O Bread of life from heaven,To weary pilgrims given,O manna from above:The souls that hunger feed Thou,The hearts that seek Thee lead Thou,With Thy most sweet and tender love. From week 4 of our family study of the Story of Joseph. On this day, during our time of family fellowship, the children heard Genesis 43 read aloud by my husband, while simultaneously seeing it acted out on the Bible felt boards. What a special day this was. Treasures were uncovered together with our children, and were able to… Read more »

Goodbye store-bought granola.  Hello homemade goodness. Ingredients: 3 cups rolled oats½ cup slivered almonds (or whole if you like)½ cup cashews¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds (hulled and unsalted)1 cup shredded coconut (I use unsweetened but you can use either)2 Tbsp. sesame seedsWanna make it even healthier?  Add in a tablespoon of flax seed. No one will notice, I promise. ¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar ————— ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup OR honey¼… Read more »

Libraries are magical, aren’t they? I love ours, and no matter what kind of day I am having, I am able to relax the moment I walk through the doors. What’s not to love about the Library?(besides the occasional crankypants librarian who seems to think that children ought not to visit). But let’s focus on the many positives: First, the smell of books.Come on.  Tell me that’s not one of the best smells on earth.  And the older the library, the… Read more »

A sweet little place for friends to meet Some work left unfinished Little miniature geraniums and hens and chicks, happy for the rain Wagon near the garden gate Peeking out from the garden to the big world The little beehive Mini sedum, in full, vibrant color                                                    Just a little bit of happiness on a rainy day! These beautiful miniature perennials can be purchased and direct-shipped from Maplestone Ornamentals, owned by my talented horticulurist brother and sister in law!

Because we are using an adjusted schedule, with breaks at different times than allowed for in the regular school year schedule, today actually marks our 30th day of school. If you are familiar at all with Kindergarten, (and the younger elementary grades) then you know counting up to the 100th day of school is a major part of the curriculum.  Of course, it all culminates in a big 100th day of school PARTY. Last year, my super-homeschool-mommy friends, Carol and… Read more »

So… I have this giant bulletin board hanging in what used to be our formal dining room, and is now in my office/library/homeschooling room… I am aware that it is not entirely normal for one to have a classroom-sized bulletin board in one’s home, even if that one is homeschooling. BUT, OH WELL.  Here it is on display in our eat-in-kitchen, where it remained for the month of August before we relocated it to the office (holding school in our cramped kitchen was threatening… Read more »

I don’t like to cause anyone stress.  I prefer to inspire and encourage. For example, I feel badly when I post about big projects we enjoy doing, and some of you come away with the feeling of, “Oh my word. Who on earth has time for that?!  I’m overwhelmed just looking at it.” Big frown. I don’t like to cause these feelings.  At the same time, I DO so enjoy big projects.  I frequently bite off more than I should, and… Read more »

Today, we created homemade books. Lots and LOTS of homemade BOOKS. Some are BIG and tall and rather plain (for now!). Others are teeny tiny Some are quite fancy. With embellishments or pockets to make them more interesting to potential readers. Some have flowers and buttons, and pretty scalloped pages. And nifty inside covers, perfect for tables of contents! Quite a few have fun, seasonal, kid-friendly covers.  But ALL of them are filled with pages.  Clean, blank pages, all ready to go.  They’re ready… Read more »