unschooling: road trips

75 days until we move to Cambodia, and we’re feeling the crunch. Wanting to soak up every minute of people and places we love. Wanting time to stand still so we can make lots and lots of memories and store them all up in our hearts. I talked a few weeks ago about wanting to say goodbye well. Well. Two specific things came to my mind. Ways to say “we love you” to some special …

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unschooling: sabbath inspiration

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. (Proverbs 3:5-6, msg) Good words for unschooling. Good words for life. Good words for when your mini-van gets stolen in the middle of the night. True story. I’m still kind of in shock. The good news? The cops said …

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unschooling: check this out

Thanks so much for your sweet words yesterday. You people are life-giving. I’ve decided not to stick a fork in myself after all. Since Saturdays are Links day, and Sundays are Quick Inspiration day, that gives me plenty of time to come up with more stuff for Monday, etc. I can do this. And I want to. Here’s a fun TEDx talk from a 13yo unschooled (hackschooled) kid named Logan: And a friend sent me …

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unschooling: regret

Today has been a little blah. Feeling a little burdened by the thought of leaving friends and family in just 79 days for a country we love, but where our future is mostly unknown. Feeling overwhelmed by all we have to do/buy/wrap up before we go. And also regretting that I “signed up” to blog for 31 days about unschooling. I guess I’m not really regretting it. Just aspects of it. For one, unschooling is …

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unschooling: are you smart or dumb?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” (Albert Einstein) Let me ask you something. Would you agree that, when it comes to school, those kids who are good at it are considered “smart” and those who aren’t so good at it are pegged as “dumb?” And do you think kids have figured out, from a pretty …

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unschooling: pros & cons

Obviously, for us, the pros of unschooling outweigh the cons (or we wouldn’t be doing it). Most choices in life are like that. So, what are those pros and cons for our fam? So glad you asked. (I’m just going to list the pros and cons without any/much elaboration. Then y’all can let me know which ones you’d like to hear more about.) Let’s start with the cons. The Cons of Unschooling: –little/no alone time …

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unschooling: go with the flow?

Here’s the deal. Not everyone is going to unschool. Or homeschool. Or send their kids to any particular brand of school. Not everyone is going to sell their house and move into an apartment. Or a dump in India. Or a hut in Africa. Not everyone is going to do this thing or that thing or any other thing. Because we’re not cookie cutters. We have our own minds and spirits and personalities and families …

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unschooling: from livi

Hi guys, this is Livi! My mom asked me to answer this question from Addie. Addie: do your girls have any plans for the future? After yall move to Cambodia, is that where they plan (at least for now?) to spend the rest of their lives, or do you ever see any part of your family coming back to the states? What about you and Gabe – do you think you will stay over there …

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unschooling: words to live by

“Only head this way if God is really calling. He calls other good and right ways too.” –Ann Voskamp (Enjoy your Sunday! Stay tuned tomorrow when one of my kiddos takes over the blog!)

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unschooling: watch this.

unschooling: watch this.

If I have the choice to watch a video or read an article, watch a movie or read a book, watch anything or read the same thing, I almost always choose the words. The reading. Gabe thinks I am C-R-A-Z-Y. But some videos just wow me, and this is one of them. I’ve watched it four times in the past few months. That is a TON for me. It’s almost as old as Nina, but everything he …

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