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About Sarah: I am full-time mom to 3, wife and home-educator. My mom made the tough decision to try homeschooling me and my siblings back before it was "technically legal." A lot has changed since then and more than ever I am grateful for the ability to stay home and educate my own kids. I love singing, creating, thrifting and eating. I hate doing laundry and am not a huge fan of cooking. I like fast and easy recipes, using healthy, inexpensive ingredients. I'll try to do anything myself if it will save money. When all else fails, spray paint it!

About Julia: I have a degree in finance from Cedarville University. I spent 4 years in banking before my husband and I decided to purchase and operate a DirectBuy franchise together. The business demanded more time than we were willing to give and still be the parents we wanted to our growing family. On the four year anniversary of owning the business we sold it, and I have been a stay-at-home mom since. It has taken some time to adjust to being home with kids and not being part of the workforce, but it is rewarding to be with our children. I look forward to sharing things that have been helpful in my life with you!!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, 
do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31


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  2. Julia and Sarah, It was a treat to read your blog. My friend Holly and I set up a blog together because of our shared love of all things married with children. I will certainly be back for more. Should you have any "free time" (don't you love that term), check us out at www.wheredowefindthetime.com. We don't sell anything, but we sure have fun posting. Can't wait to read more of what you lovely ladies have to share!!

  3. HEY sarah and Julia, I am a stay at home mom( ex missionary) living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, From Amercia. My husband is Irish:) We worked in YWAM together and now He is helping to run a non for profit cafe in Belfast called Common Grounds( www.commongrounds.co.org) We LOVE being a part of this and have been helping to run it for the past 8 years. I have 4 children under 6. Two are in School ( primary 3 and Primary 1.) They start at age 3. So my third will start in September with Nursery ( like pre K). I became a christian in my later 20s...and started having children in my 30s. Home school has ALWAYS been appealing to me, partly because I love my children, and partly because I find the schools here different from the US and if we were to ever return to the mission field, I think this would be a prat of that. I am writting as a mom who is exploring the IDEA of homeschooling and needing a bit of wisdom and encouragement. I came across your site from a friend on FB who posted one of your ideas about technology tickets and I LOVE that! So I looked you up:) I don't consider myself to be academic and I would have NO clue about how to start this in our home...there is a very small group of home school kids that I have heard about in NI. But if you have any thoughts to share I would love that.
    Kind regards

    1. Lisamarie,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! It sounds like you are in a very exciting yet possibly overwhelming position! Opening up to the idea of homeschooling can be a bit overwhelming, but you're off to a great start. Just keep reading and educating yourself to what is out there.

      Read up on the current laws and legal status of home education in your area of the globe: Home School Legal Defense: Ireland is a good place to start! Check out my section of posts under Getting Started Be sure to see the one entitled "My Top Picks" for some good curriculum to start checking out. Thanks to the internet, you have so many resources at your fingertips! I have several missionary friends in different areas of the world that have had great success with home education.

      You can definitely do this! You CAN take charge of your children's education and be with them for the most important years of their life - rather than sending them off to be taught by someone who may not have the same values and goals that you do. You don't need a teaching degree to homeschool, or even a college education. Every book comes with a teacher's guide that includes the answer keys. You know your kids better than anyone else, you know how they learn best. You can give them each a great one-on-one education that is tailored to their specific learning style and needs. I hope this is a little bit of a help. Keep us posted on your endeavors and feel free to ask any questions!

  4. Hi girls! Thanks for inviting me to your site! I have been lost here for about a half hour reading- I liked and subscribed & I'm practically stalking you now. Thanks for coming by www.SewsNBows.com!

  5. Dear Sarah - So fun to hear you are a Pk and a PW! My grandfather was a Pastor and we have a rich heritage of service to the Lord in my family. Neither my husband nor I are licensed Pastors but we serve in ministry in our church. What an exciting thing to have a part in changed lives. Bless you in your ministry and with your family.

    And Julia - So great that you have the opportunity to be home with those kiddos. Love on them as much as you can. The time flies so quickly. Blessings to you and yours.

    So happy to be following you,

  6. Thank you so much for the adorable American Doll Clothes patterns. I have 3 grand daughters that have AGDs and I love sewing for them! I also am a Pastor's wife, grand daughter of a pastor and mother of a pastor!
    God Bless,

  7. Hi Julia & Sarah. I found your beautiful blog thru the All Things Thursday Blog Hop. I am a new follower thru GFC and look forward to seeing more from you ladies!

    Have a blessed day!

  8. Wonderful information ladies.


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