We get so many beautiful people emailing us through our blog and asking us how we are able to travel so much so I thought I'd answer it here as well.
My husband loves traveling. He always has. That was his priority and if you make anything a priority you will make it happen. When we first got married we flew more often and traveled outside of the United States (New Zealand, Cancun, Belize, Jamaica, and Guatemala). But we didn't travel for three months in a year. As we had more children flying became more expensive for us. With time our interest changed as well: we loved hiking and doing more outdoor activities.
My husband works for himself. He has two partners who both love to travel. As their business grew they got more flexibility and are now able to travel way more often. They get paid while they travel. God has really blessed us.
Being your own boss and homeschooling gives us the freedom to travel as much as we do.
If you want to travel start small. Do road trip or weekend getaways. That is what we did for many years. As of now we go on two week vacations every other month and go somewhere just about every weekend. Make it your priority if you think it is important. We have had the same furniture since we have gotten married (except for our dining room table which we exchanged ours for our dear friends table because they needed a smaller table and we needed a bigger one). We also own older cars and don't change our cars often.
Plus we started blogging about our travel adventures and now we get covered for majority of our activities and hotel stays. Big blessing but takes a lot of time and work. See what I mean : We make traveling our priority !!! I hope that helped answer some of your questions.
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This part of of class is never not funny.
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Imagination, determination, positive mindset, self belief... All these and many more qualities we are lucky to be (re)taught by these awesome two young men. Once they put their mind to something, they push through, come rain or shine. Be it fishing, reptile- or bird catching, nothing will deter them.
After many days of absolutely no luck, sitting, waiting, trouble shooting, Mr 7 finally got on to his winning streak. He trapped no less than 13 birds in one single day! (All birds got away unscathed... "I don't eat bird!", he declared). It was the happiest day of his life (and ours, by default).
Today we are traveling to NAMIBIA 🇳🇦// okay we aren’t really going to Africa but I gathered as many books as I could find (which wasn’t many), printed out some of @janbrettauthor coloring sheets and thanks to our @letters.from.afar we set off on an at home adventure to the sand dunes of Namibia. I love that books and stories can help transport us to places far away and ultimately add to my travel bucket list. // What is one place on your family travel bucket list? Currently the top ones on mine are Hawaii, Australia and New England..... and about 1000 other places.
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New blog post! There is also a picture of a dude with a cool mustache and jazzy mullet.
Link in profile.
✨Readers✨These little books are some of the most underrated, valuable tools we have in teaching our children to learn to read. They seem to be available everywhere—even the grocery store! You can find them on any subject imaginable, but even the youngest readers deserve good material, books that evoke laughter and delight even as they are learning to sound out and recognize words by sight.✨These are a few of my favorite classic series of readers. They are simple, gentle stories with mild illustrations. They’re predictable, sometimes repetitive (in a good way), and present characters that quickly become friends.✨A tip: don’t use readers as storybooks or read alouds. I know it’s tempting because we grew up watching Little Bear and Amelia Bedelia’s shenanigans make us laugh, but they will be so much more useful if the story is fresh. What a joy it is to decode and uncover your first story! Let it be these that you and your little one snuggle up with as they work through the words they know and you assist with the ones they don’t. Be careful not to make it a phonics lesson. Urge them on, gently prompting when they falter and reminding when they forget. Then, at the triumphant finish, CELEBRATE.✨
“Mama this window is filthy!”
The ✨magic✨of the prepared environment. I keep window washing tools near this window (where the dogs love to rub their noses 😆) My son noticed the window was dirty and set about cleaning it, with joy, on his own. Check out my stories to hear his satisfaction with a job well done. 🌱
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Giiirrrrl...this busy mom right here 🙋🏻♀️ has no time to make herself a healthy breakfast most mornings! 🤫
Glad I found this shake...it’s like a salad 🥗 but tastes like a dessert! 🍫
Win win 🙌🏽 Quick, easy, delicious, and getting me to my goal Sister Friends!! 💪🏽
Milestone alert. My first born baby boy is off to his first day at his first real job! Not many places will hire at 14, but dude is driven and dude is outgoing, magnanimous and all around just pretty rad.
So. If you’d like him to Make you a pizza you can Take and Bake ( see what I did there?) I bet you’ll also get a laugh and some fun convo for free.
So. Here’s to customer service ! And pizza! Ooh, And family discounts! (Wait ...we DO get a family discount, right?!) and to unschooled kids being driven to live lives they love !! -
This course will teach foundational principles and practical how-to strategies; offer stories, support, and community to help you homeschool with a freedom, lifelong learning mindset.
Content will be delivered weekly in the form of a short video that teaches or discusses a specific concept, illustrated with hands-on experience; presenting thought-provoking ideas and prompts for your own reflection and application.
Participants can ask questions and contribute ideas in comments format. I will be active in responding and connecting with participants, answering questions around the course content.
This course will support you in your homeschool journey by helping you think critically and creatively about the foundation and application of lifelong learning and loving relationships in our homes.
We'll explore how to cultivate, nurture, and understand motivation and interest, and how to parent and homeschool from a place of learner motivation and desire. We'll talk about finding curriculum and methods that work for your family. We’ll discuss practical solutions for the day-to-day tasks of both home and school. We’ll talk about set-backs and solutions, how to be flexible and adaptable.
We're going to talk about growth: your's and your child's.
Ultimately, what we’re doing in homeschooling is growing humans (all the humans in the house) and there is no formula to follow. Like all of parenting there is a lot to learn, and re-learn, along the homeschool path.
This course empowers you on that journey by engaging your head, encouraging your heart, and equipping your hands to the life-changing (world-changing) work of home education.
See link in profile for more information and to register. Tag friends who you think would benefit from this course. Gonna be a lot of fun to hang out and talk self-directed, interest-led, and relationship-building learning. Can't wait to see you there.
Throw in a dash of @dashintoreading, a heaping of @thegoodandthebeautiful handwriting practice, a cup of coffee, a few healthy snacks for the baby, a handful of loose papers scattered all over the table and floor, 63 baby dolls for the toddler, a couple Usborne lift the flap books and you've got yourself a healthy serving of homeschooling little ones! 💚
Our days are full. Our house is messy. The noise level is quite insane. The floors are sticky. The snuggles are the best. The tears flow easily. The laughter echoes through the hall. ❤
This is a peak into our everyday, normal. 💙
Well we had great intentions of starting lessons back up on the 7th, we had a few days of attempts.
But with some painting + home improvements jobs, purging + organizing, having my mom here for 10 days, and me experiencing an increase in headaches, with two major migraine attacks in the past two weeks, lessons were put on hold. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With our house projects done (for now), my mom is back on the island + hopefully managing my headaches better... we are aiming for Monday morning start. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I thought I’d share some new resources for each of my children. Starting with my 9 year old Brie. She is my self-driven, unschooly kid. She is always learning, writing, thinking, and will become super motivated when an interest & joy is sparked.
Some new things for her:
* Blood & Guts - As you can see, she’s already flipped through it, bookmarking activities she “must” do.
* Human Body Educational Tin - Full of reference material, sticker book, wall charts, skeleton model to build etc.
* Speed Anatomy app on the Kindle Fire (not shown).
* And lastly I have added a few history readers that she will be reading to me.
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Somebody please remind me that I'm a better person when I'm outside. We played outside, ate outside, worked outside, read outside. And it was good. #wildandfreechildren#motherculture
I wrote a #newpost#ontheblog about gaslighting towards children... .
."...I'm passionate about not telling my children how they feel. They're people, with their own thoughts, feelings and opinions. I don't control them. I don't gaslight them, nor dominate them. -If my child gets hurt, I don't tell them they're fine. Instead, I cuddle them and tell them I understand it hurts and mama is here to help make it all better... I think a lot of people get caught up in the thought, that children need to be told they're fine all the time - regardless of how they actually feel... " .
.*Click the link in my profile to continue reading or copy and paste this into your browser 👉 #mommyblogger#blogger#newblogpost#subjectlight#photography#writer
It's not everyday that my kids want to sit for hours on end.. Yet when they do I make sure to let their interests lead & often that looks a lot like coloring, discussing different subjects, pausing, lots of writing, reading, pausing again, laughing and talking..
Taking the time to deschool from public school has been quite challenging, but also interesting. I remember when we first started, my kids would ask for permission to do just about anything! Now it's like ---"Mom I'm tired of writing so I'm going to color for a bit and I'll come to that later"--"I don't feel like reading anymore so can I just have a snack for now"---or-- "I'm gonna create a carry on bed for my little toy alien *in the middle of my writing* admire my creation, sit it next to me and then go back to my writing." See it's those pauses in between to color, create, have a snack, laugh and share a thought as soon as it comes to mind that makes learning fun for them.
I know it’s hard to imagine a world of education w/ no school rules but many have gone before us in their lawlessness- breaking the rules- disrupting education norms and been so very glad they did! So keep breaking rules and go your own way--create a life in which your kids will love learning! ❤
Fun Friday means foreign language challenges! What language would your student like to learn?
Emmett and I use the Duolingo app so he can learn whatever languages interest him. Now you can have clubs on the app and challenge each other. So I’m using the app as well. .
Emmett is studying Spanish, French, Russian, and Greek.
I am working on Spanish, French, Russian, and Irish. .
Outside of Duolingo, I teach Emmett America Sign Language. Audio languages have never been my strong suit. So I’m really glad we have this app. Emmett loves earning the achievement badges. Duolingo’s app makes learning new languages fun and easy.
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Man, I thought I was the shit getting my degrees and doing what society told me I needed to do to be successful. All of this education never taught me the stuff I learn about myself in my daily meditation, yoga and prayer practice. My mama and church taught me how to pray, but what I know for sure is, it was not what I needed to know about prayer. I didn’t learn it until I began to learn myself. Until I went deep inside of me to see the shadows of me. Things I had completely forgotten about myself because someone said I shouldn’t be that way or I should be more like everyone else. The reality is, there is so much shit I don’t know about myself, but I’m enjoying the journey of learning me. Please just allow your children time and space to be alone. Allow them room to cry, because hell, they get stressed too and we all know what a good cry does for the soul. Allow them to see you spend time alone, getting to know yourself, hell even crying, simply because that’s a normal emotion in the human experience. Allow your children to become who they want to be, without your judgement. Your only role is to keep them safe and to love them unconditionally...NEWS FLASH...judgement is conditional. Your parents stripped this from you. Don’t do it to your babies. Allow them to become. #Repost@blackonyx77 with @get_repost
No matter what love you some YOU! Love yourself deeply including your flaws because they make you perfectly you and that’s priceless I know I know in real life that’s not always easy but it’s necessary and so Freeing! #selflove ♥️ #onyxsays.
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Nearly all fear is acquired fear. We were born with no fear, so it’s something we have learned. The reason why this is important to remember is because, then we know we can work our way through them. To let go of what only holds us back.
Disappointment, rejection, hurt, and pain these are all experiences that shapes you. Our internal fears are all learned fears. We begin to believe they identify us. And therefore they control us so much.
For instance we want to make our children safe, but actually what we do instead is to terrify them and they learn to fear. We tend to focus on the worst possible outcome, and when we do so we use a lot of our energy to hold them and ourselves back, not being totally free and present. Instead we can practice our patience and our faith. Focus on that everything will be okay. It’s a matter of different beliefs. There is no point in living out of fear about something, that we don’t know if will happen at all.
We always have to choices. To rationalise why we are having the fear or we can talk ourselves out of it by being calm and breathe. Fear is always a choice.
It’s the same with everything in life. ALL of these fears are holding us back.
Every fear we go through teach us something. It challenge us to grow more. To be totally free. To just be. To live.
Tonight is the PERFECT night for all of you to meet Remi! My goodness gracious, look at that sweet face & oh that JOY ♥️
It’s Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week! And it’s a good day to compliment someone who means the world to you! Don’t ya think? I think, yes!
In the comments below tag someone you know, or maybe don’t know & let them know why they are awesome! 😎👇🏼
You can follow this cutie @landiss08!
“There is a tendency to doubt your growth in the midst of a big leap forward; hold steady and allow yourself to bloom.” — Yung Pueblo 🌸
Blooming takes courage, vulnerability and drive.
It is growth that allowed us to open ourselves up to the life we wanted to live, and to the goals and dreams we wanted to achieve.
NOW HERE WE ARE!! Our tiny home is finally our ONLY home! We love this space so much and we have put all our loving energy into creating this warm space as our own.
New video is now up on YT (link in bio) - a van tour of our simple/minimalistic, self-converted tiny space!
I really hope you guys enjoy this video as I have also put so much love into creating it - wanting to represent our home in a raw and real way to you all. ❤️
Leave me comments, ask me questions; I want to make it known that you do not have to be RICH in money to dream/live like this; whatever you dream of is in your reach.
All you have to do is allow yourself to BLOOM. 🌸
I was looking through my pile of “mommy” books, and figured I’d share my favorites! Each one of them have made me think and pray about what God desires for me and my family. I love reading books like these... they renew my spirit and remind me why we do what we do. ❤️ #bookstagram
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Lots of cuddles for these three. Nothing hurts a mamas heart more than watching your children suffer. I don’t think we’ve ever had this sickness this bad. Ever. I had planned on a great school week this week, but you cannot predict things like this. All these children have needed is me, their mama, to cuddle and shower them with love. ❤️ #ahomeoflearning