Nǐ hǎo! I am Nicole, married to my high school sweetheart since 2003. I am a classical homeschooling mama to four, by birth and adoption. I have two biological children, born 2005 and 2007, and two children who joined our family through adoption. They came home from China in 2011 and 2014, at 13 months and three years old. I try to incorporate their birth culture into our life as much as possible, because I feel strongly that they know where they came from.
I was a professional photographer for 7 years, but I now spend my days on our 7-acre farm trying to figure out the hobby farm thing. I spend my time homeschooling my precious children, wrangling chickens, sourdough baking, brewing kombucha, fermenting foods, tending to my veggie and fruit patch, and flower gardening.
I am also a board member of The Sparrow Fund, an Empowered to Connect Parent Trainer, a contributing blogger at No Hands But Ours, and an advocate of orphan care and adoption. I love to blog, create, give life to old furniture, spend time at the beach or in my gardens, and read on my front porch while sipping on a hot cup of coffee. My blog has morphed over the years, but it’s been my little piece of the interweb since 2009, where I share my thoughts and passions in this crazy journey of life.
If you are in the adoption process and waiting for your child, I would love to chat with you about connected parenting, attachment, and the general differences of adoption parenting. I am also happy to discuss our classical homeschooling efforts if you are considering that type of education for your children. I still have plenty to learn, but I can share my failures and successes. Please get in touch with me via the “Contact” tab above, I can’t wait to hear from you!
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