f.a.q.

Here are a few fast facts and frequently asked questions:

How many kids do you have?

We have eight children, by design rather than by plan. Our children are currently ranging in age from 21 down to 5. Three boys (Micah, 21; Nikolas, 20; Alexander, 18), two girls (Hannah, 16; Abigail, 14), followed by three more boys (twins Levi & Quinn, 8; Zachary, 5). 

How did you end up in the foreign mission field?

That’s a long, but rather simple, story. Robbie and I both felt the nudge in September of 2018. To confirm it was God leading and not our own wild imaginations, we threw out a prayer fleece. We prayed for what we felt was impossible. Impossible unless, that is, God had a hand in it. Turns out He did and we were convicted to be ready to leave for Thailand by September of 2019. Sure enough, all the impossibly impossibles came together and we found ourselves at the airport with our 5 youngest children August 28, 2019. Our thirdborn joined us a few weeks later and our oldest two remain stateside. This mama is seriously thankful for technology to stay connected with them even from across the world!

Do you homeschool?

We do. Our oldest two are homeschool graduates and one of them went on to University and earned a 4.0 in his first year. We did absolutely everything wrong as homeschoolers. I’ve never attended a convention (not saying I wouldn’t enjoy doing so!), I don’t collect curriculum or experience excitement when the catalogs arrive in the mail. I always, always feel like I’m failing and never, ever feel like they’re getting enough. And yet, God honors our efforts and stands in the gap.

What curriculum do you use?

Firstly, we use the Bible. A relationship with Christ is the cornerstone and character is paramount. We are faithful to gather the children for morning and evening worship where we disciple their hearts to know and love God. We teach them the importance of confessing our wrongs to one another and to Him, and we encourage attitudes of gratitude. We focus on Scripture memorization but also on hearing the voice of the Spirit through the Word of God.

Secondly, we use living books, nature, life skills, and household chores to train them up with the knowledge they will need for life. We help them find employment with people near to us where they can be a help and also earn a modest wage. But we stress the importance of serving others without expecting anything in return.

Finally, last year we largely used Schoolhouse Teachers {<– affiliate link} (which is ridiculously affordable, btw) for our students in 12th, 10th, and 8th grade. And for our second graders we use a variety of resources and readers. This year we’re using some materials from Classical Conversations (thanks to a beautiful fellow homeschooling friend!) even though we’re overseas and don’t have a group. And because we’re in Thailand, we’re currently in language school learning Thai. Besides that we do lots of reading aloud, and we incorporate narration, hymn study, nature journaling, math, Bible-based history and, of course, Scripture itself. Our five year old, while he absorbs much through osmosis, is currently majoring in the art of self-control. He definitely hasn’t mastered it yet. 🙂

Have you considered writing a book?

Yes, but so far time hasn’t afforded itself for such a project. I did put together the ebook 31 Days of Praying Scripture Over Your Children with the help of my friend, Honey, and it’s now also available in PRINT!


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