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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)

Simply Charlotte Mason: Sonya Shafer

                                                                 

This week I have Sonya Shafer on my show to talk about a simple method of effectively schooling your children.  Sonya is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for nearly 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and doable methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, dedicated to helping families explore and use this wonderful philosophy of education.   

Simply Charlotte Mason publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers and can be found at www.simplycharlottemason.com.  Sonya’ministers to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, she shares her heart through IntentionalParents.com and her book This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism. 

Join us this Friday live at 12 noon Central with a cup of tea and your heart.

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Finding Ourselves Within: Peter Kowalke

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

I am thrilled to be bringing a conversation I had with unschooler Peter Kowalke. a few weeks ago about how Unschooling encouraged him to questioning his life from a very early age.   Peter is a self described, lifelong unschooler whose highly praised documentary “Grown Without Schooling” followed ten unschooled graduates into the world and recorded how they fared in their individual life choices. He lives in New York City and has consulted as a homeschool expert for media outlets such as the BBC, the New York Times, The Times of India and Fox News.  You can find him at Vedanta. and read more about his charity work with The Philia Mission.  Join me this week and listen to this highly motivational conversation Peter and I had about purpose, contributions to our world and human relationships.  That’s this Friday at 12 noon CT.

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The Great Commission Transmission Network: Michael T. Hansen

 

                                                           

This Friday afternoon I’m delighted to have as my guest a homeschooling Dad who is probably the coolest father ever because he uses film, popular movies in fact, to bring the truth about Christianity to his children and all young people he comes in contact with which this week includes all of you listening to my show, so gather around! 

Michael T Hansen is a Digital Missionary and the founder of the Great Commission Transmission Network. He has over 7 years of podcasting and Internet broadcasting experience under his belt. After producing and hosting over 300 podcast episodes on a variety of subjects Michael is now focusing his time and talent in digital-new-media toward fulfilling the Great Commission as given in Matthew 28: 19, 20. Thus GCTN was created.

He is a follower of Jesus Christ; musician; recording engineer by trade; husband; father of 4; homeschooling dad; Bible student; mouseketeer; and geek. He holds firm to the truth that Captain Kirk is superior to Captain Picard in the same way that Elvis is superior to The Beatles (it’s really the other way round but shhh!).  

Join us with sparkling water or sparkling whatever you’re drinking and hear how this homeschooling dad reaches teens and young adults with the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ by producing entertaining and educational spirit-filled content using the common speech and interests of today’s youth culture.  Move over Math and Latin, enter Michael Hansen and The Great Commission Transmission Network, this Friday at 12 noon Central.

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Following the PerriPoppins Dream: Paris McNeny

                                  

I am excited to be welcoming my school teacher daughter to my show this week. Paris McNeny is a graduate of Wildflower Academy and graduated top of her homeschool senior year.  She served as a missionary to Africa on The Mercy Ships, a large floating hospital bringing hope to the forgotten poor off the coast of West Africa.  She holds the title of first born daughter in the family and takes after me in her colouring and organizational skills and her father in his empathy and joke telling.  Paris has always had a deep affiliation for children and on her return to America she attended college to earn her Associate of Arts Degree in Education and a certificate for teaching special needs children.  She has lived in Corpus Christi where she enjoyed the beach life while working as a teacher to support her studies at the local community college and to keep a roof over her head and food on her table.  She now lives in Dallas and will be talking to us about two very different forms of childcare she undertook this year.  Pour yourselves a cup of tea and join us to hear how this independent young lady is following her dream by making a difference in young people’s lives.

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Homeschooled Graduates & Careers: Malia & Ian McNeny

 

                                     

This week my oldest and youngest children are joining me again this time to talk about their careers.  They will look back on what they have achieved in the past year, how things have changed and their focus has shifted but ultimately how they are still pursuing their dreams.  Malia and Ian are both graduates of Wild Flower Academy and Collin College in Plano.  Ian wanted me to do college with him but ended up going to the College of Santa Fe for two years to complete his BA in Film Production.  He has worked as a free-lance assistant editor at Reel FX which is a post production house, he has been an editor at Tocroc and the Dailies Assistant at Dallas that aired on TNT.  He is Executive Producer for his own company, McCookMedia and has made a pilot for a potential TV series which he is shopping in L.A.  Ian specializes in story and narrative film/video editing, Live Event editing and story and narrative screenwriting.  The best place to find him on-line is Linked-In.

Malia spent a year in London at a Performing Arts School then danced on a cruise ship for three months before returning to Dallas last year, homeless because we’d sold the family homestead.  She has been nannying for a few months and has finally decided that she wants to teach dance, specifically ballet. She is still a Star Barista at Starbucks where she drinks coffee and chats with customers while earning money to pay for those little extras in life!  The best place to find her on-line is Facebook.   Bring your tea and tune in on Friday, TBA at 12noon CT to hear how these homeschooled graduates are making it in the world.

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