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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)

11.28.14 A Complete Change of Pace: Gretchen Roe

 

                                                        

I am welcoming to my show this week my friend and regular guest, Gretchen Roe.  Since it’s that time of year we are going to be talking about the upcoming holidays and what life looks like for her now that she and her family (at least some of them) have moved. 

If you remember from our last conversation on April 18th, Good Friday, Gretchen was preparing for lots of changes in her life.  She and her husband, Pat, and two of their six children, moved from Maryland, where they lived for 20 years, to Western North Carolina where Gretchen and Pat grew up.  

We will be hearing about the 3 acre farmstead they now live on, the upcoming acquisition of livestock, clearing land and having bonfires. 

We will also talk about education and the seamless transition from Calvert to public school for her two sons, aged 8 and 15.  Gretchen says she no longer has a say so in their education but they are loving every minute with their new friends and teachers. 

Homeschooling may not last forever and Gretchen’s experience will encourage some of you who may find yourselves in a similar situation.  Bring your coffee or tea and join us this Friday at noon for an uplifting look at life and the celebration of Thanksgiving.

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11.21.14 Holidays Not Harried Days: Marcia Washburn

                                                             

This week I am thrilled to be welcoming back my very creative and artistic friend, Marcia Washburn.

Marcia holds a Master’s in Music Education and taught public school music for eight years prior to the birth of the oldest of her five sons, whom she and her husband homeschooled in rural Colorado for nineteen years.  Marcia and I have talked in the past about the Shuar Indians of eastern Ecuador and her hands on electronic book, Beethoven Who? Written for any teacher who wants to teach music but may not be fully equipped to do so!

We’ve talked about encouragement for homeschooling Mums and Marcia certainly knows how to offer that in a warm and humourous way.  Marcia is a columnist for two major home education magazines and speaks nationally and internationally about homeschooling and building a firm foundation for our children that won’t crumble under pressure.

Marcia has a series of e-books called Management for Moms and I have been promoting one of them, Managing the Holidays .  You can buy it for just $0.99. and follow some of Marcia's insightful tips for turning your Harried Days into the Holy Days God intends them to be.

Today we are going to be talking about how to Spread out the Joy this holiday season and fully enjoy those festivals God gave us in order to grow and be refreshed.

As all of us know, Thanksgiving and Christmas are hardly times we busy Mums think of as restful holidays.   Join us this Friday at 12 noon Central and find out how to turn your harried days back into Holiday.

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November 21st 2014 We Are Cherished: Polly Wright

                                      

My guest this week is no stranger to my show.  I have known Polly Wright since she was a young girl, 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 19 years and have beautiful twin daughters whom they have homeschooled since 2008.

Polly is the author of, Cherished: Shattered Innocence. Restored Hope  chronicling her personal story that led her to the ministry she founded and to the life God had planned for her.

Today Polly is going to talk about difficult moments while she was homeschooling and how she came through them stronger and more in love with her creator than ever.  Join us on Friday at 12 noon Central and find ways to un leash your love and be cherished.

While you're here you may be interested in buying Marcia Washburn's latest ebook, part of her Management for Moms series, scroll down to  Managing the Holidays  and buy it for just $0.99. and follow some of Marcia's insightful tips for turning your Harried Days into the Holy Days God intends them to be.

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November 7th 2014: Finding Domestic Serenity: Daniel Evans

 

                                                 

Rejoining me on my show this week is Daniele Evans who describes herself as a woman on a journey towards intentional and meaningful living.   Daniele is a pastor’s wife and she and her husband, whom she describes as her best friend and confidant, homeschool their five children in central Pennsylvania.  Their marriage is a biblically-centered one, their parenting is grace-based and their home is peace-filled or at least striving to be with God’s help.  In true Christian style Daniele knows she is only human and likely to stumble and fall at times.  She is the author of Honoring the Rhythm of Rest and writes regularly for Home Educating Family Magasine, The Curriculum Choice, Passionate Homemaking, The Better Mom and her own blog, Domestic Serenity.  Daniele is going to provide us with some pointers to lift us up during challenging moments, inspire us to find God in the oftentimes not so perfect moments of our lives, to offer insights on ways to move through our journey and practice rest as a regular pattern in our days.  Join us for a cup of tea and a rest in the Lord’s oasis, this Friday.

While you're here you may be interested in buying Marcia Washburn's latest ebook, part of her Management for Moms series, scroll down to  Managing the Holidays  and buy it for just $0.99.

 

 

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Marriage in the Homeschool: Tom & Julie Meekins

 

With me on my show this week, where I believe homeschooling is a unique lifestyle, are frequent visitors Tom and Julie Meekins.  This remarkable couple have a heart for parents raising children with challenges.  

In walking the talk they decided to dedicate their professional lives to helping families navigate the scary world of parenting and this week they are going to be talking to me about how their marriage has fared during some of the more trying times of homeschooling. Tom and Julie have been married for 34 years, have four children and in a moment of certifiable insanity chose the homeschooling path and now have four young adults who are doing fabulously.

They both became certified in child development and health coaching and in March 2011 started a company called March Forth Family LLC to help other families needing someone who totally understood the struggles they were having.   Their many blessings and powerful witness allows them to be able educate, equip, and empower parents to reach for the best FOR their children and IN their children while being supported in the process.   Bring your tea and join us this Friday as we explore ways to find the silver lining always on the other side of every cloud.

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