Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Run with Me {Review}


From a young age, Jamaican-American sprinter Sanya Richards Ross has been chasing the clock.  Starting at the tender age of 7 years, Richards Ross felt at home on the track.  With a supportive family behind her, she quickly moved up the ranks, finally becoming No 1 in the world and on the road to the Olympics.  Through it all, her gaze never wavered from the one who gave her this gift.  And throughout this memoir she continually turns her story back to the Lord.

Based on the 4P's of her training and preparation (push, pace, position, and poise), Sanya Richards Ross tells her story of young racer, immigrant, record breaker, and finally Olympian.  From the heartbreak of Jamaican boos to the triumph of a victory lap, her story honestly tells of both the highs and lows of track and field.  Purposely written to an 8-12 year old audience, Run with Me is a story meant to inspire a generation to pursue big dreams without loosing their faith.

Having two kiddos within the 8-12 year old range, I was excited to review this book.  I was even more pleasantly surprised to see how much focus there was on following the Lord.  Every step of the way, Richards Ross brings us back to how the Lord gave her speed and she wanted to use it to glorify him.  She shares about her own self-doubts and hard work that put her on the path to the world stage, and how she ultimately made peace with God's love outside track and field.

A few days ago, I put this book in my 9 year old daughter's hands.  Typically she loves historical fiction, but she's a dancer and I thought she'd appreciate the focus on training and sacrifice.  Needless to say, she's actually enjoying it and especially likes the focus on growing with the Lord.  It's exciting for me as a mom to see good books out there, encouraging our kids to work hard, go for their dreams, but still find their identity in the Lord.  This is one such book.  Highly recommend it for the preteen, early teen years.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June Homeschool Favorites



 Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I'm Cooking:
We've been cooking lots of fresh salads.  The days are getting warmer and fresh produce abounds.  So we've been making lots of salads and trying several new dressing recipes.  We made one last night with avocados and tomatillos.  It was so yummy.  Lydia declared the salad her new favorite.  So that's a win in my book.

What I'm Loving:
So many things... but what am I REALLY loving?
Time to bake and cook with Lydia and time to create projects with the kids.
Just time in general... time to get things done, bills paid, clean the house... love the extra time!

What I'm Reading:
I'm still slowly working my way through Sacred Parenting.  It's my "daytime" reading.  It's so deep and full of such truth.  I like to read it in the afternoons when I'm still awake.

I'm also reading a review book that is an autobiography of a famous athlete.  It's good, but much lighter.  So that's my "before bed" reading.  :-)

What I'm Doing:
As much as we've had time lately, we've also been filling that time.  We had a friend spend the time this week.  We went swimming, Josiah attended VBS, we explored a new bookstore, and we've just stayed busy.  Plus last weekend, we went camping. That was just good wholesome family fun.  Really wonderful.

What I'm Watching:
I've been going back and watching old episodes of Little People Big World.  I hadn't watched for several seasons.  But something peaked my interested recently, so I went back 4-5 seasons and I've been catching up on the family.  

What I'm Enjoying:
Pesto Chicken Sandwiches... Swimming... Craft Projects... 

What are you up to?



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: W is for Wings of Summer



This week... We're sharing with you our experience at Wings of Summer.  We learned a ton and had some really cool experiences!

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

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Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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Homeschool ABC Collab Letter W playlist:
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Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter X is for... will be posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I'm Cooking:
We've had an unusual week.  Hot to cold and rainy... so we've had a varied diet.  Last weekend, we made orzo salad with tomatoes, spinach, olives, peppers, and feta.  It was yummy, and a nice light dinner after swimming in a friend's pool.

What I'm Loving:
Summer rain... it's been a cool rain here for the last couple of days.  We've been spending more time outside despite the rain and it's been a nice refreshing reprieve before the heat hits again.

What I'm Reading:
I'm reading a Charlotte Mason book on habits.  There's a lot there to think through so I've been taking it slowly.  Same with the bookmark book for June (Sacred Parenting).  Slow and steady... good, but deep.

What I'm Doing:
We've been filling our days with visiting friends and reading lots of good books.  Just this week, I spent time with a Mommy friend while the kids played and then we went to the Children's Museum for a playdate.

What I'm Watching:
We've been watching tons of Friends episodes.  Gotta love Netflix!  :-)

What I'm Enjoying:
Summer rain... swimming... baseball friends... board games... story time at the library... 


What are you up to?


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

One Second Every Day {May 2017}



 May kept us busy!  With three kids, baseball in full swing, and finishing up the school year... Mom and Dad were just trying to keep up!

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Homeschool ABC Collab: V is for Various Things



 This week... I'm chatting it up about various things.. volcanoes, vacations, and Veritas Press.  What are our vacation plans for the summer?  Will we get to hike volcanoes?  And does anyone have experience with Veritas Press in their homeschool?

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Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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2015 Homeschool Collab: Volcanoes
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DITL 9/15/15: Hiking Volcanoes
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DITL 9/19/15: Lava Tube Exploring
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Monday, June 5, 2017

The Ebb Tide {Review}


When tragedy strikes the close knit Amish community, Sallie Riehl freely gives her finances, and travel opportunity, for a little boy facing healthy challenges.  After spending years saving for this trip, she finally concedes that it may be time to be baptized into the faith.  But when the Logans offer her a summer nannying job at the sea, Sallie sees this as her last opportunity to travel.

Determined to have this last adventure and then settle down, Sallie embraces every opportunity, enjoying her nannying job, exploring the seaside town, and striking up a friendship with a young biology student named Kevin.  As the summer goes on, Sallie begins to question her decision to join the Amish community.  Is this desire to see the world simply because of Kevin?  Or does the Lord have plans for her that she can't even imagine?  

Overall, I've been a big Beverly Lewis fan for years.  She is definitely the queen of Amish fiction.  As far as this particular book goes, the nannying storyline and Cape May setting were well done, as well as the conflicting love story between Sallie, Kevin, and Perry.  Near the end of the book, the storyline started to lag.  It wasn't really clear how Sallie came to her final conclusion, and the ending seemed rushed.  Not the typical wrapping up of a Lewis book.  Overall it was good, but I'd probably wait to pick this one up at the library or at least wait for the price to come down.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Last Day of School and Too Cool for the Pool? {DITL 5/26/17}



 In this Day in the Life... we shop for our reading rewards at Barnes & Noble, hit up the park, enjoy a poetry tea time, and realize the weather is too cool to swim????

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This Week:

What I Made:
We made lots of memories this week.  We started out with a 3 day weekend that was a blank canvas: no plans, no agenda.  And quickly filled it up.  Saturday we took a family hike to some waterfalls near the lake.  It was a moderate hike so even my 5 year old did well and we got some gorgeous photos.  Lots of fun!

Sunday we met some friends for a BBQ and swimming.  Our church friends were kind enough to open up their hope and the kids swam, and swam, and swam.  While I ate way too many cherries.  I love this summer fruit season.

And then on Monday, we met some more church friends at the lake and hung out for 6 hours.  The kids played and played in the water while Mom and Dad got to relax.  It was a lot of fun and a good way to top off the weekend.

What I'm Cooking:
We're in a funny season right now.  Typically I'd be switching over to fresh sandwiches and salads, but we actually got rain this week.  So it's been a funny mix of crockpot soups one day and then a summer salad the next.  This weather is keeping me on my toes.

But one thing never changes:  Pizza on Friday Nights!  :-)

What I'm Loving:
I am so loving having open days to pick and choose as we will.  Now, this is a two-edged sword.  Days are open and free, but we still need some structure.  So we're starting to hit the swing of things with a loose schedule, but one bigger project to complete each day.  We're enjoying it.

What I'm Reading:
Wow!  Just !WOW!  So I'm started the June Bookmarks selection (Sacred Parenting) and I'm remembering how life changing this book is.  It's been easily 4 years since I read it.  Amazing!  I'm only on chapter 2 and already feeling super convicted.  In a good way.  :-)

What I'm Doing:
This weekend is a little open.  Today we're going to the library and story time.  My Kindergartener has really missed going there.  And hoping to do a little hiking again this weekend.  We need to get some yard work done.  If anyone knows anything about fixing a sprinkler system, call me.  :-)  And I know Lydia is dying to go swimming!

What I'm Watching:
I finally watched the finale of Once Upon a Time.  Sad, but satisfying.  I know the show will continue, but it will certainly be different.  Love this show!

What I'm Enjoying:
summer rain... lazy days of summer... summer salads... library time... family hiking... 

What are you up to?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Speed Cleaning/ Power Clean Before Fun!/ Power Hour {6/1/17}



School's Out for Summer!  Which means it's time for mom to get this house in order!  Doing some quick (speed) cleaning before heading out to go waterfall hiking.

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