03 April 2011
Ultimate Blog Party 2011
I'm winding down for the night and doing a little blog hopping. While doing so, I decided to write a post for the Ultimate Blog Party 2011. It's always fun to participate in fun blog posts like this. I didn't expect to have the time, and I technically don't, but I'm doing it anyway.
I love blogging. That's the first thing I'll share with you. It's a way for me to de-stress and wind down. Sometimes, I start my day with a blog post, but most of my blog posts are written in the late afternoon after I've had a busy day of homeschooling my children and home making.
That brings me to one of my busiest roles. I'm a homeschooling mama. My children have never attended school. I enjoy spending my days with them learning and exploring the world more than anything. Our family life has a rhythm of learning that I don't believe we could match in any other way.
I should back up a little. Before children came my husband. Eric and I met while studying music and education at Indiana Wesleyan University. We married in 1998 and graduated in 1999. We have lived in four states in our almost 13 years of marriage, and we're getting ready to move again next weekend. This time, we'll be staying in the same state and moving to the area where I grew up. We don't love to move, though you might think we did if you knew our track record.
Our family is a ministry-minded family because we love Jesus. My husband has served as a children's pastor in the past, and, since that time, we have continued to serve in various capacities in the churches we have attended. Being connected to a church family through service and worship is one of the single greatest gifts God gives us. Our current church family is found at Grove City Church of the Nazarene. I direct the kids' choir there (for another month at least) and have been singing in the adult choir for the past couple years as well. Music and worship go hand-in-hand for me. God reaches me through music.
Our family loves to travel. Short trips. Long trips. Fun vacations. Learning adventures. It doesn't matter. We're up for it. My husband spent 15 months unemployed, and he has now only been working full-time for a few months. I'm cautiously dreaming of future traveling adventures. Disney World is our favorite place, but we're ready for something new. The beach? Colonial Williamsburg? The kids are asking to visit the Smithsonian (Thanks to Night at the Museum 2). Who knows where we'll go?
Our family also works hard to have purposeful family time on a regular basis. Sunday afternoons are spent at home resting, playing board games, playing Wii or playing outdoors. On Sunday evening, we have dinner in the living room and have a movie night. This is something we started over the past year, and now we look forward to it all week. We watch all sorts of movies, old and new. Last week, we watched Megamind, and this week we'll be watching the Disney classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. You never know what we'll be watching!
Besides writing, I have other interests. I love to scrapbook. I read for pleasure. Historical fiction is my favorite, but I find I have less time for this during the school year. Reading aloud to my children makes me extremely happy. I love sharing great books with them! I enjoy simple crafts like making hair bows for my daughter. I always do art projects with my children. I am not an artist, but I sure have a fun playing with all the art supplies and giving them an example to follow. I am also passionate about photography. I dream of learning all the ins and outs and taking glorious photos. I have plans to decorate my home with my own photos. I grow things like tomatoes, herbs, squash, peppers, zucchini and more, though I'm going to have to get creative since I'll have less space available this summer. A few people have given me the title of "crunchy." I would have to say they are rather observant. I cook from scratch. Fresh, organic, locally grown produce in season is the best thing you can serve your family.
So that's me in a nutshell. I'm sure I could share more, but this gives you an idea. If you stop by my blog again, you'll see posts about mothering, homeschooling, ministry, family life and the occasional post about something ridiculously silly or fantastically memorable that my children have done. My blog serves a very eclectic purpose. This is where I share all the parts of me with the world.
To be a part of the Ultimate Blog Party 2011, check out the website to read all the details and then write your post some time between April 1-8, 2011.