Introducing the Hodgepodge

Welcome to our Southern Hodgepodge. We’re glad you’re here!

Special thanks to my friend, Jamie of Worley Arts and See Jamie Blog for the family photo.

We are the Hodges, Steve and Tricia. We offer a potpourri of the practical here. Helpful habits for balancing the needs of the age range. Adding in the joy of art. Saving bucks and your sanity with frugal family recipes and allergy-friendly strategies. Being purposeful in parenting. Learning about grace and finding freedom along the way. We’re sharing the how-tos of leaving the drive thru lane for the road home.

Hodgepodge is defined as a confused mixture. Our hodgepodge is an alliterative arrangement of our passions and interests. We pray our family jumble becomes a beautiful blend of His grace and purpose.

Our story began when this California guy and Southern girl met. East and west coast married. Five children later, we face that daily dose of chaos with an active family of preschoolers to highschoolers. Homeschooling for well over a dozen years now – our hearts tuned toward home education since our eldest was born.

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Steve and Tricia are co-owners of The Curriculum Choice, a site offering reviews of homeschool curriculum and products. The review team is made up of homeschool veterans sharing reviews of the curricula they love and use in their own homes. Curriculum Decisions Made Simple.

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We also head up Habits for a Happy Home, a group blog of helpful habits “to keep us on the road toward the kind of home that pleases the Lord.”

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SouthernHodgepodge-125These three sites are rolled together under Southern Hodgepodge. So, we hope you feel welcome and find what you might need at any of our trio of sites. Please, settle in and make yourself at home.

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Steve and Tricia are contributors to Passionate Purposeful Parenting.
Tricia contributes recipes to $5 Dinners and Food Allergies on a Budget.


Hodgepodgemom (950 Posts)

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.

Hodgepodgedad (37 Posts)

Steve keeps busy with five children and a job in information security. He also has a second job as principal of the Hodgepodge homeschool.

Nana (47 Posts)

Our Nana and her family have always been artistic folks. Her given name is Lucia, and she was awarded a wonderful art scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation in her sophomore year in college. But, love intervened, and she married, had babies and left the scholarship behind. For years she and one of her sisters painted murals in schools and for the children’s ward in our local hospital. She started pastel lessons 2 years ago, finally finding what she calls “her art.” She is on a mission to show the home school communities and individuals just how satisfying, cost effective and easy pastel painting is to accomplish.

Luci (21 Posts)

I want you to know the love that set me free, I don't worship a concept, I follow a King!

My Backyard (15 Posts)

The eldest Hodgepodge boy has an intense curiosity about nature. He writes about his discoveries in My Backyard.

Middle Girl (27 Posts)

I'm the middle child of the Hodgepodge and the author of the Middle Moments blog.

Littlest Girl (2 Posts)

Littlest Girl of the Hodgepodge loves books, nature and all things about sharks.


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