Our family lives in Ferndale, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We are blessed to live out in the county overlooking White Rock Canada and with a beautiful view of the Cascade Mountains. We are surrounded by farm country and are situated on over 2 acres that the children are able to run free on.
Mike (my husband) and I have been married for 8 years now and have 2 beautiful children together. Camden, almost 6, and Garrett, 2. I also have a step-daughter, Mikayla, who is nearly 11 and lives with her mom and attends a local public school. I am a stay-at-home mom and Mike is soon to be a licensed Electrician. He just finished his apprenticeship and is schedule to take his state licensing test. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon).
Mike and I have known from very early on that we wanted to home school our children. For me, it has always been a desire to provide an education that we feel is difficult to achieve in a public school setting. Initially for Mike, it was to protect our daughter from exposure to foods she is allergic to. Our reasons have evolved and deepened over time as our children have grown and as our understanding on what we want to pass along to our children is clarified within our own minds.
This is our first year of homeschooling and while trying to get my bearings on which direction I wanted to focus our education I stumbled upon the book The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. The world of Classical Education was opened up to us and I am so thrilled to have found such an amazing resource.
We’ve only been at this since the end of September 2010 and we’re still tweaking things here and there to find our groove. Even though we don’t have everything all figured out yet, I can not quite put into words how satisfying and enjoyable homeschooling is. Sure, it is rather difficult at times but it has been such a joy to experience first hand the moments of discovery, wonder and achievement that my daughter experiences when learning about our world.
We’re glad you’re here to share it with us!