I am first and foremost a daughter of the Most High God.  I embrace my roles as a wife to my incredible husband of twenty-one years and as a mama to my twelve, eleven living, children – ages 21 – 2.  We have been homeschooling since our oldest child, now married and a mama to my beautiful grandson,  was in kindergarten.

More recently I was diagnosed with a very rare disease, Primary Lateral Sclerosis, and we are learning to navigate this.  Thanks to this disease, we are more grateful than ever that we have chosen to homeschool.

We are just beginning our seventeenth year of homeschooling and still finding joy in the crazy.  This journey has not been without struggles, bumps, and bruises.  No long homeschooling journey is without valleys.  It is in the perseverance and gratefulness that joy is discovered.

If I were to give two words to young mothers homeschooling their children it would be: Equip & Nurture.

Equip your children for a life ahead in service to the Lord and to function in their adult roles.  Nurture them – they are little children and need liberal doses of grace, discipline, and love, probably in equal measure. 😉


5 Responses to “About”

  1. Kati Says:

    Okay, so I totally need to be your friend!!! I have 6 and want a farm! LOL No, but really I homeschool and love my life like you do. We should be pen-pals! 🙂

    Great blog, I enjoyed it so much!

    God bless,


    1. truevineherbs Says:

      The farm…. we’ve wanted this for a while. You know, we actually rent? It’s true! See, Iowa is one of the best places in the world! I’ll admit it though, I DO love my life. I wake up in the morning, kiss a husband that I adore, get to be home with healthy kids, and have a wide open space to play with them. It doesn’t get better than this.

  2. Kari Says:

    Hi there,

    I linked to your blog through the WTM forum. I loved the reply you wrote about having a large family–I have three sons and am praying to have one more baby before I am too old…even though everyone keeps telling me I’m crazy to even consider it, asking how I’ll be able to keep homeschooling and giving each child what they need. I think some people just can’t understand how a mother’s heart can expand to desire that. I always wanted to have a houseful. But God’s will for me appears to be about half a houseful! 🙂

    I am sending prayer to your baby girl. I also just finished reading your story about Hannah, and cried all the way through it. I have never lost a baby that far along, but have suffered several miscarriages, and you’re right–you never do stop grieving for a lost child, always wondering who s/he might’ve been. I’m so sorry you went through all of that. Thank you for sharing your heart. You have a really engaging, lovely style of writing and I’m glad I discovered your blog!


  3. Keri Says:

    Kelly, I found your blog from your siggy on the WTM forum. Your words on here were exactly what I needed to hear this week. I’m coming back later to read through some of them more carefully. Your thoughts totally resonate with me…down to the “too much stuff” syndrome and feeling too spread out in our larger house, missing my little farmhouse etc. Anyway, I’m glad to have found your blog!

  4. Wow, even more impressed. Not only a happy mama to 10 happy kids, but homeschooler, business owner, farm manager and healthy chef. Such an inspiration! So happy to have met you and I sincerely hope our paths cross again.

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