This blog covers lots of my life from 2007 until now.  Go straight to blog or read more.  Comments may be left by clicking on individual posts.

I have always tried to share love and joy and the truest beautiful dreams that were in my heart.  My life has taken some rocky turns; basically, there’s a lot of life on this blog.  It is all mine — the happiness and the pain.

My life took an amazing, beautiful turn when I picked up a guitar at age 50.  Music is a very healing art form.  Just try it.

I have four delightful children: a 27-year-old son, a 24-year-old son, a 21-year-old son, and a 17-year-old daughter.  I homeschooled for 13 years.  I love gardens, all things romantic, birds, and the color black.  Always with a smile, I refer to my own personal style “gently gothic.”

I love painting and creating.  I own a tiny shop called Sidetracked, full of my art, unusual finds, and lots of vintage and romantic clothing

A Mother’s Journal was created over seven years ago to share homeschool, housekeeping, gardening and crafting ideas. Over time, it has evolved into a place to share my love of music and self-healing.

I am an affiliate for several companies.  You may occasionally see a link to one of them on my blog, likely with my affiliate link included so that I make a small percentage from any sale generated by way of review, etc.   I may be asked to do a paid review by a website.  If I accept that offer, I will always say so in my post .  I’ll always be honest.

  27 comments for “About

  1. Loré Fox
    June 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Hi! I was searching for information regarding food choices @ the Durham Bulls ball park & was led to your site – what a lovely surprise to find that you are a fellow homeschooler! We just graduated our “baby” Ryan from high school on 6/7 which was also his 18th birthday! Anywho, if you get a minute could you please tell me what vendors were @ the ball park/what there was to eat. I would greatly appreciate it – thank you : )

  2. admin
    June 21, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Well, our lunches were bagged since we went in with a group, but we did get snow cones (expensive) and drinks. I didn’t pay much attention to the food since we weren’t eating as meal there. I’m sorry. I’ll try and pay more attention next time.

    Thank you for stopping by!


  3. July 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm


    Please send me an Email! I would love to hear from you and discuss your great blog on the 16th of this month.


  4. Marla
    August 10, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    I came cross your site some time ago, and I just love it! Your like a good book I can’t put down. We live in California and are on vacation in North Carolina right now. We came out here to do some racing in Charlotte and visit some friends in Mount Airy. We absolutely love it here and are thinking about moving. I read your blog often and was wondering what part of North Carolina your in. We have to start heading back home Wed. and the kids are really sad to be leaving. What a beautiful state this is, your lucky to live here.

  5. admin
    August 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you so much, Marla! I am very near Durham/Chapel Hill. Do you know that area? Feel free to e-mail me if you’d like.


  6. Julie
    September 15, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Love your site!

    Can you tell me the ‘general’ area you’re in ? We’re thinking of moving to Western NC from the southwest. I can’t WAIT to get back to some GREEN –I’m going to check your site regularly for inspiration, THANK YOU!


  7. Julie again
    September 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm


    I just re read the post above mine. OOPS–Sorry!

    …still inspired, however! Thanks.

  8. admin
    October 21, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Thank you, Julie. I thought I answered you here — at least a thank you, but I see I did not. Did you move?


  9. charlene sayer
    September 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I just found your BLOG. I have been seated for over 2 hours soaking up all the pictures and writings. I also live in NC. Up in Mt. Airy. I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor and a homeschooling mother.

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Charlene Sayer

    • September 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      Charlene, thank you so much for your kind words! I’ve been through Mt. Airy before. And isn’t that supposed to be Mayberry? :) Thanks again!

  10. September 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Lynn

    I have been following your blog for a while now and wanted to say Hi and well done, it’s such a great blog. I’m in the U.K. so enjoy seeing what it must be like to live somewhere sunny!

    Have to say, your bugs and critters scare me though – we have no scary looking things here in England!!

    Keep up the fab work, I love reading and seeing your wonderful photos.


  11. Melissa
    December 2, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Hello Lynn,

    I really love your blog… I’ve seen a few, but none that I follow… but I would really like to follow yours. We have 2 Beagles & 3 rabbits, maybe that’s why I like your blog so much. Oh, yeah, and 3 kids (ages 14, 13 & 11) whom we home school. I would LOVE to subscribe to your blog. Can a person do that? I’m new to all of this. Please advise how I would go about doing that… if you don’t mind.

    Thank you. What a beautiful family.


    • December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      Melissa, I’ve been asked that before. I’ll look to see if I can figure out how to put a widget on the blog or something! Thank you for your kind comment! It sounds like we do have a lot in common. There’s never a dull moment. That’s one thing for sure! :)

      Please stop by again!

  12. January 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Ahhh, your blog reminds me about how much I’ve gotten away from the things I love most. That’s not a bad thing, I suppose…It’s more or less an e-slap in the face. (Also better than it sounds.) I can’t wait to get back to the way things were.

    I’m 26…Was homeschooled, grew up on a turn-of-the-(last)-century farmhouse in upstate New York, am an artist who loves drawing nature (trees and birds especially), used to grow a sustainable garden back home, avid reader and sincerely hope to work out of my home in the future. I’ve spent the last decade being career focused (ASE certified auto mechanic, licensed tattoo artist, over-the-road truck driver, certified art educator/art history teacher, photography) and yet feel empty enough to realise that you’ve got everything and then some that I’d love to have back. =)

    Thanks for the jolt back to reality.

    – Tara

  13. January 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Tara, thank you for your kindness in leaving a comment! I guess the simple and familiar joys of our raising never leave us. I do love being home and working from. I suppose “exactly perfect” for me would be if I could work at home doing my crafts rather than typing, 😉 but I surely cannot complain about what I have now. I am here to step out into the garden when I need to and care for my family. That’s a lot. You sound very talented and bright and as though you got a good grounding at home. :) That’s worth a ton. I hope you find what you love to do and are able to do it. xoxo Lynn

  14. October 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Dearest Lynn,

    I found your website while searching for something about my THE PUMPKIN RUNNER. I am the author and it touches my heart to see the wonderful work you and your children did while studying it. I nearly wept; it was all so beautiful. Thank you so very much for enjoying my story.

    In Joy,

    • October 27, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Dear Marsha,

      I am so honored to hear from you! Picture books are a great love of mine, and I know from trying my hand (and failing) the talent and thought it takes to create a story like The Pumpkin Runner! Your book is wonderful and you are so talented! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

      Most sincerely,

  15. vonda oakley
    March 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Hello Lynn,
    Just wanted to say that it was nice to meet you today at the Goodwill. Love your blog. And love your pins. It is thundering and lighting at the moment – love thunder and lighting storms – and I am on the computer. I had better get off for now but I will come back and look more at your wonderful blog.

    • March 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Vonda! It was so nice to meet you too! I love the shoes I bought. So thankful you were standing there and willing to help me decide! I hope you’ll drop back by! :) xoxo Lynn

  16. Talia
    June 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Lynn, I have to say that I LOVE your site. It is absolutely beautiful. I have bookmarked your site and referred to it many time over the past several years! It was sad to see that you closed your homeschooling venture…. :-(. However, in recently reviewing your site, i noticed your beautiful planner (the first one) and i instantly fell in love with it. Wow!!! But, i have to ask (yes, having had a senior moment of the years, it has never dawned on me to ask you this…. :-P). How did you make the wonderfully, inspiriing dividers for your binder????? Oh, Please share; inquiring minds would love to know!!! hehheheee. Blessings!!!! btw, congradulations!!!!!

    • June 22, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Dear Talia, thank you so much for your kind comment! Yes, it was sad to close the homeschool after all those years! We sure had fun with it. Ahhh, a new chapter in life… The planner! I get lots of compliments on the planner and the dividers. When I open it at check-outs or appointments, ladies seem to like the prettiness of it AND that it keeps me organized. It was easy. I just cut out cardstock the size of the standard pages, but cut tabs onto them that would stick out a bit. I then decoupaged pretty pictures onto each one and labeled the tags. Then I laminated the dividers, punched holes in the appropriate places, and Voila! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! xoxo Lynn

  17. Talia
    June 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Lynn, Thank you so much for all that informaiton. But, i was also wondering where you found the “pics” for the dividers. Old Magazines, old books, the web…???? Just wondering. I was wondering how hot it was there. We moved from the coast of NC in 2010 and moved to the coast of DE shortly later. I have to say that NC is a beautiful state. Btw, i have to say that you have been such an inspiration to me when times are tough in homeschooling and I really wanted to say thank you. If i could give you a hug, i would; so this will have to do. But, i wanted to thank you for sharing. Blessings!!!

    • June 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Dear Talia, sure! And the images came from old magazines; magazines like Victoria, and also from miscellaneous papers I accumulate in my crafting. You can use any sort of paper that you like, and even print things out too! Again, thanks very much for your kind words!! Love, Lynn

  18. April 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m certainly happy I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often!

    • April 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Rachael. Thank you so much!! :) Lynn

  19. Vryshba
    May 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I am from Malaysia, one of the significantly developing countries in South East Asia. I am very interesting to blog and have just started to pen down my ideas on paper, am yet to move them to my blogspot. Anyway, I am a mother of two gorgeous kids, one 4 year old princess and one 1 year old prince. I can across your blog when I
    was looking for sample blogs that are written by mothers like me to get more ideas and inspiration. Yours caught my eyes and once in I got hooked because we share a lot of same interests. One of it is homeschooling. I am very fascinated with this idea and would like my children to do it. However, I do not have much information about homeschooling, moreover it is only recently this idea gaining acceptance and popularity in my country.

    Alright, you may be wondering why am I writing this now. Actually, I just wanted to say hi and let you know that I will be spending more time at your blog now onwards and if there are anything i would like to know, I will message you here. Thanks for this beautiful blog.

    • May 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Vryshba,
      Thank you for your comment! Your children sound precious! Best wishes in deciding how to educate your children!

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