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About Annie and Everything

Do you feel like your life is out of control?

Do you wish you could stop and smell the roses, but you feel like you have to be busy doing and going, and the best you can do is barely notice the roses on your way by?

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Does it feel like your life is cluttered with not only things but financial issues and must-dos and others’ expectations and your own disappointments, and you’re getting to the point where you feel like you just can’t (or don’t want to) handle it all?

Then you are in the right place.

I have felt all those things at one time or another. Many times, in fact. And while I’m still a work in progress, I am here to say that life doesn’t have to be that way. We can live with less stress and more peace.

For many years I have been on a mission in my own life:

  • to find easier and quicker ways to do just about everything, so I have more time for relaxation and fun
  • to get out from under the weight of financial frustration, so I have more freedom in spending and giving
  • to be more comfortable with who I am, so I don’t base my self-image on what others think
  • to learn God’s truths, so I can glorify and enjoy Him with my life

And I’d love for you to join me.

If you want all these things in your own life – or even only some of them! – then you will find help here. I don’t claim to have “arrived” with any of these, but here are some of the things you can read about:

You may have noticed there are a lot of different topics on here. I write about pretty much “any and everything,” lol. But it’s all focused around the idea of streamlining our lives, clearing out all types of clutter and the excess weight, so that we are free to be our real selves, the wonderful individuals that God created us to be.

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Having said that, you should know there are two things I write about more than others:

1) Finances and being frugal – this is one of the leading causes of stress, y’all. Including in my own life, lol. So get on this journey with me and let’s get control of this mess once and for all!!

2) Homeschooling high school – Even this does not have to be difficult, y’all.  And yet too many homeschooling families quit when it’s time for high school because they think it will be. I am here to say that It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School. And to prove it, I will provide the information you need to handle it well – and simply. You can do this! (Join my FB group for even more encouragement: It’s Not that Hard to Homeschool High School on FB)

But all the other aspects of life are fair game and happen frequently, as well, so stay tuned and be refreshed!

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Am I ANN or ANNIE?

Actually, I answer to both, but I generally refer to myself as Ann. My husband, although he calls me Ann when he speaks TO me, refers to me as Annie when he talks ABOUT me. So I get called Annie by many people who meet me after meeting him. I like it. 🙂

There’s not a whole lot to know about me, but here are a few items of interest:

My first love is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; I strive to glorify Him in all that I do.

I love my husband; he and I have been married for 27 years. He is a pilot and gone for work much of every month, so I am often a single parent and Mrs. Fixit. We recently finished our third house re-do — he does the tough stuff and I do the design/decor (although I have been known to tackle the odd electrical or plumbing project). Our marriage is just as simultaneously wonderful and messy as anyone else’s, but he’s still the one I choose to take home from social occasions! 🙂

I love my five children. We have homeschooled all of them from kindergarten on; three of them have graduated from our homeschool and are now in college. The two left at home still keep me hopping!

I also love music, books, eating out, and movies. You will find references to these in my writing. 🙂

I also love hearing from readers!! Feel free to send me an email at ann (at) annieandeverything (dot) com.

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  • Thanks for sharing your insights, I just started homeschooling this year my 4th & 7th graders. It’s been very overwhelming! My older 2 are in public school…..but they struggle with the load of homework they get….we’ve been thinking about keeping them at home starting this coming school year but they don’t want to. I don’t want to mess up their education but I want them at home. What should I do?

  • Love your words! You are way more ambitious than me, but otherwise a lot in common. Look forward to reading more of your thoughts! Thank you for being you. God Bless! Julie

  • Finding your site has been a HUGE blessing. I know in my heart that the Lord sent me here today because He knew I needed your encouragement and wisdom in my homeschooling journey. Thank you so much and I look forward to following your blog!!!!

  • Annie,

    Could I please email you (or you me)? I am a homeschooling mom of 5 children ages 13-2. After the most difficult homeschooling year yet, I fell into despair and began to search for help. I found you – an answer to prayer. My heart was burning with anxiety until I watched a couple of your videos and read a few of your posts (high school worries and being behind…) Now that I feel much better, I am ready to take another step toward getting out of this pit. I saw a place where you talked of mentoring or something like that (it’s late) and I would like to find out more about that service you offer if you still are. Thank you for putting what you have out there to help mom’s in the trenches.

    Very sincerely,
    Rebecca

    • I sent you an email, Rebecca! Which I think you’ve already seen, but I want to comment on here so people don’t think I left you hanging, lol. 🙂

  • Hi Ann,

    I am a momma of 3, 2 boys and 1 girl! My daughter’s name is Anna so I love your name! Her great-grandmother calls her little Annie. I started the homeschool journey when my oldest was 3 1/2 and I was close to due with my second son. I had major homeschool burn out in our first year of kinder. We moved twice and to the mountains to try for a more simple and exciting life. That only lasted 2 years! I couldn’t do it.
    In 2 years we experienced death, I had shingles, my oldest had scarlet fever and my youngest son stresses me out so badly I pondered my ability to ever accept him. Since our crazy mountain experience we moved back to our home town 1 year ago and discovered our 3rd pregnancy. I was so sick with my daughter that I was on bed rest for the 15 weeks. Fortunately it was summer and my husband is a teacher and was home to help me. When the school year got closer and my son was entering 1st grade I decided I just can’t give him what he needs and we put him in a charter school. I cried everyday after he left with Dad for school. I missed him terribly and grieved the time I didn’t have with him. There were many benefits for our family with this new schedule. The pressure of his education was released from me a bit and I was able to get to know my second son and cultivate a loving and strong relationship. However, right before our daughter was born in January my husband and I decided to pull him out of school and go back to homeschool. I was getting back on my feet and I didn’t want him to miss out on his sisters life because of being gone all day. We made plenty of mental changes and realized this homeschooling thing needed to be a lifestyle oppose to a job or set amount of hours. I’m a bit ashamed of how much we didn’t do school as having a new fussy babe and having 3 kids was a super hard adjustment for me. But at least we were all home together.
    Unfortunately my anxiety and fear peaked to the tip top while pregnant with my daughter and I have been working my way down ever since. The journey of fighting fear and letting go while trusting in Gods sovereignty has been the hardest to date. I am one fearful lady. I have come to accept myself more and realize I am a human who struggles with anxiety and that it will probably be a battle most of my life. I don’t like to go many places due to possible germs or fear of my kids getting hurt.
    I’m working on this but it’s a struggle when the battle is in the mind first. I wish so much for my children to experience freedom in Christ but with me as their teacher I’m concerned it is already running off on them. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and he is just amazing. He is our families rock and I’m so blessed by him.
    So all this to say we have recently started our new school year. My oldest is in 2nd grade, my second will be turning 4 in a few weeks and my baby is 7 months. I thought I had it all figured out from the lessons I learned along the way already but in the 4th day of our first week I hit burn out hard. I rebel against schedules because they feel suffocating but I realized I needed to schedule our lives a bit more than they were so I went to town and a meal and snack schedule to help with the budgets and leaks and then developed a school schedule so I could have individual time with each child. Needless to say my daughter decided napping was not a thing this week and my oldest decided he didn’t want to school at all.
    My the 4th day my husband came home took the boys out to eat and said you need to rest. Apparently I looked that bad!
    All in the same week I had to deal with some major dental work of replacing my front teeth from 11 years from a childhood accident. It’s something i have not wanted to deal with but had to. None the less it’s been a rough week. So I was researching homeschool a bit this early morning as my son wet his bed and my daughter woke early to nurse for the 10 the time this night. And I came across your blog. I’m so thankful for the encouragement you have offered and I pray my brain will process and learn from others who have gone before me. I struggle so much with thinking I’m not equipped enough to school my babies. I struggle with my brokenness of not trusting in God and realizing even this tooth issue will be resolved eventually. However, it’s in these desperate times that I’m on my knees looking to him. To Him be the glory, honor and power for ever more. I’m praying this school year I can trust God, relax our schedule and be intentional in our time together. Thank you for sharing your experiences with homeschool. I look forward to reading more of your blogs.
    Blessings Annie!

Hi! I’m glad you’re here!


I’m Ann (aka Annie), a veteran homeschool mom of five who HATES complicated!
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