Thanks for stopping by...I'm so glad you're here! Following is a little bit about myself.
I have a pretty diverse background that includes degrees in English and architecture, and have been an (unlicensed) architect, teacher, freelance artist, photographer, and writer. On the surface, I grew up living a somewhat standard issue life: I grew up in a middle-class, church-going family with my wonderful parents and one quite interesting and awesome younger brother. After attending public, Christian, and then Catholic grade and middle schools, I trudged through the halls of a public high school for four inconsequential years and promptly shipped myself off to an out-of-state four-year college to earn a liberal arts degree in English.
Not satisfied that I could find gainful employment with that degree in hand, I graduated early and applied for graduate school in architecture. Three years of higher than higher education later, I landed a job at a local architecture firm, where I worked for about four years before switching careers to teach eighth grade English at a rural middle school where most of my kids struggled to read at a fourth-grade level. During that post-grad school era, I had gotten married and a few years later gave birth to my daughter, Akea. About two years later, my son Charlie was born.
And here I am.
The irony is that I never saw myself here…a full-time wife and homeschooling mother. I had goals of becoming a successful architect in a big city and maybe having a kid someday. If I ever got married. When Byron did enter stage right (we met at a Bible study. I know. How cute. But at least we were on the same page with the important things, ya know?), he wasn’t even interested. In fact, the story goes that he saw a very unflattering photo of me at my brother’s apartment and kind of wrote me off. Fred (my brother) had failed to tell him it had been taken right after a rather loud ska show. Anyway, he does say that I looked much better in person, but it took a few months for things to happen. Drat that photo!
I can honestly say that my goals and desires began to change after I got married. There were two of us now, and career began to have secondary importance. Our pastor at the time even suggested we not wait too many years to have children. Maybe he saw how distracted people became with material things. And then when I found out I was pregnant with Akea, I wanted to stay home but we weren’t sure we could make ends meet. I even went to a job interview…almost in tears.
But somehow, here I am.
God has provided for us in innumerable ways, and by living at Green Acres, we hope we can provide much for ourselves, raise our children to be good stewards of what they have, care for the earth God created, and bless others by the way we live.
By the way, you can contact me by leaving a comment (best way) or by e-mailing me at email@example.com.