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Books, Books and more Books

Ok, so I haven’t blogged since May! I could go back and talk about our trip to Boston, which was awesome! I could add pictures of all the many places we visited, but I have so many I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I could also tell you about the wonderful time we had in Orlando, but this vacation is more of a relaxing one for me where I do absolutely nothing!  The girls attend their favorite SeaWorld Camp, Louie golfs everyday, and I get to read on the porch overlooking a man made lake that is simply breathe taking. I love the sound of the water. I could then tell you about the amazing experience Gianna had at the camp she attended with her youth group, but that would be an experience for her to share. So, instead, I am going to pick it up from here.

As you know, I love to read. I completed Lavender, by: Jude Deverux while in Orlando. This was a fun book, very predictable. Boy meets girl, who is suppose to be in love with his brother, however, falls in love with him. At first, they have a love hate relationship, my favorite, because you just know they will wind up together. This book was part one of a trilogy, which I may or may not finish. I picked up part two at the library, but had so many other books on my list to read that I quickly returned it and I’m not sure that I will actually get to it…maybe next summer! :)

I completed Beowulf with Gianna, she seem to have enjoyed it more then I did. I found it to be a tough read and not really up my alley. She had no choice, it’s part of her reading list for the Fall. We are both reading Sophie’s World a novel about the history of Philosophy, by : Jostein Gaarder. By completing this novel, Gianna will get 1/2 credit for a Philosophy course and will be able to relate to the Philosophers of the time period she will be studying in the Fall. I’m really enjoying this book. I find the study of Philosophy interesting. I also began reading The Pilgrims Progress, by: John Bunyan with Gianna. This is also one of the books on her reading list for the Fall. We are both enjoying this allegory of a man that is on a journey to the Celestial City.

After going to visit Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord, Massachusetts I became very interested in her life. I also became interested in her father’s philosophy on education, so I picked up a book on their lives called Eden’s Outcasts, by: John Matteson. Needless to say, I am in the middle of reading this book as well. As if three books at the same time wasn’t enough, I began reading a book on learning styles called, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style, by: Mariaemma Willis, M.D. and Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A. This is a great book that has helped me understand my girl’s learning styles and hopefully will help me make their learning environment more conducive to their style of learning. As if that’s not enough, yesterday, I decided that I wanted to see the movie InkHeart. I read the book a few years ago, but never got around to seeing the movie. So, I decided to watch the movie, which of course, now makes me want to read the second book. Naturally, I went to my bookshelf and there was book two, InkSpell, by: Cornelia Funke. You guessed it, I began reading it this morning! :)

Can you tell how much I love to read?

Pretty Bad

This is pretty bad! I just noticed that I have not posted on my blog since April! Not that many people would notice. LOL!!! I guess I have been pretty busy. Lets see, I have worked on our home school yearbook, which did not turn out anywhere near as nice as we were hoping for, so that’s a do over! I have worked on costumes for our Drama Clubs production of the Lion King and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have attended a home school convention in Orlando, Florida. We took a family road trip to Marshall, Missouri for a family wedding. I did read a great book by Florence Morse Kingsley, “Titus a Comrade of the Cross”. Great book, the story of Titus, one of the other persons on the cross next to Jesus; this historical fiction also retells the story and betrayal of Jesus by Judas. I am currently in Orlando, Florida where my daughters are attending their annual SeaWorld Camp. Only this time, my oldest is attending the sleep away camp. This is the first time, she will be away from me for more than a few days. I hope I can cope!! I know she will be fine and that God will watch over her and keep her safe, I only pray she will room with someone that has her same kindness and values. As a parent, you work so hard to protect and shield her from all the cruelties of the world and the thought of someone trying to destroy what you have instilled in your children for so long is unnerving. I can rest asured that we have given her a strong foundation in her belief in God to make wise choices and to always pray for guidence and wisdom. So I hang fast to one of my favorite verses…Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. -Proverbs 22:6

Happy New Year!

This year will be a year of challenges for me. First, I will begin by joining the world of blogging and participating in a couple Book Challenges. I won’t take on too many, as I tend to take on too much at one time and then find myself unable to complete any of them.
So, please check out the Book Challenges I have chosen on the right sidebar and maybe you will become inspired to join me in a few of them. They sound like a lot of fun!

Secondly, I have decided that this will be the year that I challenge myself to a healthier lifestyle. I will schedule those doctor appointments I keep putting off. For Christmas, my family gave me the new “Cooking Personal Trainer” DS and a Nintendo DS in the new pearly pink. Do you think they are trying to tell me something? LOL!! Actually, I am not a very healthy eater, so I intend on making that another one of my challenges. Eat better in 2009!

Thirdly, I would love to participate in a marathon, so I will begin training for one…a small one! Perhaps, I will sign up for a couple 3k or 5k marathons in my area. I will start off walking and hopefully by the end of the year be able to actually run one of the marathons.

My list could go on and on, so I will end it with finally finishing school and earning that Education degree I so desperately want. I know, “teaching?”, “what are you crazy?” I guess I am! I have taken on the challenge of homeschooling my children this year and have loved every minute of it! I am so close to finishing my degree. I am one of those people with over 100 credits all over the place, yet not enough to major in any one field. So, I vow to finish school this year!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful first day of 2009 filled with love, hope and prosperity and surrounded by family!

Many blessings to all!

Stay tune for what’s in store for 2009…

September Book Swap

I participate in a monthly book swap hosted by Deb over at DaBookLady’s Book and Bookmark Swap and these were the goodies I received from my swap partner. Two books, “So You Don’t Want to go to Church Anymore” and a Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking mystery novel, a scrapbook with stickers, a delicious mango mandrin bar of soap and a beautiful handmade card! Thanks Kristie, I love everything!
If you would like to join in on this fun swap, head over to Deb’s place and let her know I sent you! You won’t regret it! I can’t wait to see what is in store for October!