In 2006, my husband was in the AF and we had just been stationed to Fairchild AFB in Washington State. I loved my friends there…but HATED the weather.

 

Hate is not really a strong enough word: maybe loathe, detest, abhor…you get the idea. I found out that I am solar-powered and there was just not a lot of that to go around up there. This is totally simplified, but trust me, I was NOT happy there. And, you know how it goes: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

 

While this was playing in the background, I got the itch to go back to college. Easier said than done when you have three kids (all young), and a husband who has a boss that would buy cots for them at the office if he were even remotely allowed. Also, the college was about an hour’s drive one way and the pocket-book was a little thin to fund that.

 

Long story short, I decided against going back, and as I was not well versed enough in the art of online anything, online classes were out for me at that point. In any event, it was put on the back burner when I had reconstructive abdominal surgery (did you know that some people’s bodies literally come apart at the seams after having kids??).

 

I guess something got knocked loose at this point, I suppose, because I started hatching this plan. Let me lay it out for you and you can decide as to the level of sanity I was experiencing at the time:

1. Get out of the AF (Got that? Ditch the solid job and paycheck!)

2. Move to Texas

3. Use GI Bill and other funding to have BOTH Kristian and I go back to college at the same time.

4. Rent a small apartment in town, and alternate days we went to school, and figure out a way to juggle part-time job(s).

See how insane this sounds as I type it out? How I EVER got Kristian on board is beyond me.

 

Luckily, my mom said, “Oh, I thought you’d come to live at the ranch while going to school!” and so we did. It started out that we would get our degrees and then move, but things never turn out how the way you plan them. Well, for me they don’t, and thank goodness, because we are still here. My folks aren’t getting any younger, and, well, there are just lots of factors.

 

As we were getting things buttoned up to move (Kristian transferred to the AF Reserve to finish out his enlistment, we applied to the college, yada, yada), we found out that there was not any good school option out here for the kiddos. The ranch is in the middle of nowhere, and it’s a long story, but we ended up home schooling. My father has always been a big proponent of home schooling, and I thought, “Well, why not?”

 

Now, fast forward a year and I’m diggin’ this home school thing. I figured out that a curriculum is just what some person said a kid should learn and how. Sure, maybe they’ve done it before, but they’ve never met MY kid. I did mass amounts of research on curricula, we tried several different kinds, and finally found one that I (and the kids, most importantly) love.

 

Plus, my dad has the kids help work on his tractors, they built a to scale solar system that was over a mile in diameter, my mom teaches them games and interior design, the kids got some chickens…it’s all kinda good.

 

Okay, so this is the dĂ©nouement! The answer to the question: “Why did I write my book?”

 

During the course of the past 5 years, I have been ravenously devouring info about the past (not revisionist history I’ve been fed my whole life), the founding, the framing, and economics. I wanted to give my kids the real story from the get-go and looked for books that did just that.

 

What I found, sadly, was that there WAS (hint, hint there is now!) nothing out there for kids that is fun about the founding while also being factually accurate. The entire idea of liberty, what a “right” is, from whence it came, etc., seems lost!

 

And, it’s not just kids! I read The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, but even that is too deep for people who have been deprived of that knowledge for their entire lives. In fact, while I had intended the book for kids, I have gotten more positive feedback from adults than from their kids!