When I Grow Up I Want to Be a….

by postroad on March 19, 2013

Teacher. When I grow up I want to be a teacher. This is one of my favorite reasons for loving being a Mom. You are automatically a teacher! From the first second they open their eyes as new born babes swaddled in warm afterbirth (sorry, not for the queesy stomaches I guess!) To learning how to walk. To asking questions about how the world works. To learning about heaven (sometimes the hard way, like when their lil precious sister goes early). Kids make the best students, dontchya think? They are full of awe and wonder and joy for all the little things.

(a project he made with me for the winter 2012 Homebound Magazine)

I often wonder how different our lives would be if we could live and see everything around us this way. If I could go back in time I would wish to see and learn everything for the very first time.

(though let’s be honest, sometimes learning is very hard.)

“Three Eggs!!!!! ┬áThis is what she tells me every single time we do chicken chores together. (regardless of the number of eggs) She yells and shouts, then laughs and giggles. I might try this at the market next time I find my favorite veggie in season and on sale. Can you even imagine the looks I would get?

This year has been one with a steep learning curve for me. Letting go (of most of retail) was scary but ended up being a beautiful thing. There is no question that the more you have, the more you have to give. I am finally listening to my body, my heart, and taking care of me so that I’ve got more left over to give. (I’m not even talking about money or time, just emotional energy).

Recently I started holding a small class in my home with just a few local women. This has been an amazing experience! It is so awesome to be working with others who love love working with their hands and aren’t afraid to tackle something that they (may) not know yet how to do. It has also taught me so much and given me some much needed confidence! I can’t wait to get our big workshop done so we can welcome even more people into our home!

Thanks to them I’ve had the confidence to put my soap dispenser course online. It’s been a blast shooting and loading the videos and teaching all we’ve learned on making mason jar soap dispensers.

I am so excited to also have the honor to teach and inspire through the Homebound Magazine. I love creating stories with beautiful pictures, but more then anything else I LOVE teaching and inspiring people to try something new! This magazine will be chock full of tutorials and I hope you will try some of them when it comes out! (In less then a week!!)

Thank you for following and reading! The SURPRISE today is that I am giving away ONE SOAP DISPENSER COURSE and five of the soap dispenser ebooks! This is only open for three days, Thursday the 14th being the last day to enter. Each of the winners will also receive a mason jar soap dispenser lid! (No longer available int the shop.) Yup, I’ve got a few leftovers here and couldn’t think of a better place for them to go!


All you have to do to enter is let me know what you MOST love learning about.

For additional entries ask your friends (on FB, Twitter, or even personally) this same question. Share this link so they can come back and answer too.

Please leave an extra comment for each place your shared.

If you haven’t signed up for the FREE VERSION of the Homebound Magazine please do so here! I will be offering a special price on the printed version for a very short time and you will get the details through email! Thank you!


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p.s. if you’re already in the course or have purchased the Ebook, feel free to enter anyways! I will just refund you if you happen to be the winner! :)



{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Euna S. Ridenour March 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I would love to see how this is done, so please enter me in your giveaway! I’d love to have one of these! Thanks, GrandmaSoucie


DARLENE March 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

So wish we lived close so I could take your classes!


SuZeQ March 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I love to learn new ways to create art. I am a papercrafter and always yearning for new tecniques and tricks.

PS – I have one of your soap dispensers and LOVE it. Thanks for a great product.


Teresa March 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I love to learn new ways to repurposed old stuff.


Sharon March 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

i love to learn but sometimes find it intimidating cuz the older i get the less i can remember. ha. thank you for the chance to win! have a great week!


Sequana March 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I love being surprised that something even exists and realize I can learn to do it all by my little self. Finding a class on Etsy or Craftsy like that is really exciting.


Rana March 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

For me, learning something new usually comes with 1 of 2 perks: 1) learning to do something in a faster or easier way or, 2) opening a door to something all together new. Either way it is a WIN!


upscaledownhome March 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

So glad you designing life the way you want it and around your family and your happiness. That is a wonderful place to be! Thank you for the opportunity to win the Mason jar items and I can’t wait to see what Homebound holds….


CeeW March 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I love learning and stretching my character; myself! It helps me be a better sister, friend, daughter, wife, woman and servant to our Lord.
Please enter me in your giveaway!


Judy March 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Trying to force myself to learn something new every year starting when I turned the big 40 last year. So 2012 – I learned how to surf. 2013… still deciding on what to tackle. I love learning and decided I couldn’t allow myself to be stagnate.


Becky J March 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

What I love most to learn about- HMMMMM…I LOVE learning…I taught in a private school setting for 12 years and have homeschooled now for 5 years..and what my precious students have taught me!!

I guess foremost I love learning about God’s love for this world and the example He sets forth for how I should love and walk and talk and think… I pray all of you dear women are blessed today and know how precious you all are!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)


Paula March 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Learning something new everyday keeps old age at bay!
Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
(Hey, I made a rhyme!)


Lynn Stovall March 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Love, love vintage items–especially the mason jar dispenser.


Katie Vincent March 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I was born to be a teacher—there’s just something about the student & teacher relationship that makes it a vocation rather than a job, or a career!!


judi March 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I love learning about how I can be a better person and awakening the talents that God has given me to use for his glory. I love to re-use, re-purpose and revamp furniture and things for interior design. I also love vintage and the “memories or history” that old items carry.


Jackie Holder March 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I love learning new ways to create, whether it be sewing, refinishing furniture, or unique projects that I see. I am a firm believer that we should always have a heart to learn new things. My husband just said that he realized that my little booth where I sell vintage and found items is earning us more dividends than our savings accounts, so he said he thought it was time we made an investment in the fact that we know how to create. That idea brought a smile to my face.


Randee March 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Creating, Re-purposing, Designing, Crafting. I love it all. My favorite shop is the thrift store. Always looking for items to re-invent into something shabby chic. So I’m always looking for new ideas, which means I’m always up to learning to new things. You just can’t turn off the brain when it wants to create. I’m glad you keep on giving and teaching. You have a God-give talent!!


Karla March 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Howdy, I found myself being inspired by you more and more each day. I’m sticking around here, indeed. I love learning anything that does’nt break the bank but improves living a simply life….



Nancy Carr March 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love learning — period. Especially making things that are easy and beautiful. I love vintage and changing it to something with my personality in it. Thank you for your inspiration. Blessings


Nancy Carr March 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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Lynn Richards March 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Right now I’m loving learning with other women about fear. How it is a gift at times, how it needs to be reigned in and how it is always in our life in some way. What do we do with it??!
Loving your post today and I would love to enter the give away.


Jodee March 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I AM a kindergarten teacher in a small country town in Australia. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to have any children of my own and my husband and I divorced a little while ago….BUT I love my job!! I have 15 kids every day. They are all so sweet and some travel for up to 45mins from outlying stations. Our school year starts in Feb so we are just starting to get the whole “sounds and letters” gig. Everyday I can see them learn and grow a little bit more. They are MY children until the end of the year and I’m so fortunate that I get a brand new lot again the next year!!


Karen. Tandy March 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

If you don’t keep on learning, you will grow old . I try to learn something every day. Thank you for your posts. I love them and seeing your family and all that you share with us.


Mary March 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I LOVE your blog. I love creating things. My passion is taking things we ordinarily throw away and re-use/re-purpose/upcycle (whatever the latest buzzword) to make it something useful. My garage is getting full of all sizes and types of glass, metal, cardboard, paper, wood items. I don’t have a blog, I’d love to but I take care of my elderly Mom who had a stroke so the free time that I have to create is like a therapy to me. I also have a husband and 3 kids to be a wife and Mom to. Having an outlet that brings peace and tranquility helps me be a better person to those I love. Someday I will have a blog to share some of my creations but until I have more time, I will continue to learn and be inspired by artists and craftsmen/women such as yourself.
I have never won anything before…perhaps this will be my lucky day as I would absolutely love to know how you make these beautiful soap dispensers.
May God richly bless you and yours-


Nancy March 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I love learning new things…like crafts like yours …and relearning (I used to crochet and will try to remember how!) and becoming a better teacher by learning new ways from all the great teachers in blogland!


Darcee Kilsdonk March 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I really enjoy reading new recipes (right now I’m into quinoa and yeast breads) and DIY’s of repurposing old stuff into new treasures!


Penny Nelson March 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

New cooking techniques or recipes are always wonderful. Something I am always doing, I guess. But sewing and crafting hold a place in my heart, too.


Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen March 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I think I’m an insatiable learner, but one of my all-time favorite things to learn about is birth and pregnancy.

Love this post! Maybe you’ll turn into a homeschooling mom (ha ha, that would be crazy…)


Deb March 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I love to learn more about gardening. My daughter does all the gardening now, but one day she’ll have her own home and the garden will be mine to tend. I think i should start learning more than I do right now!


Graniteware Gal March 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Can’t wait for your new issue to come out! I, too, love learning! As homeschool moms we never stop learning – always seeking to stay ahead of the kids but sometimes learning new things right along with them. It is a source of continual joy. I love learning about and finding ways to preserve and reuse things. With all the talk of “going green” in this country it is surprising just how wasteful people can be! “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.”


Nana Kate March 20, 2013 at 1:53 am

I love seeing how you turn someone no one wants into something useful. Love following along on your blog. You really are an inspiration to us. Thanks.


Meg March 20, 2013 at 2:06 am

I love learning how to be a better person…a woman after God’s heart! I love when He reveals things about me or others that help me understand and gives me more grace and mercy either for myself or others. And I love to learn craft/sewing/gift ideas to delight others. There is nothing better than to receive a handmade gift that comes from the heart!


Faith March 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

One of my all time favorite quotes is from Dr Suess: “The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Says it all.


Michelle March 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

What I love the most about learning is the fact that it can take you anywhere! Learning opens up a world of possibilities. I am always learning new things and new ways to do things I already know. Learning is the key to keeping me happy by trying new things and learning about new places.


Cindi March 21, 2013 at 1:42 am

What a delightful giveaway…I enjoy learning about so many things!
I often think I need at least 10 lifetimes to learn and experience
all that I crave… History, Astronomy, Books, Cooking, People. I love
so many life’s experiences.
Many thanks, Cindi


Sheila R March 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

I love learning new things that make my creative heart happy. From new recipes, to being a better person, gardening and the list goes on.


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