Paul and his wife Mary have been married more than 30 years, have seven children, and have been home educating for over 20 years. Home education is a commitment to a different path of life. The family loves Socratic discussion because it is not just a form of education but a part of daily life – during tea times, during meal times, while driving to an event or a fiddle lesson. As Mary says, "we have a deep commitment to classical education. It is a part of our life." Mary recalls first considering home schooling: "We noticed how whole and how good and how holy home schooled children were. Home schooling families spent time together and grew together as a family. We wanted that!"
The family loves all forms of music and several of their children are multi-instrumentalists. They also love the outdoors – hiking, kayaking, canoeing, wilderness camping, trail walking, mountain climbing, and Roger Deakin-style swimming. Paul and Mary enjoy walking and are looking forward to someday taking an extended Inkling-type walking tour… somewhere. (Any suggestions?)
The three oldest of their seven children have now graduated from home education (although, really, does it ever really end?) and have gone on to post-secondary studies and beyond. Their youngest child turns 12 in 2015. The family loves being a part of the WISDOM community: "The experience of home schooling has been a great blessing from God for our family and we hope and pray that it will be a blessing for your family too!"