My name is Rose and I am a wife, mother, Christ follower, homeschooler, childcare provider, homemaker, reader, and many other things as well.
In November 2010 we moved to our new home we now call Walnut Acre. We love it here and are enjoying getting settled in and making it into the home we've always dreamed of. We have a lot planned but the most important things are to remain strong as a family and to follow where God leads us.
I have a wonderful family and I can't wait to introduce you to them. So here goes.
My husband, Doug, is a wonderful husband, father, provider and my best friend. He works at McKee Foods, Inc. as a machinest and has worked their for 18 years. And when he comes home in the evening his enjoyment of working with tools and making and fixing things is still evident in the projects he does around here. He is a good mechanic and does a lot of the work on our vehicles and those of our friends. It has made him very happy to have a garage (he calls it his man cave) on the property we just bought (we didn't have a garage before) where he can work in peace. He is also and EMT and volunteers for our local rescue squad. His scheduled shift is one Saturday night a month from 5:45PM - 5:45AM but he also runs other calls sometimes if he's needed. On Wednesday evenings he helps with the children's program at church. And, since he has so little else to do, he helps with daycare as well, picking up kids from school and doing a lot of the paperwork. I am lucky and proud to be his wife. He is also an Amsoil Dealer. We are hoping this will become a business that the boys can help work in.
Amanda is a typical 13 year old in many ways although she is very much her own person. She loves animals of kinds and has quite a managerie of pets. Some are supposed to be family pets but we all know they are really hers. This petting zoo includes two dogs, two cats, and a guinea pig. In the past she has also had pet rats, chickens, hamsters and gerbils. She also loves to read, and play WebKinz. If any subject catches her fancy she will spend hours on internet researching that subject. One recent one was dogs, and her most recent research has been on "Octomom." She helps a lot with the daycare although she is a little wary of tiny babies. She really shines when helping with children with special needs, like L. who has autism. She has a natural sense of humor and the patience needed to reach them when sometimes others can't.
CJ came to live with us in October of 2011. CJ loves to try to build things with wood, grow plants in the garden, do paper crafts and cook. While he deals some learning disabilities and other challenges he also lives life to the fullest. He's always has a plan or a big idea. He and Michael share a room and are best friends one minute and worst enemies the next - just like brothers.
Now that you've "met" us I hope you will follow along with our adventures as we continue to provide childcare for kids, deal with special needs, homeschool, garden, cook, craft, and have all kinds of adventures.