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Look what popped up in my mailbox yesterday! After spending the morning schooling and the afternoon with my daughters at dance, I came home and found this book laying on my counter. I asked my husband, who had just gotten home from work, where it came from. He told me it was in the mailbox. I asked him if it had a note attached or was it wrapped, since I occasionally use paperback swaps to trade some of my books. He said, “no, it was in the mailbox just like that”. So, I started wondering who would put a book in my mailbox and not leave me a note or call me and let me know they had left it? I called the only two people I thought could have done this, my sister or my friend Joelle. They each said no. So, my second guess would me my mother, which I highly doubt, since she is totally against the whole homeschooling thing. However, I did ask her and she of course said no. After awhile, I gave up guessing and decided I would just read the book. When I opened it to the author’s personal note, I thought, okay, this is too weird, whoever left me this book most have had some instinct to how I had been feeling.
I was feeling doubtful and questioning our reasons for homeschooling the girls. What was I thinking? What if we made a mistake by pulling them from school? What if I can’t give them what they need to get into college? Why did we even pull them out to begin with? I was loosing my motivation and feeling overwhelmed.
After much re-assuring from my wonderful husband and much prayer. I receive this book in my mailbox. I felt like the author, Mary Hood, Ph.D had written this book, The Joyful Home Schooler, about me for me! Everything she talks about in this book, at sometime or another, I have questioned. I love this book! I have not been able to put the book down! I can’t help but think that this book was sent directly to me from above! It is amazing how God answers our prayers!
So, if you are homeschooling your children and are in need of motivation and re-assurance that are doing God’s will, then I highly recommend this book to you. I hope that you would enjoy it as much as I am. I can’t wait to read more of her books!

Kingdom Keepers

Well, it is no surprise to those that know me, that my family and I are big Walt Disney World fans! We have had a family tradition for the last 6 years where our family along with my mom and stepdad, my sister, her husband and her two kids, my brother, his wife and his two kids all stay at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds in Disney World every December. Each family rents a “made to feel real” log cabin and we spend 7 days enjoying the theme parks and the Florida winter weather, as well as each others company! This has to be my daughters’ favorite vacation! They love everything about Disney World! They were even fortunate enough to be picked as Grand Marshalls of the MGM Motor Vehicles parade a couple of years ago! Our home is decorated with many of our Disney memories!
One day, my daughter sees this book at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and most have it! So, me being the book lover that I am, never say “no” if the girls ask me for a book, purchased it for her. She devoured it!! She quickly had her sister reading it, friends at school and ofcourse, me!
I loved it as much as she did! I love the author, Ridley Pearson’s imagination! What a great suspense novel, made just right for kids and grown ups of all ages. If you are as much of a Disney fan as we are, you must read this book. He doesn’t leave anything out. He had my daughter so interested in the “hidden room and upside down staircase, Eshcer” in the castle that she went on a “google” mission to find out if it was true! :-)
She is now reading the second book in this series and ofcourse, I will read it when she is finished!
Aye…all these great books, makes it very hard to stick to the challenges I have signed up for!

Season of Change

WOW!! What a great book! I highly recommend this book to anyone parenting a middle schooler! I read this book while I patiently waited to find out if I was going to be selected to serve as a Juror. Which, by the way, if you notice from my previous post, my summons to Jury Duty came just as we were beginning to prepare for our Election Unity Study. Ya think God had his hand in this one?!!
Anyhow, back to this awesome book! I felt as if I knew Rebecca Powell personally. Every time she referenced her life as a middle schooler, it was as if I was right there with her! Right from the desire to own your own telephone line in your own bedroom! We must be the same age!
She has a wonderful way of inviting parents to get deeply involved with our kids during this crucial time!
I can’t wait to begin her book, “Wise Up! Experience the Power of Proverbs” with my daughter!
Oh, if you have a chance follow her link to her daughter’s my space page where she wrote a beautiful song called “Hey Miley”. I immediately had my daughter listen to it!

Beautiful romance novel

I was looking for an inspirational book to read on my plain trip to Iowa, when I came across this recommendation from my nephew’s teacher. I was a little leery about reading it, because it was based on a woman that was sold into prostitution at a young age. I almost put it down twice due to some of the graphics of her life as a harlot. I am so glad I continued to read it! What an amazing story about one man and God’s unconditional love and the power of forgiveness. Francine River’s is a wonderful writer!

Great Read!

I recently read, “The Shack” by: William P. Young. What a great book! I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoyes chrisitian fiction. After reading what the book was about, I was a little leery about reading it. However, it was so highly recommended to me, so I took a chance. Boy am I glad I did! This story will make you cry at times and laugh at others! It may even answer many of those questions we all at some time or another ask about God.

If you decide to read this book, please let me know what you thought about it.