Mother Culture, by Karen Andreola

This read reminded me of a cup of coffee: sip, savor, repeat.

Spending any amount of time, in the homeschool world, you are bound to come across ‘mother culture.’ Although the inter-web can pass along many ideas about mother culture, Mrs. Andreola fills the cup to overflowing.

Free to imagine what culture could permeate my home.

Even as I write, so many thoughts swirl around my mind. Thoughts about raising children. Raising adults. Passing on genuine faith. Educating children. Staying sane. Being healthy. The list goes on and on. ‘Mother Culture’ touches on all these and is a book that I’ll read several times over. As a seasoned homeschool mom and now grandmother, Mrs. Andreola gathers all swirling thoughts and brings them into focus. She provides space for the freedom to imagine what home could realistically look like.

At the end of each chapter, she provides a list of extra resources

Frequently, Mrs. Andreola would quote from other resources. Each time, my Amazon wish list would grow by one more book. I also found myself reading portions aloud to my husband or anyone else who would hear me. She put into words things that I couldn’t quite ‘put my finger on.’

If you find yourself in the state of motherhood and especially if you have been led into homeschooling, this is a must read!

Fawn-Doe-Rosa

St. Croix Falls has a well known gem.

It is not surprising to see Fawn-Doe-Rosa’s parking lot packed from front to back and side to side! They offer a truly magical experience. Deer walk up and eat out of your hand. This is also true of ducks, goats, sheep, ponies, llamas, and cows. Where else can you pet/hold skunk, wolf pups, raccoons, fox, and so many others.

The kids and I spend a minimum of four hours meandering, interacting, and reading about Fawn-Doe-Rosa’s animals.

Cascade Falls

As a ‘stay at home adventurist’ this is a gem of an adventure. A short little jaunt down some stairs – to Cascade Falls, a leisurely walk along the St. Croix River, and short/sweet hike up a steep hill. We end our hike at the local Dairy Queen. Besides the DQ, Osceola, WI has cute coffee shops and boutiques to round off the experience.