I’m 39 years old. I love learning and reading. I also love exercising, which I hardly have time for anymore. I have 4 dc, a daughter with hair to her bottom, 9yrs old, a son that’s 7, a son that’s 4, and a son that’s 2.

My husband and I met in a Chemical Plant where we both worked as engineers–him, mechanical and me, chemical. I hate engineering and am better at studying nutrition or history or writing.

One of my favorite hobbies is teaching at Co-op. I enjoy it so much because I teach high school kids. For three years, I’ve taught Algebra. I also taught nutrition, and this year I’m teaching writing with IEW. I am having a blast.

If you have ever used Rosetta Stone, then you know what I look like. There’s a picture part way through lesson 1 or 2 that has a lady sitting in a car. She has a big smile on her face and she is partially hidden by the shadows. Except for the squareness of her face, I look just like that.

And you can probably tell from the posts that I’m a Christian. I have been for most of my life. I really, really love the Lord, but I really, really don’t live and spend time with him the way that I should. I’m trying to change that because I really want to know him better.

And I thought I’d add this in here as well–since I mentioned that I’m a Christian–many people think Christians think they’re better than everyone else. That Christians have it all together. That we think we have the corner on knowing right from wrong.

Well, in fact the exact opposite is true. As Christians we know we’ve messed up on right and wrong; we know we need help; and we know we need forgiveness. If anyone sins and is guilty of sin, it is definitely the Christian.

It’s sort of like visiting a doctor’s office and seeing a bunch of people in the waiting room. Then following them home and saying to them, how dare you be sick. You proclaim to know the doctor, you sick person you. You visited the doctor today; all of your symptoms should be gone. You shouldn’t be sick anymore at all.

While in fact, it is because the sick man knows he sick that he goes to see the doctor. The doctor gives him medicine and tells him how to clean up his life. The sick man goes home and continues to live his life, but falls back into his old ways and continues to have his old symptoms. It is like this as Christians. We are, by the very definition of the term, sinners. We have turned to Christ and asked him to clean us and change us. We ask him to make us different. And we agree to obey him because we love him. But we don’t.

Even in the Bible, Paul says–and I paraphrase here–“I do the things I don’t want to do. I don’t do the things I want to do.”

We, Christians, must work out our salvation. Christ has given it to us freely; we have not earned it at all through righteous living. Righteous living is our goal out of appreciation for the gift he has already given us–that gift being forgiveness, grace, and mercy. (Mercy is not giving us what we deserve. Grace is giving us blessings we don’t deserve.)

I’ll be one of the first ones to say, don’t look at my life on how to life. Only Christ was perfect. I have a looooooooong way to go. And please look upon other Christians with forgiveness. When they acknowledged they were Christians, that right there was proof of their sinful ways.

And it is because of the terms grace and mercy, that I sometimes stay away from Christian curriculum. There is sometimes the thread in some curriculum that you can earn God’s goodness by being good. God is good to me when I’m good and I’m not so good. Just look at the prodigal son.

God let him suffer the consequences of his actions. This is reality disciplining. But when he turned back to the Father, the Father forgave him and blessed him. He didn’t condemn him. The only difference between Christians and non-Christians is that we’ve turned to Christ. And I must say that that unconditional love and acceptance from Christ is something that I wish the whole world could feel as I feel. I don’t have to be good enough; he loved me before I ever knew him.

Anyway, that’s a little about me and my outlook on life.


5 responses to “ABOUT ME

  1. Good Morning,

    I found your blog this morning by linking through The Old School House. What a wonderful blessing the Lord has passed along to me this morning in the gift of your blog.

    May God richly bless you and your family today and always.


  2. Hello,
    I have been doing research on starting a co-op… or is it coop? I know there are pros and cons. Here is the question… Is a serious claassical co-op day interpersed with joyful activity beneficial to the majority of children and the overall relationship of their hearts turning toward yours or away from yours and vice versa? By the way instead of SOTW we are thinking of using the Veritas History. For a co-op would you recommend 2-6 gr starting at the same place and rotating through together. It will be a very small co-op.
    Bricks and Mortar

  3. Hi Marianne,

    I am not a main coordinator at our co-op, but I am very involved. Your question was–

    Is a serious claassical co-op day interpersed with joyful activity beneficial to the majority of children and the overall relationship of their hearts turning toward yours or away from yours and vice versa?

    I think it most definitely is. Our co-op has many crafts and fun activities and classes which are classified as electives in addition to the educational classes. Our new co-op will be operating from 9-3 on Mondays. The morning classes are all educational. History, Geography, Science, Literature to name a few. The afternoon classes fall in the category of electives–ballet, photography, foreign languages, art, piano. The selection of electives is based on the skills that the parents have to offer. And from those available the parents based on their children’s bent select electives that they will enjoy.

    For our co-op, the grades 2-6 are all together. The 7th to 12th are together. But we’ve also tried to offer two threads of history (and literature as well for the 7-12th grades).

    The 2-6 are doing MFW history and geography simultaneously. The 7th -12th are doing Sonlight core 300 and civics simultaneously. The high school kids taking sonlight will be receiving an IEW class. The high school kids not in sonlight will be offered a different literature class.

    I hope this answers some of your questions. And, btw, our co-op has approximately 40 families. It’s a split from our old co-op of 130 families. We grew too large for our facility and split. The new co-op will start this fall.

  4. I wanted to just say a little hello, or Hola, as the case may be. We are loving The Fun Spanish. Thanks for such a great program that is so easily usable. By the way, I also think it’s great fun that we happen to have the same number of children, the same ages, in the same order of oldest daughter with three boys. Makes for a lively household, doesn’t it? I love your vision. Thanks for sharing it through your books!

  5. Thanks Gina,

    I really appreciate the comments. And yes, 3 boys sure do liven things up. One of my doctors laughed when he found out we were having our 3rd boy. He had 4, so he knew.

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