Cheryl Quimba

Cheryl Quimba
Cheryl is a nearly 20 year Oregonian who grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. She learned to turn down the sarcasm dial, hike in the rain, and keep an IV drip of coffee at all times, making the PNW deeply home. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Counseling and, in her pre-kid years, worked in substance abuse prevention, special needs tutoring, and as administrative support for the psychiatric care of at risk children. She and her husband, BJ, are two-time adoptive parents to Nora (8) and Evan (5). Together, they love discovering nature, mountains of library books, and endless hours of legos, art, and YouTube. A potent cocktail of pandemic school closure and a growing understanding of neurodivergent needs led Cheryl to educate their kids at home. She spends much of her time geeking out over resources for Child-Led Learning (Unschool, Self-Directed, Natural Learning -whatever your flavor!). Through NEST she has obtained certification in supporting individuals with the Pathological Demand Avoidance profile of the Autism Spectrum. She enjoys encouraging families in their journey as they seek to understand and love their children well. You can find her at, where she educates and supports in areas of OCD, PDA, Unschooling, and Open Adoption.
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Boo-Hoo: When Halloween Is Over

We're gearing up for Halloween around here. The costumes, pumpkin patches, creative carving, and buying of candy... followed by buying more candy, because a nameless adult has poor self-control. (Me, I'm the nameless adult). But...

No School September

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Learning Through Your Stomach

Remember the old saying, "The best way to reach (whoever's) heart is through their stomach"? Well, it's true! Recently, I've been using my kids' stomachs to give them a greater love and understanding of...
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Special Needs, Sunflowers, and TSA

My family recently traveled cross-country and back again, 6,000 miles in 9 days, with our 5 year old and 8 year old. And while we relied heavily on the 3 T's of traveling with...

Farmers Market Time, Baby!

You guys. I'm so excited. Our local farmers market is back in swing and we are ready to work it into our weekly rhythm! There are so many reasons that we love our visits...
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For the Hard Days

This past month, I reached out to my mom friends and asked, "What would be meaningful for you to see online? What kind of article would you actually click on?" The responses were so...

Sparking Joy In The Messy

My hubby and I were married for 9 years before we were blessed with our daughter (followed by our son, 3 years later). And while we longed to grow our family much earlier than...
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5 Local Farms Where Kids Can Connect with Animals

I have two very hilarious little humans in my house, full of depth, interests, and curiosity. For as much as they laugh and play together, they can also be like night and day. My...
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A Winter Dose of Inspiration

Here in Portland, we're in the thick of the wet and gray. Winter Solstice promises that the days are getting longer, but those longer days will still be wearing clouds as a blanket for...
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When You Don’t Do Santa

Loyalty to Santa Claus can be pretty serious business. I grew up just outside of Philadelphia, not far from the birthplace of the American “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” commercialized version of...