A new camera (shifting the focus)

There's been lots and lots of words on the blog lately. And I feel especially vulnerable about putting myself out there with my thoughts on high school (which are just the tip of the iceberg). 

More "why on earth do I do this to myself?" questioning after sharing those thoughts. Why do I share my heart, my passion, my enthusiasm, my ideals, and love for my life without reservation?

Vulnerability is not just experienced in dark and difficult times it's also present in deep joy. Any strong emotion or strong idea expressed will leave us vulnerable, exposed. 

Ah well. It's just the way of it. No one said whole hearted living was easy. 

So I'm thankful I can turn the focus somewhere else for a moment. 

Let's turn the spotlight on fall. 

I got a new camera this week. I have no time for camera talk right now. It will come later. I know some of you were curious about what camera we were buying when sold my Nikon D300. I'll share all the techy details later. No time tonight though, just time to share a few photos. 

Now I think I'll crawl into my cave to regroup before my next round of homeschooling posts.

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  • Liza

    Liza on Sept. 29, 2013, 4:19 a.m.

    Lovely photos! I recently found your blog, with my first reading of it being the high school post and I thought it was wonderful. I am just starting this homeschool journey (oldest is four) and feel so lucky to live in a time when the Internet allows for so much sharing. Your journey is an inspiration!


  • jacinda

    jacinda on Sept. 29, 2013, 12:20 p.m.

    Just a word of encouragement in the blaze of your vulnerability..I have loved your last 2 posts especially the "high school years" post. You speak your truth eloquently and many people reading your words feel encouraged and inspired and perhaps even challenged ... Your words are an important part of the larger parenting/homeschooling "story" and people will sift and sort and do what they will with what they read.

    For myself, I feel super excited by your words ;-) So, once again, many thanks for taking the time to write. 

    Beautiful autumnal photos by the way. 


  • Kim

    Kim on Sept. 29, 2013, 12:53 p.m.

    Your writing today reminds me a lot of Brene Brown. I've read her last two books and found so much wisdom there.  We've been doing a great deal of work here on shame and vulnerability, so it means a lot to have you be vulnerable on your blog. 

     I enjoy all your posts, wordy and picture-y (that IS a word).  My boys can't wait until y'all hit the trail next year!  They ask me at least once a week if you've left yet. Clearly a sense of time isn't their strongest suit!  

    Many Blessings,



  • Christie

    Christie on Sept. 29, 2013, 4:26 p.m.

    Thank you for your reply about the higher math on your previous post.  Your blog is the one that I make sure to check every morning.  Very encouraging posts and wonderful pictures.  Please keep the high school posts coming as my oldest is a year older than your oldest.  I look forward to future reading about this subject. 


  • Alexis

    Alexis on Sept. 29, 2013, 5:19 p.m.

    Whatever you do, please don't stop sharing because so many of us are drawing great inspiration from you. I had been meaning to write that your last few posts were absolutely awesome, the best I have ever read on homeschooling! I'm so glad you have gone before me and paved the way. 


  • Sarah m

    Sarah m on Sept. 29, 2013, 8:46 p.m.

    Beautiful shots, Renee. Fall is my favorite season because I love the weather (chilly, yet sunny), the colors, and the seasonal holidays and traditions we celebrate. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say the last one. I love the green, hazy, out-of-focus trees behind a clear shot of a color-changing tree.

    Sarah M


  • Kika

    Kika on Sept. 29, 2013, 11:37 p.m.

    Gorgeous photos - as usual.

    I see you as one of the pioneers - paving the way. I admire you for many reasons and yet don't do things the same as you all the time. But I do learn from you, glean ideas, encouragement, and so forth. I sometimes long for the path of freedom you've undertaken with your children's homeschooling re: highschool but that isn't what we've chosen - well, not entirely, anyways. We've chosen to jump through more hoops but also aim to encourage our kids to be passionate learners (and model this for them), to follow their interests in life, to be thinkers, etc... . At times I come up against shame for my choices in light of yours - bleh! And then I return to the place of recognition that our path is an excellent fit for who we are as a family and as individuals and we are all healthy and thriving.



    • renee

      renee on Sept. 29, 2013, 11:42 p.m.

      No shame my friend. None. I choose to jump through certain hoops, we all do. My children will also. They'll need to if they want to walk certain paths. And I never want to compare ourselves to each other, but to encourage each other by being exactly who we are. I think both our families are beautiful in who we are. 


  • kyndale

    kyndale on Sept. 30, 2013, 12:27 a.m.

    Having Amelia enter high school has brought a whole new level of self doubt.  But also, more commitment to inspire my daughter to live the life that she wants to live and have the education that fits her.  It's so SCARY!  It's not easy to do this but I feel like this is my calling.  I'm not the type of person to shy away from challenge or swim against the current.  But, my knees get shaky.  I love the pics that you've taken with your new camera by the way!  xoxo


  • Catherine Forest

    Catherine Forest on Sept. 30, 2013, 12:48 a.m.

    Love the new set of eyes you have there! And I know quite a bit about vulnerability, putting yourself out there and wanting to crawl back in a cave for a while... Why you do that? Because you know we, your readers, connect deeply with what you say, your whole-hearted living, your whole-hearted being. You are a one of a kind writer and inspirer. It is unavoidable to ruffle some feathers. But I know how it feels. It comes with embracing our vulnerability fully. Love, Catxx


  • Cirila Cerilo

    Cirila Cerilo on Sept. 30, 2013, 8:48 a.m.

    I loved your post about the high school years, and all of them for that matter.  I tried to order the books you mentioned, but my library only had the Fundamentals of Home-Schooling, so I got that one.  I showed Celine's drawings and dolls to my 12 year old daughter and she thought they were great, and my husband was looking over her shoulder and said that she's very tallented.  And I think they are awesome!   So... don't stop posting about the real "stuff".  I know what you mean; I feel that way myself quite often, but don't! :-)


  • Lisa

    Lisa on Oct. 3, 2013, 12:38 a.m.

    Thanks for continuing to be a 'vulnerability inspiration' for me. You are courageous, and it's obvious from the comments you get that you really touch people and inspire many. I appreciate you! (And I know exactly of what you speak--this vulnerability hangover thing. I'm blogging every day this month and putting myself out there like that freaks.me.out too.) But the world is hungry for truth, no?


  • maria cordner

    maria cordner on Oct. 5, 2013, 3:46 p.m.

    Beautiful photos! Just came back from a trip to Portugal and I loved to see your photos of the Fall. I think this season makes us focus inward and in the details...


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