Every year at Christmastime, Ray and I receive a Christmas card from his English cousins, the children of Ray’s mother’s brother. Even though we have only met them once, the card is always signed with the affectionate English symbol XOXO, which stands for hugs and kisses. After all, we’re family. For some reason, I was […]

For Those Not-So-Academic Little Boys and the Big Ones, Too

Ray and I were doing the same thing yesterday morning that we have done so many mornings since we moved into this wonderful, drafty old house. We were standing on the porch talking to our latest contractor. The issue this time was our sinking kitchen. Note that I didn’t say our kitchen sink, but our […]

Under the Table with Your Kids

The retired teacher we met on our train ride through the Royal Gorge near Cañon City, Colorado, told me that her favorite kind of children to teach were the ones who were “squirrely.” I was perplexed at her definition of squirrely at first. The first definition in the urban dictionary is mildly insane. That’s not what she […]

Two Must-Dos in Every Homeschool Day

Ray and I arrived in Colorado Springs three days before our conferences there began. When I asked our Creation-loving friend Dena what her top picks were for things to see in the area, she said that the train ride through the Royal Gorge was her favorite. On our second day in Colorado Springs, we drove […]