Welcome to my corner of the web! I am passionate about many things, and write about a few of them. As a second-generation homeschooler and mother of 5, I have lots to share on how and why homeschooling benefits every family.
I’m that rare person that believes homeschooling IS for everyone, and I love showing how that’s possible! Whether we’re talking about how to keep preschoolers busy, how to make math fun, which books are my favorite for American history, or how to avoid burnout, I’m here to encourage and inform. I love mentoring new homeschool parents as they begin their journey. And I’m proud to serve as a member of the Texas Home Educators Advisory Board.
I love history, and books, and America, and all of them combined, and I love to show my readers how they can be a natural part of life. Great books make all the difference, and I’m here to share my favorites. Today’s news stories are almost always connected to an event in history, and I love to explain the connections to my children (and I’ll show you how, too!).
Since we have a small homestead in Texas, you may also find me talking about redecorating our 1980’s farmhouse, organic gardening, working in the kitchen, or enjoying our chickens.
And I couldn’t make quilts without sharing them with you! I’ll admit: I have a bit of a fabric addiction.
My life, my homeschool, my parenting, and my blog have one common theme: God is the center of it all. If you’re interested in homeschooling from a Christian worldview and life on our homestead, I hope we’ll become friends! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter!
I started blogging in 2009 about America, history, the changes I saw rapidly taking place in our country, and how homeschooling can turn the tide. If you are a parent or a patriot, I think we will have a lot in common!
Whether you’re just thinking about homeschooling or have been doing it for years and just need some new ideas, I’m here for you.
If you, like many, feel that you missed out on a real history education and would like a refresher or an eye-opener, I can help with that. History is truly fascinating, but for too long, schools have turned it into a dry, boring, series of textbook paragraphs. It is truly the center of our homeschool and all of my children say it is their favorite subject!
Are you a single mom who would like to homeschool? I’ve been there and I can help! Are you looking at homeschooling but think it’s just not possible financially? I’ve been there, too!
I’ve mentored many moms in their homeschooling journey and I’d love to help you.
A Little About Me
I was born in Dallas and raised in Texas all my life (with a brief stint just across the Red River in Oklahoma). My mom was just a teenager when she had me, and the early years where a little rough. But when I was 8, I gained a wonderful step-dad, our family began attending church, and life went in a whole new direction.
Shortly after my parents became Christians, they met a family who homeschooled their children. Y’all, this was the 1980’s! It was weird and unpopular to homeschool. But my parents really liked the idea of leaving the public school system and living Deuteronomy 11:
18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
My parents were arrested for homeschooling shortly after we began. You can read all about it HERE. That little tidbit of our history has instilled in me a lifelong desire for freedom in every area of life, and that’s where my love of American history comes in. My government textbook was my absolute favorite book in high school, and I fell in love with the stories behind American freedom. I’m absolutely devoted to the history and the practicality of America.
I remained in homeschool until my senior year, when I chose to attend a local private school with my friends. I eventually went to college to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Once I had children, though, I became a full-time homemaker and never looked back.
All my life, I have loved reading. A few favorite authors have sort of turned into obsessions, like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louis L’amour, Jane Austen, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve learned, as a homeschool mom, how to turn those authors into useful (and fun!) learning materials. I may be a bit of a Tolkien nerd, FYI.
I am politically active, and encourage everyone else to be, as well. I’m very conservative, and prefer a very small government. And I just might support Texas secession if it ever came to that.
Like our education methods, our homemaking and homesteading methods are as natural and old-fashioned as possible. We try to live a simple, healthy lifestyle with as few man-made chemicals as possible.
However, I do love Dr Pepper, so I’m not a purist!
We have a 1980’s farmhouse on 9 acres in North Texas. Since we moved here in 2012, I’ve enjoyed updating it room by room in the Romantic Prairie style. You can visit my Dreamy Pinterest Board to see my inspiration. The house is a work in progress, but it’s a fun work! I love to visit antique shops and flea markets, and I love antiques in my home. My favorites, of course, are the family heirloom kind!
I collect books, sewing machines, salt and pepper shakers, and pretty dishes.
Now that we’ve met, I hope you’ll stay. Look around, ask questions, and come back for more!