I’ve been blogging since about 2005, when there were free little scrapbooky online journals. Those posts are long gone now. This site began on Blogger and I migrated to WordPress in 2012. I’m not a techie, but I manage everything myself. I don’t have an assistant. I’m a control freak.
Having an M.Ed. in secondary English education never prepared me to be a homeschool mom.
I was a school teacher for almost ten years. I taught English/language arts in grades 6 through college level. I earned a gifted education endorsement and taught ESL, regular ed, and gifted ed students.
I still keep in touch with many of my students. I love them and I am so proud of their accomplishments. I am especially fond of the ones who became teachers because of how much negativity they’re up against.
I’m married to an Air Force lab officer and we’re excited to live all over the world and soak up history and culture while he serves our country.
I enjoy writing about curriculum and product reviews that suit our interests and biblical worldview.
Why I Write:
It’s always been a natural thing for me to write.
I scribbled in margins while I was supposed to be taking notes in class. I kept poetry notebooks in high school and college and ceremoniously burned them, thinking I was some modern-day Jim Morrison or something.
I had lots of alone time growing up.
I was an observer. I was quiet. I was often forgotten and got to hear more than I should.
Someday, when all the people who will be offended are gone, I shall write about them.
I hated reading until I was about 12 or 13. I had no mentors to guide me into good literature. I’m embarrassed by all the time I wasted reading Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters’ Club. I had a really crappy and stressful K-12 education.
I’d sit in the back of the room in my English classes in high school and read novels and poets that were not in the textbook. I still made straight A’s in English somehow.
I didn’t even know how to write a 5-paragraph essay when I got to college.
I took a variety of literature classes that stretched my thinking: Southern studies, women’s studies, Black history, neoclassical.
I minored in psychology, only a few credits shy of a double major.
I want to understand.
While I write mostly bland articles on the blog about parenting, homeschooling, traveling…other words roil and tumble inside me, waiting for the opportunity to burst out.
Now, I read books about parenting, metacognitive guides on writing, classic literature, historical fiction, and poetry.
I keep notebooks still – prayers, poetry, thoughts, quotes.
I have several books in progess – chapter titles and outlines.
Being a perfectionist often paralyzes and the thought of pushing out a mediocre 21-page eBook of no content is appalling to me.
10 Things About Me:
1. I’m an only child.
2. I lived in the same house for my first 16 years.
3. I am proud of my parents for staying together.
4. I’m an Army brat, but my dad was Army Reserve and GS (which is why we didn’t move around).
6. I only have a Southern accent when I’m really tired.
7. My first car was a yellow ’74 VW Bug. I still miss it.
8. I began college classes during my senior year of high school and never took any summers off. I began my teaching job right away after my master’s graduation. I haven’t had a break since 1993.
9. I’ve had my children’s names picked out since I was a preschooler.
10. I did not grow up in church or with any religious education. I am trying desperately to make up for lost time.
Thank you for taking some time to read about our lives and experiences.