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A Day in the Life of a Geek Mom….

Hello! Welcome to The Sun Mama ! I’m Shell Maria, mom to two wonderful boys. I am a diabetic and have fibromyalgia so life can get fairly hectic… ( or tired LOL)

I homeschool my youngest son, who has special needs. He was diagnosed at 3 on the Autism Spectrum with PDD NOS. At 6 he was given a secondary diagnosis of severe cognitive and developmental delays. Several years (6th grade)  ago I pulled him from our school district that was not providing for my child with his best interests at heart… His program was ended, he was mainstreamed and could not keep up. He was bullied on the playground and in the classroom. He had stomach pains at the thought of going to school. At the time, his IEP had a goal of reading and comprehending at kindergarten level and yet he was being expected to read and understand a 6th grade level reader… When I pulled him out to homeschool, I got my son back… My sweet, happy wonderful Boo! Boo has thrived with me homeschooling him and is the happiest little guy you will ever meet! He loves learning and reading and spending time with Mama. We fill our days with learning, living and enjoying the blessings of life… (edited 2018– Boo now takes two classes a day at the local high school. They have a wonderful special education Science teacher who has taken him under her wing and and he is getting great socialization in her class and a social skills class he also attends… 
My oldest son, David, is a sweet young man.  He is patient and kind to his little brother. When he went off to college, he knew that not only would Boo miss him, he knew that with his special needs it would be even harder… he called him everyday just so he could ask his little brother about his day…  Speaking of school, this mama needs to brag a bit! David is on a 4 year scholarship at CORNELL!!! I feel that I am a fairly intelligent, well-read person, but sometimes when I talk to him I have NO idea what he is talking about so I just nod and try to look like I understand LOL…. He’s a great kid who loves writing, drawing and hiking. David loves writing fanfiction and short stories. (edited 2018: David has graduated University and settled into adulthood with a job in Orlando, FL. )

My kids and I love cooking new recipes, days at the library and geeking out over our favorite fandoms… We are passionate about Harry Potter (Boo and I are Gryffindor, David is Hufflepuff), Lord of the rings (we love our Hobbits!) and (Star Wars–the originals of course) Star Trek is a religion in our house and we always remember that Goonies never say die… Please follow The Sun Mama as I start this blogging adventure and share my sometimes crazy, but always blessed life of being a mama…

mama love :)
mama love 🙂


  1. This is super sweet! You are such a strong and awesome Mom! And I love the Lord of the Rings! One of my friends is having a Lord of the Rings and Star Wars Wedding Mix this year!

    1. Thanks Danielle! and… wow! what a super fun idea for a wedding!!! I love it!!

  2. Jen

    I really enjoyed this post and getting to know you a little better. Your boys sound like amazing kids! You should be proud!

    1. Aww… thanks Jen!!

  3. Awe! What a great older brother! Congrats!!!!! That’s is an awesome achievement I would be a very proud momma ☺

    1. Thanks Ebony! I am so blessed to be a Mama to these two boys 🙂

  4. I am a former special education teacher. I think it is wonderful you saw what your son needed and provided for him! It is a shame they are pushing so many special needs kids into mainstream classrooms that need more help! Congrats on the Cornell scholarship! You must be so proud!

    1. Thank you Sarah! I’m so proud of both my boys and I do feel very blessed to be able to provide an education for my special needs son that fits his needs…

  5. wonderful post, congratulations on two sweet boys

  6. Aren’t kids just the best? Your boys sound wonderful! 🙂

    1. Hi Corey! They sure are and they definitely keep life interesting hahahaha!!!

  7. You’re such an amazing momma! I love that you did what you needed to do to make sure your kiddo wasn’t getting bullied at school and took the time to homeschool him. You’re amazing!

    1. Thank you so much Ashleigh!!!!

  8. My husband introduced me to Star Wars recently. I don’t mine the most recent ones

    1. Hi Amanda…. I really love the first three that came out but not so much the middle ones… the new ones coming out though my kids and I really enjoyed a lot and can’t wait to see the next one 🙂

  9. That is incredible that your son would call his brother every night! What a thoughtful young man!

    1. Hi Karla… he is such a sweet young man…

  10. This is such a great post! With two boys of my own that have a loving bond, I love the fact that your older son is so great with his younger brother. Your very lucky to have such a great relationship with your boys. Good job momma!

    1. Thank you Yolanda!

  11. It is amazing how patient your oldest is with your youngest. You don’t see that often. I have been thinking more and more about home schooling my kiddos. Where I am in NY there isnt much support with the schools.

    1. Hi Elizabeth 🙂 Homeschooling was a huge decision for me but it’s one of the best choices I ever made for Boo… 🙂

  12. Looooved this article!!!! You are onto a good thing!!! And YES, your son-at-college, is absolutely AMAZING!!! So precious!!!!

    (I do not see a subscribe button anywhere either. Also, you might want to get photos into the preview pictures. 😄)

    1. Hi Barb! Thanks for your kind words!! Also, I went back and added a subscribe button to the bottom of my post and it is also located at the top right of my page 🙂 I will get working on those preview photos…. not sure why they aren’t showing up but I really appreciate you bringing it to my attention 🙂

  13. You are a super strong mom. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks Bola! 🙂

  14. There are so many more things children can learn at home. I used to teach young people who were home schooled. I actually taught carpentry but their outlook on life was so much broader than those who attended school and were moulded by the education system.

    Enjoy the journey!

    1. Thank you Mandy! 🙂

  15. What a brave move to home school, but well done! it’s fabulous that your son is so much happier and that you get to spend quality time with him.

    1. Thanks Janine ! I feel blessed to be able to spend such quality time with him 🙂

  16. It’s great to hear you talk about your boys with so much affection
    I enjoyed reading this post

    1. Thank you so much Ngumabi 🙂

  17. Your boys sound perfect! You are doing an amazing job with them! <3

    1. Aww… thanks so much Kristi!

  18. Your boys sound awesome! I am a bi Harry Potter fan here! When my baby girl arrives in October she will have a wizarding world nursery!

    1. Hi Katherine! Congratulations on your new little one! What an awesome nursery for her to come home to!! 🙂

  19. Your boys sound super sweet <3

    1. Thanks Vanessa 🙂

  20. You are one amazingly strong mama and your son is such an awesome big brother. I’m sure he’s learned a lot from watching you over the years!

    1. Thank you so much Lindsay!!! 🙂

  21. This is such a sweet story! What a great big brother!

    1. Thanks Lynn! 🙂

  22. You are incredibly awesome! David and Boo are lucky to have you and you are blessed to have them.
    More power and love and happiness to all of you! ♡♡♡

    1. Thank you so much Dilraz ….

  23. Alyssa

    This is awesome, we also love the Goonies! Our family still gets together to watch it now (and we’re all grown up!)

    1. Hi Alyssa! Goonies never say die!!!! 🙂

  24. Great post momma. Congrats on everything.

    1. Thanks Kristal 🙂

  25. In the end, you will always know what’s best for your babies. Sounds like you did the right thing by taking him out and schooling him on your own. Great job Momma!

    1. Thank you so much Sarah….

  26. The Goonies never say die!! Love that you are a family of bookworms!!

    1. Thanks Bethany!!! 🙂

  27. Amy

    Your boys both sound so sweet, they have a wonderful mother raising them for sure! 🙂

    1. Aww… thank you so much Amy! 🙂

  28. it was so nice to get to know you a bit more 🙂

    1. Thanks Sophia! 🙂

  29. Nancy

    You are an amazing mom And you have a gem of kids 😊

    1. Thanks so much Nancy!! 🙂

  30. It is so wonderful that your son got the help he needed through you! It is great that you have the ability to do that!

    1. Thanks Amanda I truly feel blessed!

  31. you’re great full of positive energy to homeschooling., thanks

    1. Thank you Cathy! 🙂

  32. Geek moms unite <3 I love your homeschooling style! Keep up the good work geek mama!

    1. Thanks so much Katriza!!!! 🙂

  33. unibooth

    touching post..i like the last picture”mama love”

    1. Aww… thank you so very much….

  34. Gabrielle Bunch

    I really enjoyed reading this post!

    1. Thanks so much Gabrielle!! 🙂

  35. It seems your plate is full but so is your heart. You should be so proud – of both your boys and yourself!

    1. Thanks so much sweetie!! 🙂

  36. Sounds like you are SLAYING THE MOM GAME, #ravenclaw LOL

    1. Thanks Darlene!! 🙂

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