Tuesday, November 14, 2017

It's Time...

I started this blog back in 2011 to help me keep track of the kid's homeschooling.  We did a lot through the years and now that they have become independent learners, I have decided that Its Time to say goodbye to this blog.

I will 'close the door' on this blog December 31st.  This will give me time to save a few posts/pictures and to reminisce the past.

Thank you to all that followed this blog through the years.  I appreciated the comments and enjoyed reading your blogs posts as well.

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Season :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry ~ Review

(Picture from Amazon.com)

"Elsa is seven years old and different.  Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy - as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy.  She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend.  At night, Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. 
When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of misfits, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other."  (taken from the back cover of the book)

"My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry" is full of wit, strength, courage and above all...superheroes.  The main character, Elsa, is sent on an adventure to deliver letters to people that were helped by her grandmother in the past.  As the story develops, you find out that these people are also characters in the Land-of-Almost-Awake. 

This is the first book I have read by Fredrik Backman.  His story-telling is engaging and witty.  I do have to say that the first half of the book was a bit slow-going for me, but then the pace picked up and I couldn't put the book down.  I highly recommend to all.

(Disclaimer:  I purchased this book for my own personal library. I did not receive any compensation from the author or publisher for my opinion)

Sunday, October 15, 2017


"...Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be Spiritually-Minded Is Life Eternal." ~ 2 Nephi 9:39

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Bit Silent...

Wow, it has been a while since my last post.  That was not intentional, or perhaps it was.  I haven't found much to blog about and life has been a bit busy:  Lessons, Girls Camp, Birthdays, Work, House Work, etc. 

I have been pondering about whether I should hang up on the blog thing or tweak a few things.  The kids are basically independent in their studies/lessons and doing their own things. So posting about lessons has been quite infrequent. Samantha has her own blogs that she tries to keep up with and is busy finishing up her third book and working on her fourth book to be self published.  Nickolas is busy with playing video games and reading at times.  Having two teenagers in the house has changed the dynamic a bit as well.  The kids are on their 'sabbath week' of school (6 weeks lessons, 1 week off) and are finding ways to keep busy...they do have a few major chores that need to get done this week and I am hoping the work gets done.

The work on the house is coming along and there might be a slight chance that we will be moving in the 'new digs' sometime in the near future...before Thanksgiving?!?!?  We shall see...

Other than the above updates, things are pretty good.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


"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)