About Me

About MeHi, I’m Michelle and I appreciate you stopping by to learn more about me. My husband and I live on a homestead in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. I grew up as a city girl but always dreamed of living in the country. That dream came true about nine years ago, and since then I’ve enjoyed learning new things. We’ve raised dogs, cats, poultry, equines, and pigs. I have a garden where I grow old favorites as well as experiment with new plants and organic methods. We also have a young orchard with apple, cherry, peach, and pear trees, plus three blueberry bushes. In addition to that I enjoy foraging for wild edibles such as raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, and mushrooms.

I homeschooled our two children for fourteen years, and they are both now high school graduates. Since I’m now entering the Empty Nest phase of life, I decided to start blogging because I want to encourage other homeschool moms. It was about twenty years ago that God started talking to me about homeschooling and I remember how I felt. (You can read about that in “The Birth of Curren Christian Academy.”) I also remember the fears I had along the way and what helped me get through, so I want to share that with others who may need some encouragement or a vision. If you are a Homeschool Mom then you might like to skim my “Homeschooling” category.

I’m also a Christian with strong faith. I’ve seen God at work in our lives through the years, and how He has answered prayers. I want to share those stories, too. Not only because they are dear to me, but because I know there are people who struggle with their faith, and still others who don’t know Him at all. So I hope that something I write might help them to see Him at work in their lives or encourage them to give Him a chance.

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        1. It’s always nice to meet a fellow homeschoolers! I’ve had a lot of ancestors from that area. Our family used to visit when my grandparents were living. Now I don’t usually have a reason to go down there. What’s the nearest town to your son?

  1. Hi Michelle! I just found your blog through a post of your article on what college professors say about home schooled students. I really enjoyed your article. I have 5 kids that went through the public school system, one still there in 9th grade. I chose to homeschool my youngest. We are in 3rd grade now and in our 2nd year. He is strong willed and a self learner but likes choosing his own subjects lol. He much prefers being outside hunting, fishing and trapping. He will study all of these things on his own, mainly with watching videos. I have a difficult time getting him inside for lessons. He wants to rush through to get back outside. Reading to him is the best way to keep him focused inside. I’m looking forward to the information here and hoping to find some direction as we go. I have pressure from other family members to put him back in school. Your article will help my case for sure lol. Blessings!!!

    1. Thank you for sharing all of that. I’m remembering some books that we read that he might enjoy: The Sign of the Beaver, Moccasin Trail, Diary of an Early American Boy, and Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. I think they’ll all appeal to his love of the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are good basic skills to have. He’ll always be able to feed his self and his family. Hang in there. Homeschooling really works. I really don’t believe that boys were designed to sit at a desk all day, especially when they’re young.

  2. Thank you so much for the recommendations and encouragement!! We will definitely check out the books. I totally agree with you about the importance of those skills. If more boys and young men had the opportunity to learn them and spend time outdoors we would see a great change in our society. I look forward to to reading your blog.

  3. Hi, I found this while searching “retired homeschool moms.” I lived through the homeschool years, before that ended I was part of the “grilled cheese” generation. That’s sort of like the sandwich generation except your burned out and nothing healthy spills out of you. Now I’m dealing with working outside the home for the first time in over 20 years with a “boomerang” daughter who moved back home after college and a community college student son who never left. Homeschooling is awesome, but it takes awhile to adjust after it ends.

    1. I hadn’t heard the “grilled cheese” term before. LOL! I think of what you’re descibing as the “fledgling” phase. They’re trying to fly, but they don’t always take off. They still are in need of our encouragement and support. I think it would be hard to adjust to working outside the home after being autonomous for so long. I would be in the same boat if I started working again. I’ve been out of the workforce for almost 23 years now.

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