Coming Out of the Dark

"In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
-Albert Camus

Yesterday marked the first day of spring for those of us in the northern hemisphere. It's a season of rebirth. It's a season that reminds us that there's life after death. We begin to see the light after a long darkness. We begin to feel the comfort of warmth where we once felt the bitterness of the cold. Flowers burst forth in color and trees display the brilliant green of new growth. Spring is the promise of summer to come: long days, relaxed schedules, trips to the beach, picnics, ice cream. It's a season of hope.

But what if winter didn't end? What if the darkness didn't go away? What if the bone-chilling numbness became your constant companion? What if the world lost its color? Would you keep searching for the light? Would you look for new growth? For how long? Would you continue even when it became a frantic search that ended in deeper darkne…

Homeschooling: Jan. 4-8, 2016

Christmas break is over. We made it through our first week back at school. Here's a little peek into our week:


What a wonderful Christmas season we've had! The only downside was that our Dec. 25 was very warm and very rainy. Thankfully we're enjoying sunnier and colder weather now. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Here's a look at ours:

Homeschooling and Life: Dec. 1-11, 2015

We are winding down our school work soon in preparation for the holidays. We will have three days of school next week and then we'll take a break until January 5. How long do you take for your holiday break? What are your plans and traditions? We love to watch special Christmas movies. Our favorites are Home Alone, A Christmas Story, It's A Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version) and The Nativity. We choose an angel off the Angel Tree and buy gifts for a less fortunate child. We also enjoy riding around to look at Christmas lights. We bake gingerbread cookies and build a gingerbread house. This year we even made a gingerbread nativity! We have a basket filled to the brim with Christmas books that we love to read. Also, the children receive candy and a small gift on the feast day of St. Nicholas. We have a special Christmas Eve candlelight dinner after we attend Mass. We let the children open one gift on Christmas Eve; the rest are for Christmas mornin…

Homeschooling and Life: October and November 2015

We have been enjoying school and preparing for the holidays. It certainly is a busy time of year! I've been thinking about how awesome it really is to be a homeschool parent. I get to teach different levels, from elementary to high school - including special needs. It is so rewarding to be a part of the excitement that my children feel when something finally "clicks." I remind myself of this on the tough days. Want to know more about what our life looks like? Here's a little peak:

Homeschooling: Aug. 31-Sept. 24, 2015

We've been plugging away with school, staying very busy in all areas of life. I will more than likely only blog once or twice a month now, rather than once a week. Life is just too crazy these days. Here' a look at the past few weeks at our house: