This blog is an honest, open sharing of my heart as I journey through this crazy, sacred, grace-filled life. I'm married to Wesley and we have three kids - Simon (10), Audrey (8), and Alex (7).
Some things you might be interested to know...
Wes and I were launched into parenthood and marriage way sooner than either of us had planned. After a whirlwind year of on and off dating, fighting to cling to our faith in a 'right now' world, we became pregnant with our first (surprise!) child. We were both enrolled to continue our university education and were forcing ourselves to separate so we could focus on our relationship with God rather than each other. I had big dreams of a life overseas having great adventures on MY OWN. I didn't want kids - I wanted freedom.
I guess that wasn't the plan God had, because three months after I made those lofty plans, I was a married, pregnant, 21 year old. I did a lot of smiling and "I'm fine-ing" during that season, but inside I was exploding. Nothing prepared us for the years ahead. Three children in four years- struggles, heart ache, stress, exhaustion, tears on the kitchen floor with three children on my lap.
But friends, most of all, I discovered the joy of knowing God's grace and how He transforms.
Ours is a humble story where we've learned over and over again why we NEED a Saviour. One day we whispered dreams of living in a little country house where we could chop wood and grow a vegetable garden. It seemed like a complete impossibility. Now, we are beyond filled with joy to live in our little (barely 900 square feet) 100-year-old country home nestled beside farmlands on one side and a rushing river on the other. And yes, we chop wood. And the garden is a work in progress...
The whole Unplugged thing came upon us naturally. God has revealed truth to us in baby steps and our hearts have radically changed with regard to our view of this crazy world. So, yes, we live differently. I admit it - we're weird. It's ok. I've come to terms with it. I don't take myself too seriously... how can I?
We choose to walk a different path than most, but we unplug not to make a point. Not to stand apart for the sake of standing apart. But to follow our convictions and live fully alive. And for us, really truly living means desperately striving to unplug from the clutter of consumerism, pop-culture, and media and truly tune in to God and each other.
I did spend many, many years studying Media Arts and Television Production with hopes of a career in the field. Now, we live life without a TV. A radio host once said my life was a 'complete oxymoron'. I laughed and in that moment - embraced the crazy truth. It is my passion to reveal the many lies we are told through the Media and give parents, educators, and kids the tools they need to become more Media-aware. But it is a far deeper passion that the souls of this world come to find and rejoice in the saving love and grace of Yeshua, Christ Jesus.
Big hugs and kisses from our family straight to yours.
If I could reach though this screen, I would.
Thank you for being here.
You can email me at: cldorman(at)sympatico(dot)ca.
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