grandparents, and to continue to learn the
TOS: How did your business grow?
Nancy: I started contacting different
companies, because at the time, companies didn’t have lapbooks that went with
their curriculum. With Geography Matters, we ended up doing all of their products. We continued to step out in boldness
and contacted Apologia and TruthQuest
History. Michelle Miller from TruthQuest
really helped promote us. And that first
year, we headed out to Dallas and did our
first homeschool convention. Before we
knew it, we’d grown into a fulltime, full-blown business.
TOS: Did you face many
Nancy: When we started, I was homeschooling
four children, and Paula
was homeschooling two,
and my daughter Candace was blind. About
eighteen months into
our business, we would
learn that Candace had
a terminal brain disease.
From 2006 to 2009, we
weren’t sure what would
happen with our business. I spent about three
hundred days in three
years at the hospital. And we went from
about thirty products to about four hundred in that three years. My daughter
passed away in 2009 from Battens disease.
Most everything you see from A Journey
Through Learning was written in the hospital. That was my sanity. I always say that
God gave us A Journey Through Learning
as a joke, but He knew that it was really
going to be my journey. The name was just
amazing in the end. So even through that
trial, we continued the business and traveled, and it’s been amazing.
TOS: Tell me about your family.
Nancy: I have two biological children.
Lindsey is in medical school, and Lauren
attends ETBU, a Christian college in Texas.
We adopted my son Cameron—who’s now
sixteen—from Guatemala when he was nine
months old. And a year later, we packed up
three kids, traveled to China, and adopted a
blind six year old. The whole story is mira-
culous. I wrote about it in The Candace Kate
Story, More Than a Memory. God brought
her into our lives. We wanted no more
children. But every day I’d check the web-
site, All God’s Children, where we adop-
ted Cameron, as part of my prayer time. I
saw Candace’s picture on the website but
never mentioned it to my husband. About
three days later, we were pulling out of the
driveway, and he said, “There’s a little girl
in China that’s blind, and we’re going to get
her.” He received an email at work from All
God’s Children—he’d never received one
before and has never received one since—
and Candace was in the newsletter. It was
God from the beginning.
When she passed away,
we weren’t sure our busi-
ness would survive. I had
never experienced depres-
sion before, and I went
into a three-year slump.
It was all I could do to get
out of bed and get my kids
to school so I could crawl
right back into bed. I hid it
well. And I wish, in hind-
sight, I would’ve asked for
help. It hurt my kids and
my husband and me. We
need to not be ashamed
of depression. We need
to reach out. I never even
reached out to Paula. But
luckily, A Journey Through
Learning survived. And now we create for
about twelve businesses, including Classi-
cal Conversations and Apologia. For the
first time, we didn’t do conventions this past
year. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune
disease three years ago, and it got the best
of me this last year. But, we’re hoping to get
back on the road this year.
TOS: Any advice for homeschoolers?
Nancy: My poor oldest child is so structured and organized. I was scared of her
not succeeding. We didn’t have fun and do
crazy things. By the time my son started
school, I’d been homeschooling twelve
years. He was jumping off the pool table in
his underwear doing math problems, and
swimming a lap for every spelling word.
There are so many ways to do school other
than sitting at a desk, which is the reason
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He was jumping
off the pool table
in his underwear
swimming a lap
for every spelling