After homeschooling for twenty years and graduating my youngest in 2014, I'm successfully retired from that job and contemplating what's next. I am a wife of 36 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 in my profile since I don't add to that blog anymore, but there's still some good stuff there so I offer access via a sidebar link on my blog, and on this page.
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in and I have a few resources on The Homeschool Heartline pertaining to those subjects that may or may not be outdated.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.
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 loved 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. On the other hand, my purpose is bound up in every breath I take and every task I do. It's a strange relationship, between life-purpose and daily living. While I probably won't wax philosophically about it on the pages of my blog (at least not very often), there's a whole lot of it going on here behind the scenes.
I read every comment written to me and appreciate them greatly - especially the kind and encouraging ones. ;^)