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I’m blessed to be married to the ultimate handy man and grand-gesture romantic. We have five kiddos, ranging from 17 years old down to our youngest who is 9 years old. Our oldest three kids (Grace, Molly, and Rusty) joined our family through the old fashioned method of love and labor. Our youngest two grew in my heart rather than under it.

Tyler joined our family via the foster care system 3 years ago when he was 6 years old, and Ozzie joined our family via the foster care system a year later when he was 9 years old. Both are heaven sent and destined to be part of our forever family…which doesn’t mean the road getting there was always smooth.

We are a family that believes in love, faith, working hard, playing hard, praying hard, and second chances. We have a heart for the orphans of the world and feel called to open our home to the motherless and the hurt. We have walked the sometimes challenging road of self employment (Toby runs a construction business), Selective Mutism, Dyslexia, Myasthenia Gravis, childhood abuse, trauma, ADHD, PTSD, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. None of these experiences are ones I could have anticipated, but walking those roads have been an amazing faith building and family bonding experience .

My passions include photography, writing, creating, teaching, traveling, reading, bubble baths, and sleep.

We raise food, animals, and children at Patchwork Farm…or perhaps they raise us. 🙂

Our days are spent doing farm chores, schooling at home, making and recording memories, managing chaos, and enjoying this grand adventure called LIFE.

7 responses »

  1. I’m not sure if this is the way to do this, but I wanted you to know how much I am enjoying your blog. Ann Real, my sister-in-law, gave me the link. Thank you for sharing your life and experiences – since I have not seen you since Dennis’ funeral, it is a treat to see pictures of your family. In a rough year, this has made my day. Keep up the great work!
    Frani Real Traynor

  2. Thanks for sharing the everyday. It is always nice to see a glimpse into the lives of others who are also on this homeschooling journey.

  3. I am travel blogger, a father of five and a grandfather of ten. I am also LDS. I am writing the second of a planned twelve books on back roads travel in the U.S. and was doing some research when I stumbled on your blog. I LOVE it and love what you have done with your family.. Wanted to drop a not to you to let you know.

    I have done many road trips over the years with my children as well as my grandchildren. I’ve been to all 50 states. I love the real world education that can be grabbed out in the world.

    I have a daughter who home teaches her children and I shared your blog link on my Facebook page this evening and included her, my oldest daughter and my oldest son. Maybe they could learn from you all.

    Thanks for posting!

    For your info, my blog is called Less Beaten Paths and my book series (only one for now – but others are in the works) are on Amazon — titled Less Beaten Paths of America.

    David Kravetz
    Lexington, KY

    • Dear David,
      What a delight it was to log in and be greeted with your kind note. You made my day. Connecting with like-minded fellow sojourners is one of the best parts of blogging and I so appreciate you taking time out of your day to reach out in such a kind way. I look forward to checking out your blog and getting acquainted through your writings, I think your project sounds wonderful. On our bus trip I got a taste of the gypsy lifestyle and fell in love with the beauty of this country. I look forward to the day we can be full-time explorers. Good luck on your project and thanks again for stopping by to say hello!

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