Thank 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 11 to 28, who were born in three different decades. Mr. Fixit and I have been married 32
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!
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 dived 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. Right now, one is preparing for college, one will be starting high school work, and one sixth grade. That’s putting it in institutional jargon, but we just do the learning thing until it’s time to do the next learning thing. And I am absolutely sure I have learned more than they have these past 19 years. If you’d like to read more about my thoughts on homeschooling, click here.
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, 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.
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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)