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Wordless Wednesday 2/28/18

Thankful Tuesday 2/27/18

Today I'm so thankful for my husband.  I haven't been feeling well since Saturday evening and he's been helping the kids, running to the appointments and bringing me all the food and meds I need :)


Book Review: Set Free to Choose Right by Josh McDowell

Equipping Today's Kids to Make Right Moral Choices for Life... How do we do that and what does it truly mean? I've seen what is almost a moral decline with the rise of technology. When we were growing up you had encyclopedias you could look sex up in or someone's parent might have a book or magazine. That was pretty much it other than kids talking and the discussions that our parents had with us. The rise of technology has changed all that and made it very hard for parents to monitor what and how their children learn about sex.  It's not even just what they learn about sex, but pornography is rampant on the internet. Our children, or even us, can run across it without ever even meaning too!
When I was growing up doing the right thing meant what my parents had taught me and if it was right in God's eyes. As I grew older those were the things I asked myself when deciding to make a choice. Granted I made choices that weren't "right" in my parents eyes o…

Why We Homeschool.....

I have to admit that I had never heard of homeschooling other than my aunt and uncle homeschooling my cousin in Oregon. I was young and it seemed such a foreign thing to me. I really didn't know what exactly it meant to homeschool and since we lived in NC I didn't get to "see" them homeschooling. I really didn't think much about it until we had our first child. I knew early on that I wanted to homeschool. At that time I really didn't have a reason other than it just seemed something deep within me that I felt the need to do.  I remember being very nervous to discuss it with my husband because again we didn't know anyone else that homeschooled. I recall that we were eating at Pizza Hut one day and I broached the subject with him. His response was sounds good and he's been on board ever since.

I remember that it was an adjustment in the friendship department because all of my friends at the time were sending their kids to public schools. It wasn't t…

Thankful Tuesday 2/20/2018

Today while I ran a few errands and did some shopping I realized HOW thankful I am for stores! Sometimes I wish I had lived in simpler times, but honestly I can be lazy and I'm NOT sure I could have managed (LOL) It's nice to be able to drive to the store and get pretty much everything I need. 


Review: Bytes of Learning

In the ever growing age of technology typing has become more common and used than cursive handwriting! Enter Bytes of Learning and their UltraKey Online Family Subscription.  Bytes of Learning has taken a subject that many would consider dull and boring and changed it into an exciting and wonderfully unique way of teaching typing.  I remember taking typing in 10th grade and we had electric typewriters back then.  Now it seems that even desktop computers aren't that common. It's more laptops, tables, i-pad's etc.  Kids are learning to type at a much younger age than I ever did and it's all due to how connected we are to the technological world.

Our youngest son is ten years old and has struggled with handwriting, due to fine motor and strength issues, his entire life. It was recommended to us early on that we try cursive handwriting or possibly even typing as a better way for him to communicate. We have dabbled a bit in both, but haven't seem to have gotten to the…

Review: Wulf the Saxon

I was first introduced to Heirloom Audio Productions last year when we were fortunate enough to be able to review In the Reign of Terror and Captain Bayley's Heir.  Heirloom Audio Productions have produced several wonderful audio stories.  They are based on the G.A. Henty's novels and are a fun way to learn history. Heirloom Audio has a love and passion to bring history to our families.  They travel around to literally "live the adventure" when they are producing these stories.  Here is a little video that gives an example of how they do that as they work on their next audio story.

Wulf the Saxon is two cd's with 2 1/2 hours of non-stop audio adventure that includes love, loyalty and sacrifice.  In this story Wulf is a sixteen year old Saxon that is sent away for what is considered "misconduct' to the royal courts.  He is sent back to his estate for one year.  During this time he learned what his civic duties were as a land owner became quite handy with w…

Book Review: Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I've said it before and I'll have to repeat myself that I truly love reading book series.  I truly feel that I get to know each and every character in depth and I usually feel I can visual the setting's much clearer as well.  The author is able to focus more on a shorter story and develop what is needed to truly capture the reader's attention. Phoebe's Light is the first in the Nantucket Legacy by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  Phoebe Starbuck has watched over and taken care of her father for many years. Her dream has been to marry Captain Phineas Foulger, but her father and others don't believe he's a good match for Phoebe.  His first wife passed away and his daughter is close to Phoebe's age and is greatly opposed to him marrying Phoebe.  



We have all heard the saying about the grass being greener on the other side. That's Phoebe's thinking that marrying the Captain will save her father from himself and give her a live of love and adventure. What she d…

Wordless Wednesday 2/14/2018

Thankful Tuesday 2/13/2018

Thankful Tuesday
As I finished up a good book I realized that I had not made my Thankful Tuesday post today. I asked myself "What are you thankful for today?" the answer couldn't have been clearer since I just finished a book :) Today I'm thankful for books! I know many love reading online these days and while I have read a few things that way I really love holding that book in my hand.  Certain books have a smell to them that for those that love to read is intoxicating.  I remember as a child folding down the corners to mark my stopping place.  As an adult I feel it's criminal to do that and can't believe I once was "one of THOSE people" that did that to books (LOL) I'm really thankful for books in any shape and for the places we can get books. I couldn't tell you when I've purchased a book new.  I love to get them from thrift stores, borrow from friends or the library and the last few years I've been blessed to review for Revell.  

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Book Review: COLDWATER by Samuel Parker

I'm not sure many in this world could understand the depths of evil that reside inside Michael.  As a young child he let jealousy and the need for love to allow him to take a life.  The life of his younger brother. From that day on Michael's life was never the same. He was sentenced to prison at the age of 10! How does a 10 year old live and survive in an adult prison? The evil inside of Michael took over, like an act of protection. When Michael's sentence is served he heads home to the only home he's known other than prison. Everyone in town knows his story and they don't want him there. They whisper of the danger that surrounds him and the evil that follows his every step. Michael just wanted to be left alone, but Haywood decided that he and "his boys" would handle the situation once and for all!



Cold Water starts off with Michael awakening and realizing he's been buried alive. He is able to dig his way out, but knows that if they came after him once…

Week Ending 2/10/2018 Fun, STEM & Crafts

This year I wanted to be a little more intentional in doing fun things, experiments, crafts, etc with the kids.  Issac is still at the age where he's game to do anything even if it's a learning activity :) I've seen lots of activities that are for younger kids, but I still felt he would enjoy them, they would be quick to do and ultimately we'd have fun and learn something. This week we were able to do a few different activities. I think Issac enjoyed them equally, but when asked he said his favorite was the cloud dough. The cloud dough was super simple, it was equal parts of foam shaving cream and cornstarch.  We didn't start out with a large enough bowl, so ended up having to try and mix in two different bowls. That's wasn't best because one bowl seemed drier, so we finally found a large enough bowl to mix the two together. Issac made a video of us making this dough HERE on his YouTube channel. He makes funny videos and is always looking for new followers.…

Book Review: Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

I have really developed a love for Irene Hannon's books after having read several.  She does a wonderful job of dangling the carrot in front of our nose, but never letting us get too close to grabbing it :) Dangerous Illusions is the first in the Code of Honor series. 



Trish Bailey is overworked, dealing with heartache and trying to help her mother. When her mom dies and it's discovered that it was due to an overdose of her medication Trish is destroyed. She is the one that sets up her mother's meds each week and wonders if with all she's been dealing with she killed her mother accidentally.  Detective Flynn is investigating the case and wonders if Trish made a horrible mistake or did she have other motives. Money is usually motive number one, but in this families case all the money goes to the charitable foundation her family has run. Trish had no desire to harm her mother, but did someone else? As Detective Flynn investigates there are many twists and turns in the sto…

Book Review: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

I think many women have had a secret fantasy about living another life that is much more exciting than what they feel their own is currently.  Sarah Hollenbeck lived what she deemed a wonderful life until it ended in divorce. She's not sure what to do with her life at this point and is struggling to just exist.  Suddenly Sarah is a well loved author for her "steamy" novels. She doesn't want anyone to know she's the author in the beginning. Not sure if she's worried of failure, worried of what people will think, etc. One day Sarah attends church with her best friend Piper when her world changes for EVER! She meets the most handsome man she's ever seen and she feels an instant attraction. Sarah is already planning her life with this man until she looks up and sees him standing at the pulpit ready to start the service. Sarah believes with her history that this man would never want her and why would God even want her in his house?? As time goes on Sarah start…

Wordless Wednesday 2/7/18

Things I believe before I started homeschooling...

I was reading a blog post at Mom.Wife.Homeschool Life about 8 Things she believed about homeschooling.  It got me thinking that most of us have an idea in our mind about what homeschooling is or how our days WILL go. The reality is we really have no clue until we get into it. My aunt and uncle homeschooled my cousin and that put that little thought way back in the back of my brain when our first child was born. I always did learning activities with him and games as he was little, but it wasn't until he was almost 5 that I realized I already planned to homeschool him, but really had never talked to my husband about it (LOL) We talked, he was for it and life went on. When I think back I realize I still struggle with some of these thoughts I had and they often still creep back.

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I thought by homeschooling that my kids would just pick up learning activities on their own or seek out activities that they might not get to do in public school. I imagined my children writing poetry or long…