I am happily married to a man I met 25 years ago on a working holiday to America. Two cultures (Irish and English) merged together and saw something in the other we desired for ourselves; fascinated by our differences and encouraged by our similarities we joined together in holy matrimony 23 years ago and have never looked back. I have found my soul mate and he his. We have 5 beautiful children ranging from 18 to 9 years old, who I am blessed to spend every day with.
We live together in a crooked little cottage in a picturesque English village. We choose to live a slightly unusual life, homeschooling and living as frugally as possible to keep me at home. I want to blog to remember. The little grey cells are getting greyer with each passing year and I am well aware that I am living the best days of my life right now, with my six (occasionally 7- my mum lives next door!) nutty partners in crime. I want to document our learning, academic and otherwise, so that both my children and I can look back on our past years together and know that our time together has been priceless.
I have been blogging since I was diagnosed with invasive malignant melanoma (If you’d like to know about my experience with cancer see here), when my youngest was just 9 months old. There are eight years of home educational treasures to be found within these pages, as my five children and I have sought to wring as much fun out of each day as possible.
Gary and I are now the parents of three adults, who have all graduated from my home school, and two younger girls who are still working at home with me. Thomas, almost 19, works full-time as a worship pastor at a nearby church. He has a place (which he deferred for a year) at a Christian University, but enjoys his work so much he is praying about training to work for the church in the future.
Lillie at 18 is studying for a Foundation Diploma in Visual Communications at the local art university and is LOVING it! She is the youngest on the course, and is the only student not to have done GCSEs or A levels. But she is keeping up and producing some gorgeous work, which I periodically put up on my blog. Lillie frequently collaborates with her sister, producing the art work for her books, as well as using her art to spread the message about invisible illness – her main project this year will be based on this topic.
Charlotte, also 18, was studying A levels at school but had to drop out this summer on account of her continuing bad health (she has ME, Fibromyalgia and Non-Epilepsy Seizure Disorder). She has slipped back into homeschooling very easily, and is studying for a level three in Editing and Proof-reading, a level three in the Psychology of Criminal Profiling and is finishing her first crime novel. This summer she also managed to publish a short poetry book called ‘Reflections of a Young Mind’. She continues to edit her fairy-tale novel which she hopes to publish shortly. Charlotte is a passionate advocate of spreading the news about invisible illnesses and chronic illnesses and the lack of support available for those between the ages of 15 and 18.
Abigail has just turned twelve and is the sweetest-natured girl I have ever met, which is such a blessing with the number of very, very strong willed members in our family 🙂 Abs has always been very interested in anything sciency but over the past year has wanted to do more and more cooking and baking. To this end, this year a lot of her school work is focused around beginning a baking business and learning new baking skills. I am excited to see where this will go…
Rebecca is our baby at nine. A mummy’s (and Lillie’s) girl through and through, she loves anything and everything to do with art. She wants to follow Lillie to art university, and since she was practically born with a paint brush and paint palette in her hands, I am thinking this is a great choice of career for her!
Click on the picture below to read about how we homeschool day by day. It is a great insight into the realities (the good, bad and the ugly) of a homeschooling family. You’ll need to scroll down to get to the first post:
Every Friday I write a ‘Precious Moments’ post, a sort of journal capturing the lovely moments of our week that I want to remember. Click on the photo below to bring up all my Precious Moments:
Every Sunday I write a Seasons of Joy post. These posts are all about the Joy to be found outside of homeschooling (which I love so much!), knowing that one day, sooner than I’d like, my children would be grown up and I would not be a homeschooler any more. I write about home making and gardening, charity shopping, sewing projects…really anything that gives me Joy! Click on the photo below to access all my Seasons of Joy posts:
Home School Burn-Out: