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.  Since 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 I got too psyched out by my lack of formal training, so instead I earned a B.A. in Spanish for International Business.  (Which I’m very proud of, but still have yet to use.)  I spent a year in service at a local ministry and later worked as a bookkeeper for a real estate company.  

One day I unexpectedly fell in love with a computer nerd who dragged me to his home on the West Coast.  He does brilliant things like put the Internet on disks for people.  He showed me The Computers and The Web Logs and helped me learn all the buttons on my DSLR camera. 

Currently, I spend most of my time baby wearing, reading, gardening, blogging and learning with my girls. On evenings and weekends I am sometimes a photographer.  Some of my photos and words are featured in the book The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education, by Ainsely Arment.  A full tour of our home is featured here on Design Mom’s Living with Kids Series.

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