Family Life & Kids


An Easter Story

An Easter Story

I feel we are accomplishing what we set out to do here. And that is very gratifying, and it makes up for the constant tug I feel in my heart towards the mountains and the woods. And the ache of no longer living in one of eastern Canada's most beautiful places, the Gaspe peninsula.

Sitting front row to a person's becoming

Sitting front row to a person's becoming

It has been especially delightful to see the threads connecting their early childhood and their late teen/launching years. And I know it will just continue. This delight, this joy as they engage with and contribute to the world, beyond childhood, outside our home as adults.

A vegan teen (and other interest-led learning wins)

A vegan teen (and other interest-led learning wins)

A video interview of Brienne and my mom, Karen Toews, about her vegan diet. Brienne explains why she's vegan and how she maintains a vegan diet in and un-vegan world.

The rewards of parenting in young adulthood (a birthday in the woods)

The rewards of parenting in young adulthood (a birthday in the woods)

I feel grief about these years being nearly over, all that time spent together, the beautiful mundane punctuated by exciting adventures, the whole thing steeped in love. I feel so busy trying to keep up with it all that I'm afraid I'm missing it, even while living it, even while I'm wishing it was done!

Getting a job

Getting a job

How does one go about looking for a job when one hasn't had "a job" in almost twenty years? Yes, I've worked, as a homemaker, homeschooler, and home manager; a freelance writer and content creator. I've worked but I haven't had a job - the kind where someone hires you, you show up, do work according to their specifications, and get paid - since before my kids were born.

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 3

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 3

This is where we were going all along. This is where those fall hay wagon rides were headed. This was the destination, one of the station stops along the track of building an interest-led, relationship-focused, self-directed, and often experimental, homeschooled family life.

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 2

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 2

We have become home "schoolers" in every sense of the word. Our lives revolve around our kids' schooling. Life has always revolved around our kid's overall well-being and education, but now it's actual classes and coursework, deadlines and applications. Helping them achieve their goals now and for the future.