Melissa

A photography-dabbling, primal-eating, black-belt seeking, housework-hating, triathlon-trying, homeschooling, grace-needing mom's attempt to capture life as it happens with 6 kids from all over the globe.

My Blogs

Summer Reading | Missionaries

67% of our kids will need to work through the summer. I’m working on a post on what that will look like. I’m planning on implementing some of the things form Leigh Bortin’s the Core....more

{Review} Navigation the Explosion

You all may remember my new friend, Allison, from this year’s Adoption Blogger Interview Project. Today she released a new book called Navigating the Explosion. This books takes the adoptive Mother through the adoption process and life afterwards with encouraging letters from moms who have been there ....more

{Giveaway} Essential Oil Family Physician Kit

If you read my post...more

What not to do in older child adoption

Photo courtesy of Rawich / Freedigitalphotos.net Our journey to and through trust-based parenting has been one mostly in the trenches. That’s the fancy way of saying we learned what we know the hard way. Friends we met while traveling on our second trip to Ethiopia recently wrote this amazing post on parenting older adopted children ....more

{Classical Conversations} Cycle 2 | Week 24

This is the year of simplification and getting back to basics. We are making a more concerted effort to incorporate memory work review into our day and relying on great books. You can read about our routine by clicking here and detailed curriculum choices here ....more

Flashback Foto Friday

Meet our newest family members. I think they’ve been affectionately renamed Abraham and Lincoln. ...more

Wellness with Oils

A couple months ago I did a trust-based parenting consultation with a mom who mentioned she was using essential oils with some success to manage her daughter’s anxiety and anger. For a while I dismissed it since I felt pretty confident about the amino acids and supplements we were using. However, oils wouldn’t go away ....more

Early Spring Gardening

While there’s still snow in our forecast, it’s past due to think about your spring garden. Last week I put some cool weather root veggies in the ground and covered the bed to retain the heat while the temperatures are still unreliable....more

{Classical Conversations} Cycle 2 | Week 23

This is the year of simplification and getting back to basics. We are making a more concerted effort to incorporate memory work review into our day and relying on great books. You can read about our routine by clicking here and detailed curriculum choices here ....more

Guest Post on Perspective

We’re in the middle of a rather snowy Mid-Atlantic winter. My Facebook feed is cluttered with curses for winter. The ironic thing is that in roughly 4 months the same folks who were waving a white flag for no more snow will be bemoaning the 3-digit temperatures ....more