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The Hidden Way Learning is a community of artists that create educational resources which can be used by parents and teachers!
It was originally created by Gail Giancaspro and Emily Mitchell. Emily was home-educating mother of five and owner of the most joyful personality. Emily was passionate about providing her kids with a delight-driven education, fueled by biblical truth and enriched experiences. Her love for nature led her to organize the Mega Nature Bundle, which has been a very sought-after resource in the homeschool community.
On December 22nd, Emily passed away unexpectedly in her home, after having a sudden Pulmonary Embolism, while pregnant with her fifth child. Losing Emily so abruptly brought a lot of pain to everyone close to her, but because she had placed her faith in Jesus, we rejoice in the hope of meeting her in Heaven someday.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
After Emily passed, the business that she and her mom started continued her legacy. Her friends and family decided to fulfill her dream of turning The Hidden Way Learning a place to gather beautiful creations, that can be used as resources for Nature Studies at home or at school.
Our team is comprised of a few people, special to her:
Her mom Gail Giancaspro is the main artist, and she draws beautiful Nature Elements that are turned into Study Units for children of all ages. She uses oil on canvas, as well as some watercolors.
Her husband Joseph Mitchell writes some of her units, working alongside her mom to create mini-curriculums that are thoughtfully designed for the whole family.
Her friend Bruna Masalin runs this website (yep, that's me!) and helps the family to continue her aspirations.
Her friend Allyson Speak is helping the family organize The Mega Nature Bundle in 2021.
Her friend Ashley helps create some of the units that are well loved by many families!
This project exists to support her four children, Finn, Isla, Eden and Luna. Emily loved her children fiercely, and we are committed to keeping her memory alive in their hearts.
Thank you for being here!
The Hidden Way Team
Here's a letter from Dr. Joe (Em's father):
Dear Church Family, Emily’s Instagram followers, and especially Bruna.
As many of you know from personal experience, the unexpected death of a family member, especially a child, is a devastating experience. Now that a little time has passed, I would like to briefly organize my thoughts regarding recent events.
In the context of such a loss, a letter of appreciation is but a small gesture that cannot match the love and support of which we have been the beneficiaries. Nevertheless, this is my attempt to communicate how much we appreciate the comforting role that you have played individually and corporately in ministering to our family during these difficult times.
Over the past few months, it has been both a sobering and humbling experience to see God faithfully “dispense grace to help in times of need” as He has promised.
As many of you know, God in His foreknowledge, faithfully and mercifully prepared my soul for things to come by directing my personal studies in a very timely manner towards solidifying a biblical perspective on death and what it means for the individual believer as well as for those who, for the time being must remain behind.
In addition, He blessed us with friends and family that were willing to come alongside in many ways in a time of profound need. The gifts of your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. It was a great privilege to witness our church family in action.
A special thank you is extended to those who called, sent gifts and especially to those who were able to personally visit and spend time with us, and to pastor Larry for his personal availability both spiritually and administratively.
A parent may endeavor to teach his children but sometimes it is the other way around. A parent endeavors to leave a legacy to his children but I have been blessed to receive one. I have lost not just a daughter but a valuable critic, a spiritual foil, and a good friend.
Please keep us in your prayers as we recover from this loss and navigate through the months ahead.
May those of us who have not yet been called into His presence, those whom He has not yet gathered unto Himself and who, for a brief time must remain behind, rejoice with us in our blessed hope of reunification in glory for we grieve not as those who have no hope”.