Mrs. Tara Brelinsky is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8 living children, with 6 more heavenly ones. Married to her childhood sweetheart for over 20 years, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a hamster, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids).
Tara studied journalism in college, but temporarily traded her ambitions of becoming a famous author for the reward of hugs and lessons learned around the dining room table. She’s homeschooled her whole brood from pre-school through high school, but she gives all the credit to God because He never offered her an alternative plan. She has found that consistency, creativity, flexibility, and gratitude are necessary qualities for managing a household of strong personalities.
In 2013, she was invited to present her personal story, about her dance with grief and suffering, at a women’s retreat. That invitation re-ignited her passion for writing so she began putting fingers to keys and started a blog about finding God’s abundant blessings in the midst of family life. She is a regular contributor on Catholic Online and Raleigh Moms Blog. Her articles have also appeared on Catholic 365 and Catholic Lane, as well as in Shalom Magazine. You can read her musings and inspirations on her blog Blessings In Brelinskyville.
2017 Speaking Circuit
Finding God’s Fingerprints on Your Dirty Windows
Staring out my window, the beauty of the view seems obscured by the dozen little smudgy fingerprints on my glass. But what if those smudges are really there to help me look more closely at the wonder inside my home? What if God planted those tiny prints to remind me that whenever we serve one another in our daily duties (e.g. schooling, housework) we are serving Him.
Shielding Your Family Against Homeschool Envy
Weighed against your nephew’s perfect test scores and your sister’s immaculate house, your homeschooling household may leave you feeling less than successful. But God’s blessings are there in the midst of the chaos and dirty dishes.