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We had little friends from Knoxville visit today :)

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User Image livepluslove Posted: Nov 17, 2017 8:25 AM (UTC)
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The girls are off on a sleepover tonight, so the boys and I️ had a little movie night with too much chocolate and never enough cuddles. I love having all my kids at home, but times with just with just one or two to focus on are awfully special. ❤️
User Image livepluslove Posted: Nov 10, 2017 3:49 PM (UTC)
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I had no plans to force arranged marriages on any of my children, but don’t you think I could have just one? 😍
User Image livepluslove Posted: Nov 9, 2017 12:57 AM (UTC)
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I call this one, “It’s good to be loved?” Also known as, “What is this thing you call Personal Space?”
User Image livepluslove Posted: Nov 7, 2017 8:30 PM (UTC)
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God Bless Taco Tuesday’s. 🌮
User Image livepluslove Posted: Nov 1, 2017 2:46 PM (UTC)
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Halloween 2017. A witch, a Minecraft Enderman, a fairy, a skeleton, Pinky Pie and Pumpkin Pie. I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved looking through all of your costumes! Halloween Instagram is so much fun! ❤️❤️❤️
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 31, 2017 2:10 PM (UTC)
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On previous years we’ve had very well orchestrated family costumes planned out far in advance. This year the older three have gone rogue with non-coordinating costumes and it is yet to be seen if Zen is even remotely going to agree to get into his designated outfit. My costume was decided by what I found on clearance 2 days ago and Sean is planning some obscure reference of a costume that most people won’t get. 😂

All these years of family costumes have been awesome and we may make our way back to them in the coming years, but the fun of a holiday spent together is what it’s all about and that will happen whether we match or not. So whether you coordinate or are a mish-mash, whether you made your kids costumes or bought them at the store, whether you’re feeling instagram-worthy or not — it’s all good — we’re all good! You’re doing great! ❤️☺️❤️ Happy Halloween, everyone!
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 31, 2017 2:47 AM (UTC)
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User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 26, 2017 2:13 AM (UTC)
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Our annual Lucky Ladd trip is always a Fall favorite. It’s the only place that can be like, “we’re going to put together a bunch of cheap construction/farm equipment as play things and charge crazy prices for admission” and then we’re like, “sure. And we’ll see you again next year too! 😘” These faces say it all though. We love this tradition. ❤️ What’s on your must-do list for Fall?
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 24, 2017 2:31 PM (UTC)
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Who run the world? 💃🏼💪🏻😍
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:32 PM (UTC)
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Traveling as a family is important to us because it makes us slow down and be more attentive. I see so many of you who are so good at this in your everyday life. You inspire me to be better, but truthfully it's something we have to work at. At home it's so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. Evening often rolls around and I wonder if I've actually stopped and looked at any of my children. There are chores and work and projects and just life, you know? It's so easy for the day to get away. .

But when we travel, family time is the whole point. We have conversations on the trails, sit and admire the scenery together, play games on the road...we're more tuned in. Traveling to all these amazing places provides our family with incredible experiences in general, yes, but more importantly it makes us better parents, and we always want to strive to provide our children with the best of us over anything else in life. ❤️
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 21, 2017 6:23 PM (UTC)
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I took this photo for a black and white film photography class in college. It’s full of imperfections and probably didn’t grade well, but when I think back on everything I created during that period, this one photograph stands out in my memory as my favorite. Even then it felt like a window back in time. Now it does even more so as the tobacco fields around us have given way to neighborhoods and you wouldn’t dare drive up to a farm and snap a picture anymore. I hear this kind of talk and experiences firmly cement me as a Xennial. Now to go dig out my old school contact sheets and negatives and get this little imperfect gem printed for my wall. ❤️
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 20, 2017 1:46 PM (UTC)
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Ask us how happy we are that it finally feels like s’mores weather. 😍
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 20, 2017 12:37 AM (UTC)
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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” — O. Fred Donaldson
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 18, 2017 1:42 AM (UTC)
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This right here is my favorite thing about homeschooling: the sweet, tight bonds it fosters amongst my kids. They are each other’s daily companions and playmates. They have far more good times together than bad because they’ve been given the time and space to learn how to be great friends — to negotiate and compromise, to figure out different personalities and how to get along well. If we get nothing else from our homeschool journey, I hope this will be the gift we were able to give them in their childhood that they’ll benefit from their whole lives. ❤️
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 15, 2017 4:49 PM (UTC)
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Nowadays my arms are full of so much love and snuggle-bunnies, but there was a time when I feared this would never be possible. When I was full-term with our first son, we lost him very quickly and unexpectedly. I've walked through the pain of losing a child and every year I learn of new moms (and dads too) who are experiencing it. .
Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. In honor of that, I want to share a post I wrote last year for mothers who are walking through this right now. (Link in bio.)
This is for you, sweet friends. I remember all the questions and fears. I tried to address them here, in hopes that it will bring some peace and comfort to your grieving heart. .
Side note: If you're currently pregnant, please don't click on the link. You don't need to fill your head with fears and I don't want to be the cause of anxiety for you. .
Love to you all. ❤️ #PregnancyAndInfantLossRemembranceDay
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 13, 2017 6:02 PM (UTC)
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User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 12, 2017 3:24 PM (UTC)
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Breakfast on boxes, because all the tables and counters have been taken over by the business. We just like to keep meals interesting around here. 😏
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 11, 2017 4:04 PM (UTC)
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We might be sweating still, but we're attempting to get into the Fall mood anyway. All these babes make the supposed season change look awfully cute, so at least there's that. 😍
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 10, 2017 1:35 AM (UTC)
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"Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind." - Charlotte Mason

This is something I have to be so mindful of right now. We make a point to keep a relatively unscheduled life, but lately -- just for a season -- we are genuinely super busy and it's so easy to get caught up and forget about our ideals for living and homeschooling. Thursday nature days are something we've been sticking to religiously, no matter how carried away our schedule gets. .

Cultivating a love of the land in our children, and giving them a place to run freely and explore, are of the utmost importance to us. There will always be an endless succession of small things to get in the way if we let them, but reminding ourselves to think of the big picture helps us prioritize the big things, even in the busy seasons. .

What do you do to keep the main things the main things? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks. ❤️
User Image livepluslove Posted: Oct 8, 2017 2:25 AM (UTC)
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Today I spent the morning exchanging ideas and problem solving with such an inspiring group of women. They are all dedicated to letting kids be kids, inspiring them with great books and nature, and encouraging each person's individuality. .
I've found that in the homeschool world, there's often a lot of overcompensating for all the naysaying from outsiders. Homeschoolers can feel the need to prove that they're better, or more on top of things, or smarter than other people -- even than other homeschoolers. That's just exhausting in my book. .
I'm so grateful for the openness, vulnerability and supportiveness of our local Wild and Free community. I feel so lucky to have found them. If you're a homeschool mom, I strongly encourage you to seek out the Wild and Free group in your area. It's a breath of fresh air. ❤️