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Barbara West has been married for 41 years to Bruce, a retired Air Force pilot and one unbelievably supportive husband. Bruce’s almost 30-year military career has afforded them opportunities to live around the world in more than a dozen US locales and four overseas assignments – Stuttgart and Garmisch, Germany; Manila, Republic of the Philippines; Bucharest, Romania. Prior to that Barbara lived in the UK for 4 years. In addition to living around the world, they have traveled to 5 of the 7 continents. They have 5 children and have been homeschooling since the late 1980s. Their oldest is an extremely successful medical sales and marketing district manager for 5 states. Their next is married with 4 children and is the owner/operator of a business in Turkey. The third child is in the US Marine Corps with the youngest two still being homeschooled. Barbara has worked at local, state, national, and international levels to help parents establish and maintain their right to personally direct the upbringing and education of their children. She has established homeschool organizations, speaks at conferences, administers numerous online sites, and teaches workshops to encourage parents in their homeschool endeavors. She currently serves on the Global Home Education Exchange. Her greatest challenge is maintaining balance in her daily life as many competing interests vie for priority.