Foster Adoption: one year later

foster adoption update

We spent Abby and Jim's adoption anniversary at the beach. We didn't plan it that way; it just happened to work out as the best timing for our family vacation. A year ago, at adoption finalization, I couldn't begin to imagine going on vacation with these two. By that time, they'd been with us six months -- the hardest six months of my life. … [Read more]

Family Vacation on the NC Coast

family vacation

Last time we went on a family vacation, it was to Tybee Island. This time, the crew was different: LacyDog stayed with my mom and her dog Mocha; Lindsey is living on her own; and of course we didn't even know about the … [continue reading]

13+ Books for Teens (and tweens)

books for teens

With a teen whose reading level has been in the high-school range way before she was a teen, it's been hard to find age-appropriate books that aren't ridiculously beneath her reading level and therefore, boring. When we … [continue reading]

Is homeschooling a burden?

homeschooing is not frolicking through a field of daisies

Every day of homeschooling is delightful. We greet the day in pleasant moods, pray together, and after enjoying a healthy homemade breakfast, we all study together until it's time to frolic through a field of daisies … [continue reading]

Hands-on Kids’ Crafts from Kiwi Crate

kiwi crate hands-on kids crafts

Let's be real: even though I have an entire Pinterest board full of kids' crafts, sometimes (ok, lots of times), planning those projects and making sure we have all the supplies just does not happen. Although Kathryn has … [continue reading]

Living simply, chasing dreams

live simply | See Jamie blog

I have a hard time allowing myself the luxury of impractical thoughts. I squash them before they have the tiniest chance to ferment and grow into something. Until this summer, during all my time on the porch, I hadn't … [continue reading]

In my garden: lessons learned

lessons learned in my garden

Remember when I said this was the year I'd learn to garden? Things didn't go quite as planned -- but that hasn't stopped me from learning some important lessons in my garden this summer. Birds eat apples. So do … [continue reading]