Hello there! I’m Lisa from The Pennington Point. I started blogging four years ago because I had people constantly saying to me, “I wish I could be a fly on your wall,” so I thought – why not?! Why not let people into the glamorous life I live? My perfect life of wedded bliss and beautifully behaved children. Why not let people see that I have a perpetually clean home, well groomed lawn, and lovely, alluring figure.
Then I wake up from the dream to hear a child crying, “Mommy!” in the middle of the night, and it’s all over. At that point all I dream about is finding the time to brush my teeth and, if it’s a really good day, take a shower. If you want to know what it’s really like inside of a Christian, large family, homeschooling, dress-wearing home then come on over!
My husband James and I have been married 25 years and are still crazy about each other. We definitely don’t have that perfect marriage, but we sure do enjoy each other’s company – most of the time. I think our biggest asset is that we share the same vision for our life together. When we hit one of the rough bumps along the way, we do pretty well at agreeing on what to do to recover and keep going.
We have nine kids ranging in age from 22 to 4, no adoptions, no multiples. Our oldest two are homeschool graduates and are onto becoming their own people, which upsets me, but they won’t stop. Why-oh-why can’t they just let me control them for the rest of their lives? Even though they both still live here at home, they are building their futures, and the truth is, as much as it pains me to say it, I want them to make their own lives with their own families. They are amazing people.
Right now in school I have three high schoolers, one middle school-ish and three elementary students, plus a toddler quickly moving up the ranks. I can’t completely pinpoint grades because we kind of bounce around with our levels depending on their ability, interests, and willingness to do math instead of staring out the window for 45 minutes. We have never been tightly attached to grade levels. You will not hear me say, “We are behind in ____,” because we don’t keep up with any of that. Our main goal has always been character. I’ll give up three days of history for lawn mowing if a kid proves himself to be too lazy to work. After a day of hard work, the study of Egypt looks pretty darn good. But, if I’m being totally honest, sometimes my goal is simply not to be raising idiots.
The reason I use lawn mowing for torture is because it’s a huge task around here. We live on a 7 acre farm in the Texas Hill Country. We like to call it a “farm” to add glamor, but really it’s 7 acres of weeds and animals that constantly escape our fences and eat what little landscaping we have. James and I both grew up in the city, and the only reason we have animals is to give our children some responsibility. Everyone needs to have a job that, if not done properly, something will die. I am not embarrassed to tell you that we have no idea what we’re doing most of the time, and we make no effort to use organic feed or natural pesticides. A girl can only keep up with so much.
We knew we would homeschool before we had kids – before we even got married. That was back when people were doing it in their basements with the windows covered and doors locked. By the time we had a family there had been great strides in the laws, and we could actually let the children out of the closet for an hour each afternoon. These days a homeschooler can mow the lawn all day in the middle of the week, and no one asks questions. Great strides, I tell you.
In addition to homeschooling and being a completely submissive wife, I also have an etsy shop, Shop 24. Then, in my spare time, I travel and speak on child-training and creating a peaceful home. I tell you that so you will know that anything I write here was probably written in an exhausted stupor and you should probably take it all with a grain of salt.