Dear Newbie Homeschool Mom,



I have had many newbies ask me over the years, “So, how do you homeschool?”


I have to smile to myself, because once upon a time, it was me with those big doe eyes caught in the headlights look on my face! Those who contemplate homeschooling are daring to go against the “norm.” They worry that being weird isn’t worth it, or that they will totally mess up their children’s chances of being a functioning adult, let alone get into college if they choose to someday!

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The Heart of Hospitality

coffee daisy picnic 2What is hospitality?

I’ve been chewing on this one lately.

A quick google search on the word itself brings this up:

1.the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. Synonyms: friendlienss, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality, courtesy, amenability, generosity, entertainment, catering, food.
You guys, pinterest isn’t even in the synonym list! You know what else isn’t there? Party. Over the top decorations. A perfectly clean and magazine worthy home. Matching furniture. Perfectly coordinated curtains. No dust bunnies. A tablescape. Burlap. A coffee table that isn’t broken and chipped. (True story) Continue reading →

Signs of Spring…


I love Spring! Fall may be my favorite, but Spring is a pretty close second. It’s about this time of year I get REALLY sick of my coats and sweaters, and start anticipating fewer layers. I love perusing the aisles of seed packets and the gardening sections at our favorite local gardening center & Menards. I am not actually the gardener of the family, Continue reading →