We're back in Minnesota!
After months of house hunting and still living in our trailer, Eric and I walked into a home
we love. We loved it so much we didn’t want
to leave. It is right by University of North
Dakota in Grand Forks.
We scheduled a 2nd showing. And before we could go inside we decided to
take the kids by to look at the yard.
The owners were home, so I knocked to see if it would be okay to take a
peek in the back yard. The owners are a
recently retired professor couple. Carl
answered the door.
We visited a bit, and he invited us inside. Again we loved the home… and our kids loved
their cat! We talked for sometime. And when we were leaving I asked “Carl, what
is your last name?”
“Barrentine”, he replied.
“I know a Barrentine”.
Carl looked at me quizzically. “There are not many Barrentines”, he said.
“She was my first grade teacher back in Idaho”.
A moment of silence passed.
Carl's kind eyes became serious as he looked right into mine and asked, “Did you go…
Sunrise beach clean up with my son Elias today was, well…
Beautiful sunrise, amazing waves, and the remnants of yesterdays
celebrations scattered for miles. It is
constitution day in Mexico. We gathered
3 bags of discarded plastic and styrofoam. It was an amazing, disheartening, beautiful,
difficult, joyful, challenging experience.
For many reasons.
So, Ive been reflecting and asking. How does one survive the tragedies of
life? How do we get through times of
utter pain, despair, hurt beyond knowledge?
The thing is… pain is real.
Deep suffering occurs because something happened to you. And you have choices. You can choose how you deal with your
suffering. However, there are wrong ways
to suffer. Or maybe I should say there
are ways to suffer that only lead to more suffering.
We all suffer. We all
experience pain. And when we push the
pain away, distract ourselves, pretend that it didn’t happen, we only create an
underlying anxiety. The pain doesn’t go
away if you sim…
Schooling on the road has gone better than I anticipated. Before leaving I had concerns (not so mindful moments) about less than motivated children when it came to academic studies while living on the road. I feel a weight of responsibility when it comes to providing a good education. I just want to help my kids to reach their highest potential.
Of course much of their education is simply the experiences they are having. One of the beauties of children is that they are always learning. Whether we are spending a day at the beach or at the market great questions arise (eg how do Jelly fish sting people? How do I say "bathroom" in Spanish?, What kind of fish is that boat fishing for?). Their questions lead to some fabulous educational dialogue- and the best part is that they asked the question so they WANT to know (unschooling).
As for the more formal academics, we have gotten into a routine. The kids do reading, writing, and math in the morning- then they have play time …