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Many years ago I decided to travel to America. It was to be a short visit; a fortnight at the most. Australia had always been at the top of my list of places to visit but opportunity landed me at DFW airport toting one tiny suitcase and a snazzy duffel leaving my parents wondering what they were going to tell the neighbours about my sudden departure.  A handsome Texan, complete with Hawaiian shirt, had fallen in love with me at Victoria station in London and sent me an invitation with a plane ticket, to visit his home in Dallas while he was between rock and roll tours. 'Nothing ventured nothing gained,' I thought as I made my way through customs and into his waiting arms.

Twenty-a-lot years later I am an empty nester with a story, lots of stories in fact!   I am homeless an orphan and have moved back in with Mum...my Blue Eued Cowboy's Mum to be precise.  

Australia is still on my bucket list though I've made a few friends there through my show.  

My life in Texas has seen me raise four grown children now aged 28-22 who were my guinea pigs when I accidentally stumbled into the world of homeschooling. They willingly acquiesced for the fifteen-year lifespan of Wildflower Academy, the fancy name I affixed to my one room schoolhouse.

I became the mother of the year for allowing: snakes to co-habit with us and shed their skins in my bath-tub; raccoons to learn how to swim in our pool; baby squirrels to be bottle fed every three hours and abandoned opossums to cling upside down from my hands by their tails. 

With looming empty nest my Gent and I packed our bags and headed to London for a fashionable Gap Year.  We learned how to live as a couple having only ever had children on our minds and we found that we really rather liked it and are still mad about each other!

After returning to America, ousting our sons from our house, planning a wedding and selling our family home of 28 years we returned to my fair shores and sold the London flat.  

Hence the move back in with Mum...to wait on God to let us in on His plan for the rest of our lives.

When I'm not rushing around volunteering and walking in ancient woodlands, or around a Hideaway Lake in East Texas, I enjoy reading and thinking.  I write a personal blog, a Radio Show blog and guest write for Vibrant Nation.  I am the host of The Sociable Homeschooler on Toginet Radio.  

 

My gallant Texan and I share dinner dates at home each weekend, we reckon that our food is infinitely better than anything a local restaurant can set before us. We have the added fun of tasting while we cook, chopping veggies side by side, creating sauces and indulging in wickedly funny conversation. 

Who knows what this next year will bring? Tune in to my show, The Sociable Homeschooler, Fridays at 12 noon CT or 6pm GMT, to find out, first hand!  

"He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing"  (Zephaniah 3:17)

02.27.15 The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling: Debra Bell

                                                      

We get heavy snow in the night so my youngest and I went out and made the most of it.  Snow Day!

I will talk about the foundation of successful homeschooling and parenting:  Obedience, at whatever level you require it!

Join me as I speak to Debra Bell an Apologia Live Speaker. Debra has written, The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling and The Ultimate Guide to Homechooling Teens. Find out how she balanced homeschooling her children with her career as an author, speaker and educator while still keeping her sanity. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. is the well known curriculum company that publishes the science books by Dr. Jay L. Wile.

My scouse friend pays a cameo visit again so listen to my show.  

 

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02.20.15 Busting the Stereotype: Hannah Keeley

 

                                          

My preferred form of exercise is Jazzercise, my daughter dances at the college and my son rock climbs no wonder there is a never ending saga of laundry in our house!  I will also be remembering my homeschooling teething pangs!

This week my guest is, Hannah Keeley, host of the PBS T.V. show, “Hannah Help Me!” You’ll want to listen in and learn how Hannah balances a busy career and a family of nine. By making every moment count she cooks healthy meals, collaborates on homeschool projects and shows off her long, smooth legs. Meet Hannah with me and dare to transform your life.

My friend from Liverpool is on for a few minutes to show off her accent!  

Go on... Tune in on Friday at 12 noon Central. 

 

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02.13.15 ND: Don't Rush Child Development: Julie Meekins

 

                                                             

We're in the middle of Lent and my youngest son has a birthday, I talk about his struggle with moving on while confronted with a problem.  

My book exerpt tells about my terrible first day of homeschooling and I consider how lucky we are not to be living in Germany!

My guest is Julie Meekins, a homeschooler who refused to take the diagnosis of her daughter’s CHARGE Syndrome lying down. We will talk about her positive approach, how God worked in her life and how she was moved to become a certified Neurodevelopmentalist. Julie will explain ND to us and share how all her children worked together to help her daughter progress through the natural development of her body, step by step. Julie stresses the importance of not skipping steps and her story is one of courage and love.

Liverpool speaks again for a moment so listen up again this Friday at 12 noon CT.

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02.06.15 Calvert, School in a Box: Gretchen Roe

 

                                                             

Today I'm on about snow, our delicious dinner club with Thai food and national dress.  I explain where one of my daughter's got her name and go into the reasons for recording my children's favorite books on tape.

I am talking to Gretchen Roe this week who is the Community Liaison for Calvert School. As a homeschooling mother of six Gretchen is a user of the Calvert Curriculum and has a wealth of experience as both a teacher and mentor for Calvert users around the world. Find out more about this curriculum where each grade comes self contained in a box and can be shipped to you anywhere in the world.

Kathy is joining us again briefly this week so click below to hear it all!

 

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1.30.2015 Bombs & Books in Beirut: Linda Sacco

 

                                      

On my show today I'm talking about squirrels in our chimney, stereotyping, turning 18 again with my youngest why I started homeschooling and more on language in America and how I'm having to find synonyms in order to make myself understood.

This week my guest is Linda Sacco who traveled with her husband to war torn Beirut, Lebanon in the 1970’s and decided it was safer to homeschool her children in their house in the hills than to send them to school where they could get caught on the street in crossfire or stranded by a curfew. They experienced mortar fire and shelling but Linda was able to continue her children’s education despite several evacuations.

I will also close the show with my scouse friend so click below and listen!

 

 

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