“Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
Titus 2:2-5 (NASB)
We live on a farm in south-central Virginia with two of our daughters who are still at home. We have been a foster/adoptive family to almost 50 children since 1986; our ministry since 1994 has been largely to pregnant teens/babies, as we home educate the girls and train them in “mommy” skills (and go through labor with them!), or take in newborns awaiting adoption. Our desire is to continue to share the love of Jesus Christ in adoption/foster care, as the Lord provides the means and the housing. Meanwhile, Jim and I appreciate the opportunity to “love on” our 14 (so far) grandbabies and support our grown daughters in their careers as wives and mothers. Several of our girls have been called to missions work, especially in the orphanages of Romania and India.
Jim enjoys utilizing his business skills/experience, entrepreneurial enthusiasm, and his One Page Business Plan certification to help companies – large and small – discover ways to streamline their operations, refine business and marketing plans, and most effectively meet the needs of customers and employees.
We are also very involved in our local homeschool support group and in our state homeschool organization, and I love to talk to local groups about home education and abundant family living!
2013 UPDATE: Well, we’ve moved from the farm to Winchester, Virginia, so Jim can spearhead efforts to pass the Parental Rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I’m still involved in a local support group, but I’m a “graduated” mom now: our youngest daughter is now 24, married, and starting her own family! At this writing we have 19 grandchildren and our first great-grandchild!
Since we’ve moved up here, I’ve begun working for the Home School Legal Defense Association as the Toddlers to Tweens consultant and as director of HSLDA Group Services for support groups/organizations. I am so blessed to be able to meet so many of you across the country as the Lord opens doors for me to share at your state conventions!
Take a peek at my calendar if you’d like to find out where I’ll be speaking, or what events I’m hosting.