This is a place for you to find true delight for your homeschool, faith, and home.
The kind of delight that comes when your children know that they know meaningful things, when your faith is lived in everyday moments, and your home surrounds you with a quiet beauty.
A place where you’ll be encouraged to do the next right thing — and where you’ll find ideas to make that next step possible.
- To try anything that promised to transform our days from chaos and tears to peace and joy
- To wonder if I was expecting too much or too little
- To be overwhelmed by what everyone said I should be doing
But all this fear was a self-fulfilling prophecy. It kept me from being confident in my decisions for our home and it kept my children bouncing from one curriculum to another.
My children have one word to describe those years: mayhem.
Five years ago, as I searched yet again for our way forward, I found these words:
[We educate] children in the truest and fullest sense of by giving them the necessary tools of learning and by fostering wonder and love for all that is genuinely true, good, and beautiful…we seek to incorporate our [children] into the wisdom of two thousand years of Catholic thought, history, culture, and arts so that they might understand themselves and their world in the light of the truth and acquire the character to live happy and integrated lives in the service of God and others.
[Our] aim is twofold: first, to communicate a certain body of knowledge; and second, to cultivate a certain kind of person, to develop as far as possible what is uniquely human in him, and so to equip him with the skills, habits, and aptitudes necessary to embrace truth and to become the person he was truly created be. – The Educational Plan of St. Jerome Academy, Hyattsville, MD
And our lives have never been the same.
This vision has changed not only how we educate our children, but also how we live. We are building a culture in our home, and an environment to nurture that culture, seeking to delight in “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious…anything worthy of praise.”
With seven children, a chronic illness, a family business — and some special needs in the mix — we still have “those” days (or weeks!); but our school is more peaceful than I ever thought possible, our home is on its way, and our children have discovered true delight.
I pray this place helps your family find the same.
Some of my articles & presentations:
Beautiful Bookends, Simply Classical Journal, Winter 2019
Organized for Life, 2018 Sodalitas Gathering, co-presenter with Cheryl Swope
Mild Needs are Real Special Needs, 2020 Sodalitas Gathering