As a Family

Reflecting on Rio. And other things.

Coming from a swimming family, we watched Olympic swimming before it was cool. I remember watching Janet Evans and her unorthodox freestyle stroke. And my cousin telling me swimming wasn’t a sport; I was furious. During the 1996 Olympics, our age-group swim team had a contest for attendance and swimming distance. I medaled in the contest and brought home an Olympic towel that I cherished and wore out by...
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As a Family

Growing Up Around the World: Michigan, USA

This summer we’ve been following along with Jamie Martin at Simple Homeschool to read at least one book from seven different major regions of our world. All of our selections have been from Jamie’s book, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time which I highly recommend. The kids have loved reading about kids from other countries, finding countries on our globe, and...
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Personal Growth

What I’m Reading (August 2016)

I love August. Dan and I celebrate our anniversary, I celebrate my birthday, and we take a week-long vacation at the family cabin which gives me plenty of time to break from technology and dive into some good books. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. The Chief Inspector Gamache Series, Books 7-9 by Louise Penny                   As I’ve said before, I love...
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Love Deeply

Some Thoughts On My Teenage Marriage

At the age of 12, I decided not to date until I got to college. Preferably until I graduated. I didn’t have time for boys. Dating was for marriage, I had a plan, and it didn’t include love. I got married at 18. After graduating high school in May, I said “I do” in August. Yes, this means I wore an engagement ring to school the last 6 months of...
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Loving Others

Why We’re Not Trying to Raise Color Blind Kids

My rather observant, extremely verbal 3-year old is currently quite curious about skin color. He keeps pointing it out wherever we go. The other day he methodically studied our friend with darker skin, putting his arm up next to his and looking at the differences, commenting on the parts of our friend’s skin that are darker or lighter than others. And I have to say, every time our son points...
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Learn

What I’m Reading (July 2016)

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood This memoir about a devout Catholic, working class family who lost their dad and husband the same year our country lost our iconic president, is a powerful story about growing up, loss, love, and the end of an era. Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie Martin I asked...
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Learn

Admitting We’re Scared & Doing it Anyway

I grew up around a lot of boys. Two younger brothers, boy cousins, and many friends who were boys. And I, often the lone girl, was not going to be surpassed by these boys. So when they climbed something, I did too. When they jumped off something, so did I. When they handled creepy crawly creatures, I didn’t hesitate. And I was super proud that I could swap injury...
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