Family Rituals: The Key to Happier, Healthier Kids

I don't remember an evening that we didn't gather around the dinner table growing up. My dad would sometimes come in a bit late, tired after a long day of physical labour, but always, we ate together. Our lives, our day, revolved around our evening meal. After dinner, my dad would pull out the big … Continue reading Family Rituals: The Key to Happier, Healthier Kids

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Why we're having a slow and quiet Christmas this year

Why We’re Slowing Down this Christmas

  Every December, I pack in the activities: Christmas parties, homeschool get-togethers, crafts, free concerts/plays, local Christmas events, and on it goes. If I can make it, I'm there with my kids in tow. By the time Christmas arrives, I'm exhausted. Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas. But a few days before it even … Continue reading Why We’re Slowing Down this Christmas

Two reasons to homeschool.

Why Did We Choose Home Education?

It's messy. Even on the best days, homeschooling is messy. I'm not just talking about the books strewn across the table, the toys strewn across the living room and the dirt, grass, leaves and shoes strewn across the front entryway. It's the conflict that can arise when four people are together—all day, every day. Yes, … Continue reading Why Did We Choose Home Education?

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List: 50 Budget-Friendly Activities

  Summer is here! (Well, in three days, if you want to be exact.) If you're like us, you're probably wondering what kinds of things you can do to keep the summer break fun without breaking the bank. I’ve compiled a list of 50 of our family’s very favourite tried, tested and true summer activities. … Continue reading The Ultimate Summer Bucket List: 50 Budget-Friendly Activities

Some thoughts on the day before my birthday…

The house is quiet but for the ticking of the simple, blue-rimmed clock on the wall. Blue because that's my favourite colour. I love everything about this place, from the beautiful wood bookshelf that once haphazardly adorned the front curb of a rundown shop in the roughest area of town—the shop owner assured us it … Continue reading Some thoughts on the day before my birthday…

Reflections on Three Years of Homeschooling and Togetherness

I can hardly believe it. We're finishing up our third year. Three years of this crazy experiment that was only supposed to last for one. Three years of doing the most amazing—the most challenging—thing I have ever done in my life. Three years of homeschooling. Officially, anyway. Some days crawl by. And yet the weeks … Continue reading Reflections on Three Years of Homeschooling and Togetherness

Five Missionary Stories/Series to Read to Your Children

Before I was born, my parents spent just over a year living in Papua New Guinea. They packed up my older sisters—a toddler and a preschooler—and moved to an outpost in the middle of the jungle where supplies and mail were brought in by plane. Maybe it's because of the stories I heard growing up … Continue reading Five Missionary Stories/Series to Read to Your Children