books of 2015

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Since January of 2015, I have kept a photographic journal of the books I read, in order, through the year.  I will continue this through this next year since i really enjoyed keeping up with a list.  I think it also helped me not to get in a reading rut…not knowing what to read next.  I follow podcasts and read book lists and look at others’ recommendations to line up my next books.  I don’t have a specific theme in the books I read…I only read what looks interesting to…read more

a kitchen renovation, a long time in the making…

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this is a story of a kitchen that just wasn’t working for us.  now, the kitchen is what sold me on the house in the first place when we bought it 9 1/2 years ago, but we knew right away that we would be re-doing it eventually. our kitchen does a lot.  we cook, eat, socialize, and school in it.  it’s the warmest room in the house during the winter months.  but it was just so….ugly. go ahead and take a look at these before photos (pardon the dark first…read more


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for the past eight months, i’ve immersed myself in reading.  fiction, theatrical plays, non-fiction, even cookbooks. sometimes what goes on in our outside world gets too big and checking out, into a story imagined by a writer, is a pretty simple and easy way to drown out all the noise. i’ve been keeping a photographic journal of the books i’m reading on Facebook. i am the “model reader” in this household.  my family sees me with my nose in a book a lot.  that hasn’t mysteriously turned any of them into readers…read more

a day in the (still) life

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I am not a visual artist. I can’t sketch or draw, my water colors blend into a big blob of brown….but oh how i love watching the boys, unhindered, paint whatever is in their heart. so i choose to join them this year.  instead of setting them up with paints and then leaving the room to start on lunch or dinner, i’m sitting down and getting my paint on, too. i may not share my masterpieces with you…but sharing them with the boys is enough joy. what are you digging…read more

last momma in the woods

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Disclaimer:  I do not pretend to know everything about raising a family and educating at home.  I will never say that our way is better than your way.  I will only ever write about what is working for us, hoping it will inspire just one person out there who is reading.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Never be within doors when you can rightly be without. ~Charlotte Mason We played in our woods last night. They’ve been there since we moved here nine years ago (and long before that!), and occasionally the boys go into them….read more


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i’ve been blogging for 11 years.  i started this blog when i was a few weeks away from having our second baby (sawyer). he turns 11 this september 11th. when kenny was designing this blog (i still rememeber the custom-design he made, with green and pink the blog colors i chose), he came up with a few choices for the domain name, which would also be the name of the blog.  he preferred “” which was the name our niece Sadie called me.  since i was hoping it would be…read more

12 years on this crazy-fun rollercoaster ride of parenting…

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today we celebrate rowan’s 12th birthday with a few of his best friends (her turned 12 on wednesday). happiest day to our astronomy-loving, soccer-loving, videogame-loving, big-hearted firstborn, Rowan Tucker!

Happy Birthday, Adam!

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This little guy, the baby of the family, turns 9 today.  He is 100% country boy: born and raised completely out here in cow-country.  He’s not a typical country boy, though.  He is fierce on the soccer field, loves video games, and has dance moves that we hope he uses on stage some day.   Happy 9th Birthday, Adam Henry Smith!                  

celiac screening

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i took our three boys to get their blood tests this morning to check for celiac antibodies. it’s the first step in testing to see if one has celiac disease.  here are a few statistics from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness: 1 in 22 first-degree family members (parent, child, sibling) and 1 in 39 second-degree family members (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent, grandchild and half-sibling) are at risk for celiac disease. Your risk may double if your brother or sister has celiac disease. they have a much better chance…read more


10 days down, 170 to go!

Posted by in celiac, classical conversations, family, food, homeschooling, menu planning

we have just finished up the first two weeks of school here. it’s been absolutely the best first two weeks of school, ever. perhaps it’s because i was focused a lot on the all-day 8th/9th grade class that i’m tutoring and got those first two classes down before sending my own kids to the same all-day co-op (but for their levels) this coming week. perhaps it’s because we started every school day at the kitchen table together, and then broke out into individual subjects? i think starting at the table…read more