Our Story

Hello and Welcome!

I’m Darcel….. Mama to three, Birth Junkie, Unschooler. I like to knit, crochet, and read. I prefer hot chocolate over coffee, lipgloss over lipstick and believe that chocolate and a glass of wine can cure almost anything. Grab a cuppa and stay a while!
Questions are answered in the comments, bt yo can always email me if yo feel more comfortable doing that themahoganyway{at}gmail{dot}com.

Not new to motherhood since I have three children –  Nakiah (Na-ky-ah), Ava and Samuel. I am new to being a single mother…I separated from my husband in the fall of 2012. Should be  interesting to see how I balance our new daily life. I can do this….one day…one step at a time.

I worked for a Cardiologist until I started having some troubles with my first pregnancy. Nakiah was born in 2004. Found out we were pregnant on our one month wedding  anniversary….talk about a shock. It’s so funny…we said we didn’t want to have kids for three years.  I thought I would go back to work, but just couldn’t leave her. We lived in Dayton Ohio at the time. We moved to Cleveland during the early Winter of 2005 after living in Dayton for 23yrs of my life.

Ava was born in Cleveland in 2007. After living in Cleveland for about 2yrs we moved to Minnesota for a year. We were used to living in the North and dealing with snow, but MN was a whole other type of cold and snow. The summer was beautiful, but short, and we made some good friends there in our short time. That’s where I first started to think about homeschooling. Before that I thought homeschoolers were weird. I couldn’t see myself sitting at the kitchen table with books and worksheets. My friend let me borrow her copy of
Learning All The Time. I was hooked! That book is what led me to unschooling.

We ended up in Virginia in the winter of 2009. Since Ohio, this is the longest we’ve stayed in a place. Samuel was born here. I think we’ll be here for a while. It’s beautiful! We’ve made really good friends, and we live near the beach….something Charles and I have always wanted….we live in a vacation spot! The landscape is beautiful, it’s full of history, and did I mention the beach?

I started my first blog, Luv N Harmony when we were living in Minnesota. I’m going to import that one over here eventually. The Mahogany Way was started in May of 2009, and she’s been my baby and sanity saver ever since. I’ve become a bit of a birth junkie, natural parenting advocate, and lover of free learning and living.
I started crocheting in the winter of 2011 and knitting in the winter of 2012. I’ve always loved to read even though I’m Dyslexic. Oh, and I enjoy a good glass of wine, I loooove chocolate, spicy food, the beach(if you haven’t realized by now), thrifting, Young & The Restless, Bold and The Beautiful, HGTV, Netflix, LOST, The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, NCIS and taking lots and lots of pictures.

13 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. Darcel, I love your blog and the way you present things. From your “about” I think we have some similar ideas 🙂 I live with my family in Sequoia National Forest in CA and love to homeschool my 5 year old daughter, she’s a hoot! I like what you said about “I’ve become a bit of a birth junkie, natural parenting advocate, and lover of free learning and living.” I agree, and would love to learn to knit, by the way…
    I would love it you visited my blog about homeschooling/unschooling kids projects etc, if you have the time and interest. Take good care and I wish you much luck and good living (at that beach!) along your journey.
    Good thoughts, Karen
    http://kartwheels.org/

    • I thought learning how to knit was going to be so hard. I started about 4-5yrs ago and then quit. One of my friends here convinced me to give it another try and I’m so glad I did! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my blog, hope to see you here again. Off to check out your blog now.

  2. I’ve been reading your blog since I discovered unschooling in 2011! I never would’ve thought someone from Dayton, Ohio could understand my thoughts on schooling. Don’t take it too personal, I’m Dayton too. ❤ Keep up the good work. Also, do you have resources on unschooling from the start, like with an infant. I just became a mama last year and I'm having a bit of trouble keeping my old-school schooling actions from coming to the forefront.

    • Hello! So nice to meet someone from my hometown. I have a ton of resources on unschooling. Since your child is a baby I would put the focus on attachment style parenting. Here’s a link that to get you started and it leads to several other links/websites/blogs.

  3. I love your selected photo and I love your hair; you are gorgeous! Thank you for this website. I found it in an article about black stay at home moms; I’m looking for stats on just how many of us are out here. Any idea? Thank you for the spirit of this site. Your energy is infectious. Thanks for that too!

    • Thank you! Have you looked into Mocha Moms? That is a group specifically for black stay at home moms. There is also a group called Black Moms Club. There are many more black women staying home with their children than we realize.

      • I will try Mocha Moms. They were much smaller when my kids were toddlers; that is the age group they were about “back then.” Everyone has grown up, eh? It’s weird being an “older” stay at home mom; I was already “older” when I had my kids. Now that they are near grown, I’m an “old hand” at this being home thing, I suppose. Don’t quite know what to make of that but I’m reflecting….

          • Ah, indeed I do! It’s funny the things you remember and the things, as it turns out, that make for “family.” It’s in the administration, the details, the tiniest or silliest of things that you do in the moment. My 13 year old reminded me of how I would pretend to be Mrs. Butterworth when making pancakes for her when she was preschool and her brother was in elementary. I’d forgotten all about that! It is a lovely memory for her. She remembers me reading “Runaway Bunny”–I thought I’d lose my mind if I had to read her that book even one more time. Yet now when I think of it, it makes me smile and laugh even at how crazy it made me. Do I miss the money I didn’t make? Yeah. Would I trade it for any of her memories, or mine? Nah.

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