Hi, I’m Ginny, also known by my mom’s childhood nickname for me, Ginny Sheller. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. My life’s greatest priority is to share the joy I’ve found in him. I found my home in the Catholic Church in 2005 and I will be forever grateful for the truth and beauty I found there.
I met my husband Jonny in the most unlikely of ways and we got married less than six months later. I was twenty, he was twenty one. I will confess that I was a bit of a wreck, and he was a bit of a rescuer. We have been married now for over fourteen years. Ours is one of those “no one thought we’d make it” stories.
I’m mom to six dear ones who range in age from 20 months to 12 years: My first son was born with all sorts of intervention in a hospital when I was 22. My last four babies were born at home. My third son was born in the interior of Liberia in a little mud house. After an 18 month adoption process he came home with us in January of 2009. He is a true gift and the child of my heart. As far as answering the “Will you have any more? Will you adopt again?” questions, only God knows. We are okay with that; in fact, we find it rather thrilling. **Updated to add that we are expecting a new little one this fall!
I have a degree in plant pathology from the University of Georgia in Athens, but I threw my career plans out the window when I looked into my firstborn’s face for the first time. I’m not sure that all those student loans were worth it, but I do love my job as a homeschooling mama.
We live in a 1500 square foot 200 year old farmhouse on two acres. It takes creativity and a lot of work to fit eight people in this little old house and remain sane and organized so usually I am a little insane and unorganized. Trust me, I am not one of those “has it all together” types. But, I am pretty happy despite that. I do my best to “Let go, and let God” as they say.
We are do it yourself-ers constantly renovating and improving on our old homestead using salvaged materials whenever we can. We love old things, things with history. We have a very large organic raised bed garden that kicks my rear end every summer. We believe in eating real food, easy on the grains and sugar. I am embarrassed to admit how many outdoor cats we have, and there are chickens as well. We added honeybees to the mix in 2012.
I love to knit, and I go through sewing phases too. Both are usually done late at night when I should be sleeping.
My family loves the outdoors and living in eastern Virginia. We enjoy hiking, exploring, fossil hunting on the shores of the Potomac, and a little gold panning as well. I love to share our adventures here.
We are a homeschooling family, and you can read a little about the way we homeschool, here. Our little school evolves a little each year as I do my best to meet the unique needs of each of my children.
I am a sentimental, nostalgic, love everybody type, and if we ever met I would probably like you. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me here.
p.s. You can find answers to frequently asked questions here.