Firstly I must tell you that I vacillate between ‘we’ and I. That’s because I (Susan) write the posts on this site. However, when it comes to matters of family it is ‘we’, as in John and I or John, I and the family. This blog originally started as a compilation of forum posts and then it grew to include my own personal thoughts and some of our family life which means that sometimes I write in the first person (singular) and other times I write as plural (we). Be assured that this site is a joint venture between John and myself and nothing is published here without his knowledge, consent or against his will, nor without the express permission of the children, who are now adults. Whew! I’m glad that’s out of the way…

Who is Susan?

I am a 40 something mother who delights in being a wife and mother. In a nutshell, I could be classified as Bible-First, keeper-of-the-home, eclectic, thematic, literature-loving, God-fearing, natural learner, Daughter of The King. I want to proclaim the gospel to my children and teach them the ways of the Lord. I want to encourage others to proclaim the kerugma!

What Do I Do?

I manage the home and family logistics.
I teach my children at home.
I build and manage websites. I participate in online forums.
I read. I study.
I drink coffee and eat chocolate. Occasionally, I cook.

What Do I Like?

I love being with my family and love nothing more than a good coffee with a slice of baklava. I’m a little partial to Millel Parmesan Cheese and the odd two or three cappuccino’s a day. I enjoy Bible study, nursing in Aged Care, hanging with family, grandchildren and friends, reading books, studying health and nutrition, working out at the gym, softball, fine chocolate and good movies. I enjoy learning about website design and creating websites primarily using Joomla and WordPress.

Who are the HomeGrownKids



It might help you to know the members of our family. There is me, Susan, and John (my husband and father of my children). The children are:

  • Mr. D who is 28 yo in 2011 – is now 34 (2017
  • Mrs A who is 20 yo in 2011 – is now 26 (2017)
  • Miss R who is 18 yo in 2011 – is now 24 (2017)
  • Mister J who will be 16 in 2011  – is now 22 (2017)
  • Mister C who will be 14 years old in 2011 – is now 19 in 2017
  • Master Jax who is 4 years old in 2017

Why I Write

We started investigating home education in late 1997 and it was during the Nov/Dec break of the same years that we started homeschooling. About 19 years of formal homeschooling although my personal  belief is that we have been learning at home since before the children were born – because what happens in utero is important and then we teach our babies all those essential learnings. There are many other people who had walked many more miles in this journey than we have. I cannot and do not aim to teach you, the reader, anything nor do I feel that I have anything astounding to offer, except the blisters on my feet from walking round and round the garden path so much because I am can be so stubborn.

How I Got Here: My story

just married SimplySusan

I have been joyously married to my love John, for nearly 30 years and together we have four, five or six children, depending upon how one looks at it. Confused yet? We are a blended family which only adds to the vitality, energy and choas! This blog is an attempt to journal my day to day thoughts, struggles, growth and learning in the process of wifehood, motherhood and being a Daughter of the King! Sometimes I may share recipes or the like, as it may be something that I’ve had to type out for a forum so to save typing it again one day, I will post it here. I don’t expect or suppose that others will find this blog to be very interesting or academically stimulating. That’s okay. I primarily post for me…for this is my journey and writing helps me to process my thoughts. I also periodically print my posts out and keep them in a box, just in case my children should like to read them one day, once I have moved on. For my greatest desire is not that my children become great academic scholars or millionaires rather that they learn to walk in the Truth of God’s word, to know Him and love Him. However, I also write for others: not that my words are anything spectacular or insightful rather that I have found that sharing our thoughts with one another via the written word is in itself, stimulating, helpful and illuminating. I do not seek to share anything ‘new’ or profound, rather I seek to share the good news of Christ throughout my everyday life. This doesn’t mean I always share the 4 step plan to salvation or even that I mention verses and chapter in my post for my walk as a believer is a relational walk.

I was not raised a Christian. In fact, my home was by far as godly or Christian home! My parents eventually came to know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus and it was a time after this that I did too. I am coming to see, more and more, how differently life is for my children and how bright their future may be having grown up in the nurture of the Lord. No, this doesn’t mean I’m a perfect mother or that we have the perfect home. Not at all…but they do have parents who love and serve the Lord.

What I Call Myself:

Actually I’d say I’m all of those and none! I do not like labels. I don’t like to ‘follow’ or adhere to any particular preaching or teaching. However, for those who really need labels to help define a site or person it might be said that I lean toward a Puritan, Reformed and Calvinistic mindset. 🙂  You can see my thoughts here on even calling myself a Christian! Why do we need labels? Why do we feel the need to rally together under any other banner other than Christ?

But I, brothers, could not address you as  spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.  I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
1 Cor 3: 1-9

What Else?

I love receiving comments! Whether or not you agree with something I’ve written or disagree I’d like to hear it. Maybe you have a different perspective on an issue – feel free to share how you think or have acted in a situation. It will encourage and minister to me and the other readers of this blog. If you don’t understand something I have written, feel free to ask me to clarify it. I know what I mean in my own mind…I know my background, my recent history, the books I have read and teachings I have sat under that often bring me to the things I say…but you, the dear reader, do not know that. At times, I can be quite unclear so I always appreciate being asked to elucidate upon something I have said or written. Please read my posts with a view to chewing over the little pieces of meat but be sure to spit out the bones.

A good Internet friend composed a funny poem about me. She’s pretty clever, eh?

Home Grown Kids she is to you
Call her Susan but never Sue
Healthy lifestyle is her passion
Goji Juice the latest fashion

A treadmill is she said to own
but seldom do we hear the drone 😮
for often is it said than done
Susan would rather be having fun ;D
like working on her blog
or sipping tea and eating chocolate log

She moves all over the countryside
from every state, far and wide
Her husband’s a soldier, he keeps her in line
But knowing dear Susan, that suits her fine

A favourite group from times of old
Stryper wearing black and gold
In God We Trust was their cry
Susan, a headbanger My Oh My

A chocolate addiction ….or so I’m told
Cadbury, Lindt or Jamaican Gold

The Adelaide crows are number one
This is serious not just fun
Softball is her favourite sport
lots of balls has Susan caught

Her post are long and full of facts
they leave us speechless in our tracks

An inspiration she is to me
so lets all treat her gentle….leeeee

Thanks Jacqui, I love it!


Christian Internet Code of Ethics As a Christian who is active on the internet,

I hold myself to certain standards of conduct. They are:

  • I guard my online relationships
  • I am careful to visit websites that do not compromise my life in Christ
  • I take care that my written communications reflect Christ in my life
  • I guard my time to assure that my time online is kept in proper balance with the rest of my life

For more information visit the

Christian Internet Code of Ethicshome page.

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