It’s an interesting but not-surprising side effect of hanging out with a bunch of minimalists for a day last week that I returned home thinking that maybe my craving for white space was something more. Like something I should actually pay attention to. And so sort of all I want to do right now is… More Open spaces. (And a few thoughts about handling tragic news when you are a sensitive sort.)
Someone asked me recently if my kids ever just wake up cranky. And I wanted to say, “Oh my good-golly-gosh-are-you-kidding-sister YES.” I wake up cranky. Sometimes all of us wake up cranky. Or tired. Or out of sorts for one reason or another. It happened on our first day of school this year. Thank goodness for… More Just filibuster. (My strategy for the hardest mornings.)
She was copying each of the recipes down onto an index card, and making a corresponding grocery list. I didn’t mean to spy, but I saw when I sat down. It was Nov. 7. She was planning out a Christmas Cookie Plan of Attack, I have to think. “Is this bothering you?” she asked, indicating… More Before, after and right now.
It came to me on a Thursday morning (last Thursday morning), as I was making waffles and helping my son with a report for his co-op class and teaching my daughter how to rip stitches out of her sewing project … “I’m having trouble concentrating,” my son said as the dog howled in the background.… More Ding. Waffle’s done. (On getting one thing really right)
So once upon a time, I wrote this ebook about self care of homeschool mamas. I figured I was the perfect person to write it because I was really, really bad at it, so I had to work hard at it. So I had a lot of notes. You know. I’ve got pretty much all… More Why self-care really matters for homeschool moms
You don’t have to know me long to know how much I hate grocery shopping. It’s kind of my theme song. I don’t even get the milk in the fridge or the bananas on the counter from one trip, and I am already worried about the next one. I’ve thought a lot about what makes grocery… More Changing things you hate is important (making grocery shopping less miserable in 5 easy steps)
Right about now, if you’re anything like me, you might be thinking to yourself: “Ahhhhhhhh!” The newness of the homeschool year has started to wear off, and maybe you’re hearing complaints, or maybe you’re even complaining a bit yourself: “Is this how I learned long division? I could swear this isn’t how I learned long… More Why you need to plan a Teacher Institute Day