Hi, special needs mom who’s not doing okay in this pandemic. You’re not alone.

Hi, special needs mom who’s not doing okay in this pandemic. You’re not alone.

Hey, there. How are you? I mean really, how are you? Our lives have collectively hit an abrupt change, and some of those feeling it the hardest are our kids with special needs. Our kids for whom routine is paramount to having a successful day. From what I'm seeing on my special needs Facebook group feeds, we [...]

The fear of motherhood and the magic of childhood

The fear of motherhood and the magic of childhood

One of my clearest childhood memories is a summer day when my best friend came over while both our moms were at work. We were sitting on the burnt orange shag carpet in our house, when the episode of ChiPs we were watching was interrupted by the sound of sirens wailing. We grabbed our sandwiches and [...]

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

This post is based on a talk we gave to the Moms & More preschool moms group at Christ Presbyterian Church. Week 1 of the quarantine: we're rearranging our homes to start the new and exciting, if unexpected, process of homeschooling our kids. We're sitting by the fire and reading books. We created a sourdough [...]

Free biography unit study for every kind of teacher! Thank you for all you’re doing.

Free biography unit study for every kind of teacher! Thank you for all you’re doing.

To every teacher out there right now who's trying to just figure this whole mess out, we see you! We hear you! From classroom teachers trying to navigate Zoom lessons to unexpected homeschool moms trying to fill your days, we know it's crazy hard right now, and we want to make it easier for you. [...]

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

We're heading into Mother's Day season (although, it's going to be very different this year) and that has us thinking about how much we've sentimentalized motherhood. And it's not all that helpful. Caroline took a deep dive into the topic, which left me in tears after reading it. You can see her post, The Un-Sentimentality [...]

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

This new way of living is hard. My body aches by the end of the day, and I wake up in the morning exhausted. We were already a homeschool family, so that hasn't changed for us. But my five-year-old with autism has lost all her therapeutic services that we rely on. Actually, that's not technically [...]

Reading the Bible in a year with your kids | March reading plan

Reading the Bible in a year with your kids | March reading plan

I had a revelation this month. Reading the Bible in a year can be so challenging because Leviticus and February hit at the same time. Reading these lists of laws can be monotonous, especially in the dark days of winter. But I was convicted this week by a verse in Nehemiah: "So Ezra the priest brought the [...]

The ancient family way: Is ‘raising our kids to leave us’ actually a terrible idea?

The ancient family way: Is ‘raising our kids to leave us’ actually a terrible idea?

Nine years ago, my husband and I jumped at the chance to buy a house we hated. It was ugly and stuck in the '70s. And not the good kind of 70s. It had bad shag carpet, damaged parquet floors, mustard-yellow formica, peeling siding and all. We did some upgrades, but no Chip-and-Joanna level renovation. [...]