Mace’s Favorite Field Trip Ever


This is our Sabbath Year -- which is my hyper-spiritual way of saying, "no" to almost everything we've been asked to do this year.  We've said "no" to drama, choir, co-op, and any activity in which our failure to appear one week might disappoint someone because they would have to do our job for us. … [Continue reading]

Honeymoon: The Story Behind the Haiku

Jen and Grits on boat

In the Eighteen Haikus for Eighteen Years series, I posted the Honeymoon haiku third on Facebook when it really should have come second.  So I will place it here in the correct order chronologically because we obviously cannot move into our first apartment before going on our honeymoon. … [Continue reading]

Eighteen Haikus for Eighteen Years

J and J in car with text

Flamingo Joe and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Friday last week.  My sweet husband put a loving tribute to me on Facebook pretty early … [Continue reading]

Why No One is Going to Let Me Unschool


Usually by this time in August, we've been schooling for at least a month.  We've tried several types of homeschool schedules -- year-round; six weeks … [Continue reading]

The VBS Post


Last week, I served as a classroom teacher with our church's VBS. Here are some things I learned: 1.  A VBS classroom with 11 boys and 3 girls … [Continue reading]

Safety First, Second and Third

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While in South Carolina with Durema's family, we visited a local river where the kids could float down in life jackets.  I was reminded that while … [Continue reading]