Stillness, sleep, and homeschooling

Almost two weeks of homeschool are under our belts.  Mia, Anna and I are happy and content with how it has gone so far. Mia says her favorite aspects of homeschooling so far have been the freedom, nature walks, and the sleep (she has slept roughly 12 hours per night, sometimes waking up at noon).... Continue Reading →

Homeschooling has begun!

Today was our official first day of 4th and 9th grades! It was wonderful, delightful, and warmed my heart in a way I haven't felt in a long time.  I can hardly express how much I love these girls and love this new adventure we're on together.  There will probably be bumps in the road... Continue Reading →

on becoming a grown-up

A few years ago, I began to ponder what it meant to be a grown-up. For a reason that I was unable to put my finger on, I was certain that I was not yet a grown-up.  I was old enough to be tried as an adult in court, old enough to pay my own... Continue Reading →

Mama and Mia book club

My biggest girl is eight.  She is growing before my eyes, morphing into a new form of personhood that feels suddenly foreign.  Her mannerisms, her sense of humor, her enjoyment of making faces in the mirror--they are typical, but new.  Typical of someone who is eight.  New to me, although I suppose that once upon... Continue Reading →

princess for a day

Before Mia was born, and even in her early years, I was adamantly opposed to anything "princess".  My ideas about princesses had come from watching Disney films and reading (awful) Disney books, in which the (usually) white, blond, blue-eyed, helpless girl is rescued by a strong and capable prince.  She has nothing going for her... Continue Reading →

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