About Me

I love homeschooling my creative, high-energy kids. I love helping them to face their challenges—academically, emotionally, etc. But sometimes, facing those challenges with my kids can leave me feeling overwhelmed and empty. And, if I’m honest, sometimes those homeschool challenges bring me to my wit’s end.

Growing in Grace is an oasis, a reservoir, to fill our hearts and renew our minds as we serve our families in this homeschool lifestyle—a place of grace & knowledge for your homeschool challenges. Find homeschool curriculum reviews, planning tips and resources, hands-on ideas, and solutions for ADHD/dyslexia, learning anxieties, and other homeschool challenges. Need a little one-on-one conversation and support? Email me here. I’d love to hear from you!

about me

Hey! I’m Tracy. As a homeschooled homeschooler, I’ve spent nearly my whole life in the world of homeschooling. My family began homeschooling at the end of my first grade year, and now I’m enjoying our own great homeschooling adventure with our three awesome kids. It’s a journey I love, and wouldn’t trade for anything. Yet it’s far from easy, as we tackle the normal challenges of learning together and the added challenges of ADHD and dyslexia.

I’ve also had over 10 years of experience writing, editing, developing, and reviewing curriculum. My desire here at Growing in Grace is to walk with you through the choices & challenges of homeschooling, to inspire you with solutions and out-of-the-box ideas for your out-of-the-box learner. I’m honored to have you join me! Let’s grow in grace and knowledge together.

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Fifteen Random Things about me…

  1. I am  a “google-guru.” I love searching on Google, and I am obsessed with finding the answer to every question.
  2. I am also an organization-nerd. I love to look organized! I love file folders, notebooks, planners, anything that looks like organization. And I love finding the solution to organizational problems. Scheduling and lesson planning is my favorite! Lol. But housecleaning is something else entirely.
  3. I love teaching—and curriculum. I’ve taught college English and writing, written/edited educational and church curriculum, reviewed curriculum, and currently work from home as an independent writer and editor for A Beka Book, our church, and others working on—you guessed it—curriculum.
  4. For health reasons, when faced with the option of no coffee or black coffee, I’ve figured out how to love it black. Can’t–go–without–coffee!
  5. I love to cook, hate to bake. I mean, I would rather make a whole meal than tackle a dessert. And yet the irony is, with our food sensitivities, I now bake everything from scratch. EVERYTHING!
  6. My #1 enemy to meal prep is forgetting to defrost what’s for dinner. If it won’t thaw in the microwave, it may take me months to get to that meal.
  7. I love to diagram sentences, I mean REALLY love a diagram. Yes, I’m a total grammar nerd and get a huge thrill out of being able to help someone with a grammar question in the homeschool forums. Such a rush!
  8. I am totally intimidated by math.
  9. I’m a pastor’s wife. We’ve ministered together from coast to coast over the last 11 plus years, and I love getting to share God’s grace alongside my husband.
  10. My husband and I enjoy watching classic black and white films and superhero films. Batman is my favorite superhero.
  11. Speaking of my husband, we were married 6 months and one day after our first date (and I had only met him a week previous to that first date).
  12. My favorite fiction books are Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. My favorite nonfiction books—anything written by Lisa Terkeurst.
  13. I don’t really like reading fiction. I’m way too critical. Or if I find a good one, I become obsessed and can’t break free until the story is over.
  14. I do like to read the end of a story first. And I also like to know how a movie is going to end. Only then do I feel that I can actually relax and enjoy the rest of the plot.
  15. I am an introvert, which means though I love people; I also love silence, alone-time, a cloudy day, a warm blanket, and Rachmaninoff.



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22 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Nice to meet you! Loved reading the things about you. We have a lot in common. I LOVE the fact that you were homeschooled and are homeschooling. One of my best friends was HSed and is now HSing her 3 boys. 🙂 I pulled my 11 year old daughter out the first week of second grade and we haven’t looked back!

    I will definitely be back. I found you on the ModSquad connect.

    • Post Author Tracy

      Nice to meet you, too. And I am so glad that you are enjoying homeschooling. It is such a privilege to have that opportunity.

  2. I loved reading this! I also read the end of stories first, or I fly through them just to see what happens at the end. 🙂

  3. Hi Tracy! Your kids are adorable!

    I am looking forward to reading all your posts. You have some great ideas here I could use in my own homeschooling journey. Thanks!

  4. Hi Tracy,
    Glad to read about your homeschooling adventures and see the photos on your blog! I’m on the other end of the journey– with 9 children we homeschooled, am teaching my youngest now, and he is 12.

  5. This was fun to read!! It was actually weird, too, because we have about 7 in common! Good luck on that sugar addiction–I need to be inspired. 🙂

  6. We sound so similar 🙂 it is so WONDERFUL to meet other God-loving mommies who homeschool as well! 🙂 … And How amazing that you were homeschooled and now you get to give that gift to your own children! Looking forward to reading more through your blog! 🙂 Found ya through MHJ 🙂 hugs from http://littleadventures-als.blogspot.com

  7. It was fun to read about you!
    I hear you about the sugar. I am a big tea drinker in the fall and winter. I would pick up a few pounds in the fall- since I, too, poured the sugar in! Now I use Truvia. Thank God!
    Blessings on your homeschooling journey!

    • I’ve heard of Truvia. Does it leave an aftertaste like Splenda does? I can taste Splenda just about anywhere, bleck! And I, too, love a cup of hot tea in the winter—or Ghirardelli hot chocolate. Mmm.

  8. Truvia took a little to get used to. . .but I was motivated. . .

  9. What a treat to get to know you better. I love your “15 things about me”. Might have to “steal” the idea and do a version of that on my blog sometime.

  10. It’s nice to meet you, Tracy! Let’s see…random facts about me…
    1. I totally relate to numbers 1, 2, and 14 on your list.
    2. I love loose leaf hot tea…with Truvia since gestational diabetes forced me off of indulging in sugar.
    3. I was a math tutor in college. I can’t wait to teach my kids calculus!
    4. I reread the entire Anne of Green Gables series every other year. The third Anne movie made me so sick I was only able to watch it once.
    5. I work part-time from home as an administrator for an online ministries training school (yeah, that makes scheduling homeschool interesting!).
    6. I partially chose TOG based on their high school book list. I’m so excited about sharing Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and Les Miserables with my 3 girls! (And I have supplemental assignments stored in my head to make Les Miserables a monster unit:-)
    7. My husband and I love watching old musicals together.
    8. I love to read. As of late, I have had to be very selective and cautious reading non-fiction (which I love) because I criticize mySELF too much, and non-fiction inevitably points to some area of application that I need improvement in. :-O
    9. I’m horrified that I ended that last sentence with a preposition but I think that “in which I need improvement” sounds pretentious:-/
    10. I live in Oregon but sleep on Texas soil (via a bag of dirt from family land in my home state that that my mom brought up here to put under the bed when my girls were born! All three have been born on top of Texas soil:-) )

    • Post Author Tracy

      I love it! Great to meet you. My favorite is #10, especially since my roots are Texan, too.

  11. absolutely stunned ! i mean how can two different people ( u & me of course ) on opposite sides of the globe be so similar ?:-/

  12. I can clearly remember you reading Peace like a River aloud at night during college because you were so excited about it. I just bought it and read it again recently. You were so passionate about everything. I vividly remember so many talks about the Lord I had with you Tracy. You were always so real, and impacted me more than you will ever know.

    • Lizz, your words were so encouraging and inspiring. Thank you for that great memory and sweet comments. Those were some great times, and I loved our time together as roomies!

  13. Nice to meet you, Tracy! Funny that you got married quick! I did too! I met my husband “briefly in October.” Saw him again in February and we “chatted.” Nothing major. He called me a few weeks later to ask me out. I told him I was only looking for a friend, that I was content being single. That was funny because we were engage one month later and married two months after our engagement. So we dated 3 months total and really only knew each other that amount of time. God sure has a sense of humor. After we got married, I found out 6 months later I was pregnant with our first child! FUN! FUN! I wouldn’t change anything! God sure has a way of working His plan!

    I also saw that you are real familiar with Abeka (right?). I did post on another page as well, but now have read more. We do Classical Conversations and I am wanting to change to more of a Charlotte Mason approach. I have been looking at My Father’s World. My daughter will have completed 2nd grade by the time we would start that. What is your thoughts? I am not sure if I should stick with Abeka math or go with Singapore that MFW recommends. You may not be familiar with those, but if you are any advice you have would be great! My son will be doing K4 work. 🙂 Thank you!!

    I LOVED reading about you!

    • Good to meet you, too! What a fun love story! Thanks for sharing. I do have a lot of experience with A Beka (was homeschooled with it, wrote and edited for A Beka Publishing, and have used it with my own kids), and I’ve heard lots about MFW and Singapore although I haven’t used either. A Beka is a great program, though it can be a lot of work if you feel you have to do it by the book. If you are willing to customize it and decide what to cut out, it can be great. I’ve also known a number of A Beka families who switched to MFW and loved it. I’ve looked into Singapore math several years in a row, but per my husband’s preference we’ve stuck with A Beka. And honestly, it’s worked very well for us this year. I’ll email you with some more thoughts. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Tracy, I stumbled upon your blog tonight while looking for homeschool books for next year. I am also following a CM-inspired approach. I’ll be following your blog for some insights , especially as it relates to keeping toddlers busy: I’ve got twin 14 mo. olds who are shaking things up lately!

    • Post Author Tracy

      What an exciting (and I’m sure exhausting) journey your are on! So good to hear from you again. Yes, keeping the toddlers busy and out of trouble is a challenge. I’ll share what I’m learning along the way, but I’m far from full of answers. Please feel free to send me your ideas too! We can grow together. =)

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