Originally from Lawton, OK, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University in 1999. As an engineer for BP in Houston, I met my husband Gary on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Some months and a wedding ceremony later, we decided that we didn’t want both of us working in the oilpatch, so I obtained my Masters Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics in Gary’s home state from The University of Tennessee. After working in the public school system as a high school math teacher, in a private school as a middle school math teacher, and in the public school system as an outreach science instructor for grades K-5, I decided to return to engineering with ExxonMobil (again in Houston), only to find that God was using all of these experiences to prepare my heart and mind when He called me to be a stay-at-home mom and teach our own children.
After our first son was born (while I was still working on my Masters degree), Gary left the oilfield for about five years, dabbling in real estate and then becoming a stay-at-home dad during my last stint in the engineering profession. When we first had children, we had no idea that we would be homeschooling them, and we didn’t realize that Gary would ever go back into his rotational profession in the petroleum industry. Whereas it was so difficult to have him gone half the time early in our marriage, it now has become an avenue for us to maximize our time with each other and live out our “wildest” dreams here at the Half-Hundred Acre Wood. As a family, we experience more of the world through Gary’s career and enjoy being together, learning together, laughing together, and just plain living together, despite the fact that our schedule is so different than so many other families.
Thanks so much for dropping by our neck of the woods! If I can ever be of assistance, be sure to contact me at halfahundredacrewood @gmail.com.