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Celebrating Failures- Teaching A Growth Mindset

I’m on a number of homeschool forums for many reasons and most of the time I find them to be helpful. However, they are wrought with comparison and drama. When these things rear their ugly heads, I usually want to leave the forum. I have left many and cling to only a few. In my observations of moms on these …

Changing the Conversation With Your Teens

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, parenting is the most humbling job on the planet. There are so many things I’ve done wrong. When I realize that I’ve been wrong, I always try to make sure that I address it with my kids and own up to my fault. I thought I would do that …

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6 Ways to Hate Homeschooling

In the last 11 years, I’ve had my ups and downs with homeschooling. We didn’t start this thinking that we would be “lifers”, but here we are, with our oldest entering his Junior year of High School. I think it’s safe to say we fall squarely in the homeschool camp. Most of the tips I’m sharing with you are mistakes …

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An Open Letter To Maddie Runkles

Dear Maddie, You are an incredibly brave young woman. I’m amazed at your strength and poise during this time of very public exposure. I don’t know if you’ll ever get to read this, but your story stirred something inside of me and I had to respond. You made the hard choice, the path less traveled. I know that did not …

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Parenthood- Where I Realize I’m Not Prepared and Try to Talk Texas Tech Football

No one adequately prepared me for parenthood and in hindsight, no one really could. How can one be adequately prepared for something that is constantly changing, constantly growing, filled with immense joys and filled with indescribable trials?  I often hear people talk about having kids “when they are ready”, but you will never be fully ready. It’s like childbirth. You …

To My Weary Sister-in-Arms- The Homeschooling Mom in May

Listen, sister, we can be real here. This is a safe place. Not the internet, that’s not a safe place. But here in my little corner of the web, you are safe. It’s safe to admit that sometimes you might spend the month of May and early part of June researching every public and private school in your area because, …

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Courageous Motherhood

Every day across this globe there are weary mothers laying their heads on their pillows at the end of the day, running through all the tasks they weren’t able to accomplish, or reliving the spat with their children or spouse, and piling the weight of the world’s standards onto their own shoulders and drowning in “mom guilt.” To be fair, …

10 Classic Picture Books to Read with Your 3-5 yr old

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ~ Emilie Buchwald, children’s author Reading aloud with your children is one of the greatest gifts you can give as a parent. Sharing great stories, big ideas, and funny tales together will help to create bonds that last. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to read, especially for the younger …

Breaking the Silence

I’ve been silent for over a year. Well, not entirely, just here on the blog. My husband can confirm that I’m rarely ever silent. I took the last year to reflect on a few things in my life and honestly I was ready to scrap this website all together and move on. I felt discouraged that I was unable to …