Hi There! And thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m Nadine, homeschooling Momma to two lovely kiddos – an 11 year old son, and 8.5 year old daughter. I’m also the lucky partner to a truly amazing guy – he’s the rock and the encouragement in our family and in our homeschooling. Together, the four of us live in Northern Ontario – beautiful and rugged and also a little chilly sometimes!
Why A Rowan Tree?
We recently purchased our first home together, and not knowing much about trees then, I didn’t realize we had a rowan tree on our property until a friend remarked on the gorgeous berries and told me what tree it was. Our pretty rowan sits below our front deck, and is a really popular resting spot for MANY of our favourite back yard birds who hang out on our property. In the cold cold cold of Northern Ontario winter, our rowan stood up to the worst of it and hung on to its berries – giving our birds much needed food. Rowans are sturdy and strong, and can withstand nearly anything.
I figure it’s a great symbol for our little family and homeschool – sitting in our sweet little home, just up above the rowan tree, we can withstand anything life throws at us, and we can nurture ourselves and each other through even the coldest season. And the fruit of our efforts is sweet.
What You Will Find Here
My hope for this blog is for it to be a safe place for secular homeschoolers to come for encouragement, ideas, support, and hopefully a little fun along the way. Sometimes, being a secular homeschooler can feel a little lonely and a little isolating – so I hope that you’ll find community and togetherness here at Up Above The Rowan Tree.
You’ll also find a little section of my blog that will be dedicated to sharing posts I write about my own experiences being a homeschooler who has anxiety disorder. In the “Anxious Mom’s Guide” heading, you’ll find my thoughts, my experiences, and a strong dose of encouragement. You’ll also find posts about how I’m helping my anxious child navigate life and learning.
I’ve always been deeply inspired by the Charlotte Mason philosophy, so you will find my blog has a lot of CM sprinkled through it. But homeschooling is fluid, and ever-changing, so you’ll also read about the shifts we make in our homeschool. Eclectic homeschooling, with a lot of inspiration from Miss Mason.
What You Will Not Find Here
My commitment to this blog, and to you my readers, is that you will be safe here, you will not find judgment, you will not find talk of religious beliefs. If I recommend a product or a resource or a person, you can know that they are secular and of good quality. I don’t recommend anything that my family hasn’t used in the past, or are using now. My family is deeply committed to using the best secular resources we can find. So you can rest assured that you will NOT feel bamboozled or caught off guard by religious content at this blog.
I am so happy you’re here, and I am so grateful for all of you.