Hi, I’m Jacque!  A stay at home, homeschooling mom to four little boys.


My life is nothing like I imagined it would be for me at this age.  I used to envision myself wearing high heels and carrying a briefcase to an important job, the kind that earns all sorts of respect.  I didn’t think I would get married until I was well into my thirties because my parents always said “don’t get married until you are at least 30”.  I wouldn’t have children because I didn’t want to get stretch marks.  I was a feminist- a shallow one.  I had no idea how to cook anything besides eggs and boxed macaroni.

I met my husband, Raphael, in 2002 when I was just 19 years old.  He’s tall, dark, and handsome.  And he’s a total geek.  If he didn’t have his computer, he would probably cease to exist.  We are total opposites (as most couples tend to be), which means that when we can overlook the things that annoy us about each other, we make a pretty good team.


Conner is our first-born.  He is 8 years old.  He is a quiet, calm, inquisitive little guy.  He has a thing for numbers and has our entire city mapped out in his head.  He has curly hair, big brown eyes, and a huge smile!  I just love him to pieces!


Logan is our rambunctious 6 year old.  He is full of life…he’s either on the gas or sleeping.  He’s a quick learner, especially when it comes to anything athletic or physical.  He is by far our most cuddly child.  It isn’t enough for him to simply be next to you…he must physically become one with you.  He is also our child who is most commonly injured.  I just love him to pieces!


Barrett is our third son.  He’s 3 years old and he’s big.  He weighed 9lbs 7oz at birth and continues to grow off the charts.  It’s as if God knew he needed to be large for self-preservation in a family of boys.  He started out so unassuming and quiet, but he has developed such a hilarious personality!  He loves to dance and has some of the best facial expressions.  I just love him to pieces!


Dalton is the baby of our family, born in February 2014.  Whether or not he will always be the baby remains to be seen, but for now he is trying his hardest to hold his status by being so exhausting we can’t imagine having any more!  He’s on the small side, as far as our kids are concerned, so we call him “Little Weasel”.  My mom calls him “Napoleon” because he is like a tiny little tyrant.  I just love him to pieces!

We live on an acre at the edge of a large city in the Southwest.  We were both raised in the big city and never learned any real-life skills until we stumbled upon this little plot of land a decade ago.  Ever since then we have been on an accidental journey of learning to enjoy the simple things in life.  We have a large-ish garden and an ever-changing assortment of chickens.

Even though my life is the exact opposite of how I imagined it, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love being married and raising children.  I love having this little homestead of ours and learning to be self-sufficient.  And who would have thought I would LOVE to cook so much?  Not me, that’s for sure.  Cooking whole, healthy food for my family is one of my greatest passions.

We are entering a new phase of life…the school years.  We decided long ago that we wanted to homeschool our children, and now it’s time for the rubber to meet the road.  I’m terrified, excited, overwhelmed, and happy to be choosing this path.  I will share as much of our journey as I can so that I can hopefully encourage other families.

Here on this blog you will see a snapshot of our lives, but rest assured that we do not “do it all”.  We have no more time in our days than anybody else.  We just choose the things that are important to us and focus on those.  Some of our days are more productive than others.  There are seasons in life, for that matter, which are more productive than others.  The first year after having a new baby= surviving.  The second year after having a new baby= surviving with a few extras thrown in.  The third year after having a new baby= (I have no idea, cuz we seem to keep having babies every two years!).  I just try to take it one day at a time and spend my time doing things that matter.  Thanks for visiting!

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