I was raised on a farm in upstate New York with my eight siblings, where I learned the value of hard work and living a frugal life. I milked cows, drove a tractor and worked in the fields. I’m a Navy veteran, but not a hero by any means. Military service and training led to my career as a professional full-charge bookkeeper, which allowed me to work and stay at home. I run, bike and occasionally roller skate. I am a bargain-hunter and a DIYer – there isn’t much I won’t tackle if the need arises. I can replace the brakes on my cars, repair the roof on my house, knit mittens and sew clothing.
I am Mom to four children, ages 14 – 23. We’ve traveled through 26 states across the US in our motorhome. We began a support co-op in California thirteen years ago that is still going strong. I’ve been teaching and leading in homeschool co-ops and church ministries since the early 90’s. I’ve taught middle and high school bible, mathematics, art, sciences, language arts and more. My favorite subject is whatever I’m currently teaching. I truly enjoy watching students discover new things. I challenge myself to show them biblical truths in every lesson. That’s especially easy through science, because God’s creation continually shows us evidence of His holiness and love for us, but His grace and glory also show up in everyday chores like car repair and cooking. My children tease me and say, “Mom’s idea of fun – hey, let’s take our bibles and go hiking.” I just love to think of how everything works together in a carefully planned fashion, and I encourage my students to look for evidence of His intricate design in their lives.