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Many years ago I decided to travel to America. It was to be a short visit; a fortnight at the most. Australia had always been at the top of my list of places to visit but opportunity landed me at DFW airport toting one tiny suitcase and a snazzy duffel leaving my parents wondering what they were going to tell the neighbours about my sudden departure.  A handsome Texan, complete with Hawaiian shirt, had fallen in love with me at Victoria station in London and sent me an invitation with a plane ticket, to visit his home in Dallas while he was between rock and roll tours. 'Nothing ventured nothing gained,' I thought as I made my way through customs and into his waiting arms.

Twenty-a-lot years later I am an empty nester with a story, lots of stories in fact!   I am homeless an orphan and have moved back in with Blue Eued Cowboy's Mum to be precise.  

Australia is still on my bucket list though I've made a few friends there through my show.  

My life in Texas has seen me raise four grown children now aged 28-22 who were my guinea pigs when I accidentally stumbled into the world of homeschooling. They willingly acquiesced for the fifteen-year lifespan of Wildflower Academy, the fancy name I affixed to my one room schoolhouse.

I became the mother of the year for allowing: snakes to co-habit with us and shed their skins in my bath-tub; raccoons to learn how to swim in our pool; baby squirrels to be bottle fed every three hours and abandoned opossums to cling upside down from my hands by their tails. 

With looming empty nest my Gent and I packed our bags and headed to London for a fashionable Gap Year.  We learned how to live as a couple having only ever had children on our minds and we found that we really rather liked it and are still mad about each other!

After returning to America, ousting our sons from our house, planning a wedding and selling our family home of 28 years we returned to my fair shores and sold the London flat.  

Hence the move back in with wait on God to let us in on His plan for the rest of our lives.

When I'm not rushing around volunteering and walking in ancient woodlands, or around a Hideaway Lake in East Texas, I enjoy reading and thinking.  I write a personal blog, a Radio Show blog and guest write for Vibrant Nation.  I am the host of The Sociable Homeschooler on Toginet Radio.  


My gallant Texan and I share dinner dates at home each weekend, we reckon that our food is infinitely better than anything a local restaurant can set before us. We have the added fun of tasting while we cook, chopping veggies side by side, creating sauces and indulging in wickedly funny conversation. 

Who knows what this next year will bring? Tune in to my show, The Sociable Homeschooler, Fridays at 12 noon CT or 6pm GMT, to find out, first hand!  

"He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing"  (Zephaniah 3:17)

04.03.2015 Giving Up Atheism: Robert Velarde


Listen to my encore show this Good Friday when I talk about Lent, from Shrove Tuesday to today with my guest Robert Velarde.

Our homeschooling family would strive to keep this period of time separate from the rest of the liturgical year.  Worship played an important part and our churches always provided many tools to add to our Lenten rule.

We would observe no-meat Fridays which meant giving up our weekly jaunt to Cici's Pizza and other fast food restaurant treats.

We would endeavor to attend the weekly service of Stations of the Cross.

After the Triduum, 3 high holy days, Maundy Thursday, the last supper, Good Friday, the day of crucifixion and Holy Saturday, when new light is kindled, new members are baptized into the church and we rejoice in the resurrection.  What a lovely set of services to help us live in response to Jesus’ sacrifice for us all.

Then we would celebrate with an Easter party on Sunday.

Today, Good Friday, I have Robert Velarde, from the Wisdom of Pixar and Sonlight Curriculum, joining me and together we are going to reflect on the meaning of Lent, Holy Week and our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection.

Robert is going to be sharing his personal walk from Atheism to Christianity with us. By meditating on Christ’s redemption, particularly during this season of the church year, we all undergo renewal and personal change along our Christian walk, something we are called to do regularly.

 We will have some Passion readings from the bible and hymn book, that are heard this week in church and in the end we will take a look at Easter for the modern man and what it means in the world today.

 I look forward to you joining us this Friday for a hallowed hour to prepare us for the glory and Good News of Easter Sunday.

With cap and cup of tea in hand let’s remember who is Lord.



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03.26.2015 Sonlight Your Path: Sarita Holzmann


Listen to my encore show this week where my oldest daughter, the child magnet, comes back to town from the boonies and decides to move into her own apartment and return to college.

Sonlight is celebrated 20 years as a curriculum company and to mark this achievement, co-founder and president, Sarita Holzmann, will be chatting with me this Friday afternoon.

Over an afternoon cup of tea we will explore the benefits of using a literature based curriculum. We will also talk about a new project with Mission India that began on October 5th 2010! 

Join us this week and discover the power of the written word.



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03.20.2015 Life After Homeschool: Laura Lee-Ellis


Listen to my encore show this week while I work on writing my books.

I make observations on how England is very different to America now that I’ve lived away for so long. 

I remember when my brother and I coped with a foreign country after my father was posted first to Beirut, Lebanon and then to Tehran, Iran. 

Daughts and I go to Germany to tour a concentration camp.

Have you ever wondered how homeschoolers feel about their education once they get to college? Laura Lee Ellis, a lifelong homeschooler, writer and speaker living in Oxford, England, tells us why she feels homeschooling uniquely prepared her for college and life and offers tips on how to make the most of a home education and thrive in higher education and fulfilling work. Join us on Friday and hear how Laura Lee Ellis challenges young people to stand out from the crowd in a positive way and live passionately and with purpose by making the most of their homeschool experience to prepare them for higher education and fulfilling work.


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03.13.2015 School's Out in England: Colin Slater



I am delighted to bring you this encore show while I finish writing my books!

Immersion is the best teacher, I talk this week about having our own family core values not someone else’s.   

I’m visiting England with Daughts as a travelling companion. 

My mother’s new flat in London still has things in boxes so there is a lot to do.     

My guest this week hails from Liverpool, England. He and his wife have been homeschooling their eight children for twenty years.

Colin Slater is now the principal of TEACH (The European Academy for Christian Homeschooling) where he is able to promote homeschooling especially in England. Mr. Slater found that the biggest opposition to Christian Education in England is the church and he will talk to me a about the way he and his wife sought God’s call to evangelism through education.

Join me on Friday and learn how our neighbours across the pond educate their children at home.



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03.06.15 Dad's Leading Your Homeschool Family: Mike Donnelly



Let’s celebrate Spring.  I talk about co-oping.  

It's finals week at the community college and my blue-eyed cowboy and I go and sit through dance, acting and singing performances. 

My climbing son is in Colorado and his beer is ready!

I am delighted to welcome back Mike Donnelly, staff attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and director of international relations.

Today we will be talking about Dads; how they can play an active part in the home school and influence their families as God has called them to do. Mike will also share his expertise and insights about parents in Western Europe who do not have the freedom we enjoy in the U.S. to choose how to raise their children without Government intervention.

Join us this Friday at 12 noon central.



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