Sunday, December 30, 2012

Scripture Sunday

As I was reading "Reverence for God is the Beginning of Wisdom", an article from the January 2013 Ensign, the following scripture spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you...

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."  ~ James 1:5 (emphasis added)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Project-Based Homeschooling

I recently purchased and read 'Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners' by Lori Pickert.  I have read many positive reviews about this book and have to agree with all of them.  This book is for all homeschool parents, from seasoned to new. 

It has been weighing on my heart to become a mentor to my children instead of a homeschool mom/teacher. This book has inspired me to do just that.

Friday, December 28, 2012


At the beginning of this year, I made a list of goals for my children and myself.
  • Nick and Sam to read at least 1 chapter book per month.  
  • Read Scriptures Daily
  • Learn at least 1 new thing a day
  • Move upstairs to new living space
  • Open an Etsy shop.
How did we do?

  • Nick and Sam exceeded their goal.  I couldn't be more pleased with their reading and I am so happy that they enjoy books.  Nick's choices have been more non-fiction/biography books...'Who Was/Is books.  He has also read some fiction books as well.  Sam read quite a few Magic Tree House books and is starting to challenge herself with higher grade level books.
  • Read Scriptures Daily...I had good intentions on this one.  I did not fulfill this goal but will be trying again in 2013.
  • Learn at least 1 new thing a day....I used to keep track of this, but I was trying to hard to learn something new and my goal was to let the learning happen naturally.  So, yes...this goal was not a successful one either.
  • Move upstairs to new living reason prohibited this from happening.  Hoping and praying this will happen sometime in 2013.
  • Open an Etsy shop...a goal that should never have been made.  Right now I do not have the time to craft and perhaps one of these days/years it will happen, but the time is not now.
Have I thought of any goals for 2013?  You bet.  I have been thinking about goals and what I would like to accomplish in 2013.  The following are a few things that I have in mind for goals.
  1. Nick and Sam to continue their reading goal.  
  2. Be a mentor to my children instead of a homeschool mom.  
  3. Nick and Sam to expand their interests
  4. Read Scriptures Daily with Nick and Sam
  5. Would like to work from home - not sure if this is classified as a goal, but it is something that I have been thinking about.
  6. Move upstairs to new living space - another repeat from 2012, but oh I do hope it is an accomplished goal for 2013.
The list will be finalized by Jan 1st. and posted on my sidebar.

Do you have any goals for 2013?  Share them in the comments...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

A couple of pictures from our Christmas fun...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Good Tidings of Great Joy...

The Birth of Jesus Christ
I enjoyed this message from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and wanted to share it with you. 

Merry Christmas :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

No Week Ending Posts...Christmas Vacation

We are taking the rest of 2012 off from any formal lessons.  The kids will continue reading and whatever else they decide to do, but as for week ending posts...not until 2013.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Random Things for 12-12-12

1. The sun is shining, very little cloud cover and the ground is brown.  Not a typical December day.

2. I love Red Vines licorice.  The taste is so delicious...not sweet like the other licorice brands.  Red Vines remind me of movie theaters, which I have not stepped foot in since 2002.

3. The kids have been to 2 Christmas parties so far.  I say so far because tonight will be the third and final one.  The town adjacent to us is having a Town Wide Christmas celebration.  All of the businesses on main street will be opened and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children at town's hardware store.  A lot of fun will be had by all.

4. Meeting up with our library friends is always a fun thing, especially tonight.(see #3)

5. I had an awesome lunch earlier this week.  Our town's Road Agent made a Shepherd's Pie and he thought I would like some for lunch.  He was right and the pie was yummy!

6. I have read 3 books in the past week. It usually takes me a good week or two to read one book.  But these last 3 were page turners and I couldn't put them down.  The house didn't look that great after reading, but sometimes a girl has to finish a good read before anything else can be done.

7. Nick and Sam have been playing very well together.  They aren't arguing as much and hopefully this will last.  (I know, wishful thinking).  They have been busy building lego cities.

8.  Homeschool, or in our case lately, Unschool has been fun.  The kids are reading quite a bit, using their computer time wisely, using their imaginations, cooking, baking, etc.  Sometimes I do worry that they are not doing enough, but then I am brought to reality by what they tell me about their learning journey.

9. Scott has been working on our heating system.  A few runs to the hardware store and now all is good, for at least this year into next.  He has also been working on our upstairs bathroom.  It is almost finished and pretty soon we won't have to go downstairs to shower.

10. Work has been pretty good.  A bit hectic at times and slow at other times.  I am gearing up to close out 2012 and open 2013.  This will take place over the next few weeks.  I am a little nervous, but I am getting help from a great friend.  It is a learning experience that I look forward to.

11. Our family is doing good.  We haven't done anything extravagant this year, except for going to RI over a weekend this past summer.  We have stayed around the house, hiked in the woods, and pretty much kept to ourselves. 

12.  80's music rocks!  I listen to it daily, especially at work.  Makes the day go fast and sometimes just sitting back and listening to music from my childhood brings back fun memories with my friends. 

12 random things on 12-12-12...Hope your day has been a good one :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Isaiah 7:14

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Looking Back on Week 24

This week, the kids and I did the following:
  • Read Books - Nick finished another chapter book, "Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind", and Sam has started "By The Shores of Silver Lake". 
  • Computer Time
  • Unit Study with me:  Expedition: Israel.  So far we have learned about 2 places in Israel (Jerusalem and Bethlehem), 2 types of animals (Canaan Dog and Dugong), 2 types of food (Almonds and Salt), 2 Heroes of Israel (Jacob and Moses) and a couple of Hebrew words.  We are taking our time with this unit study and the kids are are enjoying each moment.
  • Sam made corn muffins (from a mix) all by herself.  I did supervise, but she read the recipe, did the measurements, stirred and filled the muffin cups.  She did learn a really good always make sure the lumps are gone or else you'll get a mouthful of mix.
  • Library day (always a positive)
The kids had a pretty good week in that they didn't argue very much.  This is a welcome blessing!

Yesterday, we took the kids to a Christmas Party and they had a good time.

The highlight of the week was from today. Before I tell you what happened, I will have to tell you that about 5 months ago, Nick and Sam wrote to Mary Pope Osborne.  If you are not familiar with her, she writes the Magic Tree House series.  I wasn't sure if the kids would hear anything back, but today they did. Nick and Sam received a letter Mary Pope Osborne.  They were pretty excited, too!  (i am sure it was a form letter, but it was fun to see their eyes light up).  

Hope you had a good week like we did :)

The Captain's Bride - review

"Leaving their home in Norway behind, Elsa and Peder Ramsted set out to carve a new life in a young country with their closest friends, including Kaatje Janssen, a woman seeking a new beginning for the sake of her marriage and the child growing within her; Elsa's sister Tora, a sly young vixen who knows just what she wants - and exactly how to get it; and Karl Martensen, a man torn between his friendship for Peder and a forbidden, secret love for Elsa, a man tormented by emotions that threaten to ruin them all." (taken from the back cover of the book)

'The Captain's Bride', written by Lisa Tawn Bergren, is book one of three in the Northern Lights Series.  In this book, you are introduced to Elsa and Peder Ramsted, Kaatje and Soren Janssen, Tora Anders (Elsa's younger sister), Karl Martensen and many other characters that intertwine in each other's life story.  The journey for each begins in Norway at the wedding of Elsa and Peder.  From there, the story has twists and turns and each character finds themselves in America following their own dreams.  Click here to read the first chapter.

I enjoyed reading this book and found the storyline of each character easy to follow.  The only thing that I can find fault with the story is the ending.  I was expecting more, but since there is book two and three in this series, I can understand why the author ended the book in the way she did...I look forward to reading book two in the near future.

(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Isaiah 9:6

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Spirit of CHRISTmas

(Christmas Flash Mob by Journey of Faith at South Bay Galleria)

I saw the above video on Facebook and loved it so much that I wanted to share with you.