Jeremy Camp Shared "The Answer" With My Teens

I Am So Glad I Discovered Jeremy Camp’s Music I had frankly never heard of Jeremy Camp before I had the opportunity to review new CD (The Answer) for FlyBy, but I am so thankful that I did. Jeremy Camp’s Music is Real & Authentic & My Teens Love “The Answer” I love his music and his message. It is real and gritty and authentic. My teenagers, who are often the biggest critics when it comes to faith-based music, love Jeremy Camp’s music. The message is real and not preachy, a feature that is so important to teenagers. My kids listen to this music over,Read More →

Off My Shelf In October

A Selection Of Books From Our Home Library Each month I will pull a pile of books off the shelves in our home, books that my kids and my husband and I love. Each book I select is special and full of memories for me. And I will share them with you: Off My Shelf. The selection this month includes a special book that I sang to my children each night as a bedtime book when they were babies. Over in the Meadow is a picture book set to the tradional song of the same name. I love this song. Even though my kids areRead More →

But Mom Why Do I Have To Learn Algebra?

My Math Story Reads Like A Race Over Speedbumps I have to be frank here: I hated math in high school. How that happened is a lesson in why homeschooling is a wonderful choice for middle school-aged kids. But I will start at the beginning. When I was young, in the days of smelly hippies and love-fests, I loved math. I was lucky and had a sixth grade teacher who let me work on my own for math. I loved the subject. I would rather stay in the classroom during recess and work on math than go out and figure out how to play withRead More →

Our Babies Started Laying! Our big (funny) event this week was that our young chickens started laying. I looked out the back window into the yard on Wednesday afternoon. There, standing on the laying box was ‘Little Peep’, one of our golden chickens (we got two yellow orpingtons at Easter this year to add to our existing flock). Little Peep was trying to find her buddy, ‘Jelly Bean’, and had narrowed her location down to the laying box. Later, when my husband came home from work and went out to check for eggs, he discovered two large eggs and one little one! Jelly Bean hasRead More →

Saving Marty

Saving Marty appears on the surface to be the story of a boy and his pig. There are so many of these stories in the world, but this is not really the tale of a pig. Yes, there is a pig in the story, but this story is about the boy. Summary of the Story Renzo lives with his mom and his Double (grandpa) on the family farm. His mother tries to keep everyone fed by raising pigs and puppies and one particular pig ends up joining the puppy pack, bonds with 11 year old Renzo, and never looks back. This fantastic pig is lovedRead More →

This Week Was About Getting Out Of Their Way… Our Weekly WrapUp & the Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails Linkup This Week I Realized I Had Become THAT Homeschooling Mom This week was a monumental, clouds parting above, music playing from the heavens, kind of a week for me. I realized that I was well on my way to becoming that overbearing homeschool mom character you see in cartoon strips. My Kids Were So Ready For Me To Back Off I think for my kids, this week was more of a relief than anything else. Mom was no longer chasing about behind them with pilesRead More →

A Review of “SMOOT the Rebellious Shadow” & “The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole” by Michelle Cuevas ​I was recently given the opportunity to review SMOOT – A Rebellious Shadow, and The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas. These two wonderful books are my first introduction to the author, Michelle Cuevas, but now that I know her writing I will be tracking down all her other books. These Books Turn Shadows & Darkness Into Comforting Places Both books are absolutely beautiful. Michelle Cuevas has a gift for turning shadows and darkness into not-so-dark and comforting places. ChildrenRead More →

Review of a Homeschool Geography Curriculum by Let’s Go Geography I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review a homeschool geography curriculum from Let’s Go Geography, but I was not prepared for how easily and effectively  I could apply the lessons for my high schoolers. I was not familiar with Let’s Go Geography before we began this review and I might easily have passed it over as an option for my high schoolers, as it is designed for younger children. But that would have been a mistake. The curriculum is so easy to tune to older children and effectively teaches geography evenRead More →

Imagine...The Great Flood by Matt Koceich

Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing I was excited to get the opportunity to review Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing even though my children are teenagers.   The Story This is the story of a young ten-year-old boy who is reluctantly in the middle of a move across the country with his parents and his dog, Molly. When he loses his dog and chases her into the woods, he falls and finds himself plopped down into the world of Noah and his family as they prepare for the great voyage on the ark. TheRead More →

Our Weekly WrapUp & Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails It was a good week This was a good homeschooling week. Not one of those prize-winning performances fit for a Pinterest post, but a solid week where everyone made forward progress in spite of twisted ankles and the obligatory fall colds. My kids are really good at making the most of every situation they find themselves in, and so we progressed through our week in a happy lopsided fashion, with plenty of liquids, pain reliever, and the go-to activity of all under-the-weather homeschoolers: documentaries. We mostly focused on Geography We are reviewing Let’s Go Geography! rightRead More →