26677941_10100901923470596_4502866832562151706_oOver the past few years Brent + Amanda has grown to be a beautiful family of FIVE.  Our hearts have grown three times bigger with the addition of each of our sweet kids.

Parenthood has been the best adventure of our lives so far! Brent is passionate about Dad Life/music/photography/exercise/Jesus/and more. Amanda is growing into the role of homeschool mom and chicken owner. She also loves to encourage others (wherever they are in life) and  loves to write (when she finds a spare moment for it).   ALL of these facts have inspired us to document our journey as parents on this blog.

Crazy enough our boys both have now hit elementary school age! When our first Kindergarten came around we felt the nudge to give homeschool a try.  Both of us being former educators, felt we wanted to offer our kids a more hands on, wild and free education.  We are striving to grow strong and kind children. It is our prayer that choosing to homeschool will be one integral part in us achieving that goal.

This year we’ve decided to take steps to become Foster/Adoptive parents. We hope to use this blog and our Instagram to help shed some light and awareness on the process.

Amanda also loves her part-time work as a freelance writer!  She writes about all things Motherhood and Richmond related for Richmond Macaroni Kid, creates devotions for Daily Bible Devotions App, she has work published with Her View from Home, is contributing to a year long marriage couples devotional for Crosswalk, and is a regular contributor for the marriage/family/homeschool/parenting channels on Crosswalk.com.

If you have interest in her writing for you, e-mail her at rvahouseofjoy@gmail.com! 

Bottom line for our family is: we love our children, we love others, and love Jesus.

Our heart and hope is to be an encouragement to you.

Thanks for following along as we learn and grow as a family!

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