I am wife to a wonderful man and mom to three amazing teenagers.
As a family we enjoy camping, riding our atv’s, watching movies together, and many spur-of-the-moment water fights. We are animal lovers as well and have two dogs that keep us on our toes and two cats that run the house.
I am a Colorado native, born in Pueblo and raised here in Springs. I am the oldest of five, with three brothers and one sister. I am an avid reader and often spend many nights reading until dawn, then struggle to stay awake the next day. I enjoy photography and will often be found with a camera in hand trying capture this beautiful world and journey we are on.
Homeschooling was not something I had planned to do, until my daughter was getting ready to go to kindergarten. At the time I had a friend that was homeschooling her two daughters and after hearing about her homeschooling journey and the wonderful things she saw with her girls and the bond they had, I spoke with my husband and we made the decision to try it for one year. That one year, was all it took. Since then, we have one graduated daughter, one teen son beginning his senior year in the fall, and our youngest son starting the 8th grade.
As homeschoolers, we have tried just about every method of homeschooling, and after years of bouncing from one way to another, I now happily consider us to be a very eclectic, relaxed, semi-unschooling family. I am also a recovering curriculum junkie, and can now walk past new flashy curriculum with only a twinge of want.
In our homeschooling journey we have had struggles with dyslexia, anxiety, medical issues, and sensory problems. Yet, because we homeschool we are able to deal with each of these struggles as we need and in ways best for our family. We have also been able to enjoy precious time with loved ones, explore wonderful places, learn about some important times in history from those that lived it, and have been able to enjoy many hands-on lessons. Homeschooling for us has become just what we do and how we live, over what we do for a few hours a day.
Homeschooling has been the most rewarding adventure.
In one sentence, please encapsulate your best advice to homeschool moms?
Breathe, it’s not a race or a competition.
What are your top 2-3 book recommendations for homeschoolers?
“Things We Wish We’d Known” (Bill & Diana Waring) “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms” (Dr. Laura Schlesinger) Any of the Biographies of Hellen Keller