The Modern Farm Mama

Growing Boys - Our Homeschool Journey

Our Homeschool Mission and Vision

Our Story: Why We Decided to Homeschool Since my eldest son was still a baby I was already contemplating on homeschooling him. I would read blogs about how wonderful homeschooling is and I was totally drawn to it. However, the idea of homeschooling was and is unconventional and pushing to do it, I thought, would never work. When he reached 3, I enrolled him to a barangay day care center. He progressed to Kinder 1 and then Preschool at the age of 5. It was the couple of months before he  ...

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My Favorite Activity… Happens in the Garden

Drenched in my own sweat, I watched my children as they roam around the garden. I could hear an ooh or an ahh occasionally. Mommy, there’s a caterpillar! Mommy, I see a wiggly worm! And before I could speak anything, one of them was already holding an insect or two. Amazed. Curious. Wondering. Ahh, let them satisfy their hunger for learning. I remind myself, just like I always did. I continued to put my very own soil mixture to each of the 30 plastic pots I bought that morning. Some  ...

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Blog, Homeschooling

Talent, Dinosaurs, Google and Hermit Crabs

The brothers had a day out earlier. Well. After their mom realized that another hour of staying at home would soon blow her mind off. It was a hectic day. Full of unticked to-dos, which was really quite overwhelming when you have a toddler. Whoever said about the terrible twos is wrong, at least for me, at this time of our life. ‘Cause my three-year-old is more terrible than when he’s two. No, mommy’s not complaining. I’m just tired. I still love that little tot who  ...

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A Story Told by No One Else

Yup. I’m changing my blog name, and I’m announcing. As if anyone cares. I started the blog to document my farm life when we moved there. Though I planned to be as diligent in writing about farming and gardening as possible, God has had different plans for me, for us. You see, we’re still in this maze that sometimes make my heart stop or my eyes shed more tears than I thought. But the beauty in this maze we’re in is the experience itself that has made us cry to God,  ...

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Blog, Ponderings

How Life Looks Now

Today is much better than the past days. Probably because I feel a lot closer to God today than in the days before. Or even in the months past. Or than in the previous years of my life. I guess that’s how powerful it is to start your day with a prayer and digesting His Word, and I had not done it in ages until this morning. Uhm, prayer very often, but reading His Word, seldom. This is the very thing that changed in me over the months that my family and I are in a roller-coaster ride,  ...

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Farming, Gardening

Can Strawberries Grow in Hinoba-an?

I don’t know about you but I grew up thinking strawberries only grow in places with cold weather, which means the highlands here in the Philippines.  Thus, having lived in this side of the country, where the temperature can reach as high as 35 degrees Celsius in the summer months, strawberry is a high-priced commodity and picking the fruits fresh from the plant is a dream only those who can at least go to Baguio could afford. A couple of years ago, though, I got to know a few people  ...

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At Camaya-an Paradise Beach Resort, Bayawan City

A serene atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of my ordinary life. This is Camaya-an Paradise Beach Resort, a perfect place for someone who craves for silence and time for reflection. However, I went there together with some company. Oh well, it made the whole experience so much better! Of course, this bunch are among my favorite people: Mamila, Bree, Ishie, Kuya Top and Liam. 🙂 I made a reservation with them for December 28, 2017, but we got bored on Christmas day that it just came  ...

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Life Events, Personal

Realizations on My 30th Birthday

I’m always grateful that I was born in December–just close to New Year. My birthday and the start of the new year signify a new beginning for me. It gives me hope–a chance–to change for the better and aim for the best and for what truly matters in life. When I was a little girl, 30-ish people seemed to be too old or too mature. Now that I’m 30, I don’t feel either too old or too mature. Anyhow, 30 comes with realizations that I’m simply glad  ...

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Life Events, People

Goodnight for now, Farmer. — An Ode

Be at peace, Tatay, for I am proud to be a farmer’s granddaughter, In my veins run the blood of a reputable man who tilled the soil, A man who served his fellow and a man who was our hero. If only we could give you more hugs and care, to erase all the sorrow Alzheimer’s and old age brought to you. If only you could stay longer– Oh, what a selfish thought! Because though your passing left our hearts hollow, it only meant that you’re free at last. Rest now, Tatay, for  ...

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Noela Borja–The Face of Urban Gardening in Bacolod

A few minutes past 7 am, I finally reached my destination: a small, concrete house beside a foot walk in Alunan. In front of the house is a trellis where a grapevine spreads in abundance. At the back, the Lupit River. The surrounding houses are almost similar with it but this house stands out because of the grapevine and seedlings at its front. This is the place of Ms. Noela Borja, the founder/admin of Seeds Have to Grow, a Facebook group page that joins gardeners, farmers and growers,  ...

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