About Us

Marilyn is wife to Rick, Mom to 14 children, Nana to 19 grandchildren (and counting!) and homeschooler for 37 years.

She and her husband own Character Concepts which they started for the purpose of helping others raise children with a strong, godly character and Biblical worldview.

They have developed character curriculum from preschool through high school, based on what they found worked when teaching their own 14 children over the years.

As a true pioneer in the homeschool movement, her passion is to help young moms raise kids of character and enjoy the journey!

4 Replies to “About Us”

  1. Hi Marilyn!
    A number of years ago I was greatly encouraged by your seminar and your books. I asked you about translating them into Russian. I have mostly translated two of the books but my growing family prevented me from finishing them. I have more free time now and can complete and polish my translations. Wanted to ask your permission and ask if there are any conditions.
    God bless!
    Oksana Germakovski

  2. Dear Rick and Marilyn,

    Although we have “met” at the HEAV conventions, my name will not be familiar to you. My family and I lived in Richmond, VA (Chesterfield Co. to be exact) where we enjoyed the heyday of homeschooling. My youngest graduated in 2012. I became a single mom in 2009, and, as an empty nester, decided to move to the Lynchburg area to position myself between my three children. They now live in Norfolk, Lynchburg, and eastern TN.

    From your talks at conventions, I had the impression that you lived in an isolated, remote area. Now that I live in Altavista, I have a very different perspective! I currently teach at Faith Christian Academy (Hurt) and am working on my advanced degree so I can (hopefully) teach at the college level. My experience as a homeschooling mom gives me a bigger worldview than even organized Christian schools can offer, so I hope to be able to share that with others.

    But I am not writing to tell you about my career plans. I am writing because I am looking at buying a double wide on Bennington Manor Drive, just off Sunnymeade. Since you are long-time Rustburgians, if I may, I had a few questions for you about the area. (Please excuse my presumption that you have the time to answer my questions, but there aren’t many folks that I know in this area that can help me.)

    The house will need some work (new flooring, new roof, landscaping, possible plumbing). Do you have a handyman or two that you could recommend for that kind of work? I am willing to do some painting and cleaning myself, of course, but I do not have the skill set to do the heavy work. My son in Lynchburg can help, but he is a police officer and works LONG hours. I would consider hiring a fulltime yard-guy if the price is right. My job does not permit me a great deal of free time and I do not want to spend all of it in the yard.

    I’ve lived in VA long enough to know that ice happens in the winter. I am interested in installing a whole-house generator for the inevitable powerless days. So, I will be looking for a reliable electrician as well.

    Also, what is the internet like in that area? As a teacher, I need reliable internet at home. I do not HAVE to have a television, but it helps keep my in touch with “reality” since I am surrounded by teenagers during the day and alone at night.

    Thank you for your help. If I do decide to move to the area, I would love to pop in for a visit and reminisce about the “good old days” and solve all the world’s problems.

    Lord Bless,

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