Little Librarians

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Ingredient #19: The Bookshelf. Such an innocent looking ingredient… and yet it is one of the most challenging ingredients for many of us to implement. This simple ingredient is not unlike the item it describes. IMG_6277

Bookshelves are such common and ordinary objects. Homes across the world have them. All you really need is some solid structure that can hold piles of innocuous looking bound packets of paper. Open any magazine and you will see ads with pictures of a living room  and some generic bookshelves in the background. Walk into a doctors office or a law office or a school principal’s office and you will find more bookshelves. The bookshelf. Simple? Ordinary? Maybe at first blush. But like any reader can attest to, bookshelves are very complicated and highly personal. The books that they support are a reflection of the tastes, ideas and values of their architects. Our bookshelf really is a mirror into who we are. [Continue reading]

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Travelling Without A Suitcase

When I was eight my parents took us to Europe – my sister was 6 and my brother was 4. It was 1984 and the dollar was worth almost one British Pound. It was too good an opportunity to pass up. We packed three canvas army duffle bags that my mom had purchased from the local surplus store. They were huge and heavy and strong. In fact, there is a photo somewhere of each of us three kids standing inside of them. Once packed, only my dad could lift them and certainly only one at a time.

In a whirlwind 2 weeks, we visited magical places like the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, stayed in a German hotel named for a famous teddy bear that had piles of cuddly critters in every room, rode into the Alps on a gondola and walked on the snow capped mountain side in our jellie shoes. Best of all, we ran through our favorite Do-Re-Mi scenes in Salzburg. My favorite stops, however, were in England and Scotland. We stayed at a magnificent castle and made friends with the local bagpiper who gave us kids a tour of all of the secret places in the haunted fortress. [Continue reading]

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Parenting with Scripture: Honesty and Integrity

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Parenting can be very challenging at times as we try to teach and train our children to live good, clean lives. There is so much joy and happiness that comes our way as blessings for our obedience in bringing “up [our] children in light and truth.” … [Continue reading]

7 Keys That Have Facilitated My Great Divorce

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In 18 months my homeschooling course changed from a foggy notion to a concrete mission. What was initially a strong instinct with blurred vision has evolved into a crystal clear path towards substantiality. In CS Lewis's masterwork "The Great … [Continue reading]

Are Children the Enemy?

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Messes, stickiness, broken dishes, little time alone, noises, laundry, blah. I have often heard, throughout my lifetime, mothers speaking of their children as the cause of all of their woes. They blame them for their misery. They can’t wait for … [Continue reading]

Playing School…

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As a little girl I was enamored with teachers. I thought that they really did have the best job in the world and I knew with certainty that I was going to be a teacher when I grew up. Probably in a habit. If I was really virtuous, maybe even a … [Continue reading]

The Seasons of My Day

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I live in Wisconsin - the Northern Midwest - a place of four true seasons. In this climate wonderland, we feel the rhythms of Mother Nature profoundly. She blesses us with gorgeous Falls and magical Springs. She gives us reasonably temperate Summers … [Continue reading]

Rory Story Cubes

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I have a brilliant idea to share with you... and I can honestly call it brilliant somewhat objectively because it is not my idea. I am stealing it. It is pure theft. Well... I guess that it isn't theft since the creator of the idea gave me … [Continue reading]

Books that Love Children

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Children bring the unexpected into the world. Raising children strengthens you and gives you wisdom beyond your years. Some positive attributes that may or may not come along with your brood are patience, energy, and enthusiasm. But, I notice those … [Continue reading]

Reflections on our Day homeschooling; and Bowling at Night

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My day didn’t begin very well as our smallest baby, who doesn’t often make much of a fuss, tossed and turned all night keeping me up much of the night. After company visited, I laid down with the finally sleeping infant. I awoke from my nap to the … [Continue reading]

A Commonplace Book in the Digital Age

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Homeschooling can be an exciting and liberating adventure. We get to connect with our kids, explore new worlds with them and inspire them to fall in love with old worlds that we treasure. This chapter of life has days which are long but years that … [Continue reading]

Saturday Morning Coffee

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I love my husband. I love him for lots of reasons but chief among them is because his trust in me and my vocation means that I get this amazing opportunity to raise these children alongside him in a way that feels incredibly natural and meaningful. … [Continue reading]

4 Books On Choosing a Marriage Partner for Scholars

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Statistics show that half of all marriages in the US end in divorce. That is a staggering number. Having gone through my parent’s getting divorced in my teen years I know firsthand the hardship and heartbreak that goes into parents separating. In all … [Continue reading]

Play Doh, oh no!

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In my sixth grade art class, my teacher gifted me with a C. I truly only earned that C because of my over the top effort not to be truly terrible. I was a slightly above mediocre student in all areas except Art, Reading and Religion. I loved (and … [Continue reading]

Making My Mission Matter

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In this chapter of life, I am still not certain of the entirety of my life's mission. I have been blessed with the most precious role as wife and mother. At this time, we are called to be a homeschooling family. Our home culture is of the utmost … [Continue reading]