change, learning, & new beginnings

change, learning & new beginnings

 

change, learning & new beginnings

 

change, learning & new beginnings

 

change, learning & new beginnings

 

change, learning & new beginnings

 

This year marks our seventh year on this homeschooling journey. And much like other aspects of parenting… I expected to be such a pro by now. But I'm not. Of course. We're doing more things that look like school this year than ever before, but it's the non-school things that always catch my attention.

The hours spent following their passions. The big chunks of boredom turned into incredible creativity. The laughter. The fighting. The building. The running. The collaborating. The freedom. 

This year the two big kids are both off at public high school and it has made a tremendous shift in our day. These two left at home are, as they say, thick as thieves. Paired up in nearly every bit of what they do. It's been fun to watch.

We're still finding our footing in this new place. Meeting homeschool friends is always the last and slowest and hardest thing to unfold when we move. So for now, it's just the three of us. But we'll get there. This I know.

I had planned to pull together a more formal post about homeschooling for you this week….. but my mind isn't quite there yet…. so you'll have to be patient with me. Today I am drinking lots of tea, fighting off a little cold, solo parenting for the week, and getting ready for the art fair this weekend. Goodness there is much to do. As for shop talk, the shop will be closed on Thursday for the weekend. I do hope to bump into a few of you at the fair. I've got a limited amount of sets of three postcards to give to you if you are able to stop in and say hello. (yes, for free!) Also, I'll be sharing sneak peeks of new shop goodies here all week.

Today I leave with these tree house photos. I've been meaning to share the tree house for awhile now. Joe and Sophie built the basic structure over the summer and Sophie has recently been using scrap wood to add walls and such. That girl knows her way around the shop, I can tell you that! At first I wasn't keen on this idea. I don't love the idea of it being a smorgasbord of wood and screws. Safety, aesthetics, etc.

And then Joe reminded me, "It's not your tree fort."

And he's right.

So I stand back, and let it go.

As I pulled these photos together today I realized how much we have to learn to do this as parents. The stepping back and letting go. Reminding ourselves this isn't our tree fort. I do believe this freedom is what they learn from more than anything. Hard as it might be sometimes. All learning environments and theories and education styles set aside…. a deep and genuine love and trust of their ability is what really makes them soar.

In the meantime I'll keep my eye out for lost screws and gently remind them that bare feet and saws might not be the best of ideas……

xo~

s

{ps ~ if you are wondering what they are up to, they've caught a wooly bear caterpillar}

 

24 thoughts on “change, learning, & new beginnings

  1. Beautiful! What an amazing space all of their own! Good luck going solo. And I can’t wait to hear about your adventures at the art fair. I am hoping to go to the Spring workshops.

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  2. ā¤ Hope you feel better. Just looked @ your apron peek on FB – the mocha tape is so cute with the orange & aqua. ā¤ pockets?

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  3. i’m so envious of that tree house! your photos remind me of my dearest childhood memories with my little brother. We had four older siblings, but he and i had a special bond. we still do. and we spent many hours together in our very makeshift treehouse.

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  4. Nothing much…. just uhm…. buy us tickets to Alaska. Which reminds me…… you did see that we’ll be up there for solstice next year right? My brother is getting MARRIED!!! I am so happy šŸ™‚ Maybe we’ll be able to swing through Anchorage…. a girl can hope anyway. Miss you!
    xoxo~

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  5. No pockets. I just don’t love them. They make the apron feel non-reversible. If that even makes sense. I’m thinking of offering them as an add-on. Back to sewing bags tonight…… nearly finished….. sew mama sew….

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  6. It’s great isn’t it? All Joe there. And Soph. Who is *always* by her daddy’s side if there is work. It’s funny, this house is like our dream and yet tonight the youngest said, “I’m going back to our old house. I miss the sidewalk.” The rest of us looked at him with moths hanging open. I’m hoping time in the treehouse with his sister will soothe his little lonesome heart and make lots of new memories…….
    xo~

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  7. Yes! I will have a booth šŸ™‚ It should be easy to find me if you are able to come. I've put together little three packs of my postcards as a gift to my blog readers who come out and say hello….. so I'll have something for you too!

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  8. hello miss stephinie – it’s olive! can you please tell sophia this: I MISS YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! and i LOVE your tree house!
    thanks – love, olive

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  9. I am so proud to be able to watch your lives unfold, thank you for this window into your world, the miles don’t seem so ginormous. LOVE you Stephie and all the Miners!!!!!!!!!!!
    AUNT JOYCE

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  10. THANK YOU JOE! from my whole heart, for your dedication and service to our country. You truly are a shinning example of patriotism and respect! !!!!!!!!!!!
    Aunt JOYCE in IDAHO.

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  11. Great fort! Now I wish that we would have the trees in the garden to build one. . . My kids would have the same comments, but I am having a hard time to step back and would love to be involved in the building.

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  12. Hey, he isn’t allowed to get married.. he’s still only 11 years old. lol. I didn’t see that you would be up here but I do hope youre able to swing through anchorage. That would be awesome!!! Miss you too!

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