Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Carnival - Ode to Motherhood!

I've always thought that it takes a certain kind of mom to unschool. As I write that, an entire list of traits pops up in my mind. One of the interesting facts about that though, is that it's probably nothing like the list that pops up in your mind. And that's okay. There's room for all of us!

In this May's Unschooling Blog Carnival, some of the moms and dads in our unschooling blogging community share what the "mom" in their world is like.  This Carnival has a few less entries than usual, but I really want to thank everyone who continues to share their blog posts with the rest of us. Sorry, I haven't been pounding the cyberspace, reminding and nudging bloggers out there. I'll need you to help me do that. 

So step right up and let the Unschooling Blog Carnival begin! The theme, "I am THAT Mom" has surfaced on the internet before. We thought that since Mother's Day is just around the corner, we should celebrate the theme again! Here's a glimpse of some of the moms in our unschooling community. Hope you enjoy it! 

Keep on Blogging, 

~*~* ~*~*~Celebrating Moms~*~*~*~*~

 I'm that Mom- NATURALLY, from Shan Jeniah Burton at her blog, The Unfettered Life.  Shan reflects on her journey from a mainstream role of "good mom", to a place of living peacefully with my family, today.....and looks forward to what's next!
Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone 
I Was That Mom, in Cathy Earle's blog: Homeschool Scrapbook . Cathy shares some stories of earthquakes, public bathrooms, um...angina, and the valuable discussions that can come from children's story books. This is her journal reflecting on years ago when they first started homeschooling.
Now that... my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together.  The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations.  Thank you!  ~Forest Houtenschil
For Mother's Day 2012, Cap'n Franko has wonderful ways to describe his wife, Ronnie: kind, thoughtful, unselfish - to name a few. But his tribute to her here is a story of her bravery while they sailed through stormy seas in the Gulf of Mexico.  Frank's blog is Singularity.
A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go ~Author Unknown
Yeah, I'm that Mom, Jen Armstrong shares a short look at how she became "that" mom, and what it really means to her: relationship with her child. I love her Jabberwocky references in the title of her blog: o frabjous day (as well as her beamish boy in her URL. Clever!)
Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  ~T. DeWitt Talmage
Post 170 from The Honey House Kindgarden. The Honeys make waffles - A LOT of them! And they start to apply their Grandaddy's favorite phrase: "Everything in moderation, especially moderation!"
A mother understands what a child does not say.  ~Author Unknown
I'm THAT Mom is my entry from my blog, Lifelong Learning. Now that the kids are almost all out of the house, I can look back to see some of the times I walked to my own beat as a mother. Eyebrows were raised along the way, but we pressed on.  
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  ~Washington Irving

Notes About Future Unschooling Blog Carnivals:
Sadly, the Unschooling Blog Carnival's numbers are shrinking instead of expanding. We figured that everyone is out Living Life!  We're pondering how we want to approach this, and so the Carnival is going to be a little Irregular. (surprise, surprise!)

For the June carnival, we want to do a Tribute to Dads, our unsung heroes. While some take very active roles in our unschooling worlds, others are happy on the sidelines. Many work all week, and come home to a loving, yet chaotic, family setting. Let's let them feel appreciated. Send your post about the Dad in your life for June's Unschooling Blog Carnival to:

We will take July off, and return in August with a Carnival full of encouragement for those choosing NOT to go back to school this month. So start writing this too.

Leaving you with a little musical collection of songs for Moms 
I found on YouTube...

I like these lyrics