homelearning: what we are studying this year

Today we began YEAR TWO of this homeschooling adventure! Ok, ok, we actually began in August and that’s how long this little gem has been sitting in my draft box! One thing I’ve learned in my first year of homeschooling is that homeschool moms love and hate to talk about curriculum. There is a sense…

It’s out….

….and it’s good!!! In case I’ve never told you before: hands down best books ever? The Outlander series. This is book 8. Start with Outlander. I promise you’ll thank me. Learn more here: http://www.dianagabaldon.com Now, back to my book!

Growing Grateful Kids

I’ve been doing a parenting book Book Club with a few moms. We just get together once a month and talk about our books… but much of our discussion is around our kids and families and things going on. It’s lovely. We have read several books at this point and my favorite so far is…

Bookworm Update

I finished Wicked. It’s a strange book. No stranger, really, than The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz (Jack Pumpkinhead, seriously?). Well, maybe a little stranger. About 3/4 through it I was sure I didn’t like it. However, as it ended and now as I look back, I did like it. I didn’t…

Wicked; have you read it?

I traded some books a while back. Mr. Kay’s is semi-local and very large and a great place to buy, sell and trade books. I traded some books, using my trade credit to get a couple of my favorite books in paperback (ones I also have on Kindle but longed for the set to see…

Jonson.

Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I’ll not look for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove’s nectar sup, I would not change for thine. I sent…

It is hard living down

“It is hard living down the tempers we are born with. We all begin well, for in our youth there is nothing we are more tolerant of than our own sins writ large in others and we fight them fiercely in ourselves; but we grow old and we see that these our sins are of…

Wake hope, fear, boundless desire

When I can no more stir my soul to move, And life is but the ashes of a fire; When I can but remember that my heart Once used to live and love, long and aspire- Oh, be thou then the first, the one thou art; Be thou the calling, before all answering love, And…

Heart of Silver

Madonna of the Evening Flowers All day long I have been working, Now I am tired. I call: “where are you?” But there is only the oak tree rustling in the wind. The house is very quiet, The sun shines in on your books, On your scissors and thimble just put down, But you are…

War:Why Don’t We Really Care Anymore?

I  do not share many opinions for or against most political stances in our day.  I have before and will again but mostly it seems a waste of breath, a waste of faith, even, to believe in the government or a man to make changes you wish to see come to be- or perhaps to…