About Jamie (& Contact)

JamieWhen Ken and I married ten years ago, we each brought one child to the marriage. We had no plans for a bigger family — but eventually, 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 a rescued mutt), and 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 and someday I hope to write a few. I like to surround myself with pretty things and happy colors. I’m totally addicted to tea. You’ll find me writing about family, adoption, homeschooling, books and projects and personalities…

Above all, what I hope you’ll find here is encouragement to live today.

I want to live the heck out of each day, but I often fail miserably at doing so. However, the rewards are great enough to keep on trying. To embrace simplicity; to seek connection in the relationships that really matter; to feed my soul; 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

I may not be able to chat over a cup of tea in real life, but I invite you to stick around a while and join me in the journey.

A few ways to connect with me:

  • Comment! I read them all and try to respond to questions.
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Other places you’ll find me:

  • I’m a regular contributor at Real Life at Home (formerly “The Homeschool Classroom”), a site offering practical encouragement for the homeschooling journey. Pop on over and check it out!
  • As a member of iHomeschool Network, I’m part of a cooperative of homeschool bloggers providing practical how-tos and inspirational encouragement to homeschool parents across the globe. Occasionally you’ll even find me in a Hangout.