I am a Christian wife, mom of three, homeschooling teacher, and caregiver. I have been married to my husband for 12 years and our lives have encompassed a lot of “Life Milestones”. In our 12 years of marriage, we have been through kids, deployments, disability, retirement, family death, moving…You name it and we have done it!
I grew up as a military brat spending most of the first 18 years of my life in Germany, Holland, and Belgium. I really didn’t know any different from the military community. When I came to the states when I was 18 years old, it was a cultural adjustment. I started college in Maryland and then transferred to Portland, OR where I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Right after graduation, I married my husband.
September 11, 2001 our lives changed forever! My husband worked at Arlington National Cemetery at the time the plane hit the Pentagon. His unit quickly deployed to the Pentagon where they assisted in security, cleanup (and all that entails), and anything else they could do. It was devastating. My husband got deployed to Iraq twice after that and was injured there.
Once he came back from his second deployment, we welcomed our first child Matthew. Matthew is just a joy. He is sweet and wonderful. He was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 2 ½ yrs old and Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 4 years old. Two years after Matthew was born we welcomed our second son Joshua. Joshua is Matthews “Linus Blankie”. They are best friends. Joshua is a wonderful brother, and he has the best twinkling eyes. He also has Celiac Disease. My husband was medically retired from the Army with 12 years in. It was a huge struggle because he viewed himself as a career soldier. He was medically retired because he was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and TBI (traumatic brain injury) he received while in Iraq. He is struggling with extreme migraines and therefore can not work. I have been a stay at home mom and caregiver since my husbands retirement. We welcomed our daughter in 2012 and were so happy. She is a ball of personality and loves to dance and sing.
I started my homeschool journey September 2011. My oldest son, Matthew, went to a private 3-year-old preschool program through our church. He was the only kid who did not learn one thing. Not one number or a letter…Nothing! I decided at the end of the year I would try to homeschool him. I figured, well I can’t do any worse! I spoke to my friend who homeschooled her 4 kids, and she directed me toward some curriculum she used. I realized then how much help my son needed to succeed. When Matthew was born he had a very weak right side. I didn’t know he still struggled with it. He had a hard time writing letters because of this. He had early on in his life choose to be left-handed. Once I started building up the muscles in his right hand, he naturally switched his dominant side to the right. I have now been homeschooling for 6 years and it is going great. We have had many struggles and have almost thrown in the towel, but we had to use lots of strategies to help us succeed. We have struggled with ASD (Autism), dyslexia, an inability for my sons to sit still, and memory problems.
I love the fact that God is moving me into blogging. I would love to inspire and encourage parents out there to continue on their homeschooling journey. You can do it! I want to share our struggles and teach you strategies we have learned. I wish I had somewhere I could have gone for useful strategies. I want to help new homeschoolers, struggling homeschoolers, moms, dads, grandparents. I want to help anyone who just needs someone to talk to that has been through these things and have come out the other side.
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