Who we are...

Hello, and welcome to by blog. My entries are made up primarily of my ramblings about life in the country, wildlife watching, homeschooling, my DIY projects, and the ongoing (never ending) project of fixing up our tumbledown old house.

I’m a stay-at-home mom, and my husband and I have five children…

Our three older children, all daughters, are grown. The oldest is 34, married, and has four beautiful, amazing children. Our 30 year old lives in Denver (about 30 miles away) when she’s not traveling here and there for her work. Our 26 year old daughter is working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, she’ll be gone until summer of 2015.
We adopted our youngest two children as babies,  and both are developmentally delayed due to FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders). In addition, our son, M, 21, has severe childhood-onset schizophrenia and struggles terribly with psychiatric symptoms. Our youngest daughter, R (17) has OCD and anxiety disorder in addition to her developmental disability.
In the past I was very open here about the day to day challenges of raising (and homeschooling) two kids with disabilities… probably focusing primarily on the challenge of our son’s schizophrenia. (You can read those posts under the "FASD", "Schizophrenia", and "Psychiatric Stuff" labels.)
I hoped that writing about our lives would help others to understand schizophrenia more accurately and realistically (no, it’s NOT the same as having multiple personalities!), and also hoped to show that kids with serious mental illness can live at home and even be homeschooled successfully. In addition it was helpful for me to have a place to write about the frustrations, challenges, and successes connected to the unique parenting path we are following.
But I found that, for me personally, the stress and frustration connected to openly sharing about our journey with schizophrenia far outweighed the positives involved in being open about it. So, for the most part, I’m no longer writing about M’s illness.
Our struggles with schizophrenia continue of course, and will continue, but this blog will focus instead on the simple pleasures and events of our lives…
I hope you enjoy your visit here... 

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