Welcome! I am so glad you are here!
If you read lots of different blogs and websites, then you already have an idea of what to expect. Except, to be perfectly honest, my website is a bit different from others. So rather than follow the standard procedure of telling you all about my awesome husband and daughter and the topics that I write about (see later in this page), I want to make it clear right up front what you can expect from me in this place.
Why? Because I do things a bit differently.
Why? Because I’m a bit different.
Differently Wired Children – and Bloggers
One of the topics I write about is differently wired children such as gifted and twice-exceptional children. The thing is, I’m also differently wired and that impacts how I do things around here.
It took me a long time to figure this out, but one day recently it all clicked when I was in the midst of a discussion on my site.
All of the conventional blogging wisdom insists that you must have a niche or a focus on your site in order to attract readers and subscribers. I’ve tried. Many times. I’ve tried to develop a niche that focuses on one or two topics.
I always fail.
For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why. Why could all these other bloggers happily write about the same narrow topics for years and be perfectly content and I can’t do it for three months without feeling like I’m slowly going insane?
It’s because I have the gifted intellectual overexcitability. If you have a gifted child, you will probably already know what gifted overexcitability means. If you don’t, then let me explain it to you.
This intellectual overexcitability explanation is a good one. It comes from the SENG site so it is geared toward children but trust me. It’s just as true for adults.
Intellectual OE is demonstrated by a marked need to seek understanding and truth, to gain knowledge, and to analyze and synthesize (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977; Piechowski, 1979, 1991). Those high in Intellectual OE have incredibly active minds. They are intensely curious, often avid readers, and usually keen observers. They are able to concentrate, engage in prolonged intellectual effort, and are tenacious in problem solving when they choose. Other characteristics may include relishing elaborate planning and having remarkably detailed visual recall. People with Intellectual OE frequently love theory, thinking about thinking, and moral thinking. This focus on moral thinking often translates into strong concerns about moral and ethical issues… Intellectually overexcitable people are also quite independent of thought …
This is me. And it’s a blessing and a challenge to be wired this way.
My daughter is gifted/2e, but her area of giftedness is artistic. I would never tell her she can only use one art medium and must choose between pencils or chalk or acrylics or pastels or watercolors. She delights in using many different things and cycles through them in phases. To tell an artistic person she can only focus on one area or niche is ludicrous.
I realized the same thing is true for me and my need for intellectual stimulation.
For that reason, I write about a lot of different topics and I tend to go in streaks. I might write a lot about homeschooling and then switch to cozy living and then switch to unit studies. Then I might make printables and then I write about gifted kids and then relaxed homeschooling. Then I might write about picture books or my faith or working at home. That’s just the way I am. I might post for five days in a row and then not post for six.
And I think you should know that up front so there are no surprises.
You may think you signed up for posts about homeschooling and cozy living when all of the sudden I’m writing about one of the other topics in my header menu. That’s the reality of what I do here and rather than forcing myself to adhere to some blogging standard that doesn’t work for me, I’m letting people know from the start what to expect so there are no surprises.
So, all that said, let’s move on to the heart of my site which is creating a home life that is cozy – filled with peace, understanding, and joy.
What do you long for?
Do you long for a life that is cozy?
And by cozy, I don’t mean full of blankets and hot cocoa.
I mean a life that gives a feeling of peace, understanding, and joy to you and your loved ones.
Cozy living is what I call the coming together of purposeful living, simple living, and faithful living.
- Purposeful Living – We make purposeful choices rather than going with the flow, even if it means being different from the crowd.
- Simple Living – We include only those things in our life that bring real value.
- Faithful Living – We make choices that align with our faith and core beliefs.
Cozy living is living simply and purposefully according to our deeply held beliefs.
When we choose cozy living we bring peace, understanding, and joy to our homes.
If this sounds like you, then welcome! You are in the right place. I help people cultivate a cozy home, a haven of rest and growth.
My degree is in Elementary Education, but my passion has always been writing and helping others find answers to their questions and problems. This site is full of stories from my own life, ideas for how to bring cozy to your home, and thoughts on how to make big decisions in every part of life.
This website is my home online and where I devote my time.
After much trial and error with social media and spreading myself too thin, I made the choice to base my interactions here where I can truly get to know people.
So I welcome conversations in the comments of my posts (no matter how old they are!) and do my best to respond to them in a timely manner.
Please join the conversations you find that interest you! We can all learn a great deal from each other so feel free to share your insights and knowledge in the comments of posts that resonate with you. Many of my popular posts have excellent comment threads so don’t miss those!
I have created this website to be a beautiful, restful place and I hope you find it so.
Other miscellaneous things to know about me…
- I love to sit by the fireplace and read. It is my happy place.
- Recovering perfectionist
- Saved by Jesus
- I‘m a Tri Delta (who fits none of the sorority stereotypes!)
- I like old-fashioned things and so I’m a reader of Grace Livingston Hill (Some of my favorites are The Christmas Bride, The Prodigal Girl, The Substitute Guest, Beauty for Ashes, April Gold, and The Honor Girl.)
- I have Eosinophlic Esophagitis which has radically changed my life.
David and I met online via AOL back in the days when no one knew anyone who had married someone they met online. We met and married in nine months to the shock of many. Twenty-one years later we’re still best friends and happily married. Not only that, we like each other enough to work together from home. 😀
Caroline is twelve years old and every bone in her body is filled with creativity and imagination. She especially enjoys painting, drawing, and computer games that allow her to use her creative skills. We’ve progressed through an interesting journey with her as an only child, high need infant, highly-sensitive and spirited child, and now understanding after two rounds of testing (round one and round two) that she is a twice-exceptional gifted child.
My Homeschool Philosophy
I taught in a variety of schools including private, Christian, Classical Christian, and charter. My educational philosophy has
evolved a great deal radically changed, especially since becoming a mother to the creative, right brained child I have. Our homeschool approach is some form of parent-influenced, interest-led, collaborative relaxed homeschooling that borders on (but isn’t quite) unschooling.
My Printables Shop
Does it seem weird that we’re very relaxed homeschoolers and yet I love to create learning printables? Not really. At least not to me. Children and families learn many different ways. We do what works in our home for our daughter, but I know that other families need to do something very different. Often that includes more traditional type learning materials.
Because I enjoy creating these materials, I have an extensive shop full of fun learning materials that are especially grouped around themes. Thematic learning is a powerful way for children to learn. (Some people call thematic learning unit studies. I use both terms.)
What Can I Help You With First?
There is so much here and I’d like to help you find what you need!
First, I encourage your to subscribe to my site using the box below. If you would like more information about what to expect when you subscribe, I detail that here.
You will also see many different opt-in boxes throughout my site offering different downloads based on the category of the post you are reading. You will need to opt-in for each one you would like. You will only be on my mailing list once, but each opt-in gift is handled separately by ConvertKit, the newsletter system I use. Feel free to download as many as you will find helpful!
The big sections of my site are broken down by the following categories. There are also many navigation options in the site header menu and the custom sidebars of each main category.
- Cozy Living
- Parenting and Family
- Gifted and 2e Children
- Learning Printables
- Homeschooling and Regular Editable and Printable Planners