I’m Marcia, the primary author of this blog. To understand me, and my purpose for putting my time and energies into this website, you need first to be introduced to my husband. Scott and I have been married since 1979, and we’re a package deal.
Scott Somerville was a homeschooling dad when he went to Harvard Law School with me and our five children in tow. He graduated with honors (and a sixth child!) in 1992, and went to work at the Home School Legal Defense Association for the next 14 years.
During that interval, I was raising and homeschooling our six children. Along the way, I wrote an award winning K-12 curriculum called Tapestry of Grace. Together, we formed a publishing company called Lampstand Press. Tapestry of Grace was so successful that, in 2006, Scott left HSLDA and became Lampstand Press’s general counsel, book keeper, curriculum contributor–well, let’s just say that the co-owner of a small business wears a lot of hats!
In 2012, Scott and I moved to a small farm in the mountains of West Virginia. Many posts on this blog tell of our experiments in buying, renovating, and then moving to Storybook Farm. For some time, Scott practiced law, but he decided to retire to do the daily tasks around the farm and relax. That didn’t last long! Farming sheep, horses, and chickens is good hard work, but not intellectually satisfying. Scott decided to tutor students who were preparing for the LSAT in December of 2015. He also enjoys writing about topics of the day that allow him to demonstrate practical applications of both law and logic. Finally, he is also available on a limited basis for freelance writing.
Together, Scott and I have been a lot of places and tried a lot of things. We are what you call “early acceptors” in a variety of venues. We are both committed Christians, living the abundant life that God gives us with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. God has been very kind to us! He has given us a variety of gifts and talents, great biblical fellowship and teaching, strong family ties, and the energy to seek Him consistently since our college days. For this reason, this website probably has something for everyone!
Above is our current family picture, taken on New Year’s Day, 2017. We have six children (three boys; three girls), four of whom are married, with a total of 10 grandchildren (one currently in the oven, a Valentines Day baby girl, inside Charity, lower left). By God’s grace, they have all chosen to follow Jesus, and are a total joy to us as we watch them all doing their experiments in living! You can get to know them well reading the pages of this blog; just tune into the Parenting section.
For this family, this blog constitutes a legacy, of sorts. It’s a place for me to write, primarily to my dear daughters but also to a wider feminine audience, about the experiments in living that we’ve attempted, and what I learned from them. I write in the spirit of 1 Corinthians 10:11 (writing about my experiences so that others may benefit from them) and Titus 2:4-5 (older women instructing and encouraging younger ones). I hope that you enjoy it, and maybe even learn something that will help you in your own experiments in living.