Hi, my name is Carolyn. I’m a chocoholic—always will be. I like to cook, bake, decorate and I home educate—my children. All I need today is a little bit of chocolate and a whole lot of Jesus!
Snapshots of my life:
- I was born and raised the first fourteen years of life in north central Iowa followed by a move to Oklahoma where I finished out my high school years in, Stillwater, home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys; go Pokes!
- My childhood and the teen years: Some good, some fun, and some difficult; much from my own rebelliousness.
- I went off to a Christian college in Joplin, Missouri. There is more to this snapshot—much more…off the deep end. Crazy. Hard. Impossible. Some of this is covered under, ‘Toxic Tuesday’ posts.
- As an adult I have lived all over the place; Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Texas and Georgia. I have called Missouri home—again for the last fourteen years.
- Farm Boy (my husband) and I live in a St. Louis, MO suburb with our three blessings; our college age daughter Riley, and middle school age sons A.J. and Colson.
- Praying my way through our son’s severe traumatic brain injury.
- Marriage, child rearing, difficult relationships. Life—it keeps me on my knees.
Life has been hard over the years but God has always remained faithful and good.
Here is the creative spin I put on my life as a mom:
- I customize an education for children of different ages, learning styles, needs and interests.
- Research analyst in childhood development with special emphasis on: psychology, learning disabilities and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. (See #1)
- Researcher and participant in practical application for: Thriving despite difficult circumstances. (See #2)
The only reason I am passionate about the above is because I desire for my children to become everything God has created them to be; for His purpose, His glory, and their good.
May all three be found loving the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength; and found loving and serving others.
I blog about:
- My prayer life; God’s leading and His answers.
- Toxic relationships. Just because we are Christians does not mean we have to be walked all over, verbally shredded, emotionally manipulated, physically harmed, sexually abused or backed in the corner by those suffering from mental illness who refuse to seek help and healing, by those who refuse to deal with their personality disorder, or by those who refuse to turn from their messed up choices. Boundaries are necessary. Safety is achievable. Love is essential.
- Do It Yourself home projects and service projects. Creative and a bit artsy I can be when a need arises.
- Occasional chocolate or Tex-Mex recipes since these are my favorite foods. Maybe I should say were…since I recently switched to an auto-immune protocol life style for auto-immune diseases. I’m quickly learning to adjust these recipes for my specific needs.
~Enjoy. Be encouraged. Be empowered. Be on your knees in prayer. Then—be blessed; in good times, in despair and everything in between.