Miscarriage, Grieving, and Back to School

Somewhere in the middle of June, a little life began to grow, and for the next eight weeks or so that child was mine to hold and carry. On August 23rd, at eleven and a half weeks along, only hours after our first doctor appointment, we had to make an emergency trip the hospital. We had lost our little baby to miscarriage, and I was hemorrhaging badly. It’s surreal how everything can change from one moment to the next. Around 3:00 that afternoon I was slowly waking up from a lovely afternoon nap. Fifteen minutes later I was texting my

And Baby Makes Six (Midlife Baby on Board)

Do not adjust your computer monitor, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. . .  Yes, people, we are indeed expecting another addition to the Oliver family next spring, God willing! Sometime next March our #MidlifeBaby will arrive and we will be starting the parenting journey all over again. Just in case you need a review of the facts:  Our 3 kids are 18, 15, and 12-will-be-13-when-the-baby-gets-here. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary in August. I’m celebrating my 40th birthday in September. My 18 year old will finish up her sophomore year of college this year, my 15 year

Homeschool YOUR Way (And the hardest part of homeschooling so far.)

Homeschooling has had it’s difficulties and struggles all along, but recently we’ve been tackling a new challenge: transitioning from high school to college.  Yes, one of the most difficult things we have done so far is actually not homeschooling at all. And it has actually been very eye opening and clarifying for our way of homeschooling. Let me explain. First off, let me emphasize that my daughter isn’t struggling IN college. She has adjusted very well, she’s doing great in her classes, and she is making great grades. No, our “struggle” is a deep internal dissatisfaction with the way that

Our Alphabetical Middle Grades Read-Aloud Challenge

*This post contains affiliate links.* Reading By the Letter: Our Alphabetical Middle Grades Read-Aloud Challenge I love books. I’ve tried to pass on my love of books to my children, and one of the ways I’ve tried to do that is by reading to my kids. I love reading to them and even though they’ve grown up quite a bit now (and one of them is about to be 18!) I keep on reading to them. Some days they are more agreeable than others, but mostly they don’t mind.  We’ve read so many great stories over the years. We do have

3 Tips for Kitchen Cleaning That Save Time & Money

3 Kitchen Cleaning Tips to Save Time and Money I’m not a fan of cleaning the kitchen, but I do like have a clean one. It stands to reason, then, that I must do the first to get the second. If you’re like me and you want a clean kitchen as easily and frugally as possible, you might be looking for ways to save time and money while doing it. These three kitchen tips were originally posted here back in the very early days of my blogging. While cleaning up the clutter and crumbs that accumulate from so many years

Faith-Based Curriculum: By Design Science (1-8) Review

We love science.  For me, studying science reveals some of the amazing ways God left his fingerprints in this world he created. When you see how intricate and awe-inspiring the world really is, how complex and clever the design of everything around us, it’s as if creation itself calls out, “look here! See God here? And here??” My 12 year old son loves science, too. He finds it interesting and fascinating. Right now he’s particularly interested in energy, forces, motion, and other physics-related things. He’s also curious about chemistry, the elements, and other earth science things. Finding the right science