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Fertility Awareness & Self Directed Learning

In the last year my interest in learning more about fertility awareness has grown beyond simply what’s needed to effectively fertility chart for myself into something much bigger. I would definitely say it’s now an obsessive, passionate interest of mine! It’s been really interesting for me to think of this interest in the context of unschooling…

Where Feminism and Religion Intersect

I’ve recently become acquainted with the term intersectional feminism. As I understand it, intersectional feminism seeks to understand feminism as it intersects with other aspects of women’s lives. Well, here’s how feminism intersects with this conservative, Christian woman’s life.

Hard Work – Part 4: What does Minimalism have to do with hard work?

In this final part of the series on Hard Work let us think about the source of a lot of our work: the stuff we own.

Hard Work – Part 3: How can we cultivate diligence, grit, and helpfulness in our children?

In Part 3 of the series on Hard Work we get to the the practical question: “I have to get stuff done, am I just supposed to wait around and hope that people will help me?! So far that’s never happened!”

Hard Work – Part 2: Do people do hard things even when they are not forced to do them?

In this part of the Hard Work series I want to think through if people will do hard things when they are not forced to do them.

Hard Work – Part 1: What if my children are never forced to do hard things?

With unschooling the question often comes up: “What if my children are never forced to do hard things? Will they ever learn grit and determination? Will they develop a sense of entitlement?” The argument is often made that doing whatever… Continue Reading →

Reflections Upon Arriving in Saudi Arabia

Two days after our family arrived to our new home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia I was prompted towards this hindsight reflection of our journey here.

Exploring Faith, Trust, Fear, and Human Failings in a Love Letter to My Husband

Part of our move to Saudi Arabia involved my husband going there first, leaving the kids and I with family in the US. We knew there would be a separation, but hoped it wouldn’t be that long. After a few… Continue Reading →

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Back in May 2015, while trying to plan and pack for a cross-country from Alaska to Georgia and eventually an international move from the USA to Saudi Arabia, I pondered the idea of the stories we tell ourselves.

Mindfulness in the Midst of Exhaustion

Why do I feel bad about setting firm limits about what I’m willing to do when I know I’m at my limit? I want to own my choices, my work, and be content that I am enough. But honestly, it… Continue Reading →

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