I am an American living in England with my English husband. We have 5 kids, 4 of them are boys (all of them are unique and wonderful and terrifying), 3 pets, 2 nationalities and 1 amazing and complicated life…
I am a full-time mom and part-time writer (check out the Work With Me page to the right).
Before allowing myself to live my dream of a writer’s life, I was lucky to have several careers:
- high school history teacher
- education solicitor (that’s a lawyer here in England)
- education partnership manager.
Clearly education is important to me and has played a significant role in all of my careers. Perhaps if circumstances had been different, I might have stuck with one of them. Life had different plans, however. One of my sons has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD – also formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome). Turns out, I have it, too, and am a proud Aspergirl.
Because of him we have become a homeschooling family. Giving up the school run and homework is great. Truth be told, however, sometimes I crave a vacation from it all – or at least a quiet evening with a bottle of wine and a stack of books. That would see me through.
I currently live in a little village in the middle of England. It is a lovely spot and I post frequent pictures on Instagram under the user name intrepidk8.
If you looked at my life over a series of days, this is what you would see: homeschooling, baby wearing, home cooking, outdoor adventures, wet and muddy dogs, fighting to keep a tidy house and never winning that war, shouting, shooting videos, hugs, books, love.
When I find some free time I love reading, cooking & eating (I add the latter because that is my main reason for doing the former), getting outdoors, traveling, and spending time with good friends and family. I love watching American football and am getting into sustainable living and road schooling. I’m always ready to break out that bottle of pinot noir or to put the kettle on for a good cuppa and a chat.
I am neither liberal nor conservative and probably exist somewhere in between. I am straight but not narrow and fully support the civil rights of the LGBT community. I am a member of the religious left and love Jesus and the Dalai Lama in equal measure. Getting closer to the I Am That I Am is part of my daily walk.
Here are some of the things I believe:
I believe that our purpose in life is to Love and be loved in return. No more, no less.
I believe in family. Family – whether by blood or by choice – is what gives us the strength and courage to meet the challenges of life head on.
I believe that all parents deserve economic independence. No one should own your time or your soul but you.
I believe that choosing to raise children is the central story of my life. Raising the next generation – as well as honouring those passing on – is the hardest but most worthy of endeavours.
I believe that a good book and a mug of hot tea will cure most problems and dull a lot of the pain of the others.
I cannot exist without lipstick.
So what is my blog about?
It’s a cornucopia, really, of things that interest me: family life, homeschooling and education, women’s issues, finding spiritual truth, wellness, and anything that strikes me as worthy of a conversation.
That’s what my blog is – the start of a conversation. Where that conversation leads is anybody’s guess.
If you would like to know more about how my husband and I support our family from blogging, I am happy to to share that information with you – it’s a great atory and anyone can do it (although income is never guaranteed and like anything, you gotta work hard to get good). Just drop me a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for stopping by and please do leave a comment – it reassures me I’m not talking to myself!