Updates From The Farm
We have a little farm. It sounds funny to think that because right now it just feels like a handful of animals and a small garden. I haven’t shared much recently because frankly it’s felt like we’ve been sprayed with a firehose with one thing after another slowing our progress. I hurt my ankle when I stepped in a hole and struggled to stay off it so it could heal. I have a tendency to do more than I should. Then my hubby hurt his back right when I needed the most help digging and prepping garden beds and planting vegetables. So instead of the 15 small beds I had…
How Can a Mom Focus on Her Health?
I remember when my third child was born. I was so tired that it was a chore to function each day. I worked from home and was back working 3 days after I gave birth. There was no “napping when the baby napped” for me. I had a 5-year-old and a 22-month-old and a newborn and let’s just say that the exhaustion was real. The idea of getting up and exercising or focusing on healthy meal planning was near impossible during this season. The stress of this season lasted a long time and in retrospect, I believe I was dealing with some post-partum depression and anxiety. I didn’t know what…
Need to Homeschool During This Pandemic?
I’m sure you’ve seen all the memes if you’ve spent any time on social media. They run the gamut from wine and pajama time to how to create a detailed schedule for your child’s “homeschool”. First of all, what you’re experiencing with “homeschooling” during stay-at-home orders is nothing like what true homeschooling can be under normal circumstances. Right now there are no parks, museums, and other children to play with. This is all very difficult and heartbreaking for the kids and the parents. We’re all stressed. Some of us still have jobs to go to which is stressful and for those who don’t have jobs right now, there is another…
Jesus is the Reason All the Time
I wrote this post on Facebook and I’ve been thinking more and more about it. I understand our culture is not Godly. And as believers, we often feel like we need to fight against a culture that does not want Christ at the center of anything. It’s hard especially when there are those of us who try to live a life of integrity filled with love and compassion. I know I fail many times to live up to the standard that Christ set before me. And I am grateful beyond measure for His love and mercy. But when the world sees us arguing about Christmas trees versus Holiday trees, or…
I Taught My Daughter How to Read
You can too This has been one of the most terrifying parts of homeschooling my daughter. She’s only 4, but has been showing a lot of readiness signs for reading. We’ve taken it slow, with little expectation. But I’ve struggled with the fear of whether or not I would be able to teach her one of the most important learning milestones of her entire life. I had never taught someone to read before. I have read countless books to my kids. I have taught and reinforced letters to my oldest son (who was in a charter school for Kindergarten and First Grade). But his teacher was phenomenal and did the…
Seek Peace Instead of Balance
We all want balance right? The mysterious thing called work/life balance. It calls to our souls and tries to woo us into a false sense of security like everything is in perfect balance. It tries to give us a sense that if we do all the right things and take all the right steps we can always have everything in perfect order. But I don’t think balance is even possible. I don’t think balance should be something we strive for. There are books, podcasts, and videos that talk about work/life balance. They talk about it in ways that seem to empower, but when everything feels like it’s in chaos, we…
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