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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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  • May 1, 2015 - 1:00 pm

    Jennie Artajo - Love your resources! Please update me…anything will help us in Cycle 1.ReplyCancel

    • May 12, 2015 - 4:13 pm

      Nicole Renée - Jennie, you can subscribe to get emails when I publish new posts over on the left sidebar. Thank you so much for your kind words!ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2015 - 9:57 pm

    Stephanie Wells - This is great! ThanksReplyCancel

    • September 11, 2015 - 9:47 am

      Nicole Renée - Thanks for visiting my blog, Stephanie!ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2016 - 1:11 pm

    Michele Crooks - So happy to find another mama with biological and adoptive children who homeschools classically!ReplyCancel

    • February 5, 2016 - 1:27 pm

      Nicole Renée - Michele, so nice to “meet” you too! I think there are a number of us out there 🙂 In fact, we are in a classical community with two other families who look just like us! It’s always a party on community day!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2016 - 12:32 pm

    Po Tim King - Ni Hao Nicole,
    It was to find your wonderful and warmhearted blog. I’m also homeschooling my 5 & 3-year-old both English & Chinese. Since Chinese is my native language, it should be easier. But it’s not, I couldn’t able to find much online resources and printables. How about you? How did you get resources to homeschool your Chinese class? Because of this, I started to create a blog and to make and share some Chinese printables I made.
    Now, I mainly focus on making Pre-K/Kindergarten CHINESE Theme Packs {with worksheets & hands-on activities) with some Chinese vocab books and mini-books. I also made some printables for homeschooling as well.
    If you are interested, feel free to visit my blog at http://www.fortunecookiemom. My goal is to support parents who can or cannot speak Chinese but want to support their kids to learn Chinese through my Chinese printables and resources.
    So hope it will help.ReplyCancel

    • July 18, 2016 - 9:12 am

      Nicole Renée - Ni hao Po!

      I’m so glad you commented so that I can have the chance to “meet” you and read through your blog! I love what you are doing by offering resources to other parents, this is great! I have pinned a lot of different sites online, but you probably have much better access to good material. It’s harder in the US, but there are some websites that offer good resources. Also, we will be starting with a new Chinese tutor in September. We had another tutor before but we both moved and were too far away from each other. I love learning and teaching Chinese, but wo hui shuo yi dian dian and I have an American accent. So I want them to learn from a Chinese speaker, and I can reinforce and help them at home. Here is my pinterest board for Mandarin: https://www.pinterest.com/znprb/learn-mandarin/.

      I would love to visit Hong Kong again! We only drove through it to get to the airport, but it was a beautiful island! Thank you again for taking the time to comment!ReplyCancel

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