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I like to grow a big pot of basil (4-5 plants per pot) on my deck each year, and harvest it pretty aggressively all summer long to make batches of pesto sauce. Harvesting it down to the lowest leaflets not only prevents the basil from flowering and bolting, but it allows it to essentially start over and produce crop after crop all the way until first frost.  Here is my pot of basil last week, in need of a hair… Read more »

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Up late last night, wrestling and searching and thinking long past a decent bedtime.  My mind is going in a million different directions after spending an evening with dear friends, and homeschooling buddies, as we talked about next year, possible changes, definite changes, and how best to guide our growing children…how to teach them in a way that is best for them and their ever-changing needs, how to not lose focus of what is most important in their education~pointing them… Read more »

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“Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap,  if we faint not.” Gal. 6:9   “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Col. 3:23 One inevitably comes to the place, in their walk with and ministry unto the Lord, where they are faced with the temptation to cease doing the good work to which he or she has been called. Perhaps the road has become long, tedious… Read more »

Hands-On Ancient Greece

The study of HISTORY is such a worthwhile endeavor, and one which lends itself to young children in a way that no other subject even comes close to rivaling:  you can bring in costumes, play-acting and model buildings, field trips and arts and crafts, and on and on it goes.  This is one reason why our homeschool experience is “driven” by our history studies on one side, and science on the other.  Both are simply fascinating for kids when they… Read more »

So…I wrote this post a few weeks ago, but felt a little nervous posting it because it’s hard for me to really put my whole heart out there when it comes to certain (precious) things.  Let’s face it, no one likes to feel all vulnerable and uncovered.  But today is my beloved husband’s 36th birthday.  And, poor guy, all I gave him this morning was a breakfast sandwich, a kiss, and a hand-written card.   I mean, this man.  He is not only my best… Read more »

A Country School by Edward Lamson Henry Sometimes it’s hard to know when to officially STOP the school year when you homeschool.   But when the weather begins turning so irresistibly beautiful, it’s even harder to keep plugging along endlessly with school work, with no real STOP date in sight. Oh, I can hear you now– I can’t stop, I haven’t finished the curriculum!  Look! My kids still have all these blank pages in their workbooks and journals, and we’ll… Read more »