Who Am I? – the wordy version

Mom headshotThank you for using some of your precious time to visit! If something you read here blesses you by bringing a smile or some laughter, or encourages you to know Jesus more, then I am sure He has given me words that are truly beyond me. Recently, I discovered a double meaning for my blog name, as the Lord takes these words He gives me and carries them far beyond me. Thanks to a reader from across the world landing on my blog, I now know where the tiny island of Mauritius is!

This country-raised, citified mother has two boys and five girls, ages 10 to 28, who were born in three different decades. Mr. Fixit and I have been married 31 years, so yes, all those kids are ours, as in, I gave birth to every single one of them. Which means Mr. Fixit has enjoyed many a nap in plastic hospital chairs waiting for the action to begin and then resting afterward. Childbirth is exhausting, just ask him!

My degree is in elementary education and I planned on teaching and putting my kids in daycare then public school. But the Lord knew what would really bring me joy and moved me to become a stay at home mom and eventually a homeschooling mom. In 1998, after the birth of our fifth child, we jumped into our homeschooling adventure and plan to keep at it for eight more years or so. Right now we are schooling one in high school, one in junior high, and one in elementary. I am absolutely sure I have learned more than they have these past 18 years. If you’d like to read more about my thoughts on homeschooling, click here.

For more of a taste of where I’m coming from, you can read Everything I Know, I Learned in 50 Years and Random Things.

God gave me the honor of writing/compiling Blessings for Mothers, a 365-day devotional book published in 2010. The book sold millions is now out of print, but you can read a few excerpts and some commentary here.

Writing, reading, laughing, cooking (hence the various recipes you’ll find here), walking with friends, dates with Mr. Fixit to eat and wander through our favorite discount store, snuggling and reading with my girls, playing the piano, listening for new words or music from the Lord, observing our kids around our Walton’s table, talking to my mom on the phone, and taking much-needed naps are the highlights of my days.

You can follow my blog by email right over there on the sidebar and by clicking on the follow button. Also, be sure to like my Facebook page. Email me at wordsbeyondme@cox.net or leave a comment on a post or on the Facebook page. I would love to hear from you!

In His Grace,


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“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5 (NAS)

7 thoughts on “Who Am I? – the wordy version

  1. Janice, I am a homeschool mom also, and I think I may know what you mean by “bittersweet” in teaching your last child to read… We only have three children – even though we’ve been married over 29 yrs.( long story). I am glad to have found your blog!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for your note! I am happy to connect with you through my blog. Someday I might write about homeschooling if I can think of something brilliant to say. 😉
      Blessings to you,

  2. I followed the rabbit trail from Matt Walsh’s blog to find you. I, too, am a mom of 7 – 5 girls & 2 boys ages 10 – 25, homeschooler, married 27 years this October, grandma to 2 precious little girls. I appreciate what I’ve read so far & plan to come back to “visit” again!

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