This post is one that has been on my heart to write since last August. It's taken me this long to pour it out because it's quite a vulnerable subject that many have very strong feelings about. Both Jeremy and I are advocates of homeschooling. We were both homeschooled. Today I share our journey of why our children attended our church's school this year, what our plans are for next year, and the importance of mothers, families, and communities supporting and loving each other no matter what their schooling choices are. I had the privilege of sharing this story over at Cheeky Bums, so head on over there if you are interested in reading. Happy weekend!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
- I stressed out a little every time meal preparation came along because there was no plan.
- I really don't need extra stress in my life.
- Instead of our family of seven filling half a trash can once a week, all the packaging (of "organic products") filled our trash bin; something that never happens. It was startling and appalling.
- We spent way more money for all those easy-to-grab items.
- The house was crumbier because everyone was running around while they ate instead of sitting down to a meal.
- We lost our usual connection times of sitting together as a family to enjoy a meal as we ran around, eating and working.
- With everything said and done, I really didn't save any time buying more pre-made food.
- At the end of last week, we all noticed a severe decrease in energy and productivity and our stomachs hurt.
Lunch: Nuts, Raw Cheese, Summer Sausage (organic, grass-fed), Sourdough Bread
Snack: Apricot Creme Smoothies
Dinner: Cauliflower Pizza (using rutabaga instead of cauliflower; we'll see if it works!) with Cheese, Olives, & Pesto
Breakfast: Grain-Free Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Muffins
Lunch: Nut Butter & Berry Wraps
Snack: Strawberry Cacao Smoothies
Dinner: Simple Taco Salad
To do: thaw steaks for Friday night
Breakfast: Yogurt with Maple Syrup & Fresh Berries
Lunch: Sourdough Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches, Hummus, Carrot Sticks, Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
Snack: Carrot Cake Smoothies
Dinner: Nourishing Potato Cheddar Soup
Breakfast: Chocolate Breakfast Shake
Lunch: Sourdough Ham & Turkey Sandwiches, Sprouted Sunflower Seeds, Apriums
Snack: Orange Julius
Dinner: Simple Summer Succotash
Breakfast: GF Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal
Lunch: Sourdough Raw Almond Butter & Homemade Jam Sandwiches, Coconut Secret Bars, Leftover Muffins From Tuesday Morning
Snack: Nut Butter & Honey Popcorn
Dinner: BBQ Steaks & English Pea Salad
Breakfast: GF Pancakes
Snack: Leftover Muffins From Tuesday Morning
Dinner: GF Turkey Pesto Pasta
Breakfast: Fried Eggs & Avocados
(Sunday is my day off)
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A couple of years ago, we had the privilege of goat-sitting for some friends. I fell in love with the peaceful rhythm of milking in the morning and at night. We were amazed at how delicious the fresh milk from these Swiss dairy goats tasted. There wasn't a trace of "goat taste." The cute little does we watched over for a month have since had kids, and we are now the happy owners of two.
They are only seven weeks old so there will be no milking until March; perfect timing for us. One of the most important jobs our children have is loving on the little kids so they don't become wild and milking will be easier for them.
These cute little goaties are half Oberhasli and half Saanen; both Swiss dairy goats with exceptional milk, known for their gentleness and ease of milking (perfect for families with children who will help with the milking).
When the day is done, you will find my nose buried either in one of two books: Natural Goat Care or the Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. They might not be the most inspirational literature when it comes to writing style and creativity, but this new-farmer-needing-wisdom mama is captivated by them both. When we are not doing, we are learning. It's a very happy, full season of life and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way.