We are wild things, you and I -raising wild one’s of our own. This means that we need to carefully tend to what God has given us… Living an authentic, integrated life is possible, but not automatic.  It must be cultivated.  We only have a few short years to live life together, worship together and learn together before these offshoots of ours blossom into adulthood.

When God infuses all of life, it brings meaning, continuity and JOY to all of our pursuits.  It is a delight to experience this growing process together, knowing that we are preparing them to seek God and His calling in everything they do as they move out to impact their own families and culture one day.

At Cultivated Lives, we celebrate, encourage and equip parents in the pursuit of  intentional parenting, inspired learning, and integrated living so that we can raise world changers who passionately love God, love others, and delight in the adventure of learning.


My core values and philosophy – and how they affect my life – are explained in the following pages where I lay out the importance of how to Cultivate Christ, Cultivate Learning and Cultivate Culture.

Intentional Parenting

Mission-Minded Motherhood series

Of Raising Daniels and Fresh Resolve

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

From Cradle Rocking to Cooking


Lessons for Him, Lessons for Me

Easter Ideas for Little One’s

Inspired Learning

10 Days of Boosting Brain Power Series

The Creativity Crisis

A Different Kind of Brainy

Seven Benefits of Reading Aloud

Including Little One’s in Your Homeschool

Nature Walks – Explained!

Thinking OUTside the School Desk

Going Global!

10 Things Homeschooling Has Taught Me {About Myself}

Some Tutorials…

Mayflower Nut

Global Twister 

Picture Chore Chart


What do U think?

Hello there! I’m the girl behind the blog. I write in this space about passions that burn deep.  I write from experience, because I was once that little wild one, daughter of two ‘wild things’ who sought to live life with intention and conviction.   Relationship with Jesus was interwoven through every aspect of life.  Knowing we were made in the image of the Creator God prompted us to explore creative outlets.  We relished communion with God as we pursued the things that mattered to Him.

Homeschooling began back in 1986 for purely academic reasons.  As my husband loves to joke, I was ‘failing’ 1st grade!  But my parents found that homeschooling fit really well with living out what they valued most in life.
From an early age, I began advocating for homeschooling in radio, TV, and newspapers.   Yes, that’s right.  I’m one of those weird one’s that loves that feeling in the pit of my stomach when I speak in front of a crowd, or a camera, or to a reporter…

My insatiable curiosity, honed during my childhood, drove me to pursue a degree in biology {my great love is neuroscience}.  I love understanding how our brains work, especially when it relates to the developing brain.  Yup, I’m geeky like that.  Naturally, I’ll wax eloquent on that topic from time to time.  Bear with me, please.

I love to learn, but am a bit out of the box.  You see, homeschooling is not meant to replicate school in the home.  No, there is a world much richer than an 8-3 classroom.  Because of that, I like to bring in a dialogue rich, literature heavy, hands-on element to all of our learning adventures.  I’ve implemented this not only in my own home, but also in more formal classroom environments as I’ve taught everything from preschool nature classes all the way up to a college Human Anatomy and Physiology lab.

Since 1997 when I spoke for the first time at a homeschool convention, I’ve been thrilled to encourage families through various workshops and most recently also through this blog.  Drawing on my unique perspectives in biology and as a home school graduate who is now in the trenches educating my own kiddos, I hope to inspire parents to pursue a loving, holistic, and developmentally appropriate approach to education.  My heart is to encourage and equip parents like myself towards intentional parenting, pursuing God and delighting in the adventure of learning.

In 2012, my husband Rich and I joined the the board of Az Families for Home Education.  We are honored to help inspire, promote and preserve parent-led, family-funded, relationship-based home education in Arizona!


Want to meet my family?  Oh where do I start???  I met my husband, Rich in college and easily convinced him to stay here in the desert.  We are opposites in many areas, but not when it comes to games.  We are both fiercely competitive and he enjoys beating me at any and every strategy game I’ll play with him. {A few of our obsessions include Settlers of Catan and Dominion.}  We love the new season we are finding ourselves in with family game nights since our boys are branching out beyond Candy Land and Sorry.  Woot!

We have 3 boys – all delightfully different, but very full of energy.  Xander (12) is our friendly, verbal one. I was afraid that having boys meant I’d live in silence.  Xander proved that theory false.  Keegan (10) on the other hand is the strong, silent type. His strong-will has brought me to my knees more times than I can count.  Watching God work in his life has been a beautiful thing to behold.  Treyton (8) is the family clown.  He actually has a sense of humor {did not get that from me} and keeps us in stitches.  It is a busy, loud house – full of life and vigor.  God gave us a sweet little girl, Greta, to help tame things a bit.  She lights up our home and helps us all get in touch with our sweet, sentimental side!

We are on a mission to cultivate a rich family life that will prepare and equip our children for whatever God has in store for each of them.  We can’t wait to share the adventures and encourage others along the way.


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  1. You have a beautiful blog and a beautiful family! I am also homeschooling my children and guess what they are also 3 boys and 1 little girl!

  2. I love your blog and your solid platform! The whole idea of a cultivated life is something I have been pondering a lot the last few months and you are a wonderful resource! AND super fun that we have a lot in common (like the undercover crunchiness! Haha!)! So excited to get to know you more!

  3. I like the fact that you are a homeschool graduate, homeschooling your own children. Those of us who went to public school don’t have your unique perspective as we raise and homeschool our children.

  4. The words ‘intentional parenting’ caught my eye – I find it rare. Looking forward to read more. (I have 3 girls and a boy.)

  5. Loved perusing your blog this morning. Looks so professional ~ feel free to give me some tips! Techy is not my gift. 🙁 Anyway, so glad we met!

  6. Shannon says:

    I went to public school, and I’m single, but I am so glad I happened across your blog today while searching for preschool nature themed books. Your love for the Lord and learning is contagious. I hope one day to raise a family, if the Lord provides that, and what an inspiration you provide in how you raise yours. For now, I can learn about having a joyful attitude through the joy you bring in your words, pictures, and activity ideas to this small bright screen I find myself staring at way too often.
    Many blessings from Texas!

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