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Bloomington, IN
Writer, seeker of simplicity and joy, homeschooler, mama, deep breather
Interests: Unschooling/Homeschooling, Love of Learning, Reading, Writing, Traveling with kids, Education, Play
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Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2017 on Sagetribe's Farewell at Sagetribe
Thanks, Christy!! I'm sure you'll hear many of the raw pieces in Wed :)
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2017 on Sagetribe's Farewell at Sagetribe
I'll start with a picture of our Annie savoring the sunlight. Annie and sunlight feel like a sweet place to begin a post that feels hard to write. It's been nine years since I started writing at Sagetribe. This space has given me a lot of joy, and I have so appreciated sharing my family's highs and lows, our stories with you. Over the last couple years through, each time I've come to write here, I've noticed a change in my desire to do so. Where once I needed this space to help me process motherhood and focus on joy,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Sagetribe
Hi Dyanne, I was just thinking we needed Yahtzee in our lives. It is what it is, right. They are not for everyone.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2017 on Why I Play Games with My Children at Sagetribe
Thanks, Lisa, We'll have to check those out. I think because Camp was one of the first ones we loved as a family it is more sentimental than anything. That and the question differentiation. I know you can buy new cards if you're looking to change it up. Sushi Go is new to us and so fun!
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2017 on Why I Play Games with My Children at Sagetribe
I feel a little more justified now! HA! So true, the guy's parts from Operation are there too.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2017 on Why I Play Games with My Children at Sagetribe
A confession, mild torture and playing board games with children used to be synonymous in my mind. When the kids were little, the few games we owned were kept out of sight and therefore rarely chosen. I'd tell myself it was to keep all the little pieces separate from the other toys, but if my children wanted to play with me, I'd suggest we read or craft or play outside, never dig into the trunk of board games. I was happy to play most anything they wanted, but board games were painful. I now know it wasn't the game playing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Sagetribe
Thanks! I think so too. It's hard to think something is worthwhile if you're only being told it is. I think when we as parents/teachers/mentors participate too, children can see the importance in a different way. And like you said, it's more fun! The point is simply to write! Yes!
Thanks. Talking to my best friend at 5am is good motivation. The other days I need more of a push, but having three hours of quiet time to myself is always worth it. Yes, letting go of a lot and allowing them to lead has worked best so far. Trusting is perhaps my biggest lesson in this journey.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Homeschool Day in the Life- Year Four at Sagetribe
I agree! The Women's March and our Judicial system have renewed my hope and belief in this country. Lots to do, but good to know there are so many out there working in solidarity.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on The World Speaks at Sagetribe
Playing along with the series A Homeschool Day in the Life at Simple Homeschool. A little over four years ago, with only a four-year-old at home, I wrote one of these posts. Two days later, four years ago today, Valentine's Day, Clark went to school for the last time. Much has changed since those days before we were all home. I would never want to paint a perfect picture. There are challenges in the choices we make today, just like there were years ago. But recently when I was feeling overwhelmed by life and all the things out of my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Sagetribe
I miss the mountains!! Your pictures make me miss them more. So beautiful.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2017 on Postcard 1: Asheville at Clean.
Encouraging our children to write might not always be as simple as grabbing our journals, but there are ways to offer support, and by doing so, we can build and foster a love of writing. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Sagetribe
A weekly list of local and global resources to help nurture a love of learning. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Sagetribe
The perfect way to battle the news!
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2017 on Presence (and presents) at Clean.
As much as having animals to take care of can wane on me some days, I always treasure the friendship they give, especially to our children and how much they are willing to receive our friendship in return. They are the best givers and receivers of love.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2017 on 1.26.17 at SouleMama
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DAY 2 ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX ALMOST SEVEN Our girl is seven!! She is spunky, fun, determined, creative, and full of wit. She loves animals and wants to follow in the footsteps of her Aunt Bugsy, become an animal rescuer and save them all. She loves crafting, science and math, playing with friends, and being with her brother. She hates any food that is healthy, the dark, and cleaning her room. Just like her birth cracked open a need to slow down our life and become more intentional with our time and each other, her fire and light... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Sagetribe
I love snow/ ice days when there is no where to be. When I stopped teaching outside of the home I thought they would lose their thrill, but nope- they are just as wonderful. Thank you and all the people who showed up Saturday. Much work to be done, for sure, but what a beautiful start!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2017 on 1.24.17 at SouleMama
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I have to admit there is something so fun about overhearing conversation. Perhaps it's the writer in me; it fills my mind with all sorts of story. This was lovely! Muffins for sure.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2017 on Kind of an Endearing Thing at beauty that moves
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Image: Kate Deciccio, Jessica Sabogal, Jennifer Maravillas Today I am in love with our country again. I am in love with the world more than ever before. Hope! Peace! Love! This is the change we need! In solidarity with all my friends and the MILLIONS of humans that marched yesterday. It's only the beginning! Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Sagetribe
This week we loved: ~ Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. at our wonderful library and our science museum. We frequent these places often and are thankful for their constant resources and joy. Despite her face, holding a sheep brain was pretty cool. As were the collection of science tools and books on MLK they were given. ~ Watching a NOVA documentary on the Wright Brothers and spending time planning out Science Fair projects (if you're local and your children want to participate there's time. Let me know!) ~ Listening to the latest on the Sparkle Story podcast- Listening to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Sagetribe
Number 9! No matter where we live it's easy to fall into the pressure to have a child involved in multiple things all the time. Many of the moments are family shares that bring us the closest are ones I didn't schedule.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on 10 simple ways to rock your parenting at Clean.
We're wondering if we'll be naming our last days in our home soon too. I'm sure it's very bittersweet to be leaving. What a beautiful place to call home for so long.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on Best Seat in the House at beauty that moves
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I love your definition of cozy. There are many days I stay in my pjs all day with the kids home! I, too, will have to work hard to not live in them when they depart. I think we have a couple years before that happens though- thank goodness!
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2017 on 1.19.17 at SouleMama
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(A re-post from 3 1/2 years ago. This continues to be our path. It can feel scary and sometimes I have to ask Trust to take me by the hand, but she comes, as does the learning and a love of doing so.) Sometimes, maybe even often, something we're looking forward to, something, say building a water clock or homeschooling a certain way, just doesn't work. We try again and again. We go back to the directions, keep trying and it turns out now matter how many times we read them or so things a little differently the instructions don't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Sagetribe