Date Joined: February 15, 2016
Last Online: November 20, 2017
Birthday: December 9
Country: United States
Hello, I am a homeschooling mom of 10 children. We live on a 115 acre farm and want to make the farm more productive each year.
I read to my school aged children every school day-- I have been in education for 25 years...I love teaching history and science--however, lately I have been teaching so much algebra!
I love reading, writing, hiking, bird watching, doing bible study, and making my own soap and cleaning products etc. I just started learning about essential oils and I am studying up on them.
I love to travel when possible.
I am a 4h leader for 20 years and we are quite involved with 4 H. We show animals at the fair and we go out to the PA Farm Show and m children compete in square dancing.
I am looking forward to the Downton Abbey tea that I am attending this weekend with my 2 daughters.
Giving back to the community is very important to me and our family. We are trying to do better in this area . 4H helps us to give back to the community and being involved in our church also helps us to reach out to make a difference!
One goal of mine is that when the children leave the nest and BEFORE that--I really feel a heart for disabled veterans and wanting to help those active in the military.. I have 2 sons in Civil Air Patrol and I want to volunteer more when they have events that reach out to veterans.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays---I also like celebrating the patriotic holidays and encouraging my children to appreciate (in tangible ways) our country and the sacrifice made by so many.
We live on a 115 acre farm that we are trying to get more and more into production (as a side business). We have goats and pigs and chickens (at different seasons).....our goal is to get a few cows this spring. We have raised produce to sell at farm markets, and we have sold baked goods at markets.
LIKES: I love fall and winter ALOT... In fact I get a little sad when late spring comes because I know it will get hot and humid and that is just not my kind of weather at all!!
I love do it yourself small projects such as laundry detergent, fabric softener, deodorant, skin care products, antibacterial ointments, antibacterial sprays etc.
I just saw a few posts for making rag rugs/ homemade totes and I hope to begin that this spring. I have also done several beginners quilts and I always say when my last child leaves I plan to get back into quilting classes (still a beginner)... I also like cross stitch.
I am a BIG planner user. I live by my planner--and just recently saw sites where people really decorate their planners (kind of in the Creative Memories tradition)--well my planner needs to be very functional and not very decorative- but I did find a few things I will incorporate. Like washi tape--a new thing for me---and using more stickers in my planner book.
I love hippos, owls, birds, and other things in nature. I really enjoy rocks and learning about geology.
I also like stamps and very loosely collect them (not an official collector)
I really enjoy weather---and learning about it and following weather. Rain Storms and snowstorms are my favorite weather events. I love learning about the stars and watching for meteors.
I enjoy Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, Call the Midwives, NCIS, Castle, Forensics, The Middle, When Calls the Heart,and Reign.....
Books: I love reading history books and books about true events such as the history of salt, history of the railroad, history of prohibition, history of ANYTHING! . A somewhat strange thing is I love reading books about the history of diseases and its impact on a community/culture/ etc.
I also read some true crime, and books on true weather events.
I am not much of a fluff book reader--no romance or 'beach' reads.
Strange but true---I LOVE to throw things away and purge things from my house! You would think my house would be empty--but with 10 children (7 still at home) I dont live in an empty house.
I love donuts!! but I limit myself to only 1 or 2 a month esp since my daughter is about to get her degree in dietetics and nutrition and we have gotten rid of alot of the "good" stuff like donuts/brownies/cookies.... (sniff sniff)....
DISLIKES: hhmmm I am not sure what I don't like---I dont like summer heat at all!
I do not like flea markets or estate sales...
I love drinking tea and coffee---but I am not a plain tea fan---I love flavors of tea.
I love walking the beach (we visit my snow bird parents in FL) but I dont enjoy sitting in the sun
I like walking and hiking alot---but do not like to jog or run at all!!.
We love playing games but I dont like Monopoly at all.
MUSIC: I am not a big music person---I think mostly because with 10 children in the house I have enough noise going on that I do not put music on. However, I do enjoy listening to contemporary Christian music. I like Elvis . Oh and my 2 daughters took me to a Train concert this past June and we had a blast and I love their songs!!
MOVIES: Its a Wonderful Life; The Money Pit, Gone with the Wind, North and South (British Version!!), Cheaper by the Dozen; Yours, Mine, and Ours; Braveheart; The Patriot; Last of the Mohicans; JANE AUSTEN movies.....DORIS DAY movies!!
Ok :) I think I have now expounded on my previous profile that seemed to be a little skimpy. I look forward to being involved with swap bot.