About Us

Greetings! Welcome to our castle!

Step inside our gates and let me tell you a little bit about our family and why we ventured into blogging.

We are a Christian homeschooling family of six. Our family make up is interesting one since there is an age span of 25 down to 2. The oldest is out on his own growing his own family. All our kids are rowdy boys except one, she’s a rowdy girl at times.  My hubby and I decided to start a blog to share parts of our lives that might resonate with, encourage or help others. We decided on the name VanCastle using part of our family’s name and to reflect that no matter what or where our home is, it will always be our castle.

 Some of the topics you’ll see here:

Special Needs

Our son has Down Syndrome and Autism so we’ve been on this road for the past 10 years. He has a plethora of additional special needs. My wish is to share what I’ve learned so and hope those of you who walk this life will share your knowledge too!  I’d also like a place to document and share our triumphs along the way.


We’ve been rocking the homeschooling thing for well over a decade.  Everyday is a learning opportunity around here; We learn patience and resilience, persistence and sometimes even grace. The kids? They learn numbers and writing and stuff. (Ha!) I’ll be sharing some advice on everything from curriculum to scheduling.

Home Keeping (Castle Upkeep)

This really is a lost art.  I have found many things that helps our cleaning schedule and ways to control clutter.  I’m no Marie Kondo or Flylady, but I hope to encourage stay-at-home moms (or hopefully working moms too!)on how best to treat your home like a castle.

Faith & Family

Hubby and I are disciples of Christ and our faith is a centerpiece to just about everything we do so you will see references to it quite a bit.  We aren’t perfect in our walk and stumble often, which is of course why we need our Savior in the first place, right? I hope to share some of my favorite faith-based resources and encourage the Christian mom who may be just trying to make it from day to day.

Our Style and Hobbies

We’re a pretty tech-heavy family. Hubby works from home as a software developer and web designer.  He loves Linux and is getting all of us in the family away from MS Windows as he can.  (It’s his life’s mission I think)  He recently started teaching my son and me to code in Python.  My teen son’s brain is a bit more accepting to the challenge than mine is, but I am still working on it.

We also like photography and take photos of just about anything, so you will no doubt see our work posted here and there.  We love to share cool tricks or shots we capture.  Our current camera of choice is a Nikon digital SLR.

RC cars, 3d graphic design, video making and editing, and geocaching might also make appearances on the blog from time to time.  We have a wide variety of interests we love to talk about!

So there you have it, our purpose for writing a blog. It’s not super exciting, but it’s who we are!