Who am I, and what is this blog about?

I'm Pam, a reading tutor, paper crafter and lettering artist, photographer, and a lover of creativity.  I'm the wife of the most patient husband in the world, an almost empty nester, former homeschool mom, and a seriously lacking (but not hopeless) follower of Jesus Christ.

I love the creative outlet blogging provides!  My blog is my own online magazine, where I share passions and causes and ideas.  I'm an introvert, but I love to make connections, and my blog is a safe place to do that!

I would love for you to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+Bloglovin, or by email, so that we can stay connected!  Contact me at pam@anartfulmom.com

A few factoids about me:

  • In high school, I was so shy, I was often thought to be "stuck up."  Ouch!  The funny thing about that is, I never had the self confidence to be stuck up, even if I had wanted to be!  These days, I'm the quiet one who can't stop talking once you get to know me.

  • I was once a 12 year old girl with 7 penpals, and I was perfectly happy to be alone in my room reading, drawing, writing with fountain pens, or sealing yet another letter with sealing wax. I haven't changed much since then!

  • I'm terrified of public speaking, but my job right before I became a SAHM required presentations to medical professionals on a regular basis.  Way outside my comfort zone, but I enjoyed it!  Confident on the outside, shaking on the inside.

  • I have a degree in Psychology, (and at one point had planned to be a school psychologist), a minor in Speech Pathology, and I completed teacher training while a SAHM.  I love the neurosciences, and I'm intrigued with how incredibly designed the human brain is.

  • We have a sweet, sweet Yorkie named Sunny who was a rescue from a puppy-mill. She is really my daughter's dog, but she figured out who the mom was, so both my daughter and I are her "favored ones."  (Although, Sunny literally loves everybody!) Because of Sunny, I became a strong advocate of pet adoption and rescue organizations. 

The photography at my blog is my own (unless otherwise noted.)   I love photography, with a capital LOVE.  (I have even made a few dollars from it.)  

For parents:
Developing Kids' Creativity by Sharing Your Hobbies
Parenting Advice I Actually Used

For food lovers:
Gluten Free/Dairy Free Breakfast Sandwich
Quick Southwest Chicken Soup
Easy Chicken and Dumplings

For Pet lovers:
How to Housetrain a Dog--Fast!
Choosing a Pet: Cat vs. Dog

A Random Favorite (!):
Real Mail

I'm learning to enjoy this adventure of life,  hoping to always find the good in, and the purpose for, the more difficult parts of it.  I hope you'll find this blog a warm, fun, and inspiring place to visit.  I value your comments and hope you will leave here encouraged and will find some ideas you can use in your daily life.

Thank you for visiting! 

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