Areas of Knowledge
I gravitate toward paths of self-reliance, personal accountability, and creativity.
Homeschooling: Parents are the primary teachers of their children, whether or not they choose to instruct them in academics. I have taught my children at home since 2003, when my oldest child entered Kindergarten. I have been an active part of homeschool communities for a decade and a half.
Catholicism: I grew up Roman Catholic and have embraced the beauty of the Church. I enjoy continuously learning about the mysteries of the faith. Favorite areas to explore are Church history, Covenant Theology, Theology of the Body, historical fiction, and saint biographies – especially the lives of the mystics. In 2008, along with my husband, I completed a one-week course of “Theology of the Body I: Head and Heart Immersion” (with Christopher West). I also completed in 2014 the 26-week study, “The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation” (by Jeff Cavins). My 2017 article, "10 Eerie Saints Worthy of a Halloween Celebration," was recently published on Listverse.
Indie Music: As the Good Book says, “…if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Music surrounds us with extraordinary beauty and insight. Through reviewing albums, I learned how to measure the flow of songs in creating a cohesive listening experience. Through band interviews, I gained perspective on song inspiration and musical direction. I have also helped numerous bands compile band biographies for a more professional first impression when seeking a music review.
Natural Family Planning: How empowering it is to know the body is truly wonderfully made! Along with my husband, I have acted as a certified symptom-thermal method Natural Family Planning instructor with the Couple to Couple League (2003 – 2005).
Birth Options: Birth is life-changing – and there are so many ways we can help that be a positive experience! I have been in contact with midwives, doulas, and other birth professionals who explore birth options, particularly regarding out-of-hospital births.