Homeschool Life

First Day of School, First Triathlon, NO CEILINGS, & First Day of the Rest of Mom’s Life

Today is the first time I have ever watched one of my children get on a yellow school bus. When people were awed that I homeschooled four kids, I used to tell them homeschooling wasn't much different than doing homework together. I take that back. It's one thing to be a cog in the great… Continue reading First Day of School, First Triathlon, NO CEILINGS, & First Day of the Rest of Mom’s Life

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on writing, Personal Journey

2017 in the Rear View Mirror

2017. Crushed it. Really and truly. Those of you who know me know I beat myself up at regular intervals. I raise self-flagellation to an art form. My friends tell me I'm too hard on myself. If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do me no harm. I like to think I have an… Continue reading 2017 in the Rear View Mirror

on writing, Personal Journey

July… Don’t Want to Forget

July was NaNoWriMo month for me. I set a goal of 30K words, figuring a thousand a day would stretch me. Boy, did it ever. I consider writing a fun, yet precise and artful enterprise, but in NaNoWriMo the point is to get your story out as fast as possible. In the writing world this… Continue reading July… Don’t Want to Forget

Personal Journey

E is for Excellence

I love excellence. I chase it. But there's nothing special about me. I'm not particularly strong in mind or body. What I find difficult, that I do. My difficult and your difficult may be worlds apart. No matter. Increments. That's how I chase excellence. Eric Liddell is one of my heroes (Chariots of Fire), and I… Continue reading E is for Excellence

Personal Journey

What You Give to Get “Amazing”

Gabe. 10 years old. He’s amazing. That’s how the pain and hardship begin, when someone besides mom utters the seemingly innocuous words: You’re amazing. My amazing boy practices swimming with kids a minimum of three years his senior. When he was with kids his age, swimming practice started at 10AM. But his amazing asserted itself, and… Continue reading What You Give to Get “Amazing”