We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. ~Isaiah 64:8


Hi there, and welcome!

My name is Kerry. I am a mother to 4 children ages 18, 15, 12, and 5.  That last one was adopted from Ghana in Jan 2009. We have been homeschooling for 11 years.

I'm a fairly laid-back person who doesn't mind letting the laundry pile up if there is a good book to be read or a giggle to share with my kids. Which generally means that I let the laundry slide until it reaches out of the hamper and grabs me by the ankle. Of course this sort of housekeeping is not restricted to the laundry....

We are a Christian family who are committed Anglicans. We believe strongly in the liturgical form of worship, but also in the liturgical form of life. Our family enjoys celebrating the Church Year in our home: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Pentecost, Ordinary Time...and lots of other Holy Days and Holidays!

So, as you might expect I blog a lot about parenting, homeschooling, Anglicanism, and the Church Year, but also on cultural issues, family events. And whatever else is on my mind.

I started blogging a few years ago as a way to record our homeschooling efforts and to swap ideas with other homeschoolers. I chose the name because I loved Mother Goose as a child and the "Ten O'Clock Scholar" just fits my personality... a little bit "off the clock".

Soon I found that I really enjoyed expressing myself through my blog and getting involved in the "good conversation". I continue blogging because it is a wonderful record of modern life in general and my life in particular...like a modern day journal, I suppose. I look at it as a hobby that keeps my mind active and engaged in the world around me.

You may notice that we use blog names for our children.  This is for their safety and privacy.  If you happen to know my children in person, please be sure to refer to them by these blog names here.  Thanks!  You can read more about how we chose their names, if you like.

The Potter's Shed is usually updated a couple of times each week, but when life gets busy it can be a week or two between posts...and when it is really busy - even longer.

I love comments and conversations....so jump on in and speak your mind!


Unknown said...

Hi! This is actually not intended to be a publicly viewed comment at all, but I was hoping to ask your permission to reprint your post "The Advent that almost wasn't" on my blog, stpeteskids.wordpress.com. I am the children's pastor at St. Peter's Anglican in Birmingham, and this blog is for our families. I thought that many of them might appreciate it about now as they are deciding whether to prepare for Advent or not.
Many thanks, by the way, for a great blog. I often wander over to it and enjoy it every time that I do!

Kerry said...

Alyse - thanks for your request! I've emailed you from your blog with details for using the post about which you inquired. :)


senk said...

Hello, Kerry! It is wonderful to read about your life experiences. I'm also a homeschooling mommy (with a 4 year old and 2 year old at the time of this comment). And my family is also Anglican. Thank you for providing a blog that brings encouragement and inspiration to moms like me.

Carla said...

Hi Kerry! Came across your blog from Pinterest looking for Classical Conversations and Tapestry of Grace reading lists. I'm homeschooling 4 (8, 8, 6, and 4) and have used TOG in the past. This spring was our first year in CC doing Cycle 1. I am hoping to use as many TOG books for Cycle 2 this coming year and was wondering if you have or are planning on posting a list like you did for Cycle 1. I'm working on one as well. Thanks!

Kerry said...

Hi, Carla! So glad you found my blog, despite it's somewhat neglected status. This was my first year directing our CC's Challenge 3 - it was fun, but time-consuming! I'm hoping next year will be a little less-so since I'll be more familiar with the material.

I do not have a Cycle 2/TOG plan, and don't plan on making one. If you do, I'd be thrilled to link to it! Many CC families find my blog looking for just that sort of thing, so I'd be happy to send them your way!