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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 Mum...my 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 Mum...to 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)

05.22.2015 Fimby: Renee Tougas

 

                                                      

I am taking a break to finish writing two books so listen to my encore show this week.

The newly weds have bought two blue and gold Macaws, they are 4 weeks old and featherless.  

We decide not to paint our London flat in readiness for putting it on the market. 

I am excited this week to be talking to Renee Tougas who lives on the side of a mountain in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec in Canada. 

She and her husband homeschool their three children ages 14, 12 and 10.  They are location independent, which means they can both work from home wherever they are.  

Together they are a family of outdoors enthusiasts, designers and artists, adventurers, programmers and homemakers, naturalists, sewists and idealists and followers in the way of Christ.  So now you understand why I’m excited!  

Renee describes herself as a creative spirit with a practical perspective and down-to-earth approach.  She excels at getting things done and managing the details but doesn’t forget to smell the daisies by appreciating and capturing the beauty around her. 

Renee brings her love for intentional family living, enthusiasm for the natural world, and a passion for lifelong learning to everything she does.

This Friday she is bringing all that and a cup of tea to my show so come and join us and get to know this fascinating woman whose blog is an acronym for Fun in My Back Yard.

 

 

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05.15.2015 Midlife Crisis Begins in Kindergarten: Mariaemma Pelullo Willis

                                                       

I am taking a break to finish writing two book so this week here is my encore show.

I talk about how I deal with stress and share my love of yoga. 

While looking at obedience and the important role it plays in our lives I take a look back at my boarding school days.     

This week I am welcoming back Mariaemma Pelullo Willis a Learning Success coach who oversees the home education of her grandchildren and works with homeschooling families in assessing their individual learning styles. 

She holds a Masters degree in Education, and California Life Teaching Credentials for Regular and Special Education. Mariaemma is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and consultant for parents and teachers. She has spent the last 16 years guiding children and their families in understanding and appreciating their natural gifts and abilities so that they can discover their passions and potentials. 

Mariaemma co-founded The Learning Success Institute and has co-authored several books including, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style and Midlife Crisis Begins in Kindergarten.  

Join me this Friday afternoon to talk about tapping into our child’s unique learning styles and thereby enriching our individual homeschooling experiences.

 

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05.08.2015 Love Extravagantly: Polly Wright

                                        

I am taking a break to finish writing two books I've got on the go so this is my encore show this week.  

With the wedding over I turn my attention to the sale of our family home in Dallas.

We plan to jump on a plane straight afterwards and head for England to sell the flat there.  I enjoyed several days with my brother and his sons from London before waving them safely off at the airport. 

My guest this week is the daughter of a colleague of mine from the days when I worked in Corporate America, way before any self-respecting career woman would ever consider homeschooling!! 

Polly Wright started a ministry in 2010 called We Are Cherished which reaches out to women in the sex industry and provides the community they need when they are ready to leave. 

She is passionate for women to know their true worth and value and discover who they were created to be. 

Polly and her husband have been married for 17 years and have beautiful twin daughters together.

In 2008, God prompted her to start homeschooling their girls, little did she know that an ulterior motive was in play as all of their lives began to change. 

Polly will tell us the story of her personal journey that led to her book, Cherished: Shattered Innocence. Restored Hope. 

Join us during the noon hour this Friday and be loved extravagantly.

 

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05.01.2015 World Tour The Mama Way: Jennifer Miller

                                                                   

I am writing two books at the moment so this is an encore show!

It is also the big event of the year today!  The marriage of my youngest son to his bride.  

I share what I have found out about weddings, especially the ceremony, focusing on symbolism and imagery from the bible.  I look at traditions for brides and my house is filling up with guests, my brother and his sons are here from England.  

Jennifer Miller is back with me this week to talk about the open-ended tour of the world she and her family are embarked upon.  They have been nomads for five years now and love every minute of it, well almost. 

Today she will be sharing her favourite spot in the world and her least favourite! 

Jennifer is passing on her legacy of an uncommon childhood to her offspring and seriously homeschooling while on the road!  How does she do it?  What does a vacation look like to a family of travellers?  How do they decide what to tote with them?  What about money?  Language?  Accommodation?  What does location independent mean? 

Tune in this week to find out more about how Jennifer, her husband and four children are living their family dream.  Their lifestyle will razzle and dazzle you and you’ll want to join Jennifer by following her at www.edventureproject.com  

If it’s Friday join us with your coffee, a home made goody and a map to track the countries Jennifer is going to be talking about!

 

 

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04.24.2015 A Real Live Diva: Sabrina Justison

                                                                                  

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

I remember the time during homeschooling when I see clearly that my daughters may not necessarily follow in their brothers’ footsteps and take steps to modify my plans to best suit them.

My eldest son  has gone home after a whirlwind visit to London where we packed in a lot of touristy activities.

My job is to bust stereotypes and referring to my guest this week as a diva could strike some sensitive chords! But let me clarify, a diva is a Prima Donna, a first lady and Sabrina Justison, playwright, singer-songwriter and fellow thespian, is a diva in her field.

Sabrina teaches acting classes, leads one week intensive Drama Camps and talks about Performing Arts at homeschool conventions.

She is going to help me take the arched eyebrow out of reactions to theatre and homeschooling being mentioned in the same breath when we talk about theatre being really good for the whole family!

Joking aside Sabrina has taught Fine Arts, Literature, Writing, and Latin, writes blogs for the 7Sisters website, for busy, or set in their ways, or rookie, or old hand homeschoolers everywhere.

Join us with your coffee this Friday and be entertained!

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