10 Things You Never Dared to Ask Me
Despite the title, I’m not going to tell you my deepest darkest secrets or anything embarrassing. Instead, I’m sharing more about who I am, our homeschool, and why I have made some of the decisions I have. If you’ve been around for a while, you will have heard some of these topics discussed before and will already know the answers. If you’re new, it will probably answer some questions you have. Either way, there’s enough here that everyone will learn something.
Here they are, in no particular order – 10 Things You Never Dared to Ask Me:
- How do you choose curriculum for your special needs child? I wish I had a magic formula to share with you. Unfortunately, finding curriculum for my younger daughter has required a lot of trial and error. I have guessed, wrongly, what will work and what won’t. I’ve quit using curriculum after curriculum and tried again. I finally learned to be a diligent student myself, studying my daughter to see what learning situations caused more frustration and which she thrived in. I began buying products based on this information, and we have finally found resources that work well for us. (See Planning Homeschool for the Struggling Learner for more tips.)
- How do you schedule time for yourself? I am an introvert, meaning that I need a lot of quiet/alone time to recharge and relax. You know that’s hard to come by as a homeschooling mom! (Have you seen our crazy schedule?!) I try to carve out time in the afternoons after lessons are done and before I dive into work, but too often, I only get the time I need after everyone else in my household has gone to bed. This means I often stay up too late because I get caught up in a book or project I’ve been looking forward to tackling. I’m working on getting more rest because. . . . Well, my life. No one likes a grumpy mommy, including me!
- Recent pictures you’ve posted show your hair looking a lot. . . different from your profile pictures. What’s up with that? I confess. The picture that’s plastered all over the internet is a few years old. I had it made shortly after I made the switch to the pixie style I still wear. Yes, I desperately need to get a new headshot. And yes, my hair reveals a lot more “wisdom” than it did a few years ago. No, I don’t plan to color it. (If you missed my post about why I don’t color my hair, check it out. It’s a fun one!)
- Why do you homeschool? If you’ve been around for while, you know that I am a former classroom teacher. I never intended to homeschool, and I really didn’t want to at first. I answered this question in detail in Our Homeschool, the Beginning.
- How long have you been blogging? Technically, I’ve been blogging since 2005. Please do us both a favor and don’t go back that far in the archives. The posts are only a couple of sentences long, with no graphics. They basically share funny happenings when the girls were little with the 2.1 readers I had back then. (My husband, a dear friend, and my mom, when she had access to a computer and the internet.) Blogging as I do now began in earnest in April 2010. You can read more about that process in Why I’m a Special Needs Blogger.
- Why did you start blogging? That’s an interesting story. I also explain that in Why I’m a Special Needs Blogger. The short version is: I blog because God told me to. It’s an obedience thing.
- When did you develop such a heart for people with special needs? Despite what many people think, it didn’t start with having a child who struggles. I actually developed a heart for people with special needs when I was in junior high. My family was going through an incredibly difficult time that was also very public (think newspaper and TV news exposure, etc.), and some of my classmates entertained themselves every day by harassing me. I got special permission to escape when I needed to, and my refuge was the self-contained special education classroom. I helped the teacher with various tasks, but I also got to know some classmates that I never saw except during P.E. They became friends, and I discovered that they’re just people, with hopes, dreams, joys, and sorrows, like the rest of us. I made it a personal mission to share that understanding with others and have been an advocate for people with special needs ever since. This has slowly turned into a special needs ministry that includes writing, speaking, and serving.
- What’s your favorite book? After the Bible, the book I return to again and again is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I first read it in high school, and I have read it many times since. I wrote about one of the lessons I learned from Rebecca last week in Be a Lifeline.
- What are your favorite blogs? The blogs I read regularly include: HEDUA Blog, Comfort in the Midst of Chaos, Different Dream, Not Alone, Make a Living Writing, The Renegade Writer, and Be a Freelance Blogger. (I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but these come to mind quickly.)
- What keeps you going? That’s an easy one. My faith sustains me during the hard times. I wrote extensively about answered prayers a while back, and I have also shared tips about how to keep your homeschool going when life gets tough in 5 Tips to Help You Homeschool When Your World Falls Apart and 8 Tips to Help Your Homeschool Thrive in Hard Times.
Want to know more? I’m planning future posts similar to this one on homeschooling, special needs, and blogging. Leave your questions in the comments!
If you’re interested to see what other bloggers are sharing about their families and homeschools, check out Things You Should Know about My Family and Our Homeschool. (Goes live October 26, 2015, at 6 am ET.)