I could have started this with “Someone shoot me now.” I’ve had a few of those days since I started homeschooling on September 1st 2014. My first year ever. Four kids. Ages 8 (third grade) and 6 (Kindergarten). Yes, there have been moments when I could have said that. Especially when trying to teach how to tell time. You would think that would be pretty easy. I’m here to tell you it isn’t. But we are plugging along and I have to say, that life is so much easier now. It’s like life has slowed down.

We have time for extra things now, that I couldn’t imagine trying to work in our schedule when they were in public school. Last year we were so busy in the evenings with homework, baths, dinner, and preparing everything for the next morning to get up and do it all over again. Now our evenings are free.

Free for the girls to explore dance.


Free to be available to help on the farm.

boys on farm

Free to just slow down and look.


And listen to roosters


Free to play with Boots


And enjoy the Alpacas


This is a place I never thought I would be in. A couple of years ago I would have laughed if you asked me if I would ever homeschool. Now, just after a few weeks of doing it, I just can’t imagine not homeschooling.

So yeah…things are kind of cool.


5 Tips on cleaning the bathroom when you have boys.

September 11, 2014 Illustrations

You walk into your guest bathroom and see pee splatter on the back of the lid. If you have little boys you know what I’m talking about. So you size it up. And classify it. 1) Small and semi transparent: Nah…you have at least another full day before worrying about this. Go pour yourself another […]

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I’m still mourning the death of my son, but he never died.

September 5, 2014 Parenting

Last night in my dream . . . one of my sons died. He was eight years old. One minute he was here. . . the next I was mourning death. My dream never told me how this happened. That’s probably a good thing. The realization of what was upon our family hit me the […]

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Stop criticizing us for pouring ice water over our heads for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

August 22, 2014 Mouthy Mabel

Most everyone with some tie to society has seen and heard of the ALS Association’s meme of the ice water challenge to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. Many people across our country and beyond have gladly taken on the challenge when called out by someone else. We have laughed. We have screamed. […]

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McDonalds and the ordering mystery

August 16, 2014 musings from my somewhat sane mind

I’m standing in the line at McDonald’s quickly scanning the picture menu up on the wall. I scan and stop at my favorite. The quarter pounder bacon and cheese. It gets me every time. Between standing in line with four children barking out questions (“What’s the Happy Meal toy today, Mommy?!)  and brushing elbows with […]

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