About Karen

I am a Christian whose girlhood dream was to be a wife, mother and homemaker. My dream came true.

Place homeschooling into the mix and the richness of life is multiplied. So are its cares. That’s why, in the 1980s, I immersed myself in the writings of the British educator, Miss Charlotte Mason (1842-1923). They addressed a myriad of questions and the longings of my heart.

My three children and I enjoyed home education through the 12th grade. What I read of Miss Mason’s philosophy I worked out gradually. Then, in the 1990s I wrote a book: A Charlotte Mason Companion, Personal Reflections of the Gentle Art of Learning. The “personal reflections” I share with you on this blog are meant to be a source of encouragement.

You will find several more books that I've written, described on Karen's Books.

The Andreola family: my husband Dean, myself, and our children (Sophia, Yolanda and Nigel) wrote freelance book reviews for CBD (Christian Book Distributors) for 14 years.

I enjoy being a grandmother and am happily reading children's books again. In my leisure I like nature, reading, writing paper letters and receiving them, knitting mittens and sweaters for my grandchildren, cross-stitching historical samplers for the walls of my home, and making useful and pretty things out of civil war era fabric. I have one antique china doll.

Living with chronic pain is draining. It can make me sad. When I feel down I reach for my old hymn book and with thankfulness, daydream of heavenly things. My hope is in God the Father, Christ Jesus His Son and His Holy Spirit of the Bible.

I believe in the Apostle's Creed. But I am sensitive to not be "church" for my readers. Sometimes, in a blog article you will find a reference to Scripture. This occurs here and there, usually when a moral theme calls for it. If anyone is inquisitive I would be willing to talk about it.