2012 Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Welcome, fellow Ultimate Blog Party participants!

I know you have a lot of UBP stops to make over the next several days, so I won't keep you long. But I do hope you'll return to get to know me better, especially if you'd like to read:

about my family's continuing adventures with home-based learning (i.e., homeschooling);
My daughters are almost 10 and almost 11, and we've been homeschooling "from the beginning." We intend to continue through each one's high school graduation and consider home education to be one of our top priorities as a family. Thus, you'll see many pieces here about our home learning experiences.

my opinions about various homeschool resources;
This is not a "review blog" and never will be. But I do like to gush a bit when I find a resource that works for us. And, at times, I share my disappointments as well - not to bash, but to inform. My allegiance is not to any product or company; it's to other homeschooling mommas like myself, who deserve to hear honest, unvarnished opinions about what's out there for us.
And, speaking of useful resources, if you leave a comment below, I will enter you into my UBP GIVEAWAY for an amazing two-book combo: Cathy Duffy's 100 Best Picks for Homeschool Curriculum and How Am I Smart? by Dr. Kathy Koch.

my suggestions for techniques and tools to make home learning more successful;
I'm passionate about the value of home learning; in fact, I advocate for it as the best educational option for almost every child. As such, I enjoy sharing tips and other information that might make the task easier and more enjoyable for homeschooling moms.

my professional writing;
In my role as staff writer for Celebrate Kids, I pen columns for the ministry's bi-weekly email newsletter and share them here as well. I also write the "Mothering Moments" column for my church's women's ministry newsletter and include those articles here, too.

thought-provoking devotional pieces;
This is a blog about my life, and the hub of my existence is my Savior, Jesus Christ. Thus, a lot of what I write on any issue is centered on Him in one way or another. In addition, I sometimes write things with a specific devotional purpose. Though, admittedly, I have a long way to go in my journey toward becoming like Jesus, I've been following Him for a long time, so I hope I can offer some "Titus 2 woman wisdom" along the way.

my take on various social issues.
As I said, I unapologetically advocate for homeschooling. I also believe strongly in motherhood as a calling - not just a little piece of moms' lives - and in parental rights and other matters of constitutional conservatism. So every once in a while, I have something to say here about the social and political issues that matter to me.

At the end of the day, this blog is just me trying to be real about my life on this side of Heaven, where Jesus is in the process of making me new (2 Corinthians 5.17). I'd love to have you join me on that journey.

Photo Credits: watcherob, DrGBB,


Sara @ Embracing Destiny said...

As always, I enjoy your blog, Tina. I always find something here to make me pause and think more deeply about it.

I'd love to win either book! Thanks for the opportunity.

Darci the STEM mom said...

Hi Tina, I'm considering homeschooling my two boys and am soaking in as much as I can. A teacher by profession (and a huge believer in Multiple Intelligences) I am trying my best to do what is best for my family and what is pleasing to God. So glad to have met you! (http://www.STEMmom.org)

Leah C said...

Hi, Tina. I'm partying with the UBP this year too. I always enjoy your blog and your Facebook posts!

Kelly Stilwell said...

Enjoyed my visit here! Love Cathy Duffy's book. I bought it the day it came out! We use a virtual program with a little Sonlight thrown in. Hope you can stop by and see me, too!

A Maui Blog said...

I'm stopping by from UBP. You're a real model to everyone. Your writings all came from the heart. Will keep coming back to your site.

Michelle Potter said...

Hi, Tina! I'm just stopping in from the UBP! I also homeschool my 7 kids (aged 3-14), so I'll be very interested in reading some of your thoughts on various curricula. Have a great blog party!

Andrea @ No Doubt Learning said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! It's nice to meet a fellow homeschooler!

Patricia Purcell said...

Hi Tina,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm returning the visit. I see so much here that I can't wait to read. It's nice to meet you!

Samantha Kelley said...

Sounds we have a lot in common. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by my site! I love Cathy Duffy's book, also! I recommend it to new homeschoolers all the time!

Jennifer from Teachingboys.net

Colleen Kessler said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog... I'm a little late on the UBP hopping, too. It's been a crazy-busy week here. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Hope to see you again at Raising Lifelong Learners sometime.

Kerry @How To Homeschool My Child said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always fun to meet other homeschoolers. If I can help you in any way, let me know.

Dawn @ The Momma Knows said...

Hi Tina! Thanks for visiting my blog for the UBP! It's nice to 'see' you again. :)

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