Category Archives: Encouraging Reads…

Our new devotion

We are trying to get back in the swing of things.  It is really hard this time around getting back to a some-what schedule after giving birth.  So, I thought….  Gotta start with the most important….God himself.  I am trying to develop quiet time each morning while nursing the princess before the boys wake up.  A challenge for me.  I so don’t do well without sleep.  However, I have some early risers.

I was intrigued by this classic at the book store awhile back.  Now seems like the perfect time to start this book/devotion.  I love how it has scriptures at the end of each lesson to enhance Thomas a ‘Kemps words.

I am encouraging my dh to read along with me and we can discuss every night while trying to make little princess want to sleep in her cradle instead of in my arms.  Another battle we will overcome.  LOL!

With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  2 peter 3:8-9

Book Review ~ Season of Grace Series

I can’t wait to run to the book store and buy the 3rd book to this endearing, heart-warming trilogy series.  I have never read Beverly Lewis but always admired the covers on her books.  In all honestly, I don’t really read fiction often.  However, when my back was broken in extreme pain, I was on pain meds, so I wanted something I could read easily.  I read the first one, The Secret , in a few days.  Then my dh bought me the second book to the trilogy, The Missing.

These books are wonderful, easy to read, and have a whole lot meat to absorb.  Lots of wisdom and spiritual examples to ponder from the authors creative writing.  Lots of character in these Amish fictional reads.


Twenty-one-year-old Grace Byler longs to find her missing mother and to uncover the secret that drove her to leave them three weeks before. Grace suspects the reason has to do with her father and his reserved, uncommunicative ways. This conviction led Grace to break off her betrothal to her quiet, staid beau, and she is now resigned to remain single. But when the young Amishman she thought was courting her best friend takes a sudden interest in her, Grace is befuddled and wonders if he can be trusted.

“Englisher” Heather Lang has come to Amish country to relive fond memories of her mother and to contemplate a grave medical prognosis of her own. While in Bird-in-Hand, Heather meets Grace Byler and the two young women strike up a fast friendship, amazed by how well they click.


When Amish wife and mother Lettie Byler disappears, her daughter Grace is left confused and ferhoodled—while her father acts like nothing’s wrong. Terminally ill, Englischer Heather Nelson seeks healing from a naturopath in Lancaster County. When paths cross, missing pieces of life’s puzzle are woven together to reveal the merciful and loving hand of God. 352 pages, softcover from Bethany.

The third book in this series, The Telling,  will come out in April.  Can’t wait to see how this adventurous, loving, and encouraging series ends.  Hurry April!

A thumbs up for me!!!

Our journey to China…..


This week for school we traveled to China.  The boys really enjoyed this week.  We hit several different topics this week pertaining to the interesting China ethnics.  Very different from our culture the boys discovered.

First, we found  China on the big wall map of the world.  We each had our own map of China.  We labeled the capital,  the Yangtze River, and The Great Wall of China.  They also colored the China flag.

We read The Story of Ping and looked at several videos on YouTube describing the Yangtze River.  We also wrote down in our illustrated dictionary the term for river.

We also studied Pandas. We read about pandas in Magnificent Mammals and The Zoo Guide. In addition, we looked at several videos of Pandas on Youtube.  The boys all did a notebook page.  Doobie completed the page on Pandas in DWN #7 .  It was really fun to watch the little ones dance to Kung Fu Fighting.   The younger boys want a panda now instead of goats.  LOL!

We read about Hudson Taylor in Heaven Heroes.  Each child completed a notebook page and placed under their history pipeline.

We read on the net about the history of the Great Wall of China. We enjoyed watching videos on this magnificent structure here.  My ds4 was intrigued and built the Great Wall of China with his cardboard blocks.

The older boys chose to make an origami from the book, Geography Through Art.  While the younger ones made a dragon mask.

We are currently reading, Homesick for read a loud with the older ones.  We really enjoyed the book, The Empty Pot.  A great story that I want to have on our bookshelf.

We ended the week of by watching Mulan.

This coming week we will learning about South Korea.  Hopefully they will be as entertained as their journey to China entailed.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook ~ May 18th

FOR TODAY …Monday, May 18

Outside My Window…it is a marvelous spring day, prefect for my ds 11th b-day.

I am thinking…what a true blessing that we have dear  friends.

I am thankful for… our newest miracle.  Read here

From the learning rooms…it’s our last week of school.  Just the basics and reading about the Civil War

From the kitchen… cooking a turkey in the crock pot, yams, stuffing, and swiss chard.  Birthday boys request.

I am wearing… my pretty floral pj’s that I got for my b-day last year.

I am creating… a family afghan for our living room

I am going…to finish organizing and preparing for our house to be on the market it this coming weekend.  YUCK!

I am praying… for a healthy baby

I am hearing… the radio and the boys talking about their fun filled day.

Around the house… lots and lots of stuff being packed and put in storage

One of my favorite getting new curriculum for next year.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Co-cop, Small group, wrapping up the school year!  YIPEEE~

Here is picture thought I am sharing
The birthday Boy ~ All of 11 years.

20 of my favorite things….

20 Of My Favorite Things

1. Color-red

2. Dessert-anything with chocolate

3. Smell-lavender and hazelnut

4. Flower-sunflower

5. Animal~ small dogs

6. Month-October

7. Beverage~ coffee

8. Pair of flip flops with sparkles

9. Snack-currentlyMunchos, but I rarely eat them

10. Song-currently…Mighty to Save by Hillsong

11. Book-currently...The Mark of the Lion Trilogy be Francine Rivers

12. Fruit-banana

13. Hairstyle-a cute short hair cut (bobbed) on other people

4. Piece of clothing-currently…denim capris with a cute casual top

15. Store to clothes shop-Kohls or Sears, I hate to shop for clothes!

16. Season-Autumn

17. Hobby-crocheting, reading, sewing, quilting, and crafting

18. Thing to collect-BOOKS and boys(sons ~ I felt that I needed to clarify that, LOL!)

19. Movie-The Christy Series

20. Restaurant-Kobe Steaks

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Simple Woman’s Daybook ~ April 27


April 27, 2009…

Outside my window…
is gloomy, thundering, and the heavens are mad at something

I am thinking…
about how much fun I am going to have tonight hanging out with friends while painting ceramics

I am thankful for…
my wonderful family and the opportunity to be a wife and mommy to my 5 blessings

From the learning rooms…
we are studying the Civil War

From the kitchen…
grinding wheat, making bread, meatloaf in the crock pot with mashed potatoes

I am wearing…
my pj’s, and my suffy leopard print slippers

I am creating…
an adorable apron that I am almost finish and started on a baby afghan for my new niece who should be appearing shortly in this world

I am going…
to paint ceramics, attend our small group, and participate in my monthly book club this week

I am reading…
I just finished reading When the Enemy Strikes by Charles Stanley last night for my book club

I am praying…
that God’s will give us direction, guidance, and discernment in our lives and help me deal with any chances that are going to pop into our lives.  I hate change!

I am hearing…
the soft sound of the computer.  The boys are still sleeping

Around the house…
we are getting the house ready inside to put on the market in two weeks, laundry, and organizing

One of my favorite things…
is to hear my small children sing to their favorite CD at lunch time.

Few plans this week is….to paint ceramics, attend our small group, and participate in my monthly book club this week

Here is picture thought I am sharing…


Truly Enjoying my days …..

For a long time, I have really wanted to enjoy and treat each day as a true blessing with my 5 almost perfect sons.  I have struggled with the “doing enough school” thing for years now.  I do admit, that I am so much more relaxed than I used to be.  However, improvement is still needed.  I recently have been intrigued with the Moore Formula.  I love the idea of spending an equal amount of time doing the following…




This past week I have read The Successful Homeschool  Family Handbook and Home-Spun Homeschool.  Lots of good information and encouragement.   I encourage all home school parents to get a hold of a few of Raymond and Dorothy Moore’s books.  Of course, there a few things I disagree with, but for the most part, I believe they are right on target on how to successfully fill you calling as a home educator.