school stations

In February I swapped our school days around so that most of our core subject work on formal instruction days is done at stations. The most basic version of the plan is that the four kids work individually and rotate among four stations at 30-minute intervals. I do have to read to Brennan (and sometimes…

kids’ gallery wall

I’ve always wanted to be that person who is able to pull together gallery wall ideas, buy the frames, insert art into frames, put framed art on the wall in prearranged pattern, and enjoy. It’s possible that from the way I listed all those steps, you’re already figuring that somewhere in this process I GET…

turning points

I bought an out-of-print book from a third-party seller on Amazon, like, totally on one of those whims they make movies about. You know what I mean – they’re fodder for documentaries and comedies alike. I am hoping this leads to epic win documentary level, instead of comedy or epic fail documentary. We’re making plans…

almost alone on Valentine’s Day

As I write, it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s almost normal bedtime. I’ve been cleaning up the pile of stuff to clean up later… I decided it might as well be later. Annie is asleep on the couch (she’s got a pillow tucked next to her to keep her from rolling off!) and Jonathan is at my…

HELP MEEE withaproject

I’m pulling together a BIG collage of pictures of our family, and I want to put Bible verses and quotes and phrases on it. I don’t really even know what to say I’m trying to do or what I want, but I’m wondering if any of you have anything you think should be included. I…

dreaming big for 2014: goal setting introduction

Three years ago, I attended a Making Things Happen intensive and it changed my life. At first the change wasn’t radical. And I’m almost embarrassed to be all like, “IT CHANGED MY LIFE!” because I haven’t experienced the KIND of life change that I thought would result. But that’s okay. My life changes have been better for my…

a few things

1. We have been harness-free for a week. I’ve been meaning to create a blog post all week, but we’ve had data issues with our phones and I’ve had issues handling the computer. It’s been a wild week. But we’ve been able to change bebe diapers about 4 times faster than before, and AnnieMer is…

monkeys, wrenches, and gifts

1) I started, in August, making plans to create prototypes of a product line that I’m really excited about that would go along with TendingBabylon and a bigger thing. The goal was to plan, plan, plan, and then use Kickstarter to raise funds to build the prototype kits and ship them to testers in March…

school@thebarn :: grading first grade

I blogged about school!! This time it’s the first of a two-part series on grade sheets. (Part two will post on Monday, and I’ll add a link when the post goes live.) Yay me!

be light

I posted this image (without text) to Instagram before the kids went to bed. They were being wild, and when I looked around for something to attach the wild story to, this is what I saw. I was so glad it saved out of focus… it’s just been hard to focus lately. There’s so much…