About Me

Well, what can I say? I’m a middle-aged mother of seven kids who has been raising and homeschooling my family for 31 years. I have four kids who have graduated from college and left home. My oldest daughter is a missonary in Africa, and my oldest son is a computer programmer living in Colorado. Another daughter is a marketing/website/music expert who is making a name for herself in the Christian music industry, and my “middle child” is currently living and working at a Christian school in St. Petersburg, Russia. My middle son is working for the local cable company, my youngest daughter is taking some college classes, and my youngest son is in high school here at home.

So here is the cast of characters you’ll be reading about on this blog: My Esteemed Spouse, Walter; my daughter Lina who is a missionary teacher in Zambia; my son Flynn who lives in Colorado Springs; my daughter Mary who is now married to her Jordan and living in Nashville; my daughter Mercy who is currently in Russia; my son Spencer; my daughter Lucy, and my 14-year-old youngest son Jasper.

After being a wife and a mother, I am a writer. I write about my daily life here. If you are new to this circus, I have been blogging for 12 years. My blog was on Xanga until May 2013, when I had to shut it down due to lack of more photo space. Sadly, that blog is not available at the moment. Xanga seemed likely to disappear, so I spent a ridiculous amount of time downloading and then deleting my Xanga blog. Now I’ve got to figure if there’s a way to post all that stuff somewhere else–or at least the recipes!

I have other blogs where I write about my writing and where I share the occasional photo or poem. (See links.) I also write novels and curriculum and have published a memoir of my years spent at a boarding school in central Africa, which I’d love for you to read.

Being an MK (missionary kid) who is married to an MK is a huge part of my identity. I grew up in Africa and I never got over it. I love living in Texas and I love my friends here, but I’ve never stopped missing Africa or wanting to return.

So, apart from Africa, what am I interested in? Learning new things, knitting, sewing, reading, cooking, traveling, teaching. And recently, I have been learning to play the autoharp and using it to accompany the congregational singing in our tiny church. When I learn something new, I’ll share it here. And I’m hoping that if you learn something new and awesome, you’ll share it with me too.

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3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. My heart truly goes out to you in the wake of the Realm Makers conference. You are in my prayers. Do not ever give up writing. Do not listen to the whispering voices. It is to the Lord and the Lord alone you will answer, and in Whom you stand. Yes, beloved sister, God has a reason for your writing. Psalm 37 and Psalm 73 are my mainstays. Don’t envy the outwardly prosperous — God has not told the entire story yet. It saddens me and at the same time deeply offends me that you were snubbed and ignored because you don’t fit the demographic (young, savvy and “hip”) or are “in” or in my case, all that as well as my genre. I lift you up to the Throne of Grace — may the Sovereign God of the universe reach down and lift you high. Let us not be weary in well-doing, for we will reap at the opportune time if we do not give up. God love and keep you!

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  2. Wow. My best friend also has 7 kids (4 adopted), but she didn’t home-school (I did for a couple of years). And I work for a missionary organization! So happy to have found you (through browsing the sewing category on WordPress).

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  3. Found your blog while searching for “shindwa,” which I also collected while a student at Sakeji. Can connect directly with quite a bit of what you write about yourself – like not being able to get Africa out of your system. I am very fortunate to have been able to keep on returning to different parts of the continent, finding new and wonderful aspects of this incredibly diverse continent that only deepen the attachment.

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