Sunday, July 13, 2008
I'm in my 40s. I have three amazing, beautiful, smart, funny kids. They are the delight of my life; my cup overflows. We homeschool, and that's a huge part of my world. (If you homeschool, I don't need to explain that.) I have an absolutely amazing husband, known here as Dr. H. (the "H" stands for Hibiscus). We met in college, when we were 18 and 19. Here's our love story. Oh, and here's some music that was on our mixed tape. You know you had one, too. Dr. H. is a botanist. I'm a.... I'm a..... what am I? Well... * Here are all the things I was before I was a homeschooling mom, and here is what I want to be when I grow up. * I also used to be a baby. * I have four big brothers, and we were all raised on apples. In fact, we are all certifiable fruit snobs. * I grew up in the 1980s and always dressed fashionably. I was a cheerleader briefly and a swimmer for many years, and I even enjoyed a year or so of modern dance. For the most part, I paid attention in high school. * Here's where I went to college. If you read my blog much, you won't be surprised to know that I was an English major. For five years we lived in Ames, Iowa, and there Dr. H. got his PhD and I got my master's degree in creative writing. * Here is my big backyard and here is my house, and this is where I grew up. Here's what I was doing 10, 20, 30, and 40 years ago. In case you were wondering. * I've always been a reader. I read so much that I have another blog just for that: SmallWorld Reads. I'm also a writer, especially of poetry. I've had a few magazine articles about homeschooling published, too, but mostly I just blog. Someday, I'll devote more time to being published. * These are things I'm passionate about and more, and here are five things that stir my soul. * I am not always very brave, but I am working on conquering fear. In general, though, we are very relaxed around here and believe strongly in embracing flexibility. * I am a quiet Christian. I think Jesus was an introvert, and I get that. When He needed to recharge, he went to the hills. Me, too. I like theology, and I enjoy discussions about Jesus and how we can get back to what He started. I have an awesome Sunday School class, in which we talk about everything from tattoos to shedding self. * Friends are essential in my life. I can't imagine a life without The Village People, who touch our lives from just minutes away to as far away as Mexico and Papua New Guinea. * My family is incredibly important to me. My Mom and Dad are amazing, and I cherish the extension of our family with weddings and great-grandbabies. Traditions are important around here; we're all about creating memories. * And so that is what this blog is, really. A big storage box of memories, a record of our own SmallWorld, and a whole lot of musings. Every now and then I hope to leave you with some insights or some practical homeschooling helps. Thanks for reading.