This post has been brewing for awhile, and it’s finally time to lay out the details for all of you- from where I’ve been lately to where I’m going.
If you’ve been a reader here on the blog for very long, you know that it’s a bit of feast-or-famine around here. Life never, ever goes as you plan, and everytime I pull on my big girl panties, buckle down and put together my editorial calendar here on the blog, something major happens and…poof.
I’m MIA from blogging for…oh…I don’t know….say 6 months.
I have to first off say an enormous THANK YOU to those of you that have hung around and WELCOME to all of my new subscribers. I’m so honored and excited that you’ve joined my email list and you continue visting me on facebook and instagram and leaving sweet messages.
So now, to catch you up to speed and let you know where things are going…
Here’s the short version of an incredibly long story…
In January of 2017 we knew that we needed to step in and help both of my in-laws, because their health was getting consistently worse. By April, we had packed up our little house (that somehow held a TON of stuff) and we moved into the country and made a new life and new routine, living in the second and third stories of my in-laws’ barn house, while they occupied the bottom. (Truly, it looks like a barn.)
We (blessedly) had a fairly unexciting summer of 2017, but in the Fall, my in-laws experienced one health crisis after another. Lets say we were pushing 20 hospital visits in about 5 months. Oh, if only that were an exageration…But we kept truckin’…homeschooling by day and trying to maintain a semi-consistent schedule and routine. In full disclosure, it didn’t happen. But somehow we made it through this school year and even if we are a little rough on our Ancient History and Algebra this year, if nothing else, we learned to be flexible.
All of that lead us to this past April, and without going into great detail, we spent the majority of the months of March and April not sleeping, in and out of the hospital. Finally on April 20th, my mother-in-law went to be with Jesus and we held her service on April 22nd, one year to the day that we had moved in. Someday I may go into the details of her story here, but suffice it to say, she had a beautiful ending.
Actually, it was more of a beautiful beginning.
So in the midst of all of this, in all of our spare time (ha!) my husband and I began working behind the scenes, building the framework for where we’re going next. We are still living here in the barn house and taking care of my father-in-law, but we felt the seasons of our life begin to overlap and then change a little, as we prepare for this next big journey.
(are you still reading? whew! you’re amazing!)
We’re starting a school.
Heritage Christian Academy will open it’s doors for the 2019-2020 school year and will be a Charlotte Mason based homeschool hybrid academy, located in Northern Indiana. Our students will still maintain the ability to homeschool, but HCA will offer parents the chance to drop their children off for classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-3pm, where they will be taught by Charlotte Mason-trained educators on a feast of academic subjects, and then engage in Nature Studies, outdoor Geography, Handicrafts, art and music studies and more in the afternoons. Parents will be offered Charlotte Mason method training, support, encouragement, as well as a much-needed break during the week.
This has been a LONG time in coming, but we are so excited for this new season!! I’d LOVE to tell you more – and I’ll be sharing as the time gets closer, but for now, you can read more about it over on the Heritage Christian Academy website.
So, in light of all that, things around these parts are going to be changing (just a little). When we first started the blog back in 2012 (!!!) it was just a function of our online kids’ store. In 2014, we closed the store, but the blog was booming and so we’ve kept at it, posting about natural remedies, recipes, homeschooling, simple living and everything in between. That will, for the most part, continue. However, as the year goes on and we get closer to opening the school, the blog will get a (much needed) face lift, and it will begin to focus more heavily on homeschooling and simple living, and it will be a cleaner look with virtually no ads. I’ve always been picky about the companies and products that I recommend to you dear people, but once things are streamlined around here and we settle into our new normal, the content here will take a much more focused and targeted approach, diving head long into all things homeschooling and Charlotte Mason, as well as some of our favorite recipes, our celebration of the Bible Feasts and simple living hacks. And don’t worry – I’ll still have my colleciton of free printables, and an updated homeschool planner and calendar are in the works (releasing this summer!).
So all in all, I’m hoping this will be a pretty gentle transition, and I’m so excited to have you join me on this new endeavor! If you’re new here, welcome to this crazy season of our lives and I’m so excited to have you. If you’ve been around for awhile…thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Many of you have been subscribers from that first blog post back in February of 2012, and that means the world…
I look forward to sharing our new story….hang on tight!