Saturday, February 13, 2010

Homeschool Hop #1-All About Me

I dont like to talk about myself very much. Dont get me wrong, I love to talk. I love to talk about my kids, my husband, my house, my job (when I had one), my car, the weather, the news, get the point. But, I do not like to talk about myself. Yet, this is the first part of the Homeschool Blog Hop at Our Worldwide Classroom, so I am going to try my best.

I was born in the state of Washington, but moved when I was 6 months old to a tiny town between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. When I was 5 we moved to the states where I have been ever since. I am the oldest of 4 children, and in typical first born fashion, I like to be in charge and in control.

My father is a minister. Being a Pastor's child brought with it some challenges, but I was very blessed to be taught the Word of God from a young age and to grow up in a Christian household. I accepted the Lord at the age of 5, and have been so thankful to have His love, mercy and guidance in my life.

I attended college with the intent of getting my degree in Elementary Education, but got my MRS degree instead. The love of my life and I have been married for 9 1/2 years, by the grace of God. I worked in banking until the fall of 2008 when I finally got to be a stay at home mom. It was VERY hard to work and have two children in daycare and I am so extremely thankful that God has provided a way for me to care for my own children at home.

Before children, I had a lot of hobbies :). I love to sing, act, and perform. I enjoy swimming and used to be a lifeguard and swim team coach. I used to spend a lot of time frequenting cemeteries and libraries while researching my family genealogy, and I really hope to get back to my research as my children grow.

I love to travel, though I dont often get the chance. Following my senior year of High School, I went on a missions trip to Ghana in Western Africa. I went through the MIT division of AWANA clubs International. I love AWANA and went through Sparks all the way to Varsity. I won my Citation Award (for those who know what that is!).

Now days you can find me spending my free time blogging (my new love) or shopping for a great deal. I love yard sales, thrift stores, clearance racks, and coupons. I love watching shows about children, my favorite is 19 Kids and Counting (the Duggars). And, I not so secretly would love to have 19 children, though I do not biologically see that happening.

I started home schooling Mustang when I left my job to stay home. I used to think that Home schoolers were, in fact, weird and un socialized...until I met some Home schoolers. My husband and I felt that the Lord is calling us to home school our children at this time. I am so glad that He did, because I am enjoying it so much!

I am also supposed to include a picture of myself.  That was a bit tough to find, but since I did I went ahead and changed my profile picture as well.  So here it is, dont laugh :)

Well, I think that's me in a nutshell.  I hope that I didnt bore you too much, and that you found something that we might have in common.  I am very much looking forward to reading the posts from everyone else.  God Bless!

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Shelby said...

Hi there!! It is so nice to meet you! I'm looking forward to 'following' you through your blog!



Shelby said... is ironic how many of us on this little blog hop that are the eldest child in the family! I'm also the oldest of 4 Pattern...I say, yes indeed! (;

Kylie said...

Welcome to the blog hop, you have gorgeous children. :)

Debbie said...

So nice to meet you! I was born in Washington myself. Oh AWANA, both my kids went through the AWANA program, not as far as you did though. I served as an AWANA leader for many years.

AWANA has changed so much as I have found out though. Selena tried it, but after memorizing her entire handbook in the first month she got bored with it. We will work on verses at home!

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

You did a wonderful job sharing about yourself. I am a pastor's daughter as well! We have much in common. My husband and I taught AWANA games when my daughter was little:) Thanks for sharing with me on my blog. Talk to you again soon!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We are expecting warm weather this week. I will send it your way. It was fun to learn a little bit more about you. Couponing and looking for deals is something I do too.

LIttle Momma said...

You're an incredible lady and momma! Loved learning more about you!

Debbie said...

Nice to meet you too! I've never looked at your blog before either, but I'm going to now! I also like the Duggar family and often wish I could have lots and lots of kids, but yeah, biologically not going to happen...maybe someday God will bless us with the finances to adopt. Anyway, your post was interesting, not boring, thanks for sharing! And for the record, I'm also the oldest child in my family, but only out of 2. : )

Tara said...

Nice to "meet" you through this blog hop. I can totally relate to the oldest of four syndrome - in charge and in control. LOL! I'm following your blog. I love be inspired by other homeschool moms!

Anonymous said...

I am loving these getting to know the blogger behind the blog posts! Loved getting to know you! I use to swim up until high school :-)

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

I love your blog, so I am so excited to meet the writer behind it! Nice to meet you!

kranderson said...

Hi! My name is Kim Anderson and I work at Awana headquarters. I read your blog post and noticed you are an alum and Citation Award achiever. That's great! I write stories for the Awana Web site about how God has used the ministry of Awana in people's lives. I'd love to hear more of your story! Feel free to contact me anytime at and maybe we can find a time to chat or I can send you an email with a few questions for a story. I look forward to hearing from you! Blessings!

Amy in Peru said...

hey there! thanks for stopping by my blog via the blog hop :) it was fun to get to know you a little! Wow, you are the AWANA queen! My kids love it when they get to go in the US. AND I am a thrift store addict ;) so, we have a few things in common. Hope to see you again soon!

amy in peru