About Me

I am wife to a juggler and linguist (yeah, the same guy) , mom to three monkeys, sister to a bald guy, aunt to seven cool kiddos, daughter of the best parents in the world, and once again, teacher of 26 littles at our local small school district.   I love life!  I love the Creator of my life!  I enjoy a lot of simple things and get a kick out of the bigger ones!

After a 5 year leave of absence from living in Texas (I was STILL a Texan) my husband and I returned to the great state.  We are raising a grand little fourteen year old boy and two sweet girls, ages 13 and 10.  It is absolutely loony around here at times with me teaching full time and trying to keep up with our three growing children.  They are involved so much and we like to be right there beside them.

We were blessed to have me home with the children for 9 years.  6 years ago I started teaching part time at our children’s Christian school.  2 years after that, I was called back to teaching full time at a small public school.  I often think how I miss those preschool days of my children…but then I spend my days with 26 preschoolers and think how happy I am with my growing children.

The husband is in full time ministry serving orphans in Zambia, Africa.   You will NEVER meet a better man.  He loves the Lord, he loves me, and he loves his children.  He is brilliant, goofy, and multi-talented.  I love him.  TONS!  Our family spends the summers in Zambia and enjoy the American life during the school year.  The husband works for Family Legacy Missions full time.  He is able to remain stateside most of the year and spends 3-4 months in Africa.


I love to scrapbook, cook, workout, read, do anything fun with my family like camping and riding bikes, and TALK.  I have recently started to faithfully record the many gifts in my life.  The JOY DARE has dared me to live this one life well.

Welcome to my world.  This family photo is five years old.    I love this dear little family.  I really, really do.  I am a content woman.


Our youngest daughter is referred to as Little Miss.  Our middle child is Pumpkin (she was born on Halloween).

This is our son.  I call him The Lad.  This photo was taken during his “I HATE PHOTOS” stage.

Maybe I should update my photos!  🙂





  1. sincerelyanna
    Posted September 5, 2007 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    I miss you!

  2. Posted November 19, 2007 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    It’s so great to meet a sister in Christ through “Tag!” I love your family, I used to be a middle school teacher (about 17 of us took early retirement a few at a time in a few years; it is absolutely dangerous…do I need to expound?;-), and I love to TALK, too!
    I’m in Georgia, where we need prayer for rain, please!
    So glad I jumped back over here and read more about you!

    God Bless and Keep You and Yours.

  3. Posted January 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Hey! I know you have been reading my blog for a while and leaving comments (THANK YOU!), but when I would get my comments through email, I didn’t realize you had a blog too! A thousand apologies! I decided to investigate, and actually went to your comment on my blog entry, and clicked on your name, and here you are! So, I will have to explore your blog, but from what I have read so far, it sounds like we have a lot in common! Also, I would love to hear about your 12 Days of Christmas…maybe I will find it when I explore your blog…if not, please email me! 🙂

  4. steph barrick
    Posted March 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Hey! It’s steph barrick (used to be pettit). I found this on Sarah’s blog. It is so good to see what you and your family are up to. Your kids are beautiful and where did the curly hair come from? I miss you and am glad to see you are doing so well.

  5. Mandy
    Posted May 8, 2008 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow…we have much in common…I am a part time teacher as well and going to teach in a private Christian school next fall, to be with my kids!

  6. Posted May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I taught in Christian schools for 9 yrs.

    Thoughts on being a Texan. I will always be a Texan even if we never return to The Promised Land, as my husband calls it.

  7. Kim
    Posted June 7, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    send me your email
    Great talking to you today
    Paul is the greatest

  8. Posted August 19, 2008 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I knew Andrew at Baylor from Calvary and met you once while visiting Amanda Freeman in D.C. I saw your comment on the Warrens website and had to see if it was y’all. I’d love to catch up with y’all. I’m on facebook. My maiden name was Upchurch, so maybe Andrew will recognize that.

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