If you’ve known me or have been reading my site for more than about three years or so, you know I have a habit of redesigning every so often. I used to update my blog design at least quarterly, partially because I can’t decide on a style a like, and partially because I enjoy designing. I have less time these days to do it and it’s more difficult with all of the moving parts of an online shop, so I haven’t been able to do it as often (I guess that’s also not a good practice to have for bloggers….but I’ve never been good at following proper blogger rules). Earlier this year, however, I decided it really was time for a change, and so, here we are! There are probably a few weird formatting things in different places, but I’m slowly working on fixing the little things. Hopefully the majority of it is working just fine for you, but if you see anything wonky, let me know!
We’ve been getting into the swing of summer this week. My husband was out of town all last week and part of this week, so we also had his homecoming to celebrate. My hope is that it’s a productive but restful summer for us. It feels always as if I have a lot of plans for the summer and then 90% of them never happen. This year feels a little different in that many of those plans just can’t happen. We are hoping to get a camping trip in at some point, but aren’t sure what that might look like.
What do you have planned for the summer?
From the internet…
Charlotte Mason & Sunday School We have really struggled with the approach that our church has to Sunday School for children, so much so that currently they don’t attend. A friend and I were having a discussion about this several years ago and talking about how much richer Sunday School programs would be if they took a few lessons from Charlotte Mason. In this post, Nancy Kelly offers many wonderful ideas to do just that!
Pilates for Beginners This summer I’m attempting to get rid of some of the extra pounds I’ve added over the last few months of staying home (and eating….a lot). My goal is to go on at least a few walks or hikes each week, and then the other days to work on some exercises at home. This includes Pilates, a form of exercise I used years and years ago before the kids came along. This video is just the right amount of challenge, but is short enough that it’s easy to fit in at any time of the day (and doesn’t require any special equipment!). I’m also hoping to eliminate the little dowager hump I’ve begun to sprout with these exercises as well. Anyone want to join me? 🙂
Cover Designs for AnnaVancePaperCo Companion Planners Anna and I received such a positive response to our collaboration for covers to go with her beautiful Charlotte Mason Inspired Homeschool Planners that we decided to extend that to her wonderful companion planners as well! These planners are very versatile! I use mine to keep all of the plans for our family organized, but they can also be used for older students or even for a small business! I designed 3 covers to go along with the 3 I made for the homeschool planner, and then 3 additional covers just for the companion planners.
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Charlotte Mason Homeschool Third Grade Recap and Kindergarten Recap We finished our school year on Friday so this week I shared recaps for both B’s third grade year and C’s kindergarten year. Overall, the year went really well, especially considering all of the restrictions in place and it was the first year I was attempting to teach two students. On that front, because I was doing a very simple kindergarten year with C, I was able to experiment with how to juggle two students. Also, C and I were able to spend that time together. That in and of itself is priceless as I feel like the last three years, I’ve been very focused on her brother. I’m looking forward to having that more intentional time with her as she gets further into her school.
(2019) Charlotte Mason Homeschool Second Grade Recap This is the time of year when I do our recap posts. Here’s what our second grade year looked like.
(2018) Charlotte Mason Homeschool First Grade Recap And here’s first grade. 😊
(2017) Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Recap And kindergarten the first time around.
(2014) Be Kind “I see us, sometimes, as beings of many faces. We struggle with financial difficulties, sickness, marriage problems, mental illness, death, and the difficulty of being in certain seasons of life, not to mention the myriad other things that pop up while we draw breath. Things that everyone else experiences at some point in their lives, as well as challenges that some of us can’t even imagine. We fight through these things while we drive to work, go grocery shopping, or take the kids to the library. Life is hard and we have no idea how hard it is for the person we pass by on the street.”
(2012) What I Lost After my son’s very traumatic birth which resulted in an emergency c-section in 2010, I was diagnosed with PTSD. I began seeing a new counselor in June of 2016 who gave me different assignments to work through this and I decided to share the first one on my blog. Birth trauma isn’t something that’s really talked about much or even acknowledged in some circles, so I wanted to offer my own experiences in the hopes that it might help other women who have gone through the same thing.