Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scriptures...

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." ~ Romans 15:4

Thursday, June 29, 2017

George Washington's Secret Six ~ Review

(photo from Amazon.com)

"When George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied - thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring.  He realized that he couldn't defeat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York..." ~ taken from the back cover of the book.

What an amazing story of intrigue and adventure of six amazing, ordinary people. I had a difficult time putting the book down at the office...(yup, I read at work).  I enjoy reading about history and this book was not a disappointment.  It never occurred to me that there were spies that helped General George Washington.  I should have.   

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger did a wonderful job of researching papers, journals, and letters to bring this story to life.  If you enjoy reading and learning about the American Revolution, this book is for you!

(Disclaimer:  I purchased this book for my own personal library.  The authors did not ask me nor did they compensate me for my opinion)


Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Been Quiet...

If you follow this blog, you have noticed that it's been a bit quiet for the last couple of months.  Trying to come up with things to write about has been challenging.  Probably because I have not had the urge to actually sit down and write.  With that said, here is an update of what we have been doing:

The kids ended their 2016/2017 year in April and have had the last couple of months off.  They are aching to start the 2017/2018 year.  This will happen the first week of July. If we were to start public school, we would have a 9th and 7th grader this year. 

The construction of our house is coming along and it looks like we will be moving in by the end of September of this year!  It has been a long 9 years of building and we are all excited to see it completed.  The kids have helped a little bit with painting their bedrooms and with the wiring.  We still need to do a few more things (heat, plumbing, paint the other rooms, carpeting and other flooring) before the official moving in...or I should say moving up.

Work is rather quiet right now.  A lot of down time during the summer months, which is a welcome reprieve from all the deadlines that need to be met between September and May.

 That's about it with the updates...I'm sure I've left a few things out, but that would be for another post.


  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Scripture Sunday

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." ~ Proverbs 22:6

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sounds of the Season

During this time of year, late spring/early summer, there are many sounds that are heard throughout the day and night....

Peepers

Blue Jays

June Bugs

Whipporwhils

Crickets

Woodpeckers

Wind through the leaves

Running brooks/rivers

Motorcycles

Air Conditioners

Lawn Mowers

Thunderstorms

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

"It is the summer of 1950 ~ and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak.  Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he take his dying breath.  For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw." ~ taken from the back cover of the book.

I read this book as part of The Reading Gateway facebook reading challenge for the month of May.  The theme for May is mystery and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie fit the theme.  Young Flavia, 11 years old to be exact, is full of sophistication and smarts when it comes to solving the mysterious death of a stranger.

There were some slow spots in the book, especially when it came to the relationship between Flavia and her older sisters.  I am not sure if the author just wanted the reader to understand the background of the main character or just add a subplot to the mix.  All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would let my 11 year old daughter read this book as it was not too scary but it did have adventure and intrigue.

(Disclaimer:  I was not asked to give my opinion on this book nor was I compensated in any way.)


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Scripture Sunday

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." ~ Psalm 100