Hey there! We are Wendy Hilton and Trish Corlew, the owners of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
We have so much in common! We both have geeky husbands. We both have two high school graduates who had the audacity to grow up on us! We both have one lone homeschooler left at home. But we really wanted to continue to discuss all stages and phases of homeschooling families, so we handpicked this amazing group of writers so we can continue to bring you relevant content that meets your needs where you are right now.
We love to mock homeschool stereotypes here. You can find some of our most popular articles in our top posts. Apparently, y’all appreciate smashing stereotypes too, because you seem to love those quirky posts!
We’ve got a serious side, which sometimes pokes its head out when we are sharing homeschooling tips, resources, and encouragement. Our goal is to be real and to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly of homeschooling. We both love homeschooling our kids, and really, we wouldn’t trade our lives for anything, but it’s not all rainbows and unicorns, and we won’t try to convince you otherwise.
If after reading our bios, getting to know us and our quirky personalities… you think we are your cup of sweet tea, we would sure love to have you follow along! Be sure to subscribe to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. You can also follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for practical tips, helpful insight, and useful resources (and probably a few too many pictures of our individual families’ fur-babies on Instagram). And PLEASE join our community on Facebook! We would love to hang out and get to know you!
I’m Wendy Hilton. I’m a Christian, wife, and mom and an introverted extrovert who loves people in small doses and needs plenty of “down time” to recharge! I’ve lived all my life in the South close to both my family and my husband’s family. I have an identical twin sister (which makes for lots of fun stories!), three weird, unsocialized homeschooled kids (two adult children and a teenager), three cats, and one incredibly spoiled little dog.
I’ve been married to Scott, my high school sweetheart, for 29 years. We fell madly in love during algebra class because he was great at it and I was not…a perfect combination! To this day, we continue to be total opposites. He is neat, well-organized, and a clean freak. I am disorganized, messy, and fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants. You know—opposites attract, right?! The truth is he’s a wonderful husband and dad, and he helps me keep our crazy lives going on the right track.
Our oldest child, Hannah, is 25 years old and is severely autistic. Life with her is an adventure! She, in fact, is the reason we began homeschooling. We had no idea what a life-changing, wonderful decision that would be! Our middle child, Noah, is 23 years old and was the first to leave the nest. Because he lives about 12 hours away, we don’t see him as often as we’d like, but it has been rewarding seeing him become independent. Our youngest, Mary Grace, is 17 and is a senior in our homeschool. She works part-time, is very involved in our church, and squeezes in time for school between her work, church, and social activities.
I love to write and edit (Yep, I’m a nerd like that!), and I enjoy reading when I have time. I also love working out and teaching classes at my local gym. I’ve realized that taking good care of myself is better for everyone in the family! I’m actively involved in our church, enjoy studying the Bible, and also like to do quilting (though I don’t have much time for it anymore) and gardening every summer. (One day I’ll grow a tomato as delicious as the ones my Papaw used to grow!) I love Jesus, my family, homeschooling, writing, chocolate, caramel coffee, and my dog (not necessarily in that order).
I’m Trish Corlew, a Messianic wife and mother, and a former–sweet-tea-now-Zevia-Energy drinking Southern girl who was born and raised on the coast of North Carolina and moved to Tennessee when I was 18. Yes, I have an accent, a strange, thick one at that! Most people can’t exactly place it because not only is it a crazy mix of coastal NC and rural TN but I live four miles north of Mississippi. Let’s talk about a southern drawl y’all!!
I’ve been married to my amazingly supportive, long-suffering (because, y’all, I am not particularly easy to live with- just ask him… well maybe not!) husband, David, for almost half my life – since 1997. Together we have three weird, unsocialized homeschooled kids. Our household is completed by four cats, one blind, very old and precious Australian Shepherd, seven chickens, and three horses! I’m still trying to decide between my title being crazy cat lady and crazy chicken lady, now that my crazy homeschooling lady title is about to expire! I might just have to be the crazy chicken-loving, cat lady!
I’ve homeschooled our kids for more than a decade now, and I don’t really think they’re weird or unsocialized. (Well, maybe a little bit weird, but that’s more because they have me for a mom than the fact that they’re homeschoolers.) I just like mocking the stereotypes.
I LOVE to travel, work in the garden (well, I love to eat fresh veggies, so I tolerate working in the garden) and can regularly be found trying to learn something new!
Meet The Team
Adrienne Bolton is a freelance writer and veteran homeschool mom. She began homeschooling in 2009 to meet the needs of her oldest son. Not knowing anything about the world of homeschooling other than it meant not getting back in the car line ever again, she reluctantly jumped in. All these years later, she is still at it! Now with one son in college and one working his way through high school, she is proof anyone can do this. Her kids have had different experiences with homeschooling. Her oldest transitioned from public school after fourth grade and her youngest is 100% homegrown, having never stepped foot in a traditional classroom. Her boys have thrived at home despite her, and she loves to encourage other parents who are considering homeschooling. She writes with humor and heart, peppered with occasional snark and sarcasm. In addition to writing and homeschooling, she works full-time from home processing mortgage loans because writing dreams don’t pay bills. When she is not working you can find her with a good book in hand, snuggling her massive Pitbull fur baby, or making something yummy in the kitchen. She loves to cook, bake, and be outdoors in the sunshine. The beach is her happy place, and she will probably never leave Florida.
Amy Thetford is a freelance writer and blogger who homeschools her tribe of tiny humans while pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. She is fueled by coffee and the desire to do ALL. THE. THINGS. She has the attention span of a squirrel, though she somehow manages to make it through each day with everyone fed and happy (well, mostly happy! Ha!) while striving to make every tomorrow better than the last. You can hear more of what she has to say over at Real Talk with Amy, where she blogs about all things motherhood.
Erin Vincent is a homeschooling mom to two intense kids. They are child-led with a heavy emphasis on read-alouds, games, art, nature hikes, and hands-on science! They traded the hustle and bustle of city life for the quiet farm life where opportunities for exploration in nature abound. When they’re not homeschooling, you’ll find Erin curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book. You can find Erin at Nourishing My Scholar.
Heather Pleier is a 2nd generation homeschooler raising three curious, creative, out-of-the-box kids on Long Island. They are eclectic game/interest-led/unschooly homeschoolers who dive deep into various interests and celebrate the freedom that homeschooling brings. Her passions include great children’s literature, dark chocolate, exploration, and music. She writes at wonderschooling.net about preserving childhood wonder and curiosity.
Jaime Lester Green is a wife and homeschool mom of 2 amazing children–a high school senior and an 8th grader. Loves all things science, is a NASA nerd and space geek, is addicted to crafting, and has way too many books (mostly crime novels and – you guessed it- science and space related).
Katie Gustafson has been a member of the world of “weird, unsocialized homeschoolers” for a long time–first as an alumnus and now as a homeschooling mom to a fiercely fun little girl! She’s very into anything creative, especially writing, dancing, and painting. She’s also particularly passionate about literature and owns more books than she will probably ever be able to read. However, she reassures herself with the belief that, in the event of a digital apocalypse, she’s cultivating a much-needed physical library for future generations. Katie is happy to contribute articles to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Hip Homeschool Moms and Sparketh. She also has a personal blog on writewhereuare.com.
Rachel Lance recently returned to homeschooling when the COVID crisis accelerated her plans to start back up after finishing her doctorate. Ready or not, she’s all in on this life-long learning journey with her husband, their two kids, and one impertinent rabbit. Together, they love a good long road trip, camping, hiking, coffee, libraries, and gardening.
Samantha LaMay gets to be married to her delicious high school sweetheart, and they’ve made 4 of the most rad humans to ever grace the planet. She has a BS in psychology, is a proud veteran’s wife, and believes there’s nothing that can’t be solved by a hot shower and a marathon of Friends. She loves Jesus, Joanna Gaines, babies, and Trader Joe’s. xoxo
Sara Jordan is a homeschooling mom of three creative girls. They believe in literature-rich learning with living books. Relaxed, delight-directed learning is their approach, so they follow interests and explore ideas to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Their emphasis is on nurturing creativity, curiosity, character, and connection. Sara is an author/speaker/consultant who loves to inspire other homeschool moms on her blog, Heart and Soul Homeschooling, and with the resources she creates in the Heart and Soul Homeschooling shop. You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned educational consultant, parent coach, speaker, and writer. She is also a homeschooling mom of two brilliant boys with differences and special needs.
Shawna has written four books for parents of special needs – Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos, and her latest, Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. You can find her online at Different by Design Learning.