This is our 6th year with kids in school. I KNOW. It blows my mind too. Zoe is our oldest, in 5th grade, and then Olivia is in 3rd, and Hudson in K5.  I’m not sure how I ever got old enough to have a 10 year old daughter, or be big enough to have four kids, but here we are! I attended the Wild + Free Conference in Nashville in September, and if you’re a home educating mama, let me… Read more »

There is something about springtime that is so absolutely wonderful. The thrill of the vibrant colors after the grey and browns of winter, the song of the birds celebrating the warmth returning, the fresh air bringing soft breezes… it invigorates my very soul, and breathes life and vitality! I just love it! This was our first winter in the north in ten years, and while we really did enjoy all the snow and even the cold, there is something even… Read more »

We have been delivered of a child! Welcoming with tears of joy – Jack Everest Born March 28, 2016, at 11:53pm (born on his auntie Ervina’s birthday with just minutes to spare!) He weighed a big 8 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long. We are overwhelmed with joy at his arrival, and at the precious gift he is to our family! Jack means “Beloved of God,” and Everest is a symbol of strength and majesty, representing our… Read more »

I feel like I need to introduce myself again, as I blow off the dust from this blog after, hmmm, 8 months? Hi, I’m Clarita. I used to blog here, ummm, years ago? Remember me? :) The past months have brought big changes to our family – some wonderful and lovely, some adjustments, some tears, but all in all, we know we are where we are supposed to be. Even if it’s no longer at our beloved Southern Cottage (affectionately… Read more »

It has been a most precious month for me and my family! First of all, last fall two of my sisters announced their pregnancies, and they happened to be due within a month of each other. :) And then my sister-in-law announced her pregnancy, right around the same time. I mean, seriously. It doesn’t get more fun than that! There has been so much joy in anticipation of these little babies. I come from a long line of baby lovers, and there… Read more »

One of my sisters and her husband spent a week with us in January! They were escaping the cold of the north, and happened upon a beautiful warm week in the south! It was a wonderful time with them. Of course, with living far away from my family, it is always so special to be able to spend some time with them! We dream of the day of living near each other! One of those days was exceptionally warm, even… Read more »

  There is something really sad happening around here. So sad, in fact, that some days I find myself nearly in tears about it all. My little kiddos are growing up. I know, I KNOW. If they wouldn’t be growing it would be even sadder. There would be something wrong physically. I know people who would love to be watching their children grow up. My sister is one of them, and her arms ache daily to hold her little son…. Read more »