I haven't felt much like writing on this blog lately. Two weeks ago my very dear friend of ten years lost her struggle with Inflammatory breast cancer and I am missing her dearly. I think that if we are very lucky we will be blessed with some amazing friends throughout our lifetimes and I feel very lucky to have been blessed with this friend. I am heartbroken to lose her. She was eight years older than I am and also a mom to two homelearning boys. She had been there for me since the start of our homelearning years and was always a source of quiet wisdom - not just on learning at home and respectful parenting but on living life with grace, patience, consideration and zest. Her calm, her steady pace and the way she never felt the need to rush were qualities I admired even though they were (and are) not natural to me.