Homeschooling gives our family time

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking lately about how much harder it would be for us to keep and strengthen family bonds and deal with all the things life throws at us if the kids were in school. I know it’s possible because I’ve seen friends do it, but time feels more of-the-essence in this blended/adoptive family with all it’s complications.

The fact is, homeschooling gives our family more time.

homeschool moments

In the photo above: As always, the boy builds LEGOs every day – like the stretch limo. We always leave time for plenty of free reading. We took my mom with us to a hummingbird banding event and met a few owls, too! Scout has decided to start doing her own copywork, just because; here she’s copying a poem. And best of all: Kathryn sandwiches!

A birthday and a new family member!

Shortly after returning from our wonderful family vacation, we celebrated Kathryn’s 14th birthday!

happy birthday to Kathryn

Yesterday Kathryn got braces — but today we’ll be bringing home a new doggie, so that’ll be a happy distraction. And of course I’ll share [probably too many] new dog photos soon!

Fire trucks, motorcycles, and more!

A couple of weeks ago Ken took the younger kids to a community “Touch a Truck” event where they got to sit in and learn about all sorts of safety vehicles. Since he’s always making things like this out of LEGOs, running to the window to see which color garbage truck is coming in the neighborhood, and yelling “Motorcycle!” every time he sees one, I knew Jem would eat this up, but Scout had fun, too.

kids with big trucks

Boy-mom time.

While the girls take a couple of local enrichment classes one day each week, the boy and I hang out, run errands, whatever. He’s a hoot. And when I use some of that time to work on my new hobby of art journaling, he loves when I let him paint, too!

{More to come about my art journaling in another post, but you can follow my progress on instagram!}

me and the boy

I don’t plan anything big – or really, anything at all on these days, but I am glad we get a little time to ourselves each week. I see it helping our relationship. After all, I’ve only been his mom a little over a year now. {Read our one-year adoption update.}

Welcome, fall; we missed you!

We spend these cooler fall days outside as much as possible. When we’re inside, Scout is enjoying learning more about the states with Little Passports, and Kathryn is teaching her to crochet. Ken is teaching Jim to play checkers, and he often plays board games with the kids in the evenings since it’s getting dark so much earlier. {I’m thankful he enjoys it because I’d rather poke a fork in my eye than play board games!}

learning to play checkers

With all this talk of fall, I think I should go make something pumpkiny, like these drool-worthy cookies! Oh, and check out this list of apple crafts to make with the kids!

I’m linking up with Kris and Mary.

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Oh yes, time! I must admit working outside the home and homeschooling has made me appreciate homeschooling so much more. I actually spend more ‘face’ time with my kids than I did before. Also, it’s great having them walk hand and hand in shaping their educational journey with me. Prior to homeschooling we did less out of the house activities because I wanted to have more ‘family time’. Now I put them in activities to ‘socialize them’ because we get a lot of family time.


Jamie — I think it’s so funny that you say you would rather poke a fork in your eye than play board games! That is some very vivid imagery. I love it!

You’re right. Homeschool does give families TIME, and I am always aware that that time is a gift.

It’s been a joy to watch your family grow since I’ve known you. Great post 🙂

melissa newell

I love this post and really dont know if I would even “know” our children if I did not home educate them. I love your Instagram feed 8)

Enjoy the weekend.


This is great and so true. We are absolutely blessed to hs and I try not to take it for granted. Btw, love the Captain America tee. 😉
The How-to Guru

Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I always love your Friday posts. You’ve got such a beautiful family and the photos of you all just living and loving life together make me smile. Have an amazing weekend!


What a wonderful week. I couldn’t agree with you more about he importance of homeschooling with an adoptive family. It has helped us so much.
Blessings, Dawn


Without homeschooling our family life would be quite hectic and stressed. We know from life as a parochial school family. This is so much healthier for us all and we actually know each other now.


I really think that time together at home is one of the greatest contributors to the close relationship I have to my teens and a huge step in boding and attaching with our newly adopted littles! And I thank you for your honesty about fostering and adopting…we began our journey shortly after y’all did and you have been an inspiration and encouragement to me!


oops…bonding and attaching