Hello again, friends. When I left you last, we had just graduated our son Ian three years early. And as the graduation caps fell back down, we underwent a mega-metamorphosis as a family. We quit our jobs, bought a small publication/marketing business that allows us to work out of our homes, and moved away from North Dakota – our lovely home for the last 10 years – driving a bazillion miles to our new home in a small mountain town in NC.
Our Family Evolves
It was/is a the biggest move of our lives – much bigger than when we moved out there, because now the kids are grown and have opinions and hopes and fears and pain. And leaving one’s life is hard. But leave, we did.
Here, we are reinventing our lives. Eva is going to a full-time honest-to-goodness high school in a real building! First time ever for her – it’s a new charter school that prioritizes meaningful, project-based scholarship and student interests. We feel so lucky to have found this school! And I will tell you more about it as the year progresses. But so far, so good.
The rest of us have been busy renovating our new house to include a music studio for Ian, and a home office for us. We just finished up a week ago, and as I write this, Ian is hosting his first informal jam session with local musicians in attempts to discover new band members. They’ve just started playing, and already I feel so happy. I have missed hearing music in our house.
It’s been a hard summer, with so much transition and loss, but exciting gains as well – we are evolving into a totally different stage for our family, and we’re learning how to live this new life with two teens, new careers, new friends, and new school arrangements all at a go. We adopted two sister puppies in August to solidify it all, and they are ridiculously cute and destructive, but mainly cute, as puppies are.
Plus, you know, TEDx! Days before we left North Dakota, Ian and I participated in Bismarck’s first TEDx event. A lot of you have seen the videos already, as they’ve been floating around on Facebook, but I’m sharing them here too, at the bottom of this post. I love that I got to talk so much about Ian’s journey and how we shaped his education, and then have him walk out and share his music. It was such a gift to share the stage with him.
STEAM-Powered Classroom Evolves
Doing TEDx was a dream of mine, and I am still blown away that I got to be a part of it. I’m so energized by the idea of helping people realize their own education potential, that I’m moving into a new stage with STEAM-Powered Classroom as well. I get inspired by other people’s inspiration! And you know how much I love kids, and how committed I am to helping them reach their own potential.
If you’d like to have me present to your homeschool collective, or to your public or private educators, or what have you, please let me know! I would love to meet you in person and share ideas for our futures.
Please keep the conversation going in the comments! Tell me what kinds of workshops you need the most. Or tell me about your own life transitions. Or share your own story of speaking, of moves, or new puppies. 🙂
Oh, and if you feel so inclined, give the videos likes on YouTube and share the heck out of them both!
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