About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom who is very passionate about serving Christ, my husband, and my children.  I homeschool my four children (one of which we adopted from China in 2013) and really do love nearly every minute of it!  I’m passionate about adoption and serving and giving to orphans and vulnerable children.

My husband and I have a combined hobby of learning about all things financial.  We have led Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class twice.  We are all about those 7 Baby Steps!

I also like to keep my finger on the pulse of culture and Christianity, using this blog to encourage others how we as consumers can truly make a difference.  I don’t want a dime of my money to go to companies that support things I don’t agree with- abortion, gay marriage, etc.  I’m adamant about standing up against immorality in our country as a whole.

Lastly, I enjoy learning about and living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle.  We eat mostly vegan/ vegetarian but not always, as we’ve really grown to like our grass-fed beef as a treat!

Before starting our health journey in 2007, my diet consisted of fast food, cheap food (ties in with my financial hobby!), processed food, and junk food.  I mean, I knew eating fruits and veggies was good for you, but that really was the extent of my healthy eating.  Now I strive to run a toxin-free home with no added nitrates, MSG, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, red40, or the like!  🙂  My children have never had white sugar or any of the above mentioned ingredients (unless they slipped in at a carry-in dinner, less than a handful of times).   I don’t say that to guilt you as a mom, but to let you know, it IS possible!  Happily!

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I pray it will be a blessing and an encouragement to you!  I would be honored for you to subscribe by email!

15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Okay sorry for leaving 57 comments today… ha.

    I definitely plan on following this and getting some good ideas! Thanks for sharing your story!

    I have to ask, how did your second birth go? My first was a c/s as well… 🙂

    1. Kirsten, I’m glad you’re leaving comments! My second birth was fantastic! I plan on writing about it later on this blog, but short version… We had a Homebirth, Waterbirth! In a swimming pool with two midwives here, it was incredible! I can’t wait to write more about it!

  2. Fabulous! I can’t wait to hear more about it! Birth is my *thing*, (especially VBAC!) kind of like health is your *thing*, kwim? Love it. 🙂

  3. Just wanted to say how glad I am to have “found” you. We have a lot in common. Jesus, homeschooling, better health choices one step at a time, home birth /water birth, etc. I look forward getting to “know” you better! Thank you for all the recipes you have shared too. I look forward to trying them. 🙂
    Blessings,
    Michelle

  4. Beautiful blog. I am Jesus’, a wife to a cop, a mommy to a home birthed son and pregnant with our second child. May you be encouraged and may the Lord bless you and keep you and shine His face down upon you and give you peace! ADORE that you did a write up on the wool bed company. If you ever want to compare Jesus living while on this earth, please email me.

    1. Great job on the homebirth! Hope you have your next one at home also! I’ve had two homebirths now, woot woot! Check out my book list tab to see what kinds of Christian books I like to read! It’s so refreshing to hear of others who also LOVE Jesus with their whole heart!

  5. Just found your blog, I am a fellow Christian and interested in healthier living. I have dabbled with green cleaning and want to learn more. I would like eliminate junk food from my husband and I’s diet but the convenience is hard. I am not the best cook. Haha

    1. Welcome Michelle! I wasn’t that great of a cook either, at least not at making healthy stuff. But just one recipe at a time, you can learn! I would just find one wholesome recipe at a time and try it out. If we liked it, I wrote it on an index card and it became our own. One at a time, I eventually got an entire index card file box full of recipes! You can do it! Dumping a box of this and a can of that in a pan is a lot easier but cooking everything from scratch is much more rewarding!

  6. Thank you so much for writing on your blog and sharing your life! I have been basically studying what you do with your kids on your dateless homsechool plans and how you taught your children to read! I am also a stay-at-home mom who is passionate about most everything you talk about on here! I have 3 children. My oldest, who just turned 4 yesterday, my two year old girl who talks a mile a minute, and my 4 month old baby girl. I am also VERY interested in accelerated homeschooling since my husband discovered the Harding family. I actually did a google search to try to find other homeschooling parents who are trying to do the same thing as the Hardings and I found you! And I am SO glad I did. 🙂

    Would you be able to share more about the different curriculum you’ve chosen and why? like Math 180 for example. I tried to find it on Amazon and found math in 180 days. Is that the same thing? And are the phonics booklets you use in particular the best way to go you think when it comes to learning phonics?

    Do you do any little league sports with your kids? We have read Keeping our Children’s Hearts by the Maxwell family and plan to steer away from team sports. We do plan to have a lot of fun at home and with our church doing sports casually.

    How are you planning to have your kids be able to take highschool exit exams and SAT’s?

    I’m willing to raise our children in these similar ways that you’ve mentioned on your blog here such as reading the Bible to them during meals, but I am definitely having a hard time with disciplining myself to just get everything I need to get done during the day. What helps you stay on top of everything? I really love how your six year old is actually working on memorizing a chapter of Genesis! That is mind blowing! Praise God! How were you able to motivate your children to do all of these wonderful things? You are a superwoman in Christ my friend!
    I’m just AMAZED at how well your children are doing and I know God gives you the strength to do all of what you’re doing with children! What a blessing you are to your children as a mother! I pray that I can give God the glory in these same ways and hope to help my own kids even finish high school before their teens if they are willing and can do so intellectually. I’ve taught piano for 11 years before I got married so I try to teach them piano too. Could you share more about how you teach piano to them?
    Thank you again for sharing all of what you do to encourage others! Thank you for your ministry in that to sisters in Christ like myself! 🙂
    ~Kimberly

    1. Yes, it’s 180 Days of Math. I picked it because it’s easy for the child, just 8-10 problems per page, all different ones on each page, not a burdensome task for them! I liked that it wasn’t pages and pages and pages of the same lesson.

      My phonics post about sums up what I think the best way to learn to read is! I don’t think you even need a phonics book or curriculum at all. Just teach themhttps://unconventionalhomemaker.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form their letters first (cap and lowercase- id them), then sounds for all the letters. Then start putting together the sounds like cat, met, hit, dog, etc! After that, I would just teach one phonics sound at a time and use flashcards till they master it! Go check out that post for more details.

      Eh, we did let our oldest son play team sports (he’s 7 now) and we were out there helping coach. But we see we’re getting to an age (and a larger size family, hehe) that we’re going to have to switch to just family sports. I’ll have to read that book!

      Haven’t even thought about high school exams yet! I do hope to use the College Plus program or something similar when my children are ready, maybe by age 12?! =)

      My list of all we do did not happen over night. Back when I just had one child, the list for the day was “say a Bible verse, read some books, sing abc’s, count to 12, id some shapes, call it a day!” I’m fully convinced the best way to start your child’s homeschooling is to never have a “whammo first day of school.” But to start them out with just one small thing, 5 minutes. Then add one fun thing to that, you’re up to 10 minutes! Slowly, little by little, build upon what you already do. My son didn’t memorize 150+ Bible verses overnight! Just a couple when he was 2 and little by little we added more. So don’t try to replicate my list or you’ll probably get burned out!! Start small!

      Well… piano. Like most of the stuff I do, I go with what is simple and frugal! I played clarinet in high school so I can read music and know the basic notes of the piano. But that’s about it! I started them on a simple e-book I purchased that just has them playing songs by number. Then we memorized about 12 chords. Then we started watching some youtube videos on playing scales. And along the way I taught them notes on the staff. That’s how far we’ve gotten. I think I need a piano teacher pretty soon, I feel so inadequate! But we’ll keep learning from the youtube videos for now, I can learn with them!

  7. I am so glad that I found you! We have a lot in common, and it’s always a blessing to find people who are passionate about the same things! I recently wrote a book, and have been looking for more women who share the desire to live a Christ centered, healthy life! Thank you for all of the work you do on your blog, and for how much you share! I learn a lot from you, plus, get inspired!

    Cynthia

  8. Hi! There isn’t much on my website right now except for the book, recent conference, and a link to one of my client’s blogs. My blog is in the works though! There are some posts on Facebook under The Holistic
    Christian Woman, and also from my year at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, under The Damaskos Way – 365 days to health and wellness. I’ve made a huge life change by going into health coaching! I’m loving it! People like you help me stay focused 😊

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