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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Make Your Own

I've always enjoyed making things.  Be that cooking, knitting, sewing, embroidering, gardening, pottery, painting or home decor I find great satisfaction in making things rather than just buying it.  I enjoy the whole process - from dreaming about what it should look like, right down to holding the final product in my hands with a smile that almost goes right around my head!

This weekend my girls were doing some woodworking with dad.  I wish you could see those little faces aglow with pride and happiness when they saw what they made all by themselves.  It's priceless.  And to me it is one of the most wonderful things we can teach our children. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012


This is the time of year where everything kick starts back to life and I finally get out of the doldrums that so often follow the holidays.

I will slouch down on the dew covered greenery to closely study the beautiful tulips and pansies while the smell of fresh earth hang in the air.

With feet soaking wet, I will sit very still inhaling it all, listening to songbirds celebrating their return while veils of soft, white petals brush my face as they spiral down to earth.

I will read stories to my girls of goblins, fairies and kingdoms far, far away and let them run wild while the soft mist rise with the very first promise that summer is on it's way.

Being alive, filled with love, marveling at all these little things through the eyes of my children!  It is what it is all about!  So give me one more kiss on the cheek, my little girls.  Grab my hand with your still tiny fingers and lead the way.  I'm listening and I hear you!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Home Schooling

Where have I been this long?  What have I been doing?  Doing lots and lots of research!  And I would not be rushed.  I took my time.  Thinking and rethinking everything.  Its just the way I am.  We decided to home school the girls next year.  I guess the first question you might ask is:  "Why home school?  Isn't it just the crazy, old farm folk out in the middle of nowhere belonging to some weird, religious cult that never leave the confines of the compound they live in, who homeschool their children?"  Apparently not! 

Things have been bugging me and I believe it kept bugging me because I need to do something about it.  Things have a way of doing that when I need to take note.

We've interviewed numerous schools in our community.  The girls have been attending a private, Christian academy this year and I've seen all they were learning - marvelous, fabulous things - but I've also seen how narrow minded this particular school system could be. 

I would like for our girls to grow up with the freedom to learn about interests they are passionate about.  I would like for them to pursue their dreams without restraint.  As they spend the years to come figuring this out for themselves we will be there to guide them along.

I like most parents want the best possible education for my children, even though I'm not a parent pushing my children relentlessly to achieve abilities way beyond their years.  In fact I'm quite the contrary - believing my kids should develop as they need to;  when they need to and be given the freedom to grow and excel in all aspects of life at their own pace.

Our home school is going to be a mixture of  various methodologies which will include very little traditional school.   We will make changes as needed where needed.  I've already incorporated many ideas into our day to day life and am so excited to take all of this to the next level once they finish kindergarten in May.