Hi there! 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 my kids are rowdy boys except one, she’s a rowdy girl at times. We also have a blind yellow lab that rounds out our family quite nicely. 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 7 years. He is non-verbal and has sensory issues. My wish is to share what I’ve learned and hope those of you who walk this life will share your knowledge too!


We’ve been rocking the homeschooling thing for the past 13 years, but the state is only giving us credit for the last 6 according to their “paperwork”. Everyday is a learning opportunity around here; We learn patience and resilience, sometimes even grace. The kids? They learn numbers and writing and stuff.


Hubby and I are disciples of Christ since 2006.  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’m a bit cynical (hubby says more than a bit) and have the gift of sarcasm. HA! Can that be a spiritual gift? God had a bit of snark going on in the book of Job, so it can’t be ALL bad can it? I’ll try to keep it in check.

Technical Adventures

Hubby is a software developer and web designer working from home.  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 handles all things electrical and computer related in our home.


We love to 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.  We shoot with a Nikon digital SLR.

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