About Us

My name is Heidi (the sweetie pie is Tomas).  I am your friendly Work & Play, Day by Day author! I am married to Tim, a Montessori trained teacher and PhD in Educational Psychology. We have 7 living children and 5 little saints. It is our desire to live a simple and responsible life that brings glory to God through our words and our actions.  Our most important business is family.

I have a background in education with a Master's of Education in Instructional Design.  I've done a little bit of everything when it comes to teaching, directing, designing, and training in early childhood programs. I left the "professional" world in 2006 for the most important group of children I have ever worked with- my own.  

I started this blog in 2008 as a way to document the challenges we were having as a family regarding the education of our own children. It has grown into a collection of information, ideas, and encouragement gleaned from our homeschooling journey, family faith development, infant loss and remembrance, and other household tidbits of information!  

No matter how hard I try, I cannot fit myself into one blogging box.  Each aspect of family life happens in relationship to all other aspects.  Trying to break them apart is a guaranteed road map to stress- ask me how I know!  This is a holistic approach to life that we carry through all of our family choices.  My goal in sharing our life online is the hope that it can be a source of encouragement and ideas to other families who are trying to make their way along God's path.

I enjoy hearing from readers and appreciate your comments and emails. You can contact me at: workplayread@gmail.com

Why Read This Blog?

Well honestly that is a fairly decent question!

My honest answer is that you probably shouldn't.  You shouldn't read my blog or anyone else's blog unless you are actually able to benefit from it in some way.  Reading blogs should be fun, but they should also (in my crazy opinion) *inspire, encourage, or entertain* us in someway.  For example, I read mainly blogs that give me ideas on caring for my family or homeschooling.  I also follow the blogs of people I know in real life because I like to keep up on what they are doing.  Then there are the blogs I have come to follow by getting to know people on social media and other places online.

So that being said, the chances of you stumbling upon my blog today and becoming a regular reader are slim and I understand that.

That being said, you may want to check out a few things before you leave.  We have been homeschooling with a Montessori approach for eight years now.  I've covered from birth all the way through seventh grade and a lot of what we've done is archived here.  You can click on the Homeschool button in the right sidebar and there is an index to look at years of our work with tons and tons of information, sample lessons, ideas, projects and photos.  We've moved a lot so we aren't talking about one environment or set up, but something like 5 or 6!  I've annotated my archives in the Home Based Montessori Quick Start Guide.  You should also know about my Teacher Pay Teacher store where I post a variety of printable materials designed specifically for using in the homeschool setting.  My first book, Beyond the Moveable Alphabet, on incorporating Montessori principles into elementary language at home is available there.

You should also know that if homeschooling isn't your thing, I am a very occasional autism and prematurity contributor for The Mighty and write a column on family faith formation and intentional family living at Peanut Butter & Grace.  My book, Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb-Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss, is available from from Gracewatch media or on Amazon.  I also post regularly in this space about pregnancy and infant loss and remembrance.  I have two additional manuscripts in the work as well- a family living journal and a book on family service.  

I share new posts across social media accounts-  be sure to follow so you are notified when something comes up.  It's a fuzzy niche I blog in, but I love it so feel free to follow along for just one thing and don't feel bad on passing what doesn't work for you. 

If you decide to stick around, I can promise that I will make every attempt to inspire, encourage, and entertain- I believe you can do this!!   

Our Cast of Characters

Just a quick run through of our crew and some vital background information to help out those who decide to stay.  Sarah is the baby and she is as chill as they come- kind of like she was born into a crazy family or something!  Tomas, the toddler, was 5 weeks premature, spent some time in the NICU, and has a rare disease called FPIES, a feeding disorder and some other delays we are working on.  Lucie is our super spunky daughter who's antics are frequently featured on Instagram, she has refractory Epilepsy but it only barely slows her down.   Logan is up next, sporting the tie, he is our cool as a cucumber super-hero lover famous for Facebook worthy one-liners.  

Kylee, our oldest daughter is my mini-me.  Caleb (front blue shirt) has autism, sensory processing disorder, progressive hearing loss, and a few other diagnosis that I rarely ever talk about.  He's might actually be a monkey instead of a child and American Ninja Warrior once responded to one of his videos on Twitter which might have completed his life's mission.  He's rapidly learning Latin just for fun.  Our oldest son, Aidan loves having all these little people around and is always asking when we are going to have more.  We allow God to have a big say in that so he is rarely disappointed.  He wants to be a farmer when he grows up.

You should also know about our daughters Kenna, stillborn in 2008, and Siena who lived 105 minutes in 2015.  Their lives and legacies are always available with the click of the Remembering button on the right.  In my spare time I dream of setting up a charitable foundation in their memory.

We also have a bunch of critters, but I'll spare you the details of those.

Our Mission Statement

In this family...

We honor God through faith and service.

We think before we act.

We work together.

We show respect for others and ourselves.

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