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    Thoughtworthy: Kicking Off the New Year Edition

    January 5, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    I’m pleased to announce that Caitlin Beauchamp has agreed to be an Official Afterthinker this year! Woohoo! I’ll tell you what I told her when I asked her: I don’t want Afterthoughts to get too focused on big kids. There’s a whole Charlotte Mason world out there, after all. But all I have are big kids, so of course that’s where my mind is.

    Enter Caitlin.

    Did you know she’s the daughter of one of the founders of AmblesideOnline? She’s one of the original guinea pigs. I had the opportunity to meet her in Texas at the AO national conference, and even though I had horrible jet lag the entire time, I knew I liked her.

    While Caitlin might be newish to motherhood, she’s second generation Charlotte Mason, and very few people can say that.

    Here’s her bio:

    Caitlin Beauchamp is a mother, writer, foster parent, and AmblesideOnline graduate. She holds a BA and an MA in the humanities with a concentration in creative writing. Caitlin lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two small children, enjoying the simplicity, freedom, and beauty of Charlotte Mason’s approach to early childhood.

    I hope you’ll give her a hearty welcome. I’m looking forward to reading her articles this year, and I bet you are, too.


    :: 2 ::

    So I’m back in the saddle again, it seems! While I was out for my annual break, we celebrated Christmas, I got a terrible cold, I baked too much fudge, Daughter Q. turned 11, we celebrated New Year’s, and I commemorated my 12th blogoversary. Tomorrow, I throw a birthday party.

    Next week, I hope to present you with something special in celebration of Afterthoughts turning a dozen years old. Stay tuned…


    :: 3 ::

    How was Christmas? I hope you managed to never be the White Witch. 🙂 Today’s the last day! Tomorrow is Epiphany, which means I have to undecorate!


    :: 4 ::

    Some people choose a word for the New Year. I often choose a project. This is mine for 2018:

    As I mentioned in the caption, Mystie and I will talk about this in an upcoming episode of Scholé Sisters. (The show starts back up in February, so it’ll be a while…) This notebook has been a long time coming; I’m pretty jazzed about it.


    :: 5 ::

    What’s your first book of 2018? Mine’s going to be Bandersnatch by Diana Glyer. This book was recommended to me by Brittany McGann (in fact, we’re going to do a podcast about it when I can get my act together) and it is soooo good. This book stirs up longings for me, the biggest one being to have a writing club. I’ve been pondering whether I could do this with my children, all of whom can weave a decent story (in my totally biased mother-of-the-author opinion).

    We’ll see.


    :: 6 ::

    This month in 2017:

    Written last year, but still generally good advice, I think.


    :: 7 ::

    This week’s links collection:


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  • Reply Kim N! January 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I am so glad Caitlin will be joining the blog! I have known her since she was about nine or ten years old! We’ve shared tea and books and gone on nature walks together (along with her mama and my now-grown children). She attended my CM book club from time to time before having children, and with her background and experience, she really is perfect for this!

  • Reply Dawn January 6, 2018 at 3:16 am

    I can’t wait to read Caitlin’s contributions on Afterthoughts! As I mentioned to you previously, I think that Caitlin is the epitome of an Afterthinker and has an amazing poetic voice that will inspire and encourage all of your readers. Welcome, Caitlin!

    I still need to get my physical copy of Bandersnatch. I’m about half-way through the audio and it is incredible. Thanks to Brittany (via you) for the amazing recommendation!

  • Reply Heather January 5, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Welcome Caitlin!!! Do you have anywhere else (IG, blog) we can follow you also?

    • Reply Caitlin January 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      No blog, but I’m on IG under my own name. ?

  • Reply Jen Snow January 5, 2018 at 7:27 am

    I got Bandersnatch for Christmas, and am looking forward to digging into it sometime soon. <3

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