Sunday, November 22, 2015


Booklist for Summer
The Scorch Trials (James Dashner)
The Death Cure (James Dashner)
The Weight of Glory (C. S. Lewis)
The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith)
Booklist for Fall/Christmas season
Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)
A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion series, book 1 by Francine Rivers)
Echo in the Darkness (Book 2)
As Sure as the Dawn (Book 3)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Love Walked Among Us (Paul E. Miller)
Books for Winter
Every Good Endeavor (Timothy Keller)
Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings series, Book 1, by Lynn Austin)
Song of Redemption (Book 2)
The Strength of His Hand (Book 3)
Instruments in the Hands of a Redeemer (Paul Tripp)

Friday, November 20, 2015

November already

These days back at home and home schooling again have turned into seasons and it is almost time to buy our Christmas tree!  To say this has been a sweet season for us is an understatement!  I have enjoyed so much a slower pace, focus at home, and all day with these precious souls.  It isn't perfect, but it is oh so good.

Jack and Josh are 95% independent learners. I help mainly with Math and Latin.  I grade their work and review what they missed and they move along.  They require very little teaching.  And by God's grace, they are 100% self-motivated.  As with so many things, Jack seems to set the tone for his younger siblings. He has his sights set on film school and is motivated daily by this big goal. He practices for the ACT every day.  He has made straight A's.  It's a joy to see him work hard and succeed. 

Most of my time is spent with Lydie.  This was my goal from the beginning, as she spent her kindergarten, first, and second grade years with a very busy and tired Mama who was a full-time teacher.  She and I snuggle and read, paint together, play review games with balloons and chalk, and have good days together.  She is doing so well.  She thrives with one-on-one time together!  Of course some mornings I drag her along, or have work to do or appointments and have to rush through the fun stuff.  But every moment is a gift and I am incredibly thankful for this year together.

My only thought looking forward to the new year and the second half of school is to pray it will be as smooth and enjoyable as these last months! 

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."
Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Random beautiful moments

"When someone shows up for us they echo the divine promise that says, 'I am with you!'" John Sowers
Lydie's precious little friend shares her love of roller skating. This picture is hysterical.

Perfection. Rainy Monday and homemade chicken noodle soup. Ahhh.

First birthday present a couple of weeks early. The BEST smelling candle ever from my precious friend.

Lydie and her best friend Ella. These two together. Loads of fun.

My two dearest Birmingham friends. Fun, godly women. So many laughs and prayers with these two sweet ladies.

Daddy has been on the road for work a lot. My new roommate.  She is the quietest, stillest little sleeper. So sweet and peaceful when she is asleep. Love her.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Integrity in the little things

A math test is such a small, unimportant thing when looked at as an isolated event. But as a whole, it symbolizes this kid's determination and hard work this year. He puts in A LOT of time with numbers, even though they are NOT his language. And his grades are excellent. These are good lessons that I am enjoying seeing him learn. Integrity in the small things builds integrity in the big things of life. These children teach me so much more than I could ever teach them.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Running their race

"If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race."
Eric Liddell

Such a pleasure to see God using their running as an instrument to teach them so much. Running presents so many easy parallels with life. Praying they find them.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Sweet whispers

This sweet heart. Driving down the road I feel her hand hold mine and her voice whisper, "Mommy, you are my favorite girl in the whole world." Love her. When she gets tears in her eyes over mental math or rushes through writing, I will remember these little words before I react. Best little friend.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Lovely day

Dear self,
SOAK THIS DAY UP! Enjoying getting our hands dirty! Water colors and studying fruits and seeds up close! And then hours on the sofa with books! History stories, learning about the prophets of the Old Testament, a handful of books on plants, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. This was a great hour or two out of a full day of learning! Now a breather and a second cup of coffee before afternoon practices! These are GOOD days!

"When people are bored, it is primarily with themselves." Eric Hoffer
Mixing oil and water

Studying fruits and vegetables in our plant unit

Turkey art