Since this blog is the musings of a woman with too much to do, I will lift most of this About Me page wholesale from my other blog (The Serious One).  Because I really don’t have time to rewrite it, and honestly, how many different ways can a woman describe herself?

Well, okay, but I really don’t have time to rewrite it, anyway.

I am first a disciple of Christ.  Have been since the age of 5, or 8, or 10, depending on which experience counts as a turning point in my spiritual life.  I tend to think it was a journey, since everything else in life is that way, and that you can’t necessarily define conversion in an experience.  But then we’d be getting up on one of my soapboxes so I’ll leave it at that.

I am a wife and mother.  Here I am with my family.

My seriously well-behaved Christian brood.

Well, perhaps that doesn’t put us in the best light.  Let me try another photo.

Having misplaced the younger two, we attempt a shot with the older two, only to have the oldest send over his friend to stand in for him because he doesn’t feel like having a photo taken.

Well, perhaps a family photo should involve all the members.  I’ll give it one more shot:

There. Oh, wait. That would be my brother-in-law.

These photos are a few years old.  I haven’t tried to get a family photo since then, because, well, for obvious reasons.

I am a homeschooler.

This is what I like to think our homeschooling looks like each day.
This, however, is unfortunately closer to the truth…

My oldest three have graduated high school and are attending college and working jobs, so I am now down to one students, except that the neighbors have figured out what I’m doing and keep sending their kids to me for tutoring.

I am a piano and guitar teacher.  Here’s what I have to say about that.

Having taught jr high and high school level English classes to my older kids and some of their friends, I have discovered that deep down inside, I am an English teacher. This is something to which I never aspired but that I enjoy more than I thought I would. So when I was offered a position as a Challenge II Director with our local Classical Conversations campus, I gladly took it on.  Through this I have discovered that I not only have an inner English Teacher but also inner Drama, Art, Music, Algebra, Logic, Latin and Biology Teachers.  I never thought it would be possible that I would enjoy microscope work and dissections,  but seeing it through the eyes of a roomful of 14-16 year olds gives one a whole new perspective on things.

After a few years of teaching CC, another homeschooling campus asked me to come on board as a twice-weekly Literature teacher, so for a few years I conducted classes I liked to call “Brit. Lit. with Mrs. Schmidt.”  And World Lit.  And Comp. Lit.

I am a writer. My published works at this point center on homeschooling, but I’m working on a book.  Because, you know, if you tell people you are working on a book, that makes you legit. And it gives me something to say to my Facebook friends who keep demanding one from me.

Being a writer, I’m told, means that I must have two blogs.  This one is the funny one; I also have a serious one. Although, if you dig through the archives on this blog, you can find some more serious posts here, too.  I don’t do so well with the borders.  As you may have gathered from the fact that this “About Me” page was first written for my “serious” blog.

And then, since I’m never one to do anything by halves, I have a third blog, which started out as a place to debrief about field trips but is beginning to morph into a place to post things that will help Challenge II students with their homework.

I am a singer/songwriter.  I recorded some songs a few years ago when I apparently had more time to do things.  You can find some of those on my Reverbnation page.

I am a worship leader, currently singing and playing in the band at church when time permits.

I am a transplanted Brit, whisked away from the Mother Country at the tender age of 5, toughened by four years in the wilds of Ontario, Canada, and thoroughly confused after being planted in the multi-cultural melting pot of Los Angeles, California.  I sound American when I speak, as long as no one with a strong accent is speaking near me, in which case I tend to pick up on it.  This has placed me in some seriously embarrassing situations.

I am 4′ 11.5″, and would sing along with Evie Tournquist’s “Four Foot Eleven But I’m Goin’ To Heaven”, but I haven’t come up with anything to rhyme with “half” other than “gaffe,” “laugh,” and “decaf,” none of which scan well.  Besides, I like to think that like the Tardis, I am bigger on the inside.

And in my spare time, I like to think deep thoughts.  The other blog is an attempt to record some of them in the hopes that where I find inspiration and encouragement, perhaps some others will too.  This blog is where I turn when something strikes me funny and my attempt to describe it proves too long for a Facebook status.

Since my youngest son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in October of 2013, this blog is also a place to share my experiences with that.  It is my hope that my Diagnosis:Diabetes posts will encourage other families who find themselves in the same boat.

And finally, no really, I’m about to shut up now, I’m a full-time online student at Grand Canyon University, finishing up my BA in Writing.

Congratulations!  If you made it to the end of this About Me, you know two things: One, you are a persistent person and Two, I did not pass my Editing class in college with flying colors.


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