Shadows and ‘Staches

I have to admit, I was relieved when ol’ Puxatawney Phil reported that we were in for an early spring. I welcome more light to our days and feel it helps to get outside for breaks between our homeschooling lessons. The last two days have been beautiful, aligned with Phil’s prediction. Mid-high 50s and the presence … Continue reading

Shift in Thinking

A few weeks ago, I nervously shared my TBP’s experience with a private Minecraft modding class. Although the Internet was slow, the other participants were very new to modding, and the teachers didn’t allow any Minecraft play, we were somehow able to convince him to return. Apparently we weren’t the only ones upset with the … Continue reading

Can You Really Ruin Minecraft?

  A few months ago, we were super excited to learn about a new Minecraft modding class. Five sessions, close to home, with a maximum of ten kids and three classroom teachers-it sounded perfect. We jumped on it the first day of registration when My TBP showed enthusiasm. “Minecraft and modding?! Of course!” Secretly, I … Continue reading


I don’t know if it’s the same with other families, in other houses, but we’re still in the process of returning to normal. We haven’t completely returned to a full homeschooling day. Instead, we make progress toward more. We still find ourselves feeling the loss of Stella. We expect her in the kitchen and near … Continue reading

Sweet Stella

We couldn’t stand the loneliness after having to put our precious Schnauzer to sleep almost seventeen years ago. It was sudden and shocking and we were beside ourselves. We didn’t want to feel that emptiness one more day. Only days later, we met Stella. Stella was everything that our sweet senior Schnitzel wasn’t. She was … Continue reading

Merry Christmas, Dear Readers

It’s here. We pulled the last ornament out of the final pocket. It’s Christmas Eve. We had a favorite person come over and we enjoyed good food. There were Nerf gun wars and video games and presents exchanged. It was a special day. In the early evening, my son opened his Christmas Eve box. This … Continue reading

Ready Already?

It seems that we’ve been waiting for this week for a long time. We’ve counted the months and the weeks. Our advent calendar says we are days away from THE day. The gingerbread was baked and decorated and consumed. The cards were signed and sent. The Santa picture was taken (with only one visit) and … Continue reading

Too Late and Too Early

If you’re the parent of a kid like mine, the topic of sleep is often on your mind. Not my sleep, but his. Since the beginning, My TBP has not required the expected sleep. He gave up that beloved second nap time way too early for my liking and was done with all naps by … Continue reading

Holidays…As Many Of You Know

I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish this weekend. Some of those activities were actually done. Our tree is decorated now and the lighter boxes filled only with tissue and empty ornament containers and ladder are back in the garage.

Gratitude and Determination

I know I’m not alone when I share that gratitude’s been on my mind. Tis the season, right? My family has a great deal to be thankful for this year. I looked around at the Thanksgiving table and realized we were blessed to all be there. Just a few short months ago, we weren’t sure we … Continue reading