Our Family

Our family story began in January 2003 on the campus of East Carolina University! Go Pirates!

My roommate, best friend and I took a class entitled “Marriage and Family Relations” and jokingly said we were going to meet our future husbands in that class. This is where I believe God stretched back in his recliner, put his hands behind his head and said “oh yeah, watch Me work!”

And work he did…it was a direct result of this particular class that I was introduced to Andrew.

Andrew and I had an instant friendship and remained inseparable for the next two and a half years before we began dating.

We welcomed our first daughter, Shaylie, in October of 2004.

I married my best friend in December of 2004.

Yes, you read that right. We had a few things out of order. Thankful for Grace.

Nine short months later, we welcomed our second daughter, Nevaeh into our lives.

Yes, you read that right too. Two babies in eleven months. Even more thankful for Grace.

Let me take a moment to introduce you to each member of our family.

First of all, my wonderful husband, Andrew.

Andrew is a writer, speaker and homeschool Dad. In 2011, he tested his sanity (and mine!) by completing what he called, Project Conversion where he explored the major world religions by “converting” to a different faith each month for the entire year. Visit his blog to read about his journey. Despite significant differences in our views of faith for eight years of our marriage, mutual respect, deep love and the grace of God carried us through. In July of 2013, God began changing his heart and I’m so happy to report that Andrew is now a devoted follower of Christ.

I am Heather. I’m new to the stay work at home mother routine. Until a few months ago, I worked full time as a Labor & Delivery nurse. This was a job that I absolutely loved, but God answered a pray and brought me home to my family. I dreamed of being a homeschool mom since…well, never! I never, ever wanted to homeschool my children. I was a public school kid and look at me, I turned out just fine..well, sort of. Homeschooling to me is one of those things that I never knew I wanted, but now can’t imagine my life without. In addition to being a homeschool mother, I am a writer, speaker and virtual assistant. To find out more about me, visit my personal website. I became a follower of Jesus and was baptized in 2009. I strive each day to show my family Christ’s light shining through me. I fail many times daily, but His love sustains me.

Our oldest daughter is Shaylie. She is nine years old and has changed my life from the moment we found out we were pregnant. Shaylie is a passionate, determined, intelligent, beautiful little girl. She pushes the limits and tests me daily. She is constantly asking questions and strives for knowledge about everything. I have learned so much from this child. Shaylie made me a mother. God has shown me my purpose in life through a little 6 lb 14 oz bundle of chaotic joy.

Nevaeh (Neh-vay-uh..look closely it’s Heaven spelled backwards) is our fighter and truly is our little piece of Heaven. She overcame multiple preterm labor scares beginning at 26 weeks and survived a preterm delivery at approximately 35 weeks. Despite the difficult pregnancy, she is such an easy child. She is the most tender-hearted, caring child I’ve ever met. Nevaeh loves her family and her sister is her best friend (although recently she told me Daddy is her best friend too). My purpose is reaffirmed each time she looks into my eyes.

 

Our third child is in the arms of Jesus. We had a very early miscarriage the day after we found out we were expecting on Valentine’s Day 2007.

Our fourth and final baby is also playing with Jesus. This pregnancy was a complete surprise but was very much wanted. We enjoyed this little Angel for 13 weeks before an ectopic pregnancy threatened my life and this baby grew her wings much too early. In many ways this pregnancy redefined our family. Leading me to Christ while destroying the faith of my husband.

Andrew and I will always be parents of four children. Two sharing this life with us and two waiting for us in Heaven.

 

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Heather Bowen

Heather is the founder and owner of Upside Down Homeschooling. She is a homeschooling mom of two little girls. Heather and her husband, Andrew- author and founder of Project Conversion, have been married for nine years. They reside in southeastern NC and have recently joined the Catholic Church. Heather is a nurse by trade, but left her nursing scrubs behind in October 2012, to become a full-time work at home mom. She is a professional blogger and speaker. You can also find her blogging at FrugalHomeschoolFamily.com. She and her husband will also be launching CatholicFamilyResources.com later this year.