About Sunflower Schoolhouse

My name is Honey. I am the wife of Jonah (10 years). I am the stay at home mama to 5 children. We have 1 child with Autism and ADHD. We have 4 boys and 1 girl. She’s the youngest. We have one set of twins (the babies).

My husband does the programming and coding on this website (and a few others). He has his own website where he reviews mostly open source software. He does web design, computer repair and tech support and best of all, he works from home.

Our oldest son is very bright and has always had an interest in self directed learning. He is very motivated if it is a topic that he is interested in. His main interests over the years have been astronomy, geography, and history. Give this child a map and he will amaze you.

Our next son has had a story in his head since he was very little. He is always telling us about his characters and sharing bits and pieces of their adventures. Maybe they will come to a bookstore near you? Don’t worry, I will let you know if they do. I love the creativity coming from this boy.

Our next son, who is now officially the middle child, loves to play. He creates war scenes out of anything  he can get his hands on. I have often stumbled upon battles created out of pots, pans, and Duplo blocks (the Duplo blocks being the army). He loves to play and will create play with whatever is around him.

Our next son, the oldest of the twins, loves to clean. He loves to walk around with the push broom and clean the floor. His two favorite things are vacuuming and doing dishes. He is very helpful. He has recently learned how to build with blocks. He has a need for touch (something we’ll need to mention at his wedding). He loves to be snuggled, tickled, and played with.

Our only daughter is also the baby of the family. She is a girlie girl. She has recently discovered dancing and loves to twirl and spin (so cute). She loves playing with her babies and diapering her teddies. She enjoys sitting and reading picture books.

Now, it’s my turn. I love being a mom and I love homeschooling. I want to tell you a little bit about myself.

I suffer from chronic pain. When I was pregnant with son number three, I had a fall (straight down on my behind). For 3 years I had back pain and didn’t know exactly what was going on until I slipped on some mud and fell again (also straight down on my behind). This time, I couldn’t stand the pain and went in for x-rays. It turned out that I had old and new compression fractures in my upper spine and I had developed osteoarthritis in my lower spine. I was a mess. I was in constant pain. It would be safe to say that I have struggled with almost daily pain for the last 7 years.  The only time I had real relief from the pain was when I was pregnant with the twins. I don’t understand it, but I was almost completely pain free during my entire pregnancy. I take daily pain medication (just a generic acetaminophen) and I keep the pain at bay most of the time, it is never really all gone. Now, I don’t want that to be all you know about me, but I did want to share that.

Here are some other interesting things about me:

I have always enjoyed writing. When I was younger, I was always writing. I would write in journals or write short stories. I wrote a large amount of poetry in my teens. Now, I write on my blog and create homeschooling materials.

When I was very young, I learned how to crochet. I crocheted one of those very long chains that went on forever. I have made afghans out of granny squares and many blankets throughout the years. When the twins were born, I crocheted my little heart out. I developed the ability to crochet while tandem nursing the twins (which is a feat in itself). I made all kinds of wild and crazy things that year.

I have always loved cooking and baking. I love creating things from scratch. I do most of my everyday cooking without recipes. I hardly ever use a baking recipe exactly as written. I modify the foods we eat for our daughter’s allergies (eggs, dairy, nuts) and I used to modify the foods we ate for the gluten free, casein free diet (which we were on for two years). I always cook for a crowd. There are 7 in our family and grandma and grandpa are usually here – so that makes 9 people for most meals.

Reading is one of my favorite things, that I just never have time for. I keep books on the back of the toilet and I read whenever I get a chance. That was probably too much information. I am currently reading many different books on many different topics. I lean towards books that are relevant to my life in the moment. Topics at any given time may include: parenting, mothering, homeschooling, Autism, ADHD, writing, devotionals, gardening, decorating, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I hardly ever have time to read fiction, but I live for the read aloud times with the kids.

I recently learned how to sew. I am not the best at it, but I can follow a simple pattern and make the project look somewhat like it is supposed to. Last year, I made a dress and bloomers for my daughter, a matching doll, and a stuffy for her twin brother. I plan on doing more sewing in the near future.

I learned how to paint with watercolors about 5 years ago. I spent hours and hours teaching myself how to create abstract paintings through hands on trial and error. I love painting, but I simply don’t have as much time to paint as I would like. Some of my bigger paintings would take many hours to paint and I am still nursing toddlers who wake several times a night. I do not like to start a painting that I cannot finish in one sitting even if I know that it will take me many hours. I will paint again (soon).

I have always loved gardening. I was so excited when we moved into our current place and had the space to actually have a little urban garden. When we first moved in here, the dirt was like cement. For the past 5 years we have put compost, guinea pig poop, coffee grounds, manure, and whatnot into the ground in hopes of creating dirt that will grow something. Well, let me tell you, the beans, peas, and tomatoes like our dirt. We grow amazing beans which the kids eat right off the vine. We let our pumpkins rot and watch new ones grow. I love that they have some connection to where vegetables come from. Our garden is fun for the kids to explore. I can’t wait to get planting for this year.

I learned graphic design at the end of 2009. For me learning graphic design was so freeing. For years, I had all of these stories and pictures in my head which I could not translate on to paper. It was enormously frustrating and limiting. Now that I am able to create the pictures that I can see in my head through graphic design, I feel like I can do many of the things that I have always wanted to do (like write children’s books and create more amazing homeschool products).

Thank you for visiting our website. Thank you for taking the time to read this whole “About Us.” I wanted to give you a little snippet of the things that you may see around our little home on the web. Have a look around and be sure to visit often as I am always adding new stuff.

4 thoughts on “About Sunflower Schoolhouse

  1. Hi Honey,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I had to come and learn more about you after I read your comment. :) Your children sound adorable! Thanks for sharing about you guys! :) Also, thanks for the feedback on my toddler. I am able to get her to eat some nuts {mostly pistachios which are super expensive!} LOL! I am also able to get her to eat a tiny bit of fish here and there so I am hopeful that she’ll come around. :)
    Have a wonderful day!

    • Hi Heather,
      Thank you for visiting my blog. You just reminded me that I need to update my About page.
      It is so hard when you have a child with eating issues. You just do the best that you can.

  2. Hi, stopping by from Content Brew. I truly admire you–homeschooling mama of 5 kids, plus wife, blogger, and Etsy crafter. You must be a very patient woman…smile! Look forward to catching up with everyone in class this week.

  3. Hi, Popped in from the Ultimate Blog Party 2012. Thanks for an interesting visit. Sounds like your kids and my grandkids have a lot in common – only they’re now into the smaller LEGOs :) Have a lovely week.

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