Today is Bell Lets Talk day here in Canada. Whatever your thoughts on that, I think we can all agree that putting our stories out there is risky. Others have done it and their courage changed my life. Now it's my turn to be brave. This is the short version of my story, but it's … Continue reading When Being a Fighter Means Asking for Help
To be a mom is to be a receiver of dreams. Of confidences. Of innermost thoughts. "Mom, can I talk to you about something?" To be a mom is to be entrusted with the heart of a child. The good. The bad. The ugly. The beautiful. To be a mom is to take those secrets … Continue reading To Be a Mom
How should a Christian dissent? Is there a right way and a wrong way? What role are we called to play?
This post contains affiliate links. Please view our full disclosure policy here. A Diagnosis A diagnosis. It can change everything. When you know what you're dealing with, you can learn how to deal with it. Last month, one of our children was diagnosed with (inattentive) ADHD, a common neurodevelopmental disorder. I've struggled to understand this … Continue reading Homeschooling ADHD – A Diagnosis and Where We’re Going From Here
The grey sky outside my window is etched with leafless branches. The ground below is muddied brown with rain. The unusual warmth today holds no hint of the wintry cold that's moving in tomorrow … or the return to regular scheduling. It's our last day of Christmas break. Routine is beckoning. The past few weeks … Continue reading A Promise for a New Year
They're not colourful this year, the leaves. More rusty and dull. And the darkness falls so early now. There'll be frost soon, the first of the season. Autumn is well underway. Our days have fallen into a pattern that barely gives us time to catch our breath. Classes, lessons, meetings, field trips, church, and in … Continue reading In the Noise
The kids were at camp last week. I initially made the investment for their benefit, but quickly realized that it was an investment in myself as well. Sometimes, moms need a break. To refresh. To recharge. To sit in silence and simply breathe. My children are my job, my ministry, my calling. I love them … Continue reading A Week of Silence
The thing about homeschool schedules is that they're difficult to keep. As real life happens, flexibility is essential. However, as my children get older, we're moving from a loose homeschool rhythm to a slightly more disciplined schoolwork schedule. When planning our year, I use two important tools: a paper teacher planner and a digital calendar. … Continue reading How I’m Scheduling our 2021-2022 Homeschool Year
It's hard to believe that we're heading into our seventh year of homeschooling in September. Last year, I was pretty near ready to give up, so we embraced a year of more relaxed homeschooling. As we head into summertime, I'm feeling much more refreshed and prepared to tackle homeschooling again in the fall. My oldest … Continue reading 2021-2022 Curriculum Choices
Our family has been volunteering alongside goats. Yes, you read that correctly. Not with goats. Alongside goats. We've been helping remove invasive buckthorn. And so have they. It all started when I saw an Instagram post from our local naturalist club describing their eco-goat program and asking for volunteers. Having recently finished the Ontario Master … Continue reading Volunteering alongside … Goats?