h3: Heartschooling, Heart Warming, Heartland



Do you find it odd that in the very description of this blog I wrote ” A Catholic homeschooling family…”?  I do.  I mean this blog, whatever it may be about, it is very rarely about homeschooling.  Yes, we homeschool.  Every day, in fact.  But I barely talk about it on here.  It’s nearly always messy, usually fun, consistently educational, and mostly devoid of tears and protestations.  But it is not exactly full of intrigue and excitement.

What would you have me say?  Today we read a Bible story.  And then we did some math, reading, handwriting.  And then (wait for it…) we read a lot of books and played outside!  Yeeeeehaaaaaaw!

A.K.A.: The World’s Most Boring Blog Post.

What my friend Amanda had to day on the subject of Heartschooling moved me.  Homeschooling, to me, is about schooling the minds and hearts of my children.  Raising them to be intelligent, logical, critical thinkers, and also to be good people, honest people, loving and giving and full of compassion.  To love God, and those around them, and themselves too.  Yes, in that order.

Last week we finished our first official year of homeschooling.  I took the time, as I rarely do, to look back on all we’ve accomplished.

In a concrete sense, there is this:

Thar she blows!  A massive binder containing all of Gianna’s Kinder work for the year.

But in a more abstract sense (i.e. things that can not be hole punched and fit into a binder), there is the maturity, joy and curiosity that builds, day after day, in the hearts of my children.

Oh, and there is cuteness and adorableness too.

3 months

13 months

21 months

31 months

4 and a half

5 years, 3 months

5 years, 9 months

6 years, 7 months

Heart Warming

A few weeks ago, the girls decided they wanted to have a lemonade stand.  How cute, I thought!  They can earn some money and learn some business skills and I can write a blog post all about it!  Perfecto!

But then reality set in.  When to do it?  Where?  Will the Koreans be open to this?  (Initial polling suggested a  strong sense of “Uhhhh, what’s a lemonade stand?”). We know how to say “lemonade” (hint: it rhymes with bemonade) but not much other vocabulary related to vending.  Oh gosh, do I need a permit?! What about making the actual lemonade and setting up the stand? And for heaven’s sake, who the heck is going to make change?!  My kids will fail terribly and it will be a blight upon the ambassador-ship we are trying to maintain over here!

Cue: me running away, waving hands in air, screaming like a banshee.

And then I took a few deep breaths.  This seemed really really important to the kids. As in: ask a gazillion times a day about every detail related to who, what, when, where, HOW the heck this thing was going to happen.

(Obsess much?  Yeah.  I dunno where they get it.)

So we got down to brass tacks (where the heck does that idiom come from?) and started planning things out.  The list included:
Check the Weather Channel app for a sunny day,
Make some killer ‘ade,
Set up the stand near the main playground in our complex,
Enlist our friends to help us make signs in Korean and translate.

It all seemed to be going so well until:
It wasn’t sunny.
It wasn’t even warm.
The playground, as of today, is under construction and every child who normally plays there is hiding under a rock.

So, the only 2 things that turned out as planned:
We made rockin’ lemonade, and
Our friends really pulled through.

Homemade Lemonade: 1 cup: 500 won

I’m guessing you’re not going to be surprised when I tell you everything turned out just fine.  The kids had a really great time. No one stared us down or chased us off. We broke no social taboo, at least as far as I can tell, and the kids earned 12,000 won.

And I got a blog post out of it.



As in, the land of my heart.  The birthplace of everyone in our family, the place we got engaged and were wed (almost 10 years ago), and the place where both of our extended families live.

No matter how much we love Korea, California is the home of our hearts.  Just in case you doubt me, check out my post about the Night Before Korea.  Warning, it’s a tear-jerker.

In the words of the talented poet L.L. Cool J:

We’re goin’ back to Cali, Cali, Cali.

But don’t worry, it’s only for the summer.  We leave in 40 hours (Yikes!  So much to do!) and we will be back to Daegu in mid-August.  I really have no idea about how much I’ll be able to blog, but I’ll do my best.

I’d appreciate prayers for a safe and minimally chaotic flight.  I know, my standards are sky-high.


Here’s How to Play h³:
1) Choose 3 adjectives beginning with “heart”.  
      (Here’s a partial list to get you started: heartbreaking, heartburning, heartening, heartfelt, heartless, heartpounding, heartrending, heartwarming, heartsick, heartstopping.  I strongly encourage made up words, too.)  
2) Tell a little about how each one is “on your heart” this week. 
3) Link it back to my blog.  
       (You: Wait, what’s a link up?  Me: Jinx, you owe me a Coke!)
4) Create me a beautiful “button” which I can then place on my blog.  You will receive heartfelt gratitude and a cyber high five.  (Seriously, though, this one is optional.  For all I know “creating buttons” consists of quantum physics.)
5) Enjoy all the love.  


  1. aww i love it! thanks for the nod, too 🙂 Have a safe and fun visit “home” and check in periodically on list if not here. 🙂 Hoping to get some “free” time to blog more soon. Thinking about my next h3 🙂

  2. Hi! I’m a catholic Korean mother of 5 kids. I am planning to start homeschooling from August. I just came back from Saipan, a pacific island where i stayed for three years. I like your blog. i will come and check often.. Daegu people is quite uniqe. Known as very conservative. How did you find? Good Luck!