Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I'm the sort of woman who has a new project every week or so and now my husband is on to me.  So when I first told him I wanted to homeschool our daughter, he gave me “the look.” 

“No, seriously!  I can do this!”
“What?  Don’t you believe me?”
“Yeah… but…”
“But what?”
“Well, let’s think about it for awhile, ok?”

Translation:  He’s giving it six months.

Ok.  He has a point.  I already have a home business, am involved with a local mom’s group, teach kids at a Tuesday morning Bible study, have two blogs, an obsession with Facebook, a greenhouse and six chickens.  Can our family vision handle another project? 

Here’s the problem. Homeschooling isn’t just another project.  It’s THE project.  I could outline my fifty good reasons and the answers for all your questions, but let’s just shorten it to this:

1) I will not hide my daughter away from the world, or vice versa. 
2) Socialization doesn’t happen at a desk, limited only to your peers.  It happens out in the world with all sorts of real people.
3) I’m not lazy, I’m crazy.  You’d have to be crazy to think that home schooling is easy. 

Homeschooling seems to be gaining popularity these days, or I just have lots of crazy friends.
Either way there is a ton of information out there.  I could write a whole week of blog posts about the great resources that are out there for homeschool families.  I‘ve read tons of books and articles and interviewed friends and strangers alike.  I‘ve joined chat groups, follow blogs and have a journal where I write it all down.   Research is not the hard part.  The hard part is sticking to it, day by day, and being disciplined. 

Who knows my adorable, strong-willed, smart little girl better than me?  Who is better equipped to teach her than me?  We already do "school" at home with sorting/counting (math), books/abc (reading/writing) as well as science, dance and music. Each year adds more structure, more planning, more thought.  Sounds fun to me!

I'm so excited about the idea... anyone out there with me?  Are you thinking about homeschooling?  Why?  Why not?  Are you already doing it?  Why did you decide to homeschool?  Please leave your comments below!  I need to know!   Oh- and don't forget to scroll down and enter the contest to win the Jesus Storybook Bible!  The contest will be up before you know it!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Come see me at Steady Mom's blog!

I'm guest-posting today on one of my favorite blogs... I'm so excited!  Come check it out!

Bartering Advice for the Frugal Mom...
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Spiritual Community and Book Give-away!

We like to sit in the back at church because we used to be Baptist.  No, seriously, it's because there's free coffee back there.  No, actually, it's because we like to have some room to move around when we worship (no one should be staring at the back of my head while I'm jumping up and down like a crazy person).  We also get a great view of all the other people in the room.  On this particular day I kept seeing people I recognize.

I'm about to tell you how big our church is, but first I have to explain that living in a small city like Bend, 3 hours from another Costco, it's rare to find a large group of people congregating, anywhere.  One example of a crowd you see often is at the base of the Pine Marten chair lift at 8:59 am on December 26th.  But that's mostly tourists.

Needless to say, Westside Church is fairly large and you can certainly feel lost in the crowd, but now that we've been attending there for over five years, I feel like an established part of this community.  So here I was, sitting in the back.  I began to recognize people: a woman from a Bible Study I participated in a few years ago, a man in my husband's men's group, a family whose kids are friends with our kid, a single mom from our MOPS group, a woman who works at the local grocery store, my insurance guy, a customer of mine... the list goes on.  It hits me all of a sudden:  I belong here.  I love these people.  They help me walk through life, transformed rather than conformed to the world.  Not a superficial thing, at all.  And impossible to do, alone.

I usually try not to wax too spiritual in my blog, but I can't help myself.  I'm a deeply spiritual person barely contained by some very thin layers of superficiality and vague appropriateness.  What I want to know is, what do you value about your spiritual community?  Or what do you wish for in a spiritual community?  Answer the question as a response to this posting by November 30th (Facebookers, you have to actually go to the blog) and you could win a copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible, deluxe edition.  This children's Bible is unique in that it relates every story in the Bible back to Jesus, from Genesis to Revelation.  I love it and I hope you will too.  I'll draw a name from the comments at the end of the month.

This blog is quickly becoming about community, and I'm excited to see your comments, about yours!  Oh yeah, and I picked that photo 'cuz the happy crowd-surfing girl kind of looks like me.  But she's not.  She's from