Your Child’s Small Interests Can Make a Big Impact

Encouraging a child… there are no short cuts. If I had realized how true that was many years ago when I encouraged a daughter to  dream big with little Artist Trading Cards, I may never have encouraged her at all. If I knew then that I would invest–and still am investing–more hours than I could have imagined […]

Unique Yuletide Book Reports… yes, book reports

Every December we drag out a large box of unique book reports that my daughters began compiling many moons ago. Why would we revisit a crate full of elementary- and middle-school book reports every yuletide season? Because they aren’t chicken-scratch-filled, wide-ruled papers exuding uninteresting details of easy-reader books that no one will ever read again. They’re origami ocean creatures, Shrinky Dink Anne Shirleys, mini Sculpey clay cakes that […]

A Family Tradition: Our Thankful Tree

Most of the leaves had given in to the pull of last week’s showers to abandon their perches. Some were happy to ride along with gentle fall breezes this weekend to become crisp carpet under our Bean boots and the ducks’ webbed swaying. The ones that remain have all chosen to agree in beautiful auburn […]

Fight Your Feelings of Inadequacy

There are so many days, in so many ways, when I feel inadequate. Days that assure me I can stretch out in the cool, dew-covered morning grass? I need them. Days that promise me I can watch the clouds conga across the bright azul field of sky for as long as I choose to? I need them. Days […]

A Feathered Iambic Poem

Here I am again. My knuckles are white, my heels are dug in, and my teeth are clenched. Every year I seem to grasp onto fleeting summer days with a little more passion. Maybe because time as a whole, regardless of the season, is slipping faster as I get older. Maybe because summer on our little homestead, […]

Loving science, even if you’re a Language-Arts-kinda mom

In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak describes words as “clouds, waiting to be held and wrung out like rain.” Zusak is right. When dropped gently–like summer-day raindrops–or strung together painstakingly, on tip-toe, the perfect combination of words rumble through one moment of our life and never leave. But did you notice what Zusak did with his allegory? Much to my […]

Encouraging a Passion for Philanthropy

I’ll admit it right up front–it’s hard. It takes long hours of commitment. Days. Years. No, it really takes a lifetime to encourage a natural bent toward kindness in your child. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how you can support my efforts? I […]

Drawing Straight Lines With Crooked Sticks

Some days I feel like I am a crooked stick trying to draw a straight line in the dirt. On those days, I remind myself of my educational goals for my child. I remind myself that they’re simple, really. I remind myself that there are only two. Some days I wake up in a state of […]

Why We’ve Put Away Bookwork

We put away bookwork for this school year one week into May, and we won’t be picking it back up until the first week of September. Why? Because there’s too much work to do! On our homestead, spring is the time for big plans. For a 12-year-old who has been enamored with Doll DIYs for over year now, the […]