Transition


Wrapping things up

Wrapping things up

While Céline starts a new stage, for the other two kids and myself, this is a finishing year. And on these late summer days, as blackening red drupes weigh down the chokecherry boughs and the pears hang like pendants on the neighbor's tree, everything ripening and suspended, it can also feel like a holding year. Waiting for next thing to start, but knowing we won't get there till we finish this first.

On her way to university

On her way to university

We didn't have an expectation that Céline would start university straight out of high school, or that she'd go to university at all. But last year she set a course for costume design programs.

Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part two

Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part two

My kids can struggle and work through the issues of their teenage and young adult years - school, friends, identity, navigating difficult choices and dilemmas - isolated from us and our support, relationally or spatially. Or they can do it with our help. I choose the latter every time.

Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part one

Parenting through young adulthood (our version), part one

We can expand and adapt to create a family community where we love and support each other through all the ages and stages of our lives. We're humans, this is what we're meant to do.

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 1

The October homeschool update (with a wee bit of parenting melancholy, philosophy, and practice), part 1

In October, life kicks into a gear that is challenging and stretching. And in that transition I feel ill-equipped as a career "relaxed" homeschooler for this change. But maybe everyone feels that way, homeschooler or not. Maybe we all feel dragged along by the machine.

When all the hype feels meaningless (and other New Year's reflections)

When all the hype feels meaningless (and other New Year's reflections)

This time of year is full of people reflecting, planning, resolving and attempting to change their lives for the better. Oh my gracious do I ever understand the motivation. There are some things in my life that absolutely have to change.