by Stefani on 20-August-2009

Hello all, and thank you so much for your words of encouragement over the last few days. It feels awfully good to know that we're all in this crazy boat together. 

Speaking of boats, two things: 

1) This is my last minute entry to Illustration Friday. The theme is "wrapped". Just a quick, loose little sketch. 

This week I've been wrapped up in schooling my fellas with our brand new (brace yourselves) curriculum. It's our first ever real live, honest to goodness, all plotted and planned out curriculum and its been very interesting thus far. It's good, really good, but it's also taking quite a bit of getting used to. I'll probably ramble more about that next week. 

The good news is, it's literature based so it fits our loll about and read style very well. We've been both rapt, and wrapped up in, delicious new tales. 

2) I also wanted to leave you this week with one more inspiring story. I've been reading up on some of the adventures of Zac Sunderland. At seventeen, he has become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe. 

My first thought, like any worrisome mama, was "Dear God! Alone? On a sail boat? In the great big ocean!??!" My second thought was "Wow, if only I'd that sort of gumption at seventeen! Cripes… if only I had it NOW!"

 Imagine. Imagine the places this boy will go… imagine the places he has already been!

Just hearing his story has really made me ask myself lately "What are the things that I'd still like to do and be? What are the passions, dreams and crazy ambitions that I've been sitting on, thinking that I couldn't…. shouldn't? And what if I did them anyway?"

Maybe I just will.  

Happy weekend to you all!

kerry August 21, 2009 at 4:51 am

Stefani, it is so cool to see so many of your illustrations these days. It makes me wonder if you aren’t already working on some of those dreams and ambitions here in this space. Know that as you try out those new, difficult, and sometimes scary things we will all be here to support you! I also wanted to say how much I loved and related to your post the other day. I was so moved by the whole of it (intertwined with Nie Nie’s story) that I just didn’t really know what to say. I guess an “I hear ya sister” and “thanks” will have to suffice.

jessica August 21, 2009 at 4:52 am

I’m going to have to read about Zac- as much as it would terrify me to think he did it alone! You are right, he truly can go anywhere!

Erin | house on hill road August 21, 2009 at 4:57 am

off to read about zac…
hope you have a fantastic weekend, stefani!

BOATBABY August 21, 2009 at 5:33 am

My little homeschooled boat Zach LOVES the heck out of the bigger, homeschooled sailing hero Zac!

renee @ FIMBY August 21, 2009 at 5:49 am

I haven’t been around here long enough to know what “the look” has been but I love your blog look! I am daring myself to learn to draw with my children and I’m inspired by you Stefani.

Brittany August 21, 2009 at 6:21 am

I love the new layout with all your illustrations! Thanks for the week of inspiration, it’s always good to put things in perspective and I could use a little push to get moving on somethings I want to accomplish this year. I find it really easy to use the kids as my “excuse” but that’s just not right or fair for any of us. Thanks again!

Valarie Budayr August 21, 2009 at 6:23 am

Hi Stefani! I just love the redesign of the blog. It is so wonderful to see your illustrations these days. I really like todays. I feel it’s an honor to watch you embrace all of things that you love. Thank you for sharing them with us.
We just love Zac. It’s like every boys dream to just go off and see the world. Happy Weekend.

kate August 21, 2009 at 7:10 am

The Zac story has been big, big, big in our house this summer, as my firstborn fell in love with sailing: http://www.theblankiechronicles.blogspot.com/2009/06/sail-away.html

I have those same “Yikes!” moments– I struggle watching the boats in our freshwater harbor seem SO far away, and my boy has adults on board! And also, those “Wow!” moments of admiration and awe.

What are you using for school this year? We don’t start back up until the first week in September, but I just spent the day organizing our curriculum closet yesterday…it does take some getting used to, but once in the routine I do find comfort (and flexibility) in it:)

Toni August 21, 2009 at 7:50 am

I am very interested in knowing what curriculum you chose!?

Christine August 21, 2009 at 7:51 am

Something I meant to post after your last post and time just got away from me:

Three things: I’m so glad I found your blog. I came for your photography, I stayed for everything else I found. thank you.

Thank you for linking us to Nienie. Wow. what an inspiration.

And- I’m so there with you on the body image stuff- society today is cruel- my 11 year old female neighbor and I had a conversation and I’m so saddened that the image stuff starts even younger than that! I found this web site (operationbeautiful.com) from another blog I visit (similar to yours in that I came for the photography, stayed for everything else (www.mythreeringcircus.com) and I meant to post a “you’re awesome!” virtual post it in your comments after your last post- but time got away from me.

Thank you for being you and doing what you do!

Amber August 21, 2009 at 7:56 am

I’ve been asking myself the same questions about my dreams and ambitions lately. In my case it’s because I was recently laid off. Either way, though, there comes a point when you just have to follow your heart, no matter what.

jennifer August 21, 2009 at 8:04 am

love the new illustrations.

i came to know the story of zac as i was ‘google-ing’ marina del rey- what is to become our new neighborhood. (he set sail from marina del rey) as we will be raising our boys in that very place… i can only hope to have the same courage, hope & faith that his mama had. to foster such empowerment… what a gift. we shall take walks by the marina, receiving encouragement each time we consider his success. yeah zac.

Jennifer August 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

I’ll be interested to hear about your curriculum experience. We’ll be transitioning to homeschooling this year, wanting to unschool, but needing some structure, too.

I’ve been going after a few of my dreams in fits and starts the past year and a half. I decided to start writing for publication and got my first article published this spring. It’s scary to put yourself out there for rejection and public scrutiny. I’m also working on a website about hiking with kids and trying to figure out how to market myself in that arena. In addition, I took up knitting in the New Year and I LOVE it.

Go for your dreams! It is worth it!

Lynnette August 21, 2009 at 9:14 am

This is a side note comment: I just wanted to tell you that Blue Yonder’s Daily Bread has become our daily bread too! I use our compact Bosch mixer to whip up two loaves at a time and they turn out great every time. I can’t thank you guys enough for sharing your bread with the rest of us. Gotta go, time to whip some more up.

Sarah August 21, 2009 at 9:25 am

Love, love, love your new blog design. And I, too, am curious to know your curriculum choice. I have a few guesses. 😉 Curious to see if I’m right. 🙂

Stacy August 21, 2009 at 9:44 am

Oh, please do share about your curriculum. As a new homeschooling mom, I love to hear about other curriculums and how they work for others. I am always on the hunt for something that will work just perfect for us. I still have to tweak this year’s curriculum to fit us, unfortunately. I love your drawings, keep up the great work!

Cassandra August 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

I am loving the new style of your layout here with all your sweet illustrations! I’d say you’re already on your path towards pursuing some dreams, right?

I’m excited to hear about the new literature based curriculum!

HOpe you have a lovely weekend!

hena tayeb August 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

love the illustration.

Lisa Clarke August 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Your new blog design is sweet – very personal! You won’t see anybody else out there with the same thing!

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Ha! I thought of YOUR boatbaby the minute that I heard about Zac!

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Thank you, renee! Kiddos are the very best kind of artistic collaborators. Mine inspire me all the time! Have fun!

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm

🙂 Thank you Valarie. It is an honor beyond measure to have you here too!

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I just read about your fella’s sailing adventures! WOW!!! Good on you mom for letting him experience that.
As for the school stuff… more on that to come 🙂

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Christine, thank you so much for your kindness. I am so glad to have you!
And thank you so much for the link to Operation Beautiful. It looks like such a fantastic project!

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Yay!!! I have a confession to make. I’ve not made our bread in ages. It’s just too dang hot for baking. I’m SO looking forward to getting back to it. I miss the rhythm that the mixing and kneading, rising and baking bring to our day.

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Thank you Sarah. I’m still piddling around with the site design, but it’s been fun to change things up a little.
I’m going to talk more about our school choices early next week, so stay tuned!

Stefani August 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Thanks, gal. Oh you know me… I’m always up to something or other 🙂 Mainly I’m finding ways to actively ignore the laundry. Most recently that has come in the form of a blog makeover 🙂

Melanie August 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Oh, goodness…ditto to all the wonderful comments above!!! Lovely goodness all over your blog (seriously, I need to dig out those sketch pads from Drawing 101 taken way too many years ago!) and yes, yes on the homeschooling inspiration! Have a restful weekend!

this little light August 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

Love the new layout/design. Looks awesome.

I’m starting to think more and more about home schooling/un schooling…seems like such a big jump and it would scare me that I didn’t know what I was doing, but the more I deal with school, the more I think that they don’t really know how teach outside the box or children that aren’t the norm….And mine is not the NORM….but that’s a good thing, right?

curriculum….it’s a scary word….

Mad Woman August 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Love love love that picture! Good luck with your new curriculum. I remember the first few weeks of my mum and younger sister as they started new curriculum or projects. It always made for interesting conversation.

The boy is amazing! Around the world?! Most of us have trouble just going across country let alone all the way around the globe. WOW!

Ansley August 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

hey stefani! I have been away for a while, but now trying to catch up on my reads…and I *love* the new look on your blog, it looks great!
I hope you have a wonderful day!

gardenmama August 31, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I appreciate your positive and inspiring outlook on following our dreams, it truly is a question we should all ask ourselves and be mindful of! Fellow homeschooler here, I look forward to reading your home school post : )

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