this is me…

wife & mommy..coffee drinker..book lover..home educator..Whovian..recovering paralegal..knitter…classical conversations groupie

Welcome to the about me page! I’m so glad to meet you. I live in South Central Pennsylvania in the beautifully green Cumberland Valley.

I married my high school sweetheart and we’ve been happily married for more years than I was single <gasp>! I’m still utterly and completely smitten and wouldn’t trade a minute – even the bad and the ugly.

We are an accidental homeschool family. I never suspected we’d be on this journey. As I look back on the past 12 years I’m still astonished that this was our path. I’m thankful for the opportunity. I always wanted to be a teacher, but my parents thought college was a waste of time. God has certainly blessed me with the pleasure of teaching my own children.  We are members of the local Classical Conversations Community.  I’ve been infected with the CC bug and I’m quite a CC nerd – I can use all the acronyms:  CC, CCEMA, CCMM, IEW, F/E, EEL, CHA, CHAB, CHAI, CHAII, CHAIII, CHAIV, SM, PM, AM – you get the idea.  I’ve read The Core about five times now.  Each time I learned something new.  I also love that their mission is to come alongside parents and help them teach their children and to help redeem the education of two generations at once.  I also tutor Foundations in our community and I love it!  I’m thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful community, both locally and worlwide.  

I’m a bit of a coffee snob. The BEST coffee in the world can be found in our little town. My favorite bean is Organic Guatamalan.  I used to take some coffee with my creamer.  My daughter pointed out one day that since I can let the creamer sit on the counter most of the day and it’s perfectly fine, then it must have all kinds of junk that isn’t good for us in it.  Sooooo, I broke the habit.  I did tea for several days, then slowly added coffee back in.  Now I only use half & half with plain sugar.  Sometimes, I add vanilla to the creamer to add some flair.  My stomach likes me much better now in the mornings. 

I love to read. There is nothing better than a cup of coffee in hand and a big book on my lap – except a snuggle from certain children, of course.  Currently, I try to keep about three to four books going in different genres.  My four commonplace books are organized into those genres: Education/Parenting, School Readings, Spiritual/Personal and Free Reading.  My favorite category is Free Reading.  On my book table right now I have The Peacemaker by Ken Sande, The Core by Leigh Bortins, The Bird Artist by Howard Norman and some Read Alouds which include The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose and Ember by Jeanne DuProe.  Andrew Kern of The Circe Institute asks who says we can only read one book at a time?  I say, who indeed?  If I can keep the plot lines of different TV shows in my head and recall them when I sit down to watch, I certainly can keep different books in my head and recall the theme/storyline when I crack them open. 

I’m also a Whovian come lately. We started watching Dr. Who on Netflix in 2009. We have laughed and cried and been scared silly through Christopher Eccleston (fantastic!), David Tennant (brilliant!) and Matt Smith (cool!).

I did attend business college for two years and earned an Associates Degree as a paralegal which I put to use for a few years working for personal injury attorneys before I had children. I still carry scars from working for these men – perhaps I should sue them….

I enjoy knitting but I can’t crochet. I have a friend who tells me that “can’t lives on won’t street”; but I seriously cannot figure out crochet stitches. Knitting makes sense in my head; crocheting does not. Lately, though I’ve enjoyed picking up sewing again making aprons, tote bags and purses.  Currently, I’m attempting to learn the art of paper flower making.  

Confession:  I don’t read too many blogs.  I’m not very well versed in the blogoshere.  I go in fits and starts with blogs.  The only ones I regularly read are Amongst Lovely Things – Sarah Mackenzie and Modern Mrs. Darcy – Anne Bogel and Rachel Held Evans – Rachel Held Evans.  I cycle through Shabby2Chic, A Beautiful Mess, Ed Snapshots, The Unlikely Homeschool, Afterthoughts and 

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