Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekend Links

What I'm Cooking:

It's Thanksgiving Week... and we're doing lots of projects in the kitchen.  Since it's our week off of school, I pulled out some of the recipes from our Story of the Work curriculum for us to try while we had the time.  Lydia and I made homemade pita and it was incredible.

She and also got into the kitchen to make homemade cranberry sauce and our family favorite Pumpkin Pie Cake.  It's been a yummy week in the kitchen and we're loving it.

What I'm Reading:

I just finished reading a good about the faith and legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Now I'm in between books and thinking about checking out the December bookmarks selection.  Looks good!

What I'm Doing:

We had the week off from school, but I think we might have been busier than we are when we're in school.  Lydia and Josiah had Egyptian projects to finish, Noah had a history project to work on.  We spent a lot of time in the kitchen and I even finished the kids' Christmas ornaments.

What I'm Watching: 

I caught up on the last couple of episodes of This Is Us and it's really hit home.  It's one of those shows that really delves into real life and dealing with real situations.

What I'm Enjoying:

homemade cranberry sauce... getting to know the neighbors... service projects with the kids...
Christmas projects... 

What are you up to?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Prayers for a blessed holiday of
reflecting on all we have to be thankful for.

Count Your Blessings today and...
Stay tuned for lots of holiday fun coming your way!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder {Review}

In A Prairie Girl's Faith, Stephen W. Hines takes an in-depth look at the spiritual legacy left behind by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Searching both her books and other publications, as well as her daughter's writing, Hines delves deep to explore Wilder's personal faith and how it impacted her character, pioneer spirit, and ultimately a far reaching audience.  Hines also uncovers how Wilder's faith influenced her daughter, and how the two, although often at odds in viewpoint, came together to write an extraordinary series.  

In one of the more interesting chapters, Hines takes a closer look at the hymns and songs mentioned in the Little House series.  He examines the lyrics of each, and relates the history of the piece and how it applied to the pioneer lifestyle.  Through this work, the reader can discover much about the beliefs, culture, and mindset that kept American pioneers moving forward in uncertain times.  As well as how central the Christian faith was to the Ingalls family.

For someone who's always been a fan of Wilder's literary legacy, this book was a delight.  It took me back to the original stories and offered insights to deepen the already rich history of the Little House series.  This would make a wonderful for read for anyone that is a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.

My Fun Holiday Favorites Tag

 It's that time of year... time for the holidays to hit, mom and dads to be busy, and time to make memories as a family.

A Common Life:

BoyBoss Mama:

Mommy & Mia HS Chronicles:

Tag Questions:
1 - Which is your favorite, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years?
2 - What are you looking forward to the most these holidays?
3 - Do you have a wish list or prefer to be surprised?
4 - Name a few things you are most thankful for.
5 - What's your favorite dish to cook and why?
6 - Will you be hosting or going to a family members or friends house? traveling?
7 - Pick your favorite holiday and share what does your table look like. (decor, food & activities)
8 - What are some of your favorite traditions?
9 - Which movie gets you in the holiday spirit?
10 - What is your favorite Holiday memory?

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