Summer Book Basket

Instead of monthly book baskets over the summer, I decided to lump them all together to give us a more relaxed reading time over the next few months. Enjoy!

  • Blueberries for Sal and Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
  • The 4th of July by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Johnny and the Birds by Elizabeth Webb and Ian Munn
  • Island Boy by Barbara Cooney
  • Rachel and Obadiah by Brinton Turkle
  • Why Misquitos Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
  • Roxaboxen by Alice McLearen and Barbara Cooney
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Jenny’s Surprise Summer by Eugenie
  • Emma’s Poem by Linda Glaser
  • Summertime in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Old Home Day by Donald Hall
  • The Bear that Heard Crying by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  • Parable of the Sower by Helen Caswell
  • All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Burgess Seashore Book by Thorton Burgess
  • The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown


Do the Next Thing Lesson Planning

If you have been a homeschool mom for any length of time, you have probably tried several different methods of lesson planning. There are many options that range from a boxed curriculum that lays everything out for you to blank planners that you fill in yourself to no planning at all *Grin*.

Search Pinterest and see how many printable lesson planner options come up right now. Probably about 500. Overwhelming. I have wasted so much ink and paper printing these out and then using them for about a week.

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False Teachers

When you think of a false teacher, what comes to mind?

A television evangelist that smacks people in the forehead and says they are healed? A cult leader? Other religious people that don’t claim Jesus to be the Son of God?

What if false teachers were more subtle than that?

What if they seemed legit, always talking about Jesus, always using Scripture and appear to be everything a godly man or woman should be?

This is exactly what Jesus says false teachers are like. Consider what He says in Matthew 7

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

We can clearly see that false prophets have always been a problem and always will be. Even in Jeremiah’s day we find this happening. If this doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. The false prophets and teachers mentioned in these verses sound just like people we hear today.

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May Book Basket

For those of you who are new, I rotate books in our book basket monthly, to keep our reading selections fresh and timely. It helps the children collect memories of certain stories during special times of the year and make associations with holidays, weather, experiences, etc.

Setting up your own seasonal book basket is easy and fun! Grab a big basket (check the thrift stores if you don’t have one) and then look through your book shelves and take out any books that seem to be for certain times of the year. For example, Christmas, Easter, snow, beach, autumn, etc and organize them into months. You can also grab some books from your local library for the basket. I’ve noticed that the library here in my town often has seasonal books on display or on a special cart.

Only bring out the books for the month and keep the rest put away. This makes the monthly books seem very special and the children look forward to getting them out and seeing their old friends again.

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The Word of God

How important is the Bible to Christians?

Is it important to read it everyday? Hear sermon’s preached from it? Memorize it? Guide your thoughts and words? Live your life by the words it contains? Allow it to teach you, convict you, inspire you, encourage you, or comfort you? Give you insight into the Almighty and His character?

Do you love it? Or tolerate it? Does the thought of reading the Bible every day cause your pulse to quicken or make you want to jab a pencil in your ear? Or are you simply apathetic about it..maybe preferring to see if I have time to read it?

The way you answer these questions says a lot about your relationship with God and how serious you are about being a disciple of Jesus. It also reveals how you feel about God. If a Christian does not love God’s Word, it is time to do a serious evaluation of your heart condition.

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New Resource and Gift Guide Available

If you are anything like me and do not like spending money on junk toys, books, art supplies, or gifts for the many countless birthday parties your kids are invited to, then you have probably figured out some of the best things to buy. 

Or maybe you are a grandparent or a uncle/aunt who doesn’t want to waste your money on toys that will end up at the thrift store. Or maybe those creepy stuffed animals with the huge eyes scare you and you don’t want them in your house. 😂 Whatever the reason, this page is for you. 

Sometimes I am asked about which items I recommend for certain things, so I decided to start compiling them into one page which I will update regularly. You will find art supplies, toys, and miscellaneous helps here. The link is at the top of the page. If you are viewing on a phone, you will need to click down the pull down menu to access. 

These are not affiliate links, just a friend sharing ideas. Enjoy!

From One Generation to the Next

“I will restore the years that the locust has eaten” Joel 2:25

A few months ago, a friend of mine sent me an article outlining some pieces of advice and lists of regrets that the author had gathered from older women who were further along in life than she was.

This got me thinking about the women I know and respect that are older than me and been where I currently am. What pieces of advice would they give me on raising my children and loving my husband? Did they have any regrets? What could I learn from them?

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