Who Am I? – the wordy version

head shot 2017Thank 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 12 to 29, who were born in three different decades. Mr. Fixit and I have been married 33 years, so yes, all those kids are ours together, 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!

I earned my degree in elementary education back when I had weird hair and libraries had actual card catalogs, 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 dove into our homeschooling adventure (my parents thought we whacked our heads on the bottom of that pool) and plan to keep at it for seven or eight more years. Currently, two work in retail, one is a police woman in a large city (oh, this mama’s heart), one is preparing for college or tech school (if I have anything to say about it), one is an artist/cake decorator/fine clothing dealer, one is in high school with dreams of becoming an actress and singer, and the youngest is middle-school age and enjoys gymnastics and making miniatures. Seven kids, seven completely different, strong, challenging, God-given personalities…oh, this mama’s heart.

As for homeschooling, I am absolutely sure I have learned more than they have these past nearly 20 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 generally, 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.

I write about the Bible and how it applies to life, I write poems and prose and goofy stories, and I write about patriotism and the problems our nation is experiencing, all from a Biblical worldview that is, of course, centered around Jesus Christ as the one and only Savior of mankind.

Writing, reading, laughing, cooking (hence the various recipes you’ll find here), walking with friends, dates with Mr. Fixit, snuggling and reading with my girls, playing the piano, reading historical fiction, 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 pages at Words Beyond Me and Blessed is the Nation. Email me at wordsbeyondme@cox.net or leave a comment on a post or on one of the Facebook pages. I would love to hear from you!

In His Grace,


“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)

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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!

    1. Hi! Thanks for visiting and leaving me a note! Maybe we should form a club. 🙂 What a journey this is, huh? Blessings to you, Janice

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