Here Comes the Sun: A New Season for Twodaloo

Summer is upon us here in Texas, and despite the already suffocating heat, I am ecstatic. These past few weeks of sunshine have been a welcome relief from an unbelievably turbulent stretch of weather- rain, severe storms, flooding, and more rain have rocked our region and caused some serious damage and even loss of life. Our little lakefront community has been affected by the swollen waters, which have engulfed enough of the border of our tiny peninsula to make many roads treacherous and completely submerge our docks and the shoreline woods that my children and I spent many hours exploring this past spring. The water has started slowly receding with the reappearance of the sun, which gives us hope that we’ll be back exploring our little stretch of wild in another month or so.

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My son gazing at the flooded dock in the distance. Typically the water stops before the two submerged trees.

This reprieve from the harsh blows dealt by Mother Nature in the past few months has coincided with a new season in our family life as well. My children and I spent this school year immersed in a cooperative preschool- me as a teacher, my children as students. Although I loved my job, my classroom, my students and their families…my own children did not have the experience that I so desperately wished for them. I’ll be reflecting on this more in future posts, but for now I’m excited to say that we are embarking on a new stage in our lives together as we delve into the business of learning as a family unit- homeschooling.

Becoming so invested in my “real life” job forced me to put my writing for this space on hold, but the process of letting go of the blog for a bit also helped me to evaluate what I love about it and what was no longer bringing me joy. I’ve been itching to post again, but you may notice a more reflective and informative style as I use this space to share information and document our education journey. There will still be activities and “Pinteresting” posts, but frankly I’m bored with my always bright and shiny tone and hoping to bring the blog back to a more authentic place, sharing both our successes and our struggles as we strive to nourish a family culture of lifelong learning.

I hope you’ll continue with us on our journey – I’m so excited about what our future will bring and am so thankful to have established this place where I can document living and learning with my children.

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  1. welcome back! looking forward to read about your new adventures!

  2. I can’t wait to see more from you! I love your blog and your honesty! Brava woman!

  3. I am really excited to see you back! We love using all of your fun learning ideas in our home. As a stay-at-home mom of two little girls, I often waver back and forth about whether to send them to a formal preschool or not. We are enjoying the home learning environment and I have hopes of more formal homeschooling in the future. I look forward to reading about your journey, especially since our children’s education can be such a tough thing to decide upon.

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks, Ashley! It is a huge decision, isn’t it? I’m so glad you are reading along, and thanks for your encouragement! It’s kinda hard to start posting again after such a long silence!

  4. Congratulations! I’m excited to see what this new phase brings, and I love to see when bloggers let themselves move on.

  5. I’m looking forward to this new direction! Kudos to you for following the path that is right for your family.

    Hope you’re safe from the path of Bill.

  6. Hooray!!!!! So excited to have you back. I’ve missed your voice here.

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