When Ken and I married ten years ago, we each brought one child to the marriage, with no plans for more. Eventually, however, our hearts grew three sizes (like the Grinch!) and we added three more kids to our family through two adoptions several years apart.
Now, our kids range in age from married adult to kindergartener, plus two rescued mutts — and a grandbaby on the way! I homeschool the three kids still at home. Our best learning tends to be interest-led so we devote most of our “school” time to those sorts of pursuits.
I’m a quiet-loving introvert in a loud world. I get lost in good books, drink copious quantities of hot tea, and find myself cheered by pretty things, happy colors, and clutter-free spaces. You’ll find me writing about homeschooling, adoption, my blended family, books and DIY projects, healthy living, quirky personalities…
Above all, what I hope you’ll find here is encouragement to live real and love hard.
I want to live the heck out of each day and love the people God has put in my life, even when it’s hard. To embrace simplicity; to seek connection in the relationships that really matter; to feed my soul, nourish my mind, and strengthen my body; to be brave enough to be vulnerable; and to dream of big things while loving the moments that make up the days.
A sampling of my most popular posts:
On marriage: 25 Prayers for My Husband
On parenting: Becoming a Fun Mama
On simplifying: 8 Practical Ways to Simplify
On living fully: I’ve seen what living looks like
On adoption: If Someone You Know is Adopting
On personality: How to be Friends with an Introvert
And, just for kicks: 41 random facts about me.
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