Hi! I'm Jen
I am beyond excited you are here and found my little spot on the web.
I wish I could invite you over for a cup of coffee and chit-chats while the kids play (and run circles around us) but since I can’t I’ll introduce myself here.
I’m a thirty-something wife to a hot army officer and mom to 3 awesomely wild kids, a son and twin daughters. We have 2 feisty dauchsunds who like to wrestle right in the middle of us during circle time and 9 diva chickens who are constantly running for their lives while being chased by above awesomely wild kids.
My hubs has been in the military for the last 18 years. That means we live a nomad lifestyle where we pick up, move and start over every 2-3 years. It’s not for the faint of heart. We military wives deal with a lot…constant moving, being far from family, scary deployments, and being alone a lot. BUT, I truly love this lifestyle. It has allowed us to live in a few amazing places and to make friends all over the country. I guess I was made to be a military wife!
I am originally a Dallas, Texas girl who always had a dream of getting out of town. It was just too dang hot!! We currently live in Marquette, Michigan, where its really, really cold! It’s a secret little gem in the north woods of the Upper Peninsula right on Lake Superior and surrounded by hills, forests, waterfalls, tons of biking and hiking trails, bears and sometimes moose (we had one in our driveway!). This has been one of our favorite places so far even though Marquette can get over 200″ of snow each winter!
It has been an incredibly beautiful place to homeschool. We are living in a red, Swedish farmhouse on 40 acres surrounded by woods. My kids have their own pond and they get to run wild and free amoung the birch, aspen and wildflowers. We will truly miss this place when we leave.
Some of the other places we have lived are South Beach Miami, Aguadilla Puerto Rico, Washington DC and St. Louis Missouri.
We also LOVE to travel and between my husband and I we have been to Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John, The Dominican Republic, Ireland, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Iraq, Qatar and Korea. In fact, when I was 22 years old, I packed up my tiny jansport backpack and flew to Paris for a 4 month solo backpacking tour of Europe! Our dream is to roadschool/worldschool our children once my husband retires from the army.
We all have our own story about what lead us to choose homeschool. For me, I was drawn to it before I even had kids. It seemed that no matter where we lived, we had a homeschooling family next door. I was amazed by their children. They had so much free time, they were mature, smart, curious, inventive and interesting! I began to think of the many benefits our family could gain by homeschooling like strong family bonds, freedom and flexibility to travel, the ability to learn what we want, to set our own schedule, to teach what we value without the pressures of the school system or peers. So I began researching when my son was just a baby.
I spent YEARS in the overwhelmed mode. I couldn’t figure it out. There were so many option and there was so much to learn. I researched, read, researched, read, bought a lot of things, threw those things away and made a ton of mistakes.
But over the course of several years, I have figured out a system that works for us and learned a TON along the way.
On what would have been my sons first day of kindergarten, I was sitting on the bank of our pond. It was raining and my son was waist deep in the water trying to figure out a way to get his toy boat back to shore. My daughters were in the mud trying to catch frogs and make them fall asleep by rubbing their bellies and then setting them afloat on a raft. It was a beautiful moment that would have been lost to 4 walls and desks. I was hooked!
I would describe our homeschool as very much in the Eclectic box. I have trouble sticking to a schedule. I never complete everything we have planned. We will drop everything for a sunny day outside. We are a whole lot of Relaxed and Minimal, mixed up with Charlotte Mason, Classical and Waldorf.
A Blog is Born
I created Love Your Homeschool to help you in your unique homeschool journey.
Love Your Homeschools strives to be your one stop destination for your homeschool questions and needs. I LOVE doing research and sharing what I find with you in the hopes that it makes your life just a tiny bit easier.
Homeschooling is no joke and I am committed to lightening the load on your shoulders by offering quality advice, recommendations and encouragement.
I work hard to carefully curate all the content on our site. Only the best here! Whether its addressing your doubts and fears, answering your top questions, recommending curriculum, educational products, amazing learning toys and games, living books your kids will want to read over and over, art supplies and organizational must haves, if I didn’t get excited about it myself, I don’t share it here. I am a firm believer in less is more in our homeschools and this site is not about adding to the clutter.