My Work Here Is Done

I moved Henry upstairs on Sunday night.  He woke up just as often as usual, and returned to sleep again as usual, which is to say, he went back down easily the first time, but we were both up and sad at 4am.  He was a bear on Monday morning.  He was picking on poor […]

Reading and the Homeschool

Reader Question: I have a daughter that is Tommy’s age and was wondering what kind of books he was reading either on his own or reading to you? Also does he like to read quietly on his own?  Our 8 year old is our oldest and for some reason reading is MY most challenging subject. […]

Evie and the Chicks

It was nearly a month ago now that we were collecting eggs in trays for the incubator.  Evie, as Evie is wont to do, kept playing with the eggs.  “I need those for the incubator,” I told her, “so I need you to quit playing with them.  If they break, they can’t turn into chickens.” […]

Planning a Month of Dinners

Plan Monthly, Shop Weekly I am a planner.  I like to know what’s in store, what I’m going to need, and how much it’s going to cost.  You can ask my children: I’m forever making lists, calculating expenses and plotting times.  I’ve typically shopped weekly, until fairly recently, but I have been making monthly menu […]

Artisan Bread For Sandwiches

I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  I make them all kinds of ways, with just plain cheese (seldom American), with added vegetables and herbs, sometimes even with a slice of lunch meat.  I love the warm, melty, crispy, butteriness.  Grilled cheese is an utterly satisfying sandwich, with or without a side of soup.  (I usually prefer […]

Henry is One!

Today is Henry’s first birthday.  I read somewhere once, when I was a young, energetic, idealistic mother, that the first birthday is not about the baby.  It is for the parents, a celebration of their survival of the first and most difficult year.  I know I have been looking forward to this milestone for many […]

One Little Thing

When I switched around milking and dinner time, I opened up the whole day.  I have no idea why I hadn’t done this sooner.  All of a sudden, I’ve got nothing but time.  The afternoon is wide open, and the entire evening is deconflicted.  There is no hurrying.  After dinner, instead of hustling to get […]