Our names are Neil and Krystal. We live in Springfield, Oregon with our 4 kids; Dominic, Isabelle, Hannah, and Levi. They are 13, 11, 8 and 6 years old. Oh! And a mini Aussie-doddle named Avenger!
I am a stay-at-home parent and have homeschooled our children for 8 years. Neil owns a chimney and roofing business. When our school day is done we enjoy being outside riding bikes, playing in the leaves or staying inside by the cozy fire. We have dinner together as a family every night and chat about our day. If the weather permits we go fishing, play at the river, swim in our pool, jump on the trampoline, or play with neighborhood friends. Some of our favorite traditions are going to Loon lake during the summer. There we catch fish, snakes, and bull frogs. We also ride a jet ski, build forts, and play on the beach all day. We also enjoy traveling to the Bend and the coast. Other traditions we host are family gatherings during Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July.
We live in a suburban neighborhood close to the river, with bike trails and parks. Our kids are involved in soccer, violin, mountain biking, and church activities. But most of the time you will find us outside where our kids spend time playing with neighborhood friends.
I am honored to be the mom of my kids. I see everyday as a gift and a challgene. Its a challgene for me to help my kids build relationships with each other and others. I am in ongoing training as a teacher and a mother, I do this through books, conferences, mentorship, and podcasts. Experience has been my greatest teacher. I have grown a lot as a parent because nothing can substitute for the day in and day out of parenting and the joy and challenges it brings. In the past I have been a teacher at our homeschool community and currently I work with the kids at my church. Neil also works with the kids at our church and ran a local high school training camp during the summer for athletes for four years. Neil also has a youth pastor degree and did internships with middle and high school youth groups. We have educated ourselves in trauma informed parenting classes,TBRI, and prenatal exposure.