Category Archives: Challenges

The Official First Day of School

Overall, Em’s first day of school went well, except for one concern, and it is a big one. At least for me. Em has two Language Arts teachers, Ms. L, who is her homeroom teacher, and Mrs. W. As I … Continue reading

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Changes – Here, There and Everywhere

  You may have read the last entry and thought “end of an era.” And you may have figured there would be no more entries. And perhaps it is. And perhaps there won’t be. But I doubt it. For now, … Continue reading

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And This is Where I Cry “Uncle”

Before 1997, I hadn’t even heard of the word “homeschooling.” I moved back home to Kansas City, Missouri when I was 27, with my almost nine-year-old in tow. Down the street from us was an odd-shaped house full of children. … Continue reading

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Life Lesson 258: A Trip to the Dentist

It had been several years since Em had seen a dentist. A couple of months ago, she said, “Mom, I’ve got a dark spot on my tooth that doesn’t go away, no matter how much I brush it.” So I … Continue reading

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Caretaking as Part of Our Eclectic Curriculum

Long time, no post! Four days after my last post I was getting that fateful call – “Your dad is in a hospital in Panama and he is in bad shape.” Two days later, on December 21st, I was flying … Continue reading

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Meanderings and Miscellany

Sometimes, seeing a picture, or reading one of my homeschool friends’ posts reminds me that I need to step back and re-assess, yet again, how I am doing things. But first, a funny story… Ode to Phred My friend Bethany, … Continue reading

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The New Order

With work on The Cottage moving along at a sharp clip, and the Homes Tour looming over us in less than two weeks, I have been one distracted homeschooling mama. But I’ve also made a couple of mistakes that need … Continue reading

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Shaking It Up

Best Behavior Since she was caught dead to rights cheating on her spelling and lying to me about assignments, Em has been on her best behavior. Surrounded by three adults, she has certainly heard about how disappointed we are with … Continue reading

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Truth and Consequences

I’ll admit it – I’ve been suspicious for a while now. And today, my suspicions were confirmed. It started off with me running to Lowe’s. Before I left I told Em, “When you get up, do your morning chores and … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line

I hated to do it, but… Let me preface this by saying that, overall, both of my girls are amazing and wonderful. I’ve seen some kids who were a handful of rotten, and my girls aren’t. They have good hearts … Continue reading

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