Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gathering the Threads {Review}


The third and final installment in the Amish of Summer Grove series, Gathering the Threads continues the story of Arianna Brenneman, caught between the English and Amish worlds.  After discovering she was switched at birth, Arianna is blackmailed into living with her English family for a year.  But when she convinces her English father to allow her to return to the Amish, Arianna discovers that she doesn't fit there like she used to.  Longing for the simple life that she knows, but conflicted by all she's learned, Arianna must discover who she is beyond all the labels.

Skyler Nash also finds herself struggling with the switch.  Now clean and sober, Skyler is afraid of what Arianna's return could mean for her.  Will the Brenneman family ask her to leave?  Will she be rejected again?  As she struggles to find her place in the family, Skyler continues to work the family business, but also look for her own path.

Can these two girls find their voice in a clash of cultures?  Or will the adjustment be too much?  And what about Quill, Rudy, and Jax?  Will Arianna's sister still work toward leaving the amish?  And will Celia continue to cope with her illness?  

With so many well developed characters, Gathering the Threads certainly doesn't lack for storylines.  While the majority of the book focuses on Skyler and Arianna, there are a variety of well-developed characters to keep the book going, showing the depth of this author.  This book in the series is particularly interesting because it brings up the conflicts between the two worlds and their way of thinking.  Woodsmall does this with such compassion for both sides that she's able to develop arguments without belittling either viewpoint.  

Gathering the Threads is a wonderful way to finish off the series.  I cannot recommend The Amish of Summer Grove series highly enough.  Very well done!

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lydia's Spring Performance {6/24/17}



Lydia's Dance Performance for Spring 2017

Lyrical Performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XyS7oT2ps8

Broadway Performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq46xKK5HGQ

Acro Performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIjZpUt-INk

Ballet Performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Wxjoc6kes

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekend Links












This Week:

What I'm Cooking:
It's cooled off a little bit here.  The A/C is actually getting a break once in awhile.  But we're really trying not to heat up the house too much.  So dinners have been super simple and light.  One of the meals we prepared this week was a chili lime fajita salad.  We seasoned some chicken and veggies with chili powder, cumin, lime, oil, etc and then cooked the fajita toppings.  We also prepared extra marinate as a dressing and served it on a bed of lettuce.  We kept ours pretty simple, but you could dress it up with tomatoes, cheese, guacamole, etc.  It was light and summery.

What I'm Loving:
I'll be honest... I'm loving sleeping in.  I'm a complete night owl, but being a homeschooler, I have to be up with the kids and tackling our day.  We can kind of do school on our own schedule, but the afternoons/evenings are filled with team practices, etc.  So I try to get us moving in the mornings. 

But over the summer, that all changes.  I get a chance to catch up on a ton of reading, watching TV, indulging my night owl tendencies, and sleeping in.

What I'm Reading:
Well, I started a review book, but I had to put it down.  It was just too much.  It's a book based on the French Revolution and right off the bat, it was just too graphic for me.  It's very rare for me to not finish a book, especially a review book.  So I'm really struggling to commit to it.  I haven't been able to pick it up the last couple of days.

What I'm Doing:
We've had a pretty quiet week around here.  Dance classes and workouts went on, but I think the kids were feeling tired like I was as well.  So we spent a lot of time at home this week: board games, baking, hide and seek, water balloons.... They had a lot of fun.

What I'm Watching: 
I'm back to watching Little People Big World.  It's interesting to see how this family has changed and evolved.  Sad at times, comforting at others.  I've been doing some binge watching!  :-)

What I'm Enjoying:
playing in the sprinkler... ice water... easy summer schedules... snuggling with my kids...
nights where everyone is at home... 

What are you up to?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Library Bag Haul {7/13/17}



 Books we're checking out from the library...

Previous Library Hauls:
10/10/13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXKkrKF-TBI
8/20/14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXKkrKF-TBI
2/23/15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9izvYrb_2XQ
8/29/15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWMqZSmF_Zg
2/23/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_1AhUGk4YI
6/9/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko6z5JrBkFw
8/20/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prxWcFDoZ54
11/9/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGbwjVk0Ao8
12/18/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5Rcdbs33yk

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I'm Cooking:
Well, since it's supposed to be 108 degrees today, I really don't want to cook anything.  :-(
But kids have to eat so what do you do?
We've been making lots of marinated veggie sandwiches.  We just chop up tomato, cucumber, and avocado and marinate in balsamic vinegar.  Then spread a pita with either pesto or hummus and pile on the veggies.  It's quick, easy, and refreshing.
We've been eating lots of these sandwiches with watermelon, pineapple, whatever kind of fruit we can get our hands on.

What I'm Loving:
This past weekend was a four day weekend for us since 4th of July was on a Tuesday.  As many of you know, my husband worked at the same job for nearly 10 years and just switched to a new job last November.  In his old job, he never had holidays off.  So this year for him to have 4th of July off was incredible.  We packed the weekend with visiting family, swimming, going to a hometown parade, watching a baseball game, and seeing fireworks.  So we're really loving having Daddy home with us and making memories.

What I'm Reading:
oh, my!  Cindy Woodsmall has a new book coming out in Aug and I was picked to be a part of the launch team.  So I've been devouring this book.  It's book #3 of a series that I've previously reviewed here and let me tell you.  It does not disappoint!  Hoping to have a full review for you next week.

What I'm Doing:
Oh, it's been time to start thinking about next school year.  Hard to believe that the summer is already half over.  I had previously purchased most of our curriculum for next year.  But still had a few things to fill in so I purchased those this week.

What I'm Watching: 
We finally started watching the past Amazing Race season.  The kids and I have been pulling them up on CBS.com and watching them in the afternoon.  Interesting twist to have them paired up with complete strangers.  I don't know if I could do it.

What I'm Enjoying:
The Pool... The Lake... Any Water of Any Sort :-)... enjoying an evening with baseball friends... lazy mornings... A/C... the summer reading program...  

What are you up to?



Thursday, July 6, 2017

One Second Every Day {June 2017}

One second every day during the month of June... enjoying the lazy days of summer... lots of swimming, dancing, camping, and great play time!

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: Y is for Youtube Homeschoolers



 This week... I'm talking about finding encouragement and inspiration from other Youtube Homeschoolers.

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

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter Y playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter Z is for... will be posted on Tuesday July 11, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

Full Time Wife Life:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAukJr-7bZM
Joyfilled Journey:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJoyarmstrong1
Just Sew Trish:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ScrapbookTrish
Pepper and Pine:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7Jb3UtsPmdSCmb0IPmT_Q

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