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What I’m Reading (December 2016)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Having never read this modern classic before, and knowing little about Angelou’s growing up years, listening to Angelou read her book out loud was both heartbreaking and heartening. This memoir made me ache for Angelou as a little girl and where our country has been, and in many ways, persists in being. But it also gave me hope in the power of words...
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6 Things I Learned in October

1. I like music! Okay, well I already knew I liked music. But I often get really stressed out when there’s music on and anything else is going on. I’ve always felt that music adds to the chaos, and I have to be in just the right mood for a dance party. But then I realized it’s because I wasn’t playing the right kind of music at the right...
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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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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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4 Things We Learned in April

1. How quickly we forget We watched our adorable one-year old nephew this month. Even though he’s less than two years younger than our youngest, I was amazed by how much I’d forgotten about one-year olds. Their sweet open mouth kisses, their easy excitement, and their ability to get into places you forgot existed! 2. Self-care is worth it How often I lay this aside. But a haircut and...
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6 Things We Learned in March

1. Moving fast is worth it Even though we just moved across town, we moved everything in one evening. It was worth it not to drag the process out (especially since our two year old was super confused). And we even got our full security deposit from our apartment back! 2. We’re in the big leagues now This month my oldest and I have discussed sex, love, friendship, divorce, adoption,...
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A Homeschool Day in the Life

I haven’t talked a whole lot about homeschooling around here. In some ways this year doesn’t seem much different from other years: we’re still huge fans of life-long learning, we still put high value on free play, but this year we are officially homeschooling kindergarten. So today I’m linking up with Simple Homeschool to give you a glimpse into our typical daily life. 6:15 The light turns green and...
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