Preparing the Soil

About Me

 

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That’s me. And my cute husband. And my amazing six children.

My name is Janet.

I love God, my family, coffee, reading, and running. Probably in that order.

I live in Indonesia.  My husband teaches PE at a Christian International School and I stay at home eating bon-bons all day caring for my little ones and homeschooling my bigger ones.

We’ve lived in Indiana, India, Colorado, Malaysia, Nebraska, Florida, North Carolina, and Indonesia.

I scrapbook.

I design templates for digital scrapbookers.

I bake.

I take a lot of pictures.

I love my Kindle.

I make a lot of typos and no matter how many times I proofread, I almost never see them until after I publish. Sorry.

I am passionate about parenting.

And that’s why I am here…on this blog. I want to share about my journey of intentional parenting and I want to encourage you in yours. It’s that simple.

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That’s Jason. He’s amazing. He is a fantastic teacher and the best dad ever. Even before I really knew him and long before I was interested in him, I said, “That guy is going to be an AMAZING dad.”  And I was right.  I can do what I do because he does what he does.  He’s right there with me, every step of the way.  He listens to my rambling, he loves on the kids, and he he keeps me from taking life too seriously.  We’ve been blessed with 14+ years of marriage.

©janetphillips_november30_2013_web-159These are our amazing kids. Ages 1-11. Three girls. Three boys. Lots of fun. Lots of cuddles. Lots of kisses. Lots of noise. You can read more about them HERE.

15 Comments

  1. Hi there!
    I stumbled across your site, more specifically your e-book promo page, via Pinterest!

    I also homeschool! :)

    I love your book idea — I am always looking for more ideas for family night — other than the usual “family game night.” I wondered if you’d like to work something out/provide me with a review copy so that I can promote your book on my reviews site, Muse Reviews? I have reviewed several other mom-published books — I love helping spread the word about great, family-building projects.

    Let me know. :)

    Meg

  2. I stumbled on you via Pinterest too…I have 6 children and I’ve had a little peep at your blog…I’m signing up, it’s right up my alley! I’m off to amazon now for your book!
    Jennifer

  3. Hi there! I just wanted to comment and say that my family lived in Thailand and Malaysia when I was in middle and high school (we’re from Ohio). AND we had five kids in our family! I always love hearing about other families doing that. :) My time in Asia, especially meeting people from all over the world at our international schools, was THE BEST thing that happened to me.

    What an awesome experience!

  4. Love your site. I am in the process of getting certified to teach English abroad. Looking at the International Schools. Really enjoyed reading about your experiences with homeschooling. Reminds of the Montesorri method, which I am really interested in learning more about. Your journey has inspired me. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Are you coming back to continue with preparing the soil! I miss it:-)

  6. hi, janet..my name anita. I live in Indonesia too, in bogor city. I’m principal in a kindergarten school. Five years ago, my school has use this book as a curiculum character. If you have a time, I want to share about it because I want to learn more deep about this book. thanks

  7. I have read your blog a few times and am always encouraged by your purposeful parenting. I have four boys with the oldest being eight. I am curious your insight on keeping a peaceful happy home. I think I have been tolerating selfishness, small instances of disobedience, etc. and now our home has become so stressful at times.

  8. Really appreciate your bad days post. I’m excited i found your blog looking forward to following your adventures. My husband’s uncle is over there with MAF. I am always excited to hear about people’s experiences over seas. Take care.

  9. I stumbled across your blog via pinterest….I too love parenting. I have a delightful 21 year old daughter. Though through the years parenting her has been challenging, I’ve enjoyed every moment. I am interested in starting my own blog, any ideas how I can get started……

  10. You have a beautiful family and a beautiful attitude… so happy to have found you.

    Looking forward to ready more about your journey.

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤… Jennifer
    Jenn’s Random Scraps

  11. Hey- My name is Rebecca. I am a children’s pastor and was researching family ministry events and stumbled onto your blog. Just wanted to let you know that it made me smile to see a mom so ALL ABOUT her role in leading her children. I am not a mother- hope to be some day- and you make it look fun! God Bless! -Rebecca

  12. Hi Janet! I just found your site while looking up character lessons on attentiveness. I love your lessons and activities and look forward to using them this year with my kiddos. (My kids also love to see other families “playing” school like we do!)
    Christa

  13. Hi Janet, I’ve been following your blog based on Kirsten Meyer’s recommendation. My husband and I are planning on moving overseas next year, and will have a three-year-old and a newborn at that time. We are going to be homeschooling– I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of any good books/resources to help me plan the 3 and 4 years of preschool?? Thanks!

    • Hi Maggie!

      Thanks for writing.

      For preschool, I tend to just do a lot of games, reading, and easy activities. I am usually aiming for letter recognition, gross and fine motor control skills, and lots of free play and imagination. For moving overseas, I think that My Father’s World would be a great start for you. We still really love all of our manipulatives we have from them. Sonlight has a lot of great preschool books, but with moving overseas, books can be tricky.

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