Bio Photo-1Hi.  I’m Rachael (aka Faye).  I’m a mom of four, writer, photographer and home educator from Northern California.

I love write about both the practical and the beautiful.  You’ll find my most recent posts which include practical lifestyle articles, a bit of our homeschooling journey, what I’m reading (I’m always reading!) and peeks inside of my house.  I’ve been writing here for about eight years, you’ll also find a dated, poorly photographed (but very entertaining) archive of posts.


I was born in Lawrence, Kansas and lived in Kansas City, Missouri when I was small.  My parents wanted a simple life, many children, and a quaint roadside fruit stand.  I’m not sure we ever had a roadside stand, but there were seven of us kids, so that part worked out.  We moved to rural Kansas where I spent most of grade school through high school.  After I graduated, my family moved to Atlanta, Georgia.  I attended college at Georgia State University.  I wanted to major in art, but instead I earned a B.A. in Spanish for International Business.  I spent a year in ministry and later worked for a real estate company.  

One day I unexpectedly fell in love with a computer nerd.  He does brilliant things like put the Internet on disks for people. We moved to his home state of California where we currently live. 

I spend most of my time baby wearing, reading, gardening, blogging and learning with my girls, but some of my grown-up work can be found here:

The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education, by Ainsely Arment.

Podcast guest and photography and article contributor 2017-2019 Wild + Free

Guest poster The Peaceful Press blog

A 2016 tour of our home is featured here on Design Mom’s Living with Kids Series.

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