So who is Crystal and why does anyone care?  Hmm… good question.  There are a million and one blogs in the world many of which created by people who can tell a much more compelling story than I can. Why add another blog to the over-saturated internet world? What good is another voice going to do when so many voices are already drowning each other out? I’ve given that a lot of thought.

I can say this… I do feel called by God to write this blog.  If you aren’t a believer that probably sounds weird.  I confess it feels weird, even to me, just to write it down.  Called by God? What is that? Perhaps it means different things to different people, but for me, it is this nagging thing in my gut that just won’t leave me alone.  I’d like that feeling to stop so here I am… writing… and sharing.  God has a plan for this thing, and I’m along for the ride.  Here we go…

So I’m Crystal… I’m a daughter of the one true God, a wife, a mother, a friend, a daughter of my parents.  I homeschool. I disciple my children.  I serve my family and my husband.  (SHOCK I SERVE MY HUSBAND… that’s a post for another day) I encourage and support other moms (especially the homeschool ones). I care for my mom.  I live life, according to God’s will, one day at a time… sometimes one moment at a time.

I’d call my life blessed.  I belong to a wonderful church where I can worship freely.  I am free to school my children at home and teach them the ways of Christ.  I have a safe and comfortable home and food in my belly.  I have dear friends who lift me up and keep me accountable.  Yes, I’m blessed.

There have been troubles and triumphs in my life.  I have not been immune to rejection, illness, marriage struggles, loss, doubts in my faith, parenting struggles… you name it!  I’m sure those experiences, as well as the joys, will shape my writing.  I’ll be writing quite a bit about homeschooling, reviewing products, studying scripture, and so much more.

My main message will be…. Seeking ways to live abundantly, even when the thief tries to destroy my joy.

Thank you for joining me.