The view from here

It has been a while. Not because I, we, have nothing to say. More because there’s too much to say. Too much inside my head that I’m mulling over, dreaming about, stressing about, excited about, or processing. Much has changed and is changing for us. For the first time in almost twenty years together, neither of us are involved in church leadership of any kind. So far it has progressively felt right but bewildering, stressful, tiring, good, relaxing and still right. We are enjoying focussing on us, our family, our dreams for what’s next. Sundays […]

Quiet Time

Today the girls and I have been at home by ourselves for most of the day. It feels most unusual at the moment for this to happen. Life has become increasingly busy of late. Mostly in good ways. Seeing friends. Getting out and about in the sunshine. Running errands. But for today I have really appreciated being at home. And not seeing anyone other than my girls. I don’t think I’ve written about our Quiet Time previously, but it is something that I am fully aware that I talk about a lot and champion muchly! When we […]

Thankful for friends. And home ed.

We are so blessed to have some amazing friends in our lives. Friends who understand us and love us and who understand about some of the differences between their kids and our Little Legs. Recently we have started attending a home ed group that we used to go to before Little Legs came home. This particular group of our some of our closest friends shares not only home education as common ground, but also our faith perspective. At the last get together a few weeks ago, we had a wonderful few hours of chatting, drinking brews and watching […]

The path we chose – home education and adoption

We didn’t always intend to home educate. Neither of us had ever met anyone who had been home educated or who was home educating. Both of us had grown up within the mainstream education system. However we made a significant geographical move as our first child turned one and were suddenly immersed in a friendship circle of adults who had been home educated and families who were home educating. We had some great friends who were home educating from the start and whose children were such positive examples of a different way of learning. Our […]

Operation: Get it sorted

Our house is a busy house. A home for six people, two cats, a large dog, a gerbil and two chickens (the latter obviously live in the garden though!). Four little people, two big people and all the ‘stuff’ that goes along with that. We also home educate our four children. So we are home lots. Most days. There is no tidying around opportunity once they’re at school! Most of the time I’m grabbing moments to tidy around them, as they get out more jigsaws, or books, or clothes, or dressing up outfits :oO There […]

Five minutes peace…

I have grand plans for this kind of occasion! I am doing an online study course about myself. Sounds narcissistic I know, but I’m finding it fascinating. Podcasts and course materials that progress through personality tests, strengths finders, enneagram tests and tools to help me simplify and focus my time and efforts. Just a little indulgence that is solely for me. I’m finding I get very little time to work through the material and podcasts at this moment in time. Bedtimes are fraught and lengthy, so we are exhausted when we finally sit down. Usually […]

Gardening club

This weekend Big Girl and Happy Dreamer are off to their first ever Kids’ Camp. I need to pop to the shops to get them a few essentials that they need to take with them. But the weather was too nice today to pass up getting on with some gardening jobs together. One of the beauties of home edding: we can switch our week’s activities round if we get a lovely day! So we dug soil, talked about worms, lay in the sunshine, planted seeds, planted out seedlings, sorted the gardening tools in the garage, […]

The ups and downs of a home ed life

We haven’t always been a home educating family. Our older two girls went to school for four and two years respectively. Our younger two have never been to school. But boy are we glad we took the risk and made the leap! We’re four years home edding now and our girls are growing and learning and changing so quickly. Their interests are amazing and the things they love are so diverse. We switch from cooking to bird watching to Star Wars to nature studies to fitness and exercise to the oceans within the course of […]

The path we chose – home education and adoption

We didn’t always intend to home educate. Neither of us had ever met anyone who had been home educated or who was home educating. Both of us had grown up within the mainstream education system. However we made a significant geographical move as our first child turned one and were suddenly immersed in a friendship circle of adults who had been home educated and families who were home educating. We had some great friends who were home educating from the start and whose children were such positive examples of a different way of learning. Our […]

Random conversations

As a reasonably large family that spends a lot of time together we find ourselves having all kinds of conversations. As the day flows through various home ed topics that we might be covering, our conversations will often flow from the inquisitive learning of a new subject to a random discussion of the various lightsaber colours of someone’s favourite Jedi and back again. We thought that it might be fun to try to keep a regular update of some of these weird and wacky conversation threads. Today we have discussed and investigated the following topics: why […]