About Our Family


I'm Meg.  (Hi!)  I'm a stay-home Mom to five kids, all with special needs.  Their dad, Neal, and I have been married for 19 years.  We met in college, via the school's intranet system.  I was a theater major with an English lit minor, while he was a business major.  We married six weeks after he graduated from college, and it's been a wild ride ever since.  I'm originally from Philadelphia (grew up in the city proper) and now live in the farm country of southern NJ (his family business is in agriculture, and since you can't move the farm fields to the city, the city girl moved to the farm).

Welcome to our blog!  You'll find bits about our life homeschooling our four boys and co-schooling Celia, lots of crafts (one of Jude's favorite activities!), allergy-friendly recipes, and Catholic inspiration.  I'm part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew as well as a few other review teams, so look for lots of product reviews in addition to what we're doing on our "regular" days.  We love trying out new things.

Roll call!!

Luke is our oldest and first homeschool graduate.  He and attended Catholic schools through 9th grade but joined our homeschool when his high school closed in June 2013.    He has high functioning autism and ADHD.  His official career aspiration is to be a pediatric physical therapist (after 16 years of therapy, he knows a thing or two about being a patient and wants to treat kids like him).  He's currently taking a gap semester to work in our family business.  He was my right-hand man at Lilla Rose - Strawberry Princess until he passed the torch to Matthew and the author of the series Luke's American Adventures and Real Men Make Quiche.

 Matthew is our second foray into homeschooling high school but has an entirely different perspective on learning than his brother.  ADHD makes learning a challenge for him, especially for subjects that require a lot of reading. He's an avid video gamer and is fluent in Minecraft, Pokemon, and LEGO.  He especially enjoys maths and structural engineering.
Celia, the only girl in the family, is a 12-year-old Tomboy Princess.  (One year, she asked for a Rapunzel gown and a Nerf bazooka for Christmas, and that about sums her up.) She attends a local private Christian academy and will be in 7th grade for the 2016-17 school year.  She has a condition called Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder and has a g-tube to provide her nutrition because she only tolerates about eight foods. However, it doesn't slow her down at all. She's an avid arts lover: she plays violin and piano, paints in the school Art Club, and hasn't met a Broadway musical she doesn't want to sing along to.

Jude is our 9-year-old fourth grader.  His adventures as a homeschooler are the primary focus of this blog, but sibs make frequent guest appearances, especially now that there are three homeschooling Falcianis.  You can read about how we got started homeschooling here.  He's a walking bowl of "Alphabet Soup" -- he has ADHD, ODD, PDD, and a whole slew of other things. He also has muscle tone issues and needs PT, OT, and speech therapy. The original idea was to homeschool him a year or two before starting back in private school, but it appears now we are going to be homeschooling indefinitely. His favorite subjects are Colonial American history and anything in a National Parks Junior Ranger program.

Damien is our second foray into homeschooling first grade, but again, it's an entirely different experience than with his brother. He has EGID and a G-tube, just like his sister.  He has never been in a bricks-and-mortar school, so it's been interesting teaching a child "from scratch."  He regularly beats us all at shooting hoops (instead of "HORSE" he likes to play "DAMIEN"), and if every day could be Halloween so he could dress up, that would be perfect.







That about sums our family up. You may see some kitties skulking in the background of photos.  Toby and Henrietta are a set of boy/girl littermates, and Annie is a rescue kitty.  The girls are typical cats --they are affectionate when they deign to acknowledge you.  Toby, our kitty who thought he was part puppy, will only be in older pictures, as he passed away in early 2014.


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