Looking Ahead

School officially started this week, and all of the looking ahead has got me thinking lately about my kids growing up and my home emptying out in the years ahead. I can’t help thinking about it when I stack the high school textbooks and pull out the graphing calculators and lab books. My children haveContinue reading “Looking Ahead”

When You Sit at Home

Rob and I began homeschooling in 2011. This decision, initially made for practical reasons, has brought so much life and beauty to our family through the years. Homeschooling has been a place of solace as we process Rob’s death. It has also offered us numerous opportunities to practice our faith, to be shaped into peopleContinue reading “When You Sit at Home”

Binomials and the School of Grief

Last spring when I did my homeschool planning for the coming year, I realized I’d hit a wall teaching math. I loved teaching my children math during elementary and middle school. The subject had come easily to me throughout my school years. As a teacher, I discovered patterns, logic and predictability I’d never seen asContinue reading “Binomials and the School of Grief”

Reading About Death and Grief with Children

When Rob and I didn’t understand something, we had a go-to response: read a book about it! When we became homeowners, we devoured DIY books. When we had children, we found books about parenting. When we wanted to chart an epic cross-country road trip, we went to a downtown Seattle map store and bought aContinue reading “Reading About Death and Grief with Children”

A Place That I’ll Call Home

In 2016, Rob and I hit a tipping point. We’d been married almost 15 years, and the pace of our life felt like it was getting too fast. Work responsibilities were increasing, our children were growing, and activities and commitments were eliminating margin from our life. Nevertheless, we’d always been committed to a simple lifestyle.Continue reading “A Place That I’ll Call Home”

Homeschooling Through Loss

Our family homeschooled for seven years before Rob died, and we joyfully watched our children grow into intellectually curious students and voracious readers. More than that, our family became its own little tribe, deeply committed to each other. Homeschooling became even more precious the last three years of Rob’s life when he transitioned to workingContinue reading “Homeschooling Through Loss”

Goodbye, Old Year

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re wrapping up All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, our 89th family read aloud since we began keeping track five years ago and our 6th since Rob died. Ritual has provided refuge in our loss, and bedtime read alouds are among the most precious rituals we engage inContinue reading “Goodbye, Old Year”