Let the Planning Begin

Math in the sunshine. #miriamalayna #emilylillian

It’s that time again- homeschool planning for next year. Truthfully, I’ve put off next year’s planning.  Bummed that the last two years haven’t gone well, feeling behind again, worried we’d miss most of the beautiful summer to finish up this year’s work. Then this weekend, the clouds parted as I filled out May assignment sheets. It turns out, we ARE going to finish our current school before June. Hallelujah! It’s not perfect, but I’ll feel confident calling their current grade levels {Read More}

17 Great Gift Ideas for the Crazy Chicken Lady in Your Life

17 Great Gift Ideas for the Crazy Chicken Lady in your life. Gift ideas for the chicken coop, the home, the yard and Mom too! Perfect ideas for Mother's Day, Mom's birthday, or any holiday!

Because I am currently busy researching chickens, I thought I’d share some great gift ideas for the chicken lover in your life! I hope by summer’s end to add a few real chickens to our backyard- in the meantime I’m obsessed with these adorable things! Are you looking for a great gift for the Crazy Chicken Lady in your life? Here are 17 awesome ideas to wow her for Mother’s Day, her birthday, or just to say “I love you.” Chore {Read More}

Clover the Pig Thinks She’s a Dog.

Clover the Pig at the Big Red Barn

Even though I keep talking about our farm, I realize that at the moment, we live on an old farm- not a working farm. Our one farm animal is not a farm animal at all. She’s a pet. When we bought Clover the Pig I knew she would be just a pet, not future food. She’d be cute and fun, and she’d begin teaching the kids about taking care of animals. I had no idea just how much of a {Read More}

Middle School Art Success~ In Spite of an Artistically Impaired Momma! {An ARTistic Pursuits Review}

Homeschool middle school art success in spite of an artistically impaired Momma. Homeschool art curriculum review of artistic pursuits middle school book one The Elements of Art and Composition

Middle School Art. Believe it our not, those words will make my knees shake as a teacher quicker than high school Calculus. I have absolutely zero artistic ability and even worse I have zero art training of any kind. What little I know about lines, colors, and such I’ve learned with the children during their Elementary Art courses. My 11-year-old daughter, Miriam, not only loves art but also has natural artistic ability. I’d love to nurture her talent, but I {Read More}

Our Week on the Farm in iPhone Pictures


Because the best camera is the one you have with you- here is our week in iPhone pictures. In between stormy weather, we are fencing off part of our pasture for Clover. By “we” I totally mean Rob is fencing off the pasture, while I give moral support, hold the beer, deal with the children and pets, and of course wear my cute new gloves and snap pictures with my phone.  I thought I would be a real help, I did. {Read More}