Hi! I’m Catherine Shelton. I’m a Christian, home educating mother with four amazing kids, aged 12, 10, 7 and 3. I’m married to a talented linguist, and for eleven years we lived in a fairly obscure part of Russia, working in translation. We moved back to our home country, the UK, in 2013.
I love writing, reading, running, being out in nature and drinking tea, though not necessarily all at once! I’ve written two books so far, which you can find on Amazon: Cultivating Joyfulness: 12 Tips for the Busy, Weary Mother, and Building a Home Away from Home: Surviving and Thriving Overseas as an Expat Wife.
I’m currently working on a third book: a novel, set in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains; a place very close to my heart which we used to call home.
Meet the Family
I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 16 years. Even though we’re no longer able to live in Russia, he continues to work on the translation project from his little office here in our house in England. Although he does a fair bit of travelling, working at home means he’s around to help with kids and the household chores which I really appreciate.
Our four children are all amazing in so many different ways, and it’s such a privilege to see how God is growing them into the special people He’s created them to be. They were all born in England, but the eldest three spent the first few years of their lives growing up in Russia.
We were home educating them when we were in Russia, which we loved, so we decided to continue down that path once we were settled back in the UK. The eldest is now in her first year at a local Christian secondary school, but the other three spend their days at home with me reading wonderful books and enjoying all the freedom and family time that home education allows.
This website is the main hub for my writing, and the place where I find I can express myself more fully as a Christian writer. It’s the place where I’ll keep you updated with progress on my books and the writing life.
However, I also have another website, which you may be interested in:
Grace to Abide is a website dedicated to encouraging Christian mothers in our amazingly privileged but often challenging and, let’s be honest, exhausting role of raising and discipling the next generation! You can find articles on Biblical motherhood, home education, family life and practical tips for our own personal growth. Check it out over at gracetoabide.com.
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