When I began this blog in 2007, I was a homeschooling mom and thought this would be fun outlet, a new thing to learn to do, a place to practice writing, and a place to park some interesting (to me, anyway) pictures, as well as links to other blogs and articles I was discovering on the web.
After homeschooling for twenty years and graduating my youngest in 2014, I'm happily retired from that job and contemplating what's next. I am a wife of 37+ years, and I'm still a mother, though my role has changed with now-adult children.
For years, in the circles I've run, I've been an administrative type -- leading, organizing, communicating, cutting through the haze to get to the heart of a matter... I don't claim to be an expert at any of those things, but I gained lots of administrative experience. In this new season I am enjoying exploring different parts of who I am. I never got much credit for being creative before so I'm making up for lost time while I still have eyes good enough to see and fingers nimble enough to make things. :^) Currently, crochet is at the top of my "creative pursuits" list, but other things will, no doubt, be added to my bag of hand-crafty tricks as I find room in my head and heart, and time in my day for them. (I added knitting in 2016! Simple stuff, but still... I'm knitting!)
While I'm no longer homeschooling or really keeping up my homeschooling blog, if you're so inclined, hop on over to The Homeschool Heartline. I don't keep an active link here on my main blog since I don't add homeschooling material to that blog anymore, but it's possible I will occasionally add link and material there that seems pertinent to this stage of life. You never know...
I was a public speaking and critical thinking teacher for years in the homeschool co-ops we participated in and I have a few resources on The Homeschool Heartline pertaining to those subjects that may or may not be outdated. I keep them there, for now, because...I don't know...they humor me, I suppose. The definitely remind me of some good times.
What I consider possibly valuable to a reader of The Homeschool Heartline are several articles I've written that I've been told are helpful (and I'm just gullible enough to believe), and some pictures to give an itty bitty glimpse into our homeschooling lifestyle.
Homeschooling is a life I am grateful to have been able to live, and am now happily retired from. I still identify as a homeschooler, in some respects, but it no longer defines me or gives structure to my days. As a Christ-follower, I know my ultimate purpose is not about what I do for a living or even, necessarily, about the activities of every-day life, and it's certainly not about being crafty or creative. On the other hand, my purpose is connected to every breath I take and every task I do - which includes dishes, laundry, loving, and even being crafty. It's a strange relationship, between life-purpose and daily living. There's a constant tension between higher purpose and daily to-do's and want-to-dos. While I probably won't wax philosophically about it on the pages of my blog very often, there's a whole lot of it going on here behind the scenes. That has always been who I am.
And lastly here, I want you to know I read every comment written to me and appreciate them greatly - especially the kind and encouraging ones. ;^)