Christina Umbriaco is a mountain mama raising four beautiful children in Utah. Their faith and family culture has been greatly shaped by the ideologies of the L’Abri Fellowship started in 1955 by Francis and Edith Schaeffer, which is where the inspiration for Give Them Beauty came from.

She and her husband were both born in California but came to Utah when they were both very young. After their first year of marriage, they moved to Saint Louis MO to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. Her husband earned his Masters of Counseling there and is now a licensed therapist in Salt Lake City. While in Saint Louis, their church community (that was greatly influenced by the Schaeffer’s) had an incredible impact on them in ways that they still carry to this day. Similar to Charlotte Mason’s last principle, they recognize that there is no distinction between the sacred and the secular but that all of life is under the Lordship of Christ. They also place a personal emphasis on delighting in the arts within their home and life.

Along with the influence of the Schaeffer’s, their church community at the time impacted them in many other ways as well. Christina was introduced to a body of faithful women who gave birth and taught their children at home. She was then introduced to Charlotte Mason and encouraged to read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley (who of course is the daughter of Francis and Edith Schaeffer) and she never looked back.

After reading two of Charlotte Mason’s volumes, and a couple homebirths later, Christina is now passionate about protecting and nurturing childhood and seeks to do that through homeschooling her children using the Charlotte Mason method and philosophy. She also has a heart to encourage other mothers on the homeschooling journey as well. Join them by following along on their beautiful adventure!

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