Monday, January 7, 2013

Join me in welcoming...

 Natalie Wickham!

What is your favorite homeschool memory?
Traveling together was always a fun and enriching experience! From small towns across Kansas, to the metropolis of Washington D.C., to the battlefield of Gettysburg, my siblings and I had numerous opportunities to learn about history and culture experientially. Those memories are still vivid, and also birthed in me a love for traveling to new places and viewing all of it as an educational experience.

What was your favorite subject when you were being homeschooled?
Honestly, my parents adopted a very flexible approach to our education and gave us lots of freedom to pursue and study areas that were of interest to them. As my interests changed and developed in different directions, I spent more time learning about those areas. One year I was really into American history, and read numerous books and wrote essays on specific time periods or events. Another year I studied creation science more in depth. When law and government piqued my curiosity, I checked out related books from the library and learned about the political process and the foundations of our nation. At one point I developed more of an interest in finances and business, so I took an accounting class and spent time asking questions and learning from successful business owners. At different times, I participated in writing contests, attended music workshops, took a calligraphy class, and so on. My parents both have a love for learning and instilled that love in me from a young age, then gave me the flexibility and freedom to follow my interests. I am so grateful to them for their influence and encouragement in every area I’ve studied and pursue!
What inspired you to write Pajama School?
The idea came pretty suddenly, at the end of 2006, as I was thinking and praying about goals for the following year. My theme verse was Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” As I reflected on some specific goals, one of the ideas that popped into my head was to write a book. Even though I wanted a lot of people to read and benefit from Pajama School, my primary motivation was to write a book that would encourage homeschool moms and help them see that in spite of all the challenges and sacrifices, it will be worth it in the end. My constant prayer is that God will “turn many to righteousness” as they read stories from my life about His faithfulness in spite of my sinfulness.

What is the book about?
It’s a collection of stories beginning when I transitioned into homeschooling in 4th grade and continuing all the way through my college years. I talk about learning to get along with my siblings, dealing with having our mentally ill Grandma living with us, involvement in grassroots politics, what curriculum we used, how I started my music teaching business, why and how I continued homeschooling through college, how I struggled with and came to understand God’s role for me as an older unmarried girl, the life lessons I learned from my Mom and Dad and others, and lots more. As it says on the back cover, Pajama School is written to give readers “hope, humor, and an ample dose of reality.”

Where can people get it?
You can get it directly from me by clicking the link on the Pajama School website ( or you can check out the list of stores that carry it if you’d rather get it through one of our distributors:

How can people connect with you?
Anyone is welcome to e-mail me at I keep up with the Pajama School blog sporadically, but I’m more actively involved right now with Music Matters Blog ( and Born to Deliver (, my soon-to-be-released book!

Do you have any final thoughts?
Psalm 103:14 has become one of my favorite verses, “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” This is right after a beautiful recounting of God’s abundant grace and mercy toward His people. God has graciously and mercifully blessed me in many ways. But He remembers – and so must I – that I am dust. The greatest, most satisfying, most fulfilling experience in my life is knowing Jesus Christ. There is nothing that compares to His friendship and love and faithfulness as He walks with me through every situation in life. He is the source of joy in this life and hope for eternity. My heart’s desire more and more is that in every way possible I would communicate to others the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ.

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