Hi, I’m Demetria, and I am absolutely-without-a-doubt ecstatic about joining the Homeschool Post team of writers. I love writing about what I love, and although I’ve had my bouts of wavering between different educational options, I eventually learned to stick with and love homeschooling. Now I get to do the fun part: encourage other moms who are thinking about giving up on homeschooling to hang in there. It really is worth it!
- I have two daughters: my oldest is currently in the 5th grade. She’s inquisitive, reflective, sensitive, and an incredibly gifted artist who has an eye for both photography and drawing. She thinks she’ll be a fashion designer one day and I believe her. My youngest will soon be five years old and has the energy and vocabulary to prove it. Full of questions, overflowing with ideas, outspoken, and ecstatic nearly every hour of the day, my youngest daughter will most likely be a public speaker of some sort – but who knows?
- I’ve been homeschooling my girls since…well, since birth really. My oldest had a short 4-week stint at public school before we found out we were moving to another state. We immediately resumed with our homeschooling the moment we moved. We love the community of homeschoolers and the social life we have with awesome, God-loving families who are raising their children with standards and convictions. Not following the “crowd” is easier for us because we’ve found a group of beautiful people with similar faith and values that we get to spend our time with. It’s a lovely life!
- I’ve been married to my wonderful husband now for 11 years and enjoy every day with him. And I do mean every day. He’s a fun guy to be with, and I’m grateful we met and married. Years ago, he joined the U.S. Navy while pursuing a career in IT, so he’s been a busy man – traveling all over the world (many times without us). It makes me all the more grateful for our times together.
- Our family recently took a move cross-country. We left behind beloved family and friends back in the South and headed out West to Northern California. We were sad for about six months straight. Maybe even a year…but then we learned quickly to adapt to our new life out here. Foggy Monterey County is an array and eclectic mix of beautiful coastlines and beaches, European-influenced downtowns, fishing and surfing culture, Mexican culture, military culture, sunny valleys and farmland, vineyards…so much is here that honestly I couldn’t wrap my brain around the copious amounts of homeschooling adventures we could have. So, of course…I wanted to homeschool once we moved here! Although homesickness doesn’t go away overnight, it definitely helped to move to such a beautiful spot on God’s green earth.
- I love, love, love to study the Bible. Any time I can join a study group I try to get involved. Beth Moore and Kay Arthur are some of my favorites when I’m not digging into the Word in my own quiet times. I also enjoy Robin Sampson’s A Family Guide To The Biblical Holidays. My girls and I have used this book extensively (until we have challah bread dough caked to the front cover), and we enjoy exploring our Hebrew roots as a family. Family nights on Fridays are very special to us, and we always look forward to special seasons of the year, such as Passover.
- I love gospel music and contemporary worship. I also like the hymns. I try to get my daughter to learn and sing hymns with me so she’ll at least be exposed to them. When I’m not listening to music, I’m at the piano writing a song. It’s been a passion since I was a kid.
- I probably enjoy vlogging at YouTube a little too much, but since my channel’s about homeschooling, I figure it has a purpose.
- I like making my own soap. I used to own a small handmade soaps online boutique years ago (waaay back around 2002). I’m thinking of resurrecting that passion of mine on Etsy one day. We shall see if time allows.
- I’ve been freelance writing for a few years now – mostly since my second child was born. When I’m not pitching my work to a magazine, I usually fill my itch to write with blogging.
- Not too long ago, I developed a hobby: podcasting. When it first got big around 2005 or so, I started tinkering around with the idea of adding an online audio show to a Christian women’s website I used to run back then. I did my first phone interview, uploaded it to the www, and I was hooked. I took a few years’ hiatus, but I’ve recently decided to spread my wings and take a stab at it again - only this time I would focus on encouraging homeschool moms.
- And just so that I can wrap this up, let’s just end with: you can usually find me in a Starbucks in Northern California - somewhere. If I’m not at home or at church, then I must be at Starbucks. My favorite drink: Cafe Mocha.
I would highly encourage anyone who is thinking of homeschooling (even a glimmer of wistful thinking on your part) to thoroughly research home education (as well as your other options) and see which ones come out on top. Granted, we might have chosen private school in the earlier years (especially during those seasons when my toddler had hourly tantrums, and my laundry was piling up each week). As I mentioned before, it hasn’t always been easy (nothing in life ever is), but I’m so, so glad we stuck with it! Just know that you’re among good company at The Homeschool Post. We’ve all tried homeschooling – and we stayed.
Thanks for having me on board, and I pray that I can be a blessing to you here. I am ever so grateful to Heather for inviting me and granting me this opportunity to blog and share about what I truly love. God bless you all!!
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