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Hi, I’m Kelly. Catholic wife, mother, homeschooler and special needs parent. In my free time I blog, write, speak, read and secretly eat candy when my kids aren’t looking. I also check social media when I’m in the bathroom because it is literally the only alone time I get all day.

I’m blessed with a husband who allows me to document our lives online as the kitchen sits in utter shambles, and also with five children who help take pictures of me doing ridiculous things when I should be homeschooling them. Why God chose this glamorous life for me, I don’t know, but I’m going to rock it best I can while avoiding getting my toes run over by two powerchairs.

Curious to see what I’ve written? Visit the ‘Start Here’ page for some of my best posts, the ‘SMA’ page to learn about why we’ve got these two crazy powerchair drivers, and my ‘Recommendations’ page to learn about my favorite curriculum and books.

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to drop me a line at kellymantoan(at)gmail(dot)com with any nosey questions you may have.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Found you through Jen’s link. I homeschool also (currently “down” to 3). Your description ending with the Charlotte Mason breakdown is me, to a “T”! I often read those uber-homeschool blogs and think the same thing – “Who are those people”! Thanks for painting an actual picture of my life!! Looking forward to reading future posts.

  2. Here through Jen also. I homeschooled in the far distant past. Now I read Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton books to the grandkids of which there are five (grandkids that is, i’ve WAAAY more books). For fun, I stuff them full of cookies and send them home lively. Then I take a nap.

  3. You are my (unmet) friend of the heart! Thanks for sharing your life on this blog. I have homeschooled my three daughters, but I’m down to the last one. The time goes so quickly. Somehow they survived their education with their mother! Homeschooling went a long way in curing my perfectionist tendencies! God bless you!

  4. Hi Kelly! For so long I had seen “This Aint the Lyceum” in other people’s blog feeds, and I thought that since I don’t have a kid old enough to homeschool yet, I wouldn’t find your blog interesting. HA. HAHAHAHA. I think I just spent 30 minutes of nap time here reading about your sweet boys with SMA, crying at how beautifully you’ve all adjusted and accepted the crosses. I have an autistic sister and a husband recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia; I’m no stranger to both asking and hearing others ask God why we were “dealt this mess,” as we say in pinochle. Thank you, so much, for writing with humor and honesty about your life. And you can be sure I’ll be a frequent visitor from now on.

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