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I am a cellist, not a writer, just so you know.

My mother is an amazing writer of journals and family histories.  I did not inherit that gene, and I really struggle to put things into words, so why do I keep a blog?  Because I want my children to have some record of our lives at this point in time.  I also like having a place to dump some of my more random thoughts.  It helps me sleep better at night.  I spend too much time at the computer anyway, so I might as well do something productive while I’m here.

As I was researching homeschooling, I kept finding these wonderful homeschool blogs full of fun activities and resources, as well as daily accounts of what it’s like teaching your children at home.  I love reading about homeschooling, who homeschools, why they do it, and how.  It helps me see that maybe I’m not so crazy for venturing down this path.  I also don’t know a lot of homeschoolers in real life and I’ve “met” some of the most amazing and wonderful people through this blog!  I am so grateful for those friendships and look forward to meeting more friends.

I write about homeschooling, music, boys, books, knitting, trains (and other things we love), and my own self-education goals and what it’s like to be an LDS mommy striving to raise righteous children in these latter days.  I hope to show that a homeschooling lifestyle is possible and how we make it work.  Leave me a comment, and I’ll get back to you!  Eventually…

And here’s a little bit more about me:

  • I am a mother to 4 amazing (of course, whose children aren’t these days?) boys.
  • I am LDS.
  • I homeschool.
  • I play the cello.
  • I love family history and travel.
  • I collect penguins, postcards, and ABC books, and anything with a cello on it.
  • I do logic problems for fun.
  • I love New York City.
  • I like Jane Austen.
  • I love a good mystery, preferably involving an English manor house.
  • I’m learning to love Shakespeare.
  • I’m learning Latin.
  • I want to learn Italian.
  • I love opera.
  • I love lemon anything.
  • I love mint chocolate.
  • I love maps.
  • I’m most definitely a dog person.

Some miscellaneous getting to know me posts:

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Erika D permalink
    April 20, 2007 4:57 am


    I love that you have a blog. I am awful about emailing and staying in touch, so at least now I get to see what you and the boys are up to. Miss ya much! See you in August!



  2. May 1, 2007 8:50 am

    We have about 1/2 of those things in common =). If you want fun ABC book to read you should check out The Skull Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta. It is interesting and in the illustrations you will find hidden pictures of past presidents of the U.S. (which is funny because they have nothing to do with the book). I am really enjoying your blog and I love the links you’ve shared.

  3. dsimple permalink
    May 31, 2007 6:51 pm

    My oldest daughter collects postcards, too. She has about 1,300 (yes, you read that number right). lol! She’s 20 now and has been collecting them since she was little … can you imagine how many she’ll have by the time she’s my age? Eek … she’ll need to rent a storage unit. 😉


  4. July 13, 2007 7:10 pm

    I loved reading your blog. I too have a hard time writing until I found a journal type blog. Now I try and write in it every morning. Feel free to check it out on my website.


  5. August 11, 2007 5:01 am


    Beautifull Blog, I really like it.

    I see that you play the cello!,Congratulation, I never learned to play an musical instrument until now that I am learning in the process to teach my little son to play the violin.

    I will be checking your blog, You have very nice resource here. thank you.

    Bye for now

  6. Christine McCollum permalink
    August 14, 2007 9:52 pm

    I have endless plans of what I plan to do with my three sons once they are old enough to be “homeschooled”. Since you have three of your own please tell me how you actually teach one without the others tugging at you. Mine love trains too. I think we have a lot in common. Do you speak any Italian? What would be your approach if you decided to teach your boys italian?
    Hope to hear a response. Thanks.

  7. Johanna and Ryan W permalink
    August 24, 2007 1:58 pm

    Hi and a big hug from Philly!!! I just found your card in a box that’s one of the last to be sorted from the move. Fun Website! Boy we miss having you as neighbors! Things are well here, Ryan busy with his second term and me working at his school as the college’s room scheduler. Tell your boys that I rode a train last month and I thought of them. It was fun. There’s so much to see and learn about here. Life is at a different pace, but the people are great. We’ve visited some of the history sites: Valley Forge, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell and the Besty Ross House. The architecture is beautiful here! We are enjoying the ward too. Yes, they scooped us up for callings right away… Ryan is the Assist Ward Clerk over membership and I’m the VT Coord. We enjoy it here, but miss the slower pace and wide open spaces of the west. We hope your summer has been a happy one! Have fun with the new school year, sounds like a lot of exciting things to learn and teach! Take Care,
    Johanna & Ryan

  8. December 27, 2007 6:53 am

    You have a very informative blog. i am also a homeschooling mom. I was wondering if you are using The Story of the World with your 7 year old. I tend to lean toward classical ed. myself. We are also using First Language Lessons. Let me know what you think of Story of the World. Blessings and come visit. We are not LDS-but we have attended the Sacrament meetings many times and I love the last class-it is a women’s only group-the Relief Society. We have the Elders living so close to us-they come over for dinner and we have been in the word with the Sisters and the Elders for over 20 years now! They are so patient. We love our Baptist church so much-it is so hard to make the change. Blessings, Rose

  9. March 12, 2008 4:41 pm

    i’m thrilled to have found you. thanks for wandering over from sonja’s. i’m compiling a blog roll of homeschoolers and i’d love to put you on it. i’m looking forward to reading about your adventures in homeschooling so that i can learn from you!

  10. August 21, 2008 11:57 pm

    it’s nice to read your blog… would you please read mine?

  11. bookatoo permalink
    November 16, 2008 1:14 am


    I’m bookatoo and i play the cello too. I’m grade two!

    Why don’t you vist my site at

  12. May 29, 2009 6:28 pm

    I am contacting you on behalf of the Distributed Learning Resources Branch of Alberta Education, a department of the Government of Alberta. I would like to use a photo from your blog in a forthcoming educational project. Could you contact me by email to discuss further? Thanks.

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