Our 2020/2021 Homeschool Plan

A New Year and a New Plan  This is probably the most requested blog post I've ever written, and I apologize in advance that it's a brain dump, not a carefully word crafted masterpiece. As the emails, phone calls, and text messages have poured in asking me to share "EXACTLY what curriculum you use and … Continue reading Our 2020/2021 Homeschool Plan

Audio Books for Kids (The Secret to Happy Car Life)

From their earliest years, I knew that the bedrock of my kids' early education would be read-aloud stories. My mother's tireless commitment to reading aloud to her children shaped my own childhood in so many ways, and I wanted to give my own little ones the same experience of the world through great literature and … Continue reading Audio Books for Kids (The Secret to Happy Car Life)

Twaddle (Part 1)

If you are a teacher, home educator, or just an avid reader, you're probably very familiar with the term "Twaddle." When I became a Mom, I had absolutely no idea what "Twaddle" meant. It was while reading Tsh Oxenreider's book Notes from a Blue Bike that I was introduced to this term that Charlotte Mason coined about a century … Continue reading Twaddle (Part 1)

Our Annual “Dream Date”: Strategic Planning with Your Spouse

(Alternate title: Mud runs, new jobs, more date nights, and a week in Provence.) Every year during that more chill week between Christmas and New Years, my husband and I go out on our most important (and often most fun!) date night of the year. We call it our "dream date" or our "strategic planning … Continue reading Our Annual “Dream Date”: Strategic Planning with Your Spouse

A (Doable) Morning Self-Care Routine

A long time ago I saw a quote online, I think it was from Olympian Rebecca Dussault of Fit Catholic Mom, and it said: MORNING CHECKLIST:  Something Physical Something Mental Something Spiritual Something Nourishing  This short list is a recipe for so many positive things in a woman's mind, heart, body and spirit. I so … Continue reading A (Doable) Morning Self-Care Routine

My Deepest Wound and a Story of Healing

"In my deepest wound I saw your glory and it astounded me." - Saint Augustine This is hard for me to write. I feel uncomfortably vulnerable, but I also feel compelled to tell my story and witness to what God has done for me. Six Octobers ago on this day, I shared the story of … Continue reading My Deepest Wound and a Story of Healing

Mommy I Do Not Love You Anymore

Kids say the darnedest things, but there's not a mother on Earth who wants to hear her son or daughter profess they've fallen out of love with the one who gave them life. It's not a good feeling y'all. I know, because my son said these words to me. If you know me in real … Continue reading Mommy I Do Not Love You Anymore

Monday Food Prep

Confession: I'm horrible at meal planning. Sitting down to plan a week or two of meals just kicks my butt every time. My sister Catherine just sent me some awesome-looking meal planning sheets she got at the Container Store, so I hope I can discipline myself to use them and build a new habit. In … Continue reading Monday Food Prep

Meet Supermom

(From the archives of my previous blog, Little Bit of Paradise)... I’ve noticed a recurring theme on “mom blogs” as the calendar turned a New Year: lots of moms are writing about once and for all “throwing in the towel” and committing to give up any notion of being – or ever becoming – “Supermom.” … Continue reading Meet Supermom