Reason #173 for Homeschooling my Chickens.

Oct 17, 2014 | Full Time Family, Homeschooling, Homesteading | 14 comments


In the other gardens,
and all up the vale
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail.

Pleasant summer over
and all the summer flowers.
The red fire blazes,
the grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons,
something bright in all.
Flowers in the summer,
fires in the fall.

Robert Louis Stevenson.

I have to constantly remind myself of the life I want to give my children.
A different life. 

A “free-range” life.
My “chickens”.

And don’t be threatened.  
I am not judging what you have chosen for your kids.
Really, I’m not.
God has given you and your husband wisdom for your children.
We must all humbly seek it.

It’s sad that I have to write that.

I want freedom for my kids.
Before a life that weighs them down.

Yes, they have a-lot.
A lot.
They keep living creatures alive for crying out loud.
And some think I am too hard on them.

I am.

And then, I am not. 

And sometimes (I am ashamed to say)
They strive to live up to my demands.

But this is a small example of what I want for them.


Freedom when an autumn day beckons to pack up the books and bring them to the firepit.

Freedom to gather leaves and just BE with nature while others sit at desks.

How many of us know how to “just be”?  
Freedom to interact with siblings instead of being apart all day long.
Freedom to smell the smoke. 
Freedom to feel the rain come in.
Freedom to learn about how not to get burned.
Freedom to play “games” with the owl in the tree.
Freedom to figure out where he has flown to by listening to his “whoo-whoo.”
Freedom to sing out loud.  Bless the Lord oh my Soul, oh My Soul…
Freedom to pray together at random.  For Daddy, for Africa, for our friends who don’t know Jesus…

I don’t mean to say that others don’t have these freedoms.
But this is how we roll.

And we love it. 

Kiss your babies.
It will all be gone so soon.

Parisienne Farmgirl


  1. Blondie's Journal


    Own that.

    With love,
    Jane xxx

  2. Mandy

    Shouting Amen from the choir 😉 My Aiden {13} said the other day , “Why’d you take me out of school? I fell like I’m not a normal 13 yr old.” I said, “exactly. I don’t want a ‘normal’ 13 yr old. I want more for you than that” {Of course the discussion went on from there….

  3. Carey

    So sweet! 🙂

  4. Pam

    I love these glimpses you give us of your life. I SO agree with you about the blessing of homeschooling. I have a high schooler this year and am amazed at the man I see him growing into. Some school years were hard as we were finding our stride, but every year we learned more and more what worked for us and every year has gotten better. I love that I can tailor school to a way that he learns best. He is loving his first year of high school. He’s not overwhelmed by the monotony and other crap that can come with high school. At a time when most parents say that their kids become intolerable, our 14 year old is becoming more fun and closer to us. He is more responsible than most grown men – and he does it out of heart to serve, not obligation. I attribute these things to the fact that we’ve been able to have him home with us and nurture who God made him free from the pressure to conform. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to homeschool. It hasn’t been a popular choice or necessarily the easiest choice, but it has been beyond worth it. It’s a treasure. Sorry to write a book, but you touched a nerve. 😉 BTW, what are those awesome topiaries on your porch?

  5. Gracy

    Beautifully said. I am in the midst of praying about whether to home school because there are pros and cons to both. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  6. Angie Forte

    Love this! I’ve homeschooled my 3 girls, now ages 23, 17, and 15. I’m now down to just the youngest and she’s 10th grade. It goes way too fast.
    I thank God often for the opportunity to have had that time with them. Your pics brought back sweet memories from our early years. (Those sweet baby toes! So cute!)
    I think you’re doing an amazing job. Keep it up!
    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your life with us. Blessings,

  7. Tara Dillard

    The difference in children homeschooled vs. government schooled, amongst my clients is huge.

    You know which children amaze !!

    Thank you for what you are doing. Building good citizens.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  8. Ggomez

    Oh to do it over! I love the life you have chosen! I see it as more normal then the overbooked childeren around me! They aren’t getting to “just be”! I am not sure when I have… today with your inspiration I will just be!

  9. Mac n' Janet

    Your children look so happy, so you must be doing what’s right for them.

  10. Kristi

    Love this! And I know EXACTLY what you mean when you defend your choice and have to say you’re not judging! We homeschool too, and while it’s not always rainbows and unicorns, I wouldn’t change it for anything!!! I love spending my days with my kids and know that these days will soon be gone! My three go to “school” one day a week, which is run on a farm where they raise chickens, built two coops from scratch (and painted them when they were finished) from wood, NOT a kit. And they also tend their own gardens, have maple trees they make syrup from. They also get support in math and do science. They even do a little Spanish! 😉 I want a different life for my kids too!! I soooo get this! 🙂

  11. Kristi

    PS- your porch looks AWESOME! You’ve inspired me to do something with my LACK-LUSTER porch! 🙂

  12. Susan in Katy, Texas

    I so much agree with the “Oh to do it over” comment. And it’s not just the children. Even though mine are all grown, I’m still working in a huge metropolitan area and I rarely have time to just be. I think it is the reason for so many diseases that are so prevalent. Your children will have such a wonderful foundation for life. Bless you, Angela, for sharing it with us. And yes, your doTerra oils are making a difference in my life, too.

  13. WhiteWhispers2u

    I admire all your time and efforts you put into raising your children in a very strong and disciplined way and yet they have the freedom to grow and learn in such a unique way of life.
    It’s rare these days and I wished I could have raised my Children in such a way.My Mr. was not on board.
    I think it’s fabulous and your Children may not fully appreciate it until they are much older but they will.
    It’s great to have standards and set some for your Children.I set standards for myself as a young teen and have continued to do so.Many Blessings Your Way !!! You have a beautiful Family

  14. Bilancia Designs

    You’ve created quite a magical life at this farm…
    Beautiful photos, gorgeous children, mouth watering recipes,and words of wisdom to boot….
    Quite possibly my favorite place to visit these days.
    You’re truly an inspiration…


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