Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Meet a Leader: Heather

Meet a THESIS Leader: 
Heather:  Trinity Liason/ Ministry Head
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Name?  Heather 

Husband Name?  Matt

 Children? Ages?
Glenna Rose, 17
Isaac, 14
Evelyn, 7
Nathan, 5

Favorite childhood memory?
I remember going barefoot outside early in the morning, walking through the dewy grass to swing on the swing set.

What is one accomplishment you are proud of that occurred before marriage/children?
I had a article published in an academic journal, American Psychologist.  It involved a research trip to the archives at the Library of Congress and a "scholar's pass" to the famous oval reading room. It felt really special to be there.

How did you make decision to homeschool?
Fearfully! We seriously considered all the major options (public, private, home) but kept circling back to homeschool. I knew if I didn't at least try, I'd always regret it.

Favorite subject in school growing up?
Science. I had the best teacher in the 5th & 6th grade who did a lot of great unit studies with us and even let us follow some of our own interests. She even let me and another student stay after school to dissect a baby shark that my family had kept frozen after finding it ashore at a family beach trip. We made a mess, but had a lot of fun. Today that other student is a veterinarian!

Favorite subject to teach now?
I love the sweet time of sharing read-alouds with my little kids. I also enjoy teaching history because I always feel like I learn so much.

Favorite quality in a friend?

Favorite chore?
I love organizing and simplifying-- I love the feeling of getting a big bag of trash or Goodwill items out of the house!

Least favorite chore?
Folding laundry.

Favorite parenting resource?
Anything written by Sally Clarkson! Educating the Whole Hearted Child is a great homeschool resource, and Desperate, Hope for Moms Who Need to Breathe has been a life-saver.

Knowing what you know now, what is your best tip for other homeschooling moms?
Be gentle on yourself and your kids. If you're just faithful to do your best with the demands and limitations of each day, what needs to get done will get done. Whatever doesn't get done just wasn't necessary for that day.  God is sovereign and full of grace!

If you had an extra hour in your day how would you spend it?

Hiking or reading

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