Six years ago when I started this blog it was just a place for me to dump out my thoughts and share my life with family and friends who lived far away. It slowly morphed into what it is today–a place where I hope to encourage and help moms of young children as they walk through their life performing all their daily duties. Little did I know back then how much work goes on behind the scenes of professional blogs. When I decided to take steps to turn my online journal into something more, there were worlds of information that I had to absorb and lists of tasks that needed to be performed just to keep everything running smoothly. I began to feel overwhelmed. Non bloggers just don’t realize everything it takes to make a blog tick. I was tired and feeling like I may have to throw in the towel on To the Moon and Back because I simply could not continue to neglect my home duties in order to write here.
Then I realized that I didn’t have to do it alone. I could get help. So I put out a call for contributing writers. I spent time wading through interested emails and perusing the content on the sites of the bloggers who had asked to join up with me. I carefully selected those who I believed would remain true to my mission and message and who would provide you quality content. I will still be writing regularly, but having a team alongside me frees up some of my responsibilities so that I can continue to manage the back end of this site and not sacrifice my family to do so.
I’d love to take a few moments and share with you the new writing team for To the Moon and Back. You may recognize these ladies from around the web, but if you don’t, I look forward to sharing their voices with you!
Kim is a world-traveling mom of four daughters. Along with her husband and kids, she has traveled to 46 of the United States, 3 Canadian Provinces and 7 other countries. She and her family have been missionaries in the Republic of Georgia for 8 years and travel the U.S. extensively raising funds for that effort. In 2015 they plan to visit more than 25 states!
As a seven-year homeschooling veteran, Kim believes that education should be built on experiences that connect with the mind rather than read out of a text book. With that in mind, their eclectic homeschool consists of lots of field trips, explorations, experiments, crafts, games, lots of ‘real’ books and LOTS of play dough!
In addition to her three older children, Kim loves to share the ways that she is making homeschooling accessible to her youngest daughter who has a moderate-severe intellectual delay. From home therapy to traveling with a special needs child, she talks about it all.
While Kim doesn’t believe you can ‘homeschool for free’ due to the need to purchase craft supplies, paper and lots of laminating sheets, she does love to share low-cost, economical ways to give kids an excellent education. She frequently shares free educational printables, along with the other hands-on teaching resources she creates.
Shary is a fun-loving, laid-back, mom of two living in Central Florida. Shary is a full-time homemaker and mom while also attending school as an education and working outside the home part-time. She enjoys cooking, crafting, and video games when free time permits. No matter how hectic things get, Shary lives life one day at a time by focusing on maintaining a lifestyle that is convenient and frugal. Shary believes that, although making the most out of each day doesn’t always come natural, it is still best to enjoy the ride. With her family by her side she feels like she can conquer any challenge that comes her way. Having fun is what it’s all about!
Colleen Leonard can be found over at www.solagratiamom.com where she blogs about her classical education adventures with a creative twist! When she isn’t coming up with whacky fun experiments or history dress up ideas for kids, she is advocating for children with special needs in her local community and government. She has been married to her love for 20 years and has two adopted children she adores. A previous sales and marketing professional, her passion is creating visual and tangible ways for children to learn and marveling at our great God on nature walks! She has been homeschooling since 2004.
Stella is a stay at home mother of two wonderful little blessings and one darling husband. She grew up in the mountains of North Carolina but found her home in the Foothills/Piedmont. It is in this place that you’ll often find her doing her favorite thing…spending time with her family. Her desire to please God led her to be a stay at home mother and plunged her into the homeschool life. Ever since her youth, she’s had a passion for arts and crafts. Whether it be drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting, decorating cakes, etc., she is always on board with learning something new.
Brenda is a homeschool graduate and homeschooling mom of two girls (8 and 2). When not wrangling the small ones, she spends her day as a freelance writer and blogger at Schooling a Monkey.com. She believes that patience, setting goals, and drinking coffee are the best ways to get through each day. Follow along with Schooling a Monkey on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest as we share craft projects, homeschooling tips, DIY projects, healthy recipes, and more!
Stacey was born in a country town in Central Queensland where she met her husband of nearly 14 years. After 14 months of marriage, they moved to the Gold Coast where hubby is still working for the same company he finished his apprenticeship with. Due to her hubby’s shift hours, they decided it would be better for her to stay home and homeschool the boys. She has homeschooled their two boys from the start, centering their journey around our marvellous Creator. They love spending time together, exploring new ideas and places. Her blog, A Moment In our World, was started as a way to share their homeschooling journey with their family and friends, who nearly all live far away. Now it is a fabulous resource for everyone, comprising of fun activities, crafts, lots of free printables and yummy recipes.
Sara Dennis is a coffee-chugging, homeschool mother of 6 children. After much research into homeschooling in 2000, she and her husband fell in love with classical education and have used it as the foundation for their homeschool for the last fourteen years.
The oldest Dennis child is a senior in high school this year, having homeschooled his entire life. The youngest is a preschooler, just starting his homeschool education. This gives Sara a unique perspective on homeschooling, being able to see both the starting and the ending point of the homeschool journey.
Passionate about organization, homeschooling, and her family, Sara Dennis blogs at Classically Homeschooling.
Kimberly shares God’s love for children through her writing. She writes about encouraging moms, educating struggling learners, and essential health on her blog www.kimberlyavogel.com. R
Andrea is honored to be a contributor for To The Moon and Back Blog. You can find recipes and other posts about motherhood and being an introvert as well as book reviews at her blog Inkwells & Paperdolls.
Growing up in rural Kansas, Christa would often be found playing school with her younger sister. After high school she attended a local college, earned a degree in education, met and married her college sweetheart, and moved to Tennessee.
After 8 years in the public education system she made the jump to being a stay at home mom. When it was time to send her first child to Kindergarten, she began to have doubts about returning to the public school system. Disillusioned with the cookie cutter, one style fits all approach, she began to research other options. With a lot of prayer and a lot of faith she decided to do something she had never considered. She decided to homeschool her 3 young children in 2012 and has never looked back. Her passion for teaching her own children prompted her to open The Little Log Cottage School in 2013.
The homeschooling experience has led her to use a more passion-driven learning approach and has greatly increased her creativity as a teacher. She started blogging about her approach to teaching to help inspire, encourage, and to connect with other homeschooling parents. She believes that instilling the love of learning, grit, and creativity are the building blocks of successful and happy people.
Orlena is a paediatric doctor and has 4 children. She studied medicine at Bristol University and graduated as a doctor in 2001. In 2002 she worked in Brisbane, Australia where her paediatric career started at the Mater Children’s Hospital. She then returned to the UK to continue her paediatric training. In 2005, she became a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has worked in many busy paediatric departments (all paediatric departments are busy as far as she can see) including the fantastic Bristol Children’s Hospital and the children’s hospital in Cardiff. She loves working as a paediatric doctor, not least because children tend to get better really quickly. One minute they’re lying all floppy on their mother’s lap, the next moment they’re kicking a football around the assessment unit! Never a dull moment on the paediatric ward!
She currently lives on the Costa Brava in Catalunya. This was a life style choice. She and her family decided that they wanted to bring up their children in the sun. Sadly, this meant sacrificing her NHS career. Moving abroad wasn’t easy but she’s never looked back. She loves her new life in Catalunya.