain boots. This website is beautiful and full of resources and ideas for young and old alike to enjoy this historical feast day in the first week of Advent. I think Saint Nicholas is also an important Saint because he has great importance in the Eastern … [Read more...]

Our Homeschooling Routine

This is what happens to the baby on the weekends.  Those are even busier than our weekdays.  Josie's a rock star at going with the flow.  I think she's achieved mascot status for 2 older sibling soccer teams.

Happy Monday! I've had a lot of questions lately about what my days "look like."  So this is going to be a really practical and honest post about  how I/we plan (or don't plan) our homeschooling days. I'll begin with a confession.  If I am not going on a morning run, I set an ALARM for 8AM!!!!!!!!!  I'm serious.  My kids sleep in and I love it.  I am not a morning person, and neither is my husband, so I think our kids have just very gradually gotten the hint that we aren't nice … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Be Told That Women Can Have It All


... and Professor Elizabeth Corey has finally laid out the tradeoff in a beautiful, thought-provoking manner I appreciate. Please stop reading me with your free time and read this, it has given me food for thought and fodder for argument for nearly a week now. I simply cannot stop thinking about the way in which Prof. Corey frames the debate of working v. stay-at-home-mothering. Essentially, Professor Corey writes that there are two competing desires within modern women: a)the desire to … [Read more...]

Fall Morning Magic


I love Kat's post about being intentional about meeting our own needs so that we can set the right tone in our household.  My biggest challenge lately has been the early morning hours.  I am NOT a morning person.  Life has radically changed for me this September and the mornings have been rough.  When my big kids get up to head to the school bus, my others all wake up as well, so we have a household that is noisy and clammering for breakfast by 6:30 am. Some days I run around and meet … [Read more...]

To Homeschool or Not? A Snapshot of Peace.

What back to school looks like around here.

Last week was the big back to school week around here.  Every time I checked facebook I saw adorable photos of children in Catholic school uniforms (and some without) smiling and marking the milestone.  As a homeschooling mom, I felt just a tad bit jealous.  Not that taking a cute back to school shot is a reason to send your child to school (it isn't)...but I thought about all these moms with less kids on their hands, moments of quiet as babies and toddlers took afternoon naps, time to do … [Read more...]

How I’m Going To Survive Summer

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It's happened.  Last Friday my kids came a runnin'. Backpacks were emptied; lunch boxes stored away; school shoes placed on the lower closet shelf.  Our family together breathed a collective sigh. Summer. Don't get me wrong, I've definitely had moments where I've begun to panic thinking of all the family togetherness we'll be having or wondering if I've inadvertently left something off of our summer schedule. One goal I've aimed for in planning this summer was SIMPLICITY.  We are … [Read more...]

Homeschool Round Up


Inspired by Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda, here are some of my lessons from the school year which we are about to finish: Activities: Keep: Skiing: I will treasure the ski season, especially fresh powder on weekday mornings and long sessions reading Heidi in the evenings, I will cherish those months always.   That sort of flexibility is one of the major benefits of homeschooling. Trash: Overscheduling: For the past 8 weeks I have had children’s activities outside the house 7 days a … [Read more...]

Lead Us Not into Temptation


When I was a popular 13-year-old eighth grader at a privileged public middle school in glamtastic Southern California I shocked my parents silly. I requested to be driven across the bridge to take the placement exams for an all-girls-Catholic, uniform-wearing high school in the larger San Diego area. They complied with my request and I actually ended up attending that Catholic school as a freshman. What I did not tell my parents was that this school switch was an attempt to escape the … [Read more...]

10 Ways for Families to Enjoy Little League

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Just yesterday I received a Little League notice in my inbox.  Registration is happening now, opening day has been scheduled, and I’ve already calendared our mandatory “field clean up day.”  Mr. Red is all signed up to coach our oldest son, and my body feels warmer just thinking about baseball. Every year since my childhood, the beginning of baseball season was such a hopeful time.  The world was coming out of its dark slumber.  Birds were in the air, tulips were blooming, and … [Read more...]