Meet val harrion, the Practically Speaking MOM: Wife for 26 years, Mother of seven, Grandmother of two, Homeschool mom for 20 years, Speaker and Speech Teacher for 18 years, and author of three books in the series "Your Family God's Masterpiece".
My most privileged titles in the whole world are those of “Wife” to Rich for 26 years, Home Educator "Mom" to seven kids that range from 24 - 9 years, "Mother-in-law" to two added sons, and “Grandma” to two precious boys! Homeschooling all seven of my children from PreK through high school graduation (four have graduated so far: Tori -a youth director at a nondenominational church, Becca - vet tech turned stay-at-home mom; Nathan, a welder/fabricator and musician, and Josh- a university sophomore) has given me a chance to learn lots of lessons that I'd love to share with you!
While my greatest desire is to serve my Lord Jesus, one of my greatest passions is encouraging parents to build strong families and to seek a life of excellence! I enjoy speaking at women’s groups, parenting conferences, and home school conventions where I seek to share practical advice through a “tell it like it is” style with a little humor and wisdom –wisdom that I’ve only gained through all the many mom-fails and follies. Thankfully God’s grace fills in the gaps where our abilities fall short and I've fallen short many times - many times daily, really. My children have been so gracious with me over the years as I've gradually learned from all of those mistakes.
With a degree in Speech Communications, for the past 18 years I have enjoyed teaching Speech classes to help students develop their speaking skills for both public and personal settings through fun and practical interactive exercises. From manners to drama games to conflict resolution strategies, mock job interviews, and college speech prep, I thrive on motivating students to communicate effectively, genuinely and for God's glory!
My prayer is that the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart would be pleasing in His sight for He is my Rock and my Redeemer! (Psalm 19:14)
I've been speaking and teaching for nearly two decades with people often asking me if I have a copy of my speech, or charts, or notes. I began this blog to collect all of those resources in one location so that parents and students can refer back to the ideas as needed. I've only barely gotten a few of them put on here, so keep checking back as I get more uploaded.
Of course, I'm hoping that most everyone who visits my blog will leave feeling inspired to try some new ideas in parenting, organization, home education, or for improving the relationships in your life!
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