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by Tammy A. Shaw

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My name is Tammy Shaw, and I live with my family in beautiful Southern Arizona!  I am married to a wonderful man, Doug, and I have four precious children, Brittany – 21 years old, Matthew – 16 years old, Samuel - 9 years old, and David - 8 years old.  Samuel and David were both adopted from Russia in 2004. 
  And of course, our family story wouldn't be complete without mentioning our 3 dogs – Bali, a Jack Russell Terrier; Skinny, a Lab-Shepherd mix; and our newest dog Berry, a Shepherd mix.

Although I was born in Chicago, I spent most of my growing-up years in La Porte, Indiana – a small town near Lake Michigan. In my younger days I enjoyed golfing, swimming and water skiing. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Valparaiso University (Indiana) in 1982, and my Master’s degree from Wright State University (Ohio) in Mental Health Counseling in 1985. I spent nearly 10 years working as a counselor at American Lake Veteran’s Administration hospital in Tacoma, WA before deciding to dedicate my time and talents to my children and family.  These days I spend my free time writing, scrapbooking and walking our three dogs!

I began home schooling our daughter in first grade.   Home education has truly been a blessing to our family, and we are thankful the Lord led us down this challenging yet fruitful path. Whether home schooling becomes a way of life for your family – or simply your choice during the early years – it is my hope that with His help, Bright Beginnings will be an inspiration and a guide to you and your child along the way!