Why Bother With Advent?

Today, 28 November is the first Sunday of Advent.  So what’s Advent and why should we, as homeschoolers, bother with it? Advent is the four weeks leading to Christmas Day. It’s a time for preparing for Christmas from a spiritual point of view. It’s focusing on the why of Christmas, rather than focusing on the what of Christmas. If you … Continue reading

Keeping Cheerful

Harsh lockdown continues for those in the Greater Auckland Region.  If you aren’t there, it’s hard to remember or imagine what it’s like.  We all know in our heads that it’s hard, but the young people going through it know. Some are doing okay. Particularly the introverts. They might enjoy the company of their brothers and sisters and are quite … Continue reading

The Power of a Short Story

Today we were given the news that 1.6 million people would stay in one of the harshest lockdowns in the world for a fifth week. Lockdown is tough on everyone. All ages from tiny babies to great-grandparents. All struggle in different ways. And the other day I was thinking about how our children are not able to meet and play … Continue reading

Making the Best of It

Some people like lockdown. A shop assistant in a fruit and veggie shop who was rushed off her feet serving customers heard about the new ‘level four lockdown’ and said she was looking forward to lockdown and being able to spend some time at home with her hubby and children. A business owner said he was ‘gutted’ and didn’t know … Continue reading

HEART Retreat 2021

I was very pleased to be invited to speak at the Northland HEART Retreat this year. My topic title is ‘A Simple Life, Richly Lived’. And it will be an opportunity to look at some encouraging thoughts, ideas and philosophies of the Christian educator and philosopher, Charlotte Mason, and learn more about how to foster a rich and peaceful home … Continue reading

Problems with the website

Oh my goodness! Have I had problems with my websites! There has been a problem with the hosting company which was bought out by a large corporate company who started taking sites offline when the sites came up for renewal because the new company forgot somehow to check that the renewal had been paid. It’s taken a long time and … Continue reading

New Year New Plans

For three years I have been consumed with a family project! And finally, I am moving into a new ‘normal’ and I am ready to think about other things. I am going to open up my courses again, and I might post messages and thoughts here occasionally, too. For today, it’s just hello 🙂  I’m glad to be back. I … Continue reading