13 Dec 18
Canoles Academy

I was going through old blog posts, feeling guilty for not posting more frequently, and I saw that once upon a time, I had mentioned wanting to write a post about early literacy. Since Ben is in this phase now, I thought it would make sense for me to share what we’re doing / what […]

12 Dec 18
A Journey With You

For those of you who know me, or who have interacted with me in life outside of this blog, you know that I will support you in your endeavors (by buying your books, reading your work, buying your art, etc.) and the other thing I will do with almost everyone I meet is share resources. […]

12 Dec 18
Prairie Sings

These are the days of . . . snow hanging heavy on the trees wrapping up on the couch with a blanket catching up on my reading nothing but the sound of kids laughing breaking the cold, damp winter silence   These are the days of . . . lights cutting off, the hum of […]

11 Dec 18
My Vegan Travels

Somehow 9 weeks have passed since I landed in Cambodia and my last week is just beginning. Over the past week we have had our last social day, finished project implementation and had two CADs- while doing an awful lot of monitoring and evaluation. Social Days Last Monday we started off our social day with […]

11 Dec 18

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?” Psalm 121 v 1 In the second week of the residential, we headed out for a day towards the mountains to find something to climb. The result was a big boulder near a roadside, maybe not the most ambitious goal […]

10 Dec 18

On Friday Leah and I stayed the night in Elkin, NC. On Saturday we were in a wedding, and it was the first wedding I’ve ever been a part of, in fact, besides my own. And the wedding went off without a hitch (well, I guess it went off with just one—ha!). Then on Sunday […]

10 Dec 18
Macomber Days

The music room was an active place today, with vocal and instrumental practice happening throughout the day, as performers perfect their chosen pieces for  “Wintershow 2018”, happening in five days time, on Saturday evening, right here at the Center, doors open at 7pm, showtime at 7:30! Kerry made a wonderfully delicious lentil soup for lunch, […]

10 Dec 18

Struggling to find the perfect gifts? Check out my list of stocking stuffer ideas for her, for him and everyone on Santa’s nice list! Face mask – loving these festive masks featuring a reindeer and a snowman Rosewater facial spray from Mario Badescu Mini Foreo exfoliator Nail polish Vital Proteins On-the-Go packets May Designs custom […]

10 Dec 18
Beachwood Schoolhouse

A big component of our schooling this month is games. We love games but I always forget we love games until they are pulled out. Our games are stored in another room’s closet so they are pretty much out of sight and out of mind. Unless it’s the middle of the night and I’m trying […]

10 Dec 18
Trailer Girl's Guide to Happy Camping

I was originally going to write about getting your rig ready to roll.  Then, one night I woke up in a Christmas panic and figured you too might need some holiday gift ideas for your favorite trailer enthusiast.  So, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite trailer things.  Many of these items […]

08 Dec 18
speck on a speck

Dear Readers: “It stays with me, a bruise in the memory that hurts when I touch.” –from Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward I’ve been thinking a lot about memories that hurt this week. Memories can hurt for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes it’s because they are terrible–traumatic, even. But other times, it’s not […]

06 Dec 18
Gray House Gift Guide

Grab this list of stocking stuffer ideas for teen girls and head to the store – trust me. Who says you have to stress over gifts? Honestly, you can knock most of this out with one trip to Target (or 10 minutes on Amazon). Grab and go, people. Grab and go!

06 Dec 18
The Recruiter Mom

For this week’s In the thick of it Thursday let’s talk about holiday time and games! Before we had kids we LOVED playing board games with friends and family whether it was Scrabble, Munchkin, Apples to Apples or Sequence most every holiday was spent with several hours playing games. Then kids came and the days […]

06 Dec 18
Tania Sinel

Creating holiday gift guides is fun. Some of these things I am gifting, some I am wanting, and I some I am dreaming about.My goal here is to help you find unique gifts for your loved ones. Not that you can’t shop on your own. But, if you are feeling stuck, or need something for […]

06 Dec 18
Strategy Gaming in Jerusalem

Helen hosted the group, with a Chanukah celebration, and invited other friends who played Dixit, Master Mind, Ticket to Ride and Bananagrams, most taught by Jon, who also taught Castles of Burgundy. Scythe Jon 80, Nadine 55, Aaron 50 Jons first play. He complained a lot, but part of his issues relate to being new […]

05 Dec 18
Katie's Journey with Rostro

Once again, I find myself sitting on the futon in our home, far past my grandma-esqe bedtime, staring at the screen of our old laptop trying to figure out what to write about. This time, though, I see three miniature Christmas trees in front of me, hand cut paper snowflakes hanging from red tinsel, and […]

04 Dec 18
The McCann's

My mom and I took a trip to our empty First Little Home on a blustery day in January, 2018. We loaded the van with cleaning supplies, bedding, décor, cooking supplies, and a bottle of wine to celebrate the progress we hoped we’d make by the end of the day. We spent the entire day […]