Heather of Books and Bairns

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I’ve been blogging since 2006, when I decided to recommit to writing daily as an effort not to let my passion for writing stagnate. Since then, I’ve written about anything and everything under the sun, it seems. In that time, I’ve journeyed through infertility and pregnancy loss, adoption, special needs parenting, the beginnings of parenting a teen, great homeschooling moments, and yes, some not so great homeschooling moments. My blog is all about being real. What you see is what you get!

Why do you blog?
My blog started as part daily writing exercise, part journal to be enjoyed by my family lest something should happen to me. To maintain privacy throughout the very personal revelations shared on my blog, I gave everyone–including myself–a blog name. Now we’re often recognized in homeschooling circles by those names instead of our given ones!

Why do you homeschool?
I homeschool because I feel called to. I am strongly convinced that my children were given to my husband and I–and to each other. Any other form of schooling would simply break our family into units and fracture the joy we have in learning and loving together.

Do you have any home businesses?
Not a hobby, per se, but my family runs a nonprofit focused on training Christian nationals to spread the gospel in closed or hostile countries. We are currently raising funds and hope to be full-time missionaries in the next eighteen months-two years.

What’s your favorite…
Color(s):  Pink
Books:  To Kill A Mockingbird, The Phantom Toothbooth, Snow Falling on Cedars, and so many more I cant count.
Hobbies:  Writing, reading, sewing, knitting.
Dinner:  Anything Thai. My husband makes an incredible Phad See Ew.
Dessert:  Chocolate cake.
Websites:  Too many to list!
Season:  Autumn
Other:  How about my Starbuck’s order? I live in WA, after all. 🙂 I’m a decaf, upside down, low-fat pumpkin spice latte kind of girl. That means I’m high maintenance, according to some!

What are your favorite posts, the ones most commented on or those that most tell your story?
If you have eyes to see
I am not the mother I wanted to be
Stretch Marks
I can’t be a foster parent, because …. (part 1)

What have you reviewed for Timberdoodle?
Review: Rubbabu Bubble Ball {Timberdoodle}


1 Comment

  1. Junior
    07 Jun 2012, 3:51 pm

    Hi Gem, *sigh* I know how you feel. It’s my dad who pressures me to put Emme in scoohl. He thinks she is behind as well even though she isn’t! She was just a late reader, but she has since caught up to her appropriate grade level . (Although sis Jennah reads at a 12th grade level, so according to my dad, Emme should be way ahead too .(sigh))I went back and forth and was going to put her in scoohl and then Michele and Rose both talked to me and I changed my mind. (I know it’s different since it’s Squid) If they are going to be in a scoohl could there BE a better situation than the one they will be in? Together in class? Friend from church? Dance instructor? They’ll be ok. And if they are not, I’m sure Squid will be back on the homescoohl bandwagon!Hugs,Sherry ps Emme wants to PLAY!

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