My name is Tina Hollenbeck, and I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ, Yeshua, the Messiah. My college sweetheart husband and I raised our two beautiful "Irish Twin" daughters to adulthood and have another - lost in 1998 to a second trimester miscarriage - waiting for us in Heaven.
We educated our daughters at home from the beginning - i.e., from the moment each was born - right through to their shared high school graduation in 2020. We view home learning as a holistic endeavor, encompassing all things spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational in addition to the intellectual (academic). I find great joy in mentoring parents who take the step of faith onto the homeschooling path, confident that any diligent parent can find success as a home educator.
Beyond my roles as wife, mother, mother-in-law, and Nana (!), I own The Homeschool Resource Roadmap and The N.E.W. Scoop. I also moderate Alt: WI and The Christian Homeschool Oasis on Facebook and off, and partner with a friend to run a local homeschool resource center, The Homeschool Loft. In addition to this blog and various professional writing assignments over the years, my first book - 8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers - was published by Moody in August 2021. I occasionally speak to large and small groups about parenting- and home education-related matters.
In my free time - such as it is! - I enjoy coffee dates with friends and working out, and I aim to keep caught up on scrapbooking. My family attends and actively participates in the life of a solid Bible-believing church, where I serve as a vocalist on our worship team.
Our family is also owned by four quirky cats, a characterization immediately understood by any cat person.