Hi, I’m Terri, (aka thecoolmom). Welcome to Turning Homeward.

This is a blog about seeing the wonder and beauty around us. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and hurry and the latest bad news, but the world is an amazing place. We just have to slow down long enough to see it.

Turning Homeward is also a blog about all the comforts of home. Home, where meals are cooked and memories are made, families are grown and fun and laughter are never far away. Turning Homeward isn’t about perfect houses and perfect families. It’s about real life. It’s about big dreams and hard work and crafting the life you want to have.

A number of events in the last few years have caused me to step back and re-assess my life and try to pin down just exactly who I am and how I want to live. That’s an on-going process. I want to share what I learn to help you build the home life of your dreams.

Considering my unconventional upbringing (read more about that  here), it took some time to figure out what I really wanted. The closest I came to a traditional home life growing up was watching reruns of Leave it to Beaver on TV after school. It’s taken a lot of research, no small amount of effort and a little imagination, but I came to the conclusion that i wanted a life closer to the one my great-grandparents lived (simple and slower moving) with the a ample dash of modern touches (I do love my technology!).  Along the journey, I discovered a penchant for baking cookies and sleeping under quilts and making things with my own two hands.

I live in Texas with my husband and children and a house full of books. I have 10 kids, ranging from grown-and-married to elementary-school-age.. I also have a growing number of grandchildren. My husband and I have been married since January, 1983, building our own, unique home life. There’s scarcely a dull moment around here, although I occasionally wish for one.

Some random facts:

I love collecting quirky or thought-provoking quotes.

I’m a confirmed Pinterest junkie.

I adore holidays, holy days, and fun and special observances (Talk Like a Pirate Day anyone?)

I’ve been homeschooling for over 20 years.

When I have the time and inclination I knit, crochet, cross stitch, sew, and I have even been known to do needlepoint now and then.

I would like to learn to paint in watercolors and to make quilts. Both are on my to-do list for this year.

I can frequently be found curled up in a chair with a cup of tea and a good book (or my trusty Kindle) or with my computer, typing away madly on a story because inspiration struck.

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