I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. A maker of slow food and simple living. A collector of memories, a keeper of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

What We're Reading in January 2022

book resting on a chair

We're only three weeks into the new year and I've already bought four new books. I might have a book buying addiction. Then again, since only one of them is for me, it could be argued that I'm more of a  book dealer than a book addict. 

Either way, January has been a month of books in the Erickson household. We've cracked into several new-to-us titles, have revisited a beloved classic, and have been pleasantly pleased by our book club picks. 

Favorite Read Alouds from 2021

Books and plants

At the close of every calendar year, usually on some cold December afternoon, I pull out my running list of "Books We've Read Together" and invite my kids to have a lengthy and impassioned discussion about which books from the past twelve months we liked the most. 

We take an official vote to determine our top five to ten titles. Since we are a living book-style homeschool, we read dozens and dozens of books each year for our content subjects like Bible, science, and history. But, I don't include any of those titles in our vote. Our poll is limited to read alouds--books I read to them every afternoon for fun, for family connection, for literary adventure. 

The Best Books I Read in 2021

Jamie Erickson reading a book

Unprecedented. That seems to be the most overworked word in the American lexicon these days. It's been pulled into so many sentences that if it gets stretched any further it just might rip clean through.

But, in this case, unprecedented feels like the perfect label for the kind of reading year I had in 2021. 

In the past, I've been able to log about 40ish books by December's end. A solid number for a work at home, homeschooling mother of five, in my opinion. At the close of 2021, however, my book journal showed that I finished 87 titles, an unprecedented number for me, to be sure.

The 10 Most Popular Posts from 2021

homeschool boy

According to a March 22 article from the US census bureau, the popularity of homeschooling continues to rise. Even after many schools around the country re-opened or provided hybrid models, thousands of parents of school-aged kids have chosen to bring the learning home.

4 Ways I'll be Increasing in 2022

warming feet by a fireplace

In her book The Writing Life, Annie Dillard wrote, "How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives." And since I was gifted only one life, I'd like to spend it well. 

With the turning of a new year comes a chance to reflect on what was and look ahead to what will be. It's a chance to evaluate and make adjustments to how I'm spending my days. I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. A lofty plan is often unattainable and a precursor to failure. I have no desire to start my year out with feelings of defeat. But, while I never make resolutions, I'm always resolute. I'm firm in my resolve to make slow-and-steady progress.