A Day in the Life of our Large, Non-Traditional-Learner Homeschool

Every year I write a day-in-the-life post for the blog.  There is an unfortunate tendency in blogging to elaborate on the good parts of homeschooling while neglecting the down side – a reality of every homeschool.   There is no perfect homeschool.  Ahh comparison – the junior high mentality that somehow manages to cripple […]

5 Tips for Getting Back to School

Ahhh, vacation time!  I love the relaxed atmosphere in our home and the freedom to do what we want on any given day without the demands of school work.  Much like returning from vacation to a whopping pile of smelling laundry, getting back to school  can seem overwhelming and unappealing after a long break. Everyone has […]

Capturing Life in 2015

Happy New Year! As busy moms we are prone to getting caught up in the busyness of life, forgetting to stop and savor many of the moments in our day to day that are simple and yet, if we stop to appreciate them, can bring more meaning and purpose to our days. I am taking […]

10 Things to do With Kids on New Years Eve

If you’re like me and have (long) passed the ‘dress-up-and-go-out’ days of celebrating the new year, have some fun making memories this New Years Eve with the kids. 1. Dress up.  Even if you are staying home.  Make the evening special by wearing some special clothes.  Our girls love this, the boys – not so […]

Simple Handmade Christmas Ornaments

It has been raining here in Southern California.  This is so unusual, we are all terrified to go outside.  We cranked up the Christmas music and donned our fuzzy slippers for a day indoors.   Since we’re on school break, we decided to break out the glitter and glue guns for some simple homemade Christmas ornament […]

What Homeschooling Really Looks Like

I snapped my lap top computer shut with a loud sigh.  I wanted to make sure that my 6 kids, who were reluctantly gathered around me, knew that mom was not happy. I am embarrassed to say that even after nearly 20 years of homeschooling, being a homeschool blogger and speaker, it was not […]

Another Day-in-the-Life of our Relaxed Homeschool {16, 15, 10, 9, 6 & 3}

  What is it about human nature that drives us to imagine what goes on in other peoples homes? I learned a long time ago never to envy another person’s family.  We all have our issues and frankly, after more than 20 years of doing this marriage/parenting thing, I’ve learned to be content with my […]

Our Homeschool Week: Schedules, Tantrums and Amazing Grace

  Why I felt so insecure at the start of this our 18th year of homeschooling, I do not know for sure.  I’m pretty sure it had something to do with super high expectations paired with years of experience that has taught me that what I can really expect is often quite different than that […]

Back to School: The First Week

  It’s official. The dishes are piling in the sink again.  Science experiments line the kitchen countertops.  School books cover the dining room table. We are back to homeschool! I’d be lying if I said that it went off without a hitch.  There were a few tears on both sides of the table as […]

Another Day in the Life of our Large Family Homeschool

I love the looks I get when I tell people that I homeschool 8 children.  As if birthing, feeding and clothing 8 children isn’t enough, we choose to keep them all home and educate them ourselves! The truth is that regardless of how crazy I may appear – or how much truth there may […]

Abundant Life Homeschool – Meet the Students – 2013

  Ready or not, here we come!  Our 18th year of homeschooling;  with two graduates and six kids in the ranks.  Here they are:                 Linking up with other homeschool bloggers at the iHomeschool Network’s Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop.  Click the image below for more great posts or to […]

Days of Summer: Schedules and School

  Ahhhh summer!  You are finally here.  Here is a peak into the summer days of our busy, homeschooling family: A Summer Schedule I go back and forth with my feelings about having a summer schedule but in reality, if I don’t have some sort of framework for how our days should look, we run […]