Hi, I’m Marianne! Thank you so much for visiting my page. I do hope that you find encouragement and maybe a bit of inspiration in what I write.
I am a homeschooling mother of 8 lively children, wife to 1 adventurous man and humbled to be a daughter of the king – Jesus. I live in Southern California and am the only one who gets seasick in a family of avid sailors.
I entered the blogging world when my two oldest children, Zac and Abby Sunderland, began blogging as they attempted to sail around the world. I managed their blogs during their trips and loved the amazing online community that blogging provided.
Several years after their trips, I found myself desiring to give back, to use the gift of encouragement that the Lord had blessed me with to speak into the lives of other moms and homeschoolers. Thus was the birth of my blog – Abundant Life.
Jesus said that he came to give us life and life more abundantly, yet so often, as busy wives and mothers, we can feel overwhelmed, frustrated and anything but like we are living the life of abundance. I get this.
In my younger days I used to strive to be a good parent, wife and Christian. I worried and planned and had a lot of expectations about how my life would be. Gradually, through a series of humbling experiences, God truly brought me to the end of my self. I learned that it is not until I lose my life that I gain it, and that in the losing of self and growing in Christ, I find peace, and abundance.
Topics that I love to encourage others in are how we homeschool and parent our large family, how we have learned to successfully homeschool our kids with dyslexia and how God has a unique plan for all of our lives, if we will be faithful to seek Him.