Live Simply

A Beginner’s Guide to Free Family Camping

We're paying off student loan debt very aggressively, so we want to keep our family vacations inexpensive. We also have small kids so until recently this has mostly looked like unplugging for a few days to a week at a time at our family's cabin. Which has been amazing, and we will continue to take advantage of that on a regular basis! But we want to see more of the…
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As a Grownup

What I’m Reading (April 2017)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This book traces the life of Cora, a young woman who is born into slavery and later escapes north, but cannot escape her past. Whitehead just won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, with the committee calling his book, "...a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America." I highly recommend it.…
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Learn

The Difference Between Personalities and Problems

I love me a good personality theory. Recently I've become more acquainted with the Enneagram. It's truly fascinating and has replaced Myers Briggs as my favorite. As I've thought about personality theory lately, I've been thinking about how many times we equate personality with a problem. The blogging world and real life is full of opinions on pretty much everything. And so many times the arguments have more to do…
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Personal Growth

What I’m Reading (March 2017)

It's been a while since my last reading post. Here's what I've been reading along the way. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by Vance This memoir about a man in his early 30's and his family before him has been touted as a post-election must-read. I would agree. Vance traces his family's tenuous travels from poor to middle-class, from Appalachia to the rust belt of…
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A Homeschool Day in the Life (Year 2)

Mount Kilimanjaro: when your dad goes to Tanzania and Belize, homeschooling looks like reading about different cultures, checking out a globe, and looking at lots of cool pictures We're well into our second year of homeschooling and I'm joining up with Simple Homeschool to share what a typical day looks like with our 7-year old (1st grade) and our 3-year old. Last year the kids were up every day at…
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Personal Growth

February Wrap Up

Stacking wood at the cabin In Real Life January and February were a bit fuller than usual. A nephew was born, we had visitors for a weekend, Dan spent five days in Belize for work, and another nephew spent a few days hanging out with us so his parents could have a break. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her favorite night of the year - the Daddy Daughter Dance. We also…
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As a Kiddo

Go Over Their Heads

We've heard baby talk is bad. We know the importance of talking to our babies even though they don't understand. Babies need to hear things they can't possibly understand so they can develop speech and understanding. But what about our toddlers and preschoolers? What about our school-age kids? It can be so tempting to think we need to curate everything to their level. But just like babies, our young kids learn so…
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