Why Untraditional?

We are an untraditional family. We don’t do what others think we should do or go about things the way others expect that we would.  We are working past the bumpy part of losing our house, and finding apartments that are dander free (due Shamus’ severe dander allergy).   We transitioned from Shamus being a full time programmer/ part time writer to full time writer living on our commissions and from me being a stay at home mom with occasional part time work to me working full time outside the home and running my art and website hosting businesses on the side.  God continues to provide.

My husband is a former computer programmer, current web comic writer, game designer, and now writer who plays video games for writing material. A super geek.

I work as a caretaker for an elderly woman while building my art career and reading, watching k-drama and anime and playing video games in my free time (I have been known to play some D&D as well.)

We unschooled all three of our children. Our oldest has moved out, the other two are fully in charge of their own learning. We spend plenty of time throughout the day working, talking, and playing together and the kids have plenty of free time to explore the world around them and playing video games–meaning LOTS of messes and even more learning take place.

We are born-again Christians with Libertarian leanings. We church at home and fellowship with those we encounter both online and in the real world.  We are not anti-church –this is just where we find ourselves at the moment–where God has us.  It is a very good thing though many will feel it bucks tradition.

There is more but that is enough explanation. We do as God leads us, which is why I am here.

5 Responses

  1. L

    Hi Heather,

    I happened upon your blog through Keeping Up (http://thebookbeast.blogspot.com/). You don’t have to post this comment publicly, it’s really just for you. I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that your life sounds strangely familiar…

    My husband works from home as an artist – comic book and RPG industry, storyboards, everything, really. He’s a freelancer. He used to write reviews for anime. While we don’t play D&D, we are video gamers. (We just now, after years of waiting, were able to use gift money to purchase the first and second Mass Effect games from Bioware. My husband played ME1 and I just started it when our XBox broke. Now we have to wait for the money to get it fixed… Hard times! Sound familiar? (I’m currently working two jobs – we’re just trying to figure out how to make ends meet, but trusting the Lord the whole way through.)

    We have two sons that we intend to home school (they’re only 4 & 2 right now). We are born-again Christians. I have not read all of your family’s thoughts on politics, but I have a feeling there are more similarities than differences there as well. We’re not happy with either of our two solid party choices as it stands, so I’m not sure where that leaves us as far as labels.

    Though I moved away in the 80s, I lived in Pittsburgh longer than I’ve lived in any one place. I’ve lived in a few different states, but PA is where my roots are.

    I have more to say, but just thought I’d drop by with that for now. I was really stunned reading your blog description… it all just sounded so familiar!

    God bless –

  2. Loretta Bouillon

    Hi Heather,
    I don’t have a website and am not a blogger but I am looking to connect with someone who has (Christian) unschooled the higher grades. I have a grade 6 and grade 8.

  3. Hi Heather,
    I found you when I was looking for a shampoo recipe. I saw that someone mentioned that you are in PA. Where about? I’m near Quakertown. I also homeschool and due to a few health issues in my family we will be going organic, whole food etc… Most importantly, we are also Born-Again. So it’s very nice to meet you!!
    Keep in touch..


    Hello, I am Andrea : )

    I love the last two paragraphs/sections of your “why untraditional”…totally cried! We are right there with ya!

    Nice to meet you! I look forward to checking out the rest of your blog!

    Andrea : )

  5. Mandy

    Wow, just reading you story and then the comments posted here, I am in shock. I didn’t realize there were others that are so like-minded. I feel very encouraged and wish we all lived close so we could be friends. : )

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