the library list

Some of the books we are enjoying this week:


Sacred Rhythms: Finding a Peaceful Pace in a Hectic World


A Light in the Window (The Mitford Years, Book 2)


The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals


The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories


One Lonely Sea Horse This one is our favorite – all the illustrations are made from fruits & veggies!


What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (Caldecott Honor Book)


Rattlesnake Dance


Snoozers : 7 Short Short Bedtime Stories for Lively Little Kids Little Prince’s favorite book (not the 1st time we’ve checked it out!)


A Bear Called Paddington

Have you checked out any good books lately?

back to the drawing board

I’m going to be re-arranging the blog again, just in case you drop by & it’s a mess! I wanted a wider posting area, but these background colors are just depressing – so I’m switching back to my old 4-column template.

homeschool memoirs

HSBA has come up with a fun way to keep track of your homeschool year by participating in Homeschool Memoirs. A new theme will be posted every Wednesday. This week’s assignment is a peek into why we homeschool.

My name is Amy and I will soon be a mom of 5 kiddos (and we have a forever-4 yr. old in Heaven). I’ve been married to my best friend for almost 16 years. Today we started our seventh year of homeschooling, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m going to use being 8 months pregnant as an excuse to dig into my archives. The following is part of a post I did last year (you can read the whole post here if you are bored & have nothing better to do. HA!).

I can’t remember why I first considered homeschooling. I know it was about 9 years ago, when our oldest was two. I had a friend who was doing Five in a Row with her daughter & it looked like so much fun! I’m always up for a good round of fun, so maybe that was what lured me. I’ve always loved school – I was a preschool teacher at the time and my “plan” was to get my degree as soon as my kids were in school & teach full time. Whooo, God must get the biggest kick out of me. A short time later, I found out that my sister-in-law was planning to homeschool her kids too.

Here’s some honesty for you: It took me several months to finally make the commitment to homeschool. (Hubby was on board right away.) I had big PLANS for when my kids went off to school, important things like volunteer work & starting a mommy support group & having a clean house. I was very selfish and it was painful to let go of those dreams, but God was patiently calling me and I knew I had no choice :o)

free membership to freepeats

Freepeats is a great way to get rid of your old baby gear & get new stuff in return – for FREE! (It is similar to Freecyle.) There is usually a $4.95 membership fee, but you can get a free membership if you sign up today. Check here to see if there is one in your area.

the name game

After months of disagreeing searching, we finally have a name for Baby Girl! (For my bloggyworld friends – I’ll share her name here when she is born, and after that she’ll have a silly nickname like all the other kiddos.) Naming a baby is such a huge task. Our kids’ names are all a little uncommon, end in ‘a’ or ‘ah’, and have a biblical meaning (though they are not all names found in the Bible). That narrows the field of available names quite a bit!

I came across this list of Worst Baby Names compiled by ancestry.com. Keep in mind that these horrendous names are of real, documented people from the U.S. Census Reports!! They all sound like something from a crude Saturday Night Live skit.

Ghoul Nipple

Acne Fountain

Lust T. Castle

Mary A. Jerk

Ima Whore

Fanny Whiffer

Envy Burger

Mule E. McCart

Lard Mooney

Good Hell

Emma Royd

Noble Butt

Naught E. Bishop

Stud Duck

What’s the worst baby name you’ve ever heard?

things i never thought i’d say

Do NOT put rocks/ dirt/ beads in your nose.

I told you that, if you leaned too far over the top bunk, the ceiling fan would hit you in the head.

Don’t let the dog lick you in the mouth.

Yes, that IS a beautiful spider.

Quit climbing the door facings. (said to my son who is 6 ft. off the ground)

Don’t EVER EVER EVER stick anything into an electrical outlet again!

Didn’t I tell you to NEVER EVER EVER stick anything into an outlet again?!?

Just pick it up, wipe the dirt/dog hair off, and eat it – you’re not getting another one.

Please don’t throw up in the van!

Get your underwear off your head.

Do you know that you have a sucker stuck to the back of your head?

We don’t bite people’s noses.

If you don’t be quiet, I’m going to stick you in the closet. (Oh ok, I would never really say that, but I have thought it!)

So what have you said, since having kids, that you never thought you would say?

homeschool fear session- free

This is from Heart of the Matter Online:

Robin Sampson – Homeschool Fear Session w/ Q&A to follow

EVERYONE is welcome to join us for this session in our online conference room! FREE! We simply ask that you promote this event on your blog or via email. Everyone present will be entered to win a copy of Robin’s book, The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach.

Date: Friday, August 8, 2008
Time: 10:30 EST

We are very excited about this event. Everyone is welcome to join us but we ask that you please disable your microphone if you have one plugged into your computer, out of respect for the speaker.
Below are instructions on how to log into the conference. You will need to log in from a Windows-based computer.

1. Click the link to the room: http://clients.audiovideoconference.net/conference.php?id=33090855
2. You’ll be prompted to download a small and very safe file.
3. Open the file and then log in. To log in simply enter your name. No password is required to listen to the talks.

olympic fun

Is anyone else excited about the Olympic Opening Ceremony tomorrow night? I love all the costumes & music, and wondering how the torch is going to be lit. (IMO the Greece one was the best opening ceremony, and the worst was the one with that weird little genderless thing for a mascot – where was that?)

We are going to have Chinese food for dinner, and I found several fun activities online that we might do during the day, or in the next couple of weeks:

Olympics Math

Medal Tally Sheet

Host Your Own Olympic Games

Beijing Games Educational Kit

Worksheets from Enchanted Learning (we have a membership)

gotta love free stuff

The current All You magazine, only available at Walmart, has 5 awesome Free Product coupons from Kraft – crackers, salad dressing, hot dogs, crystal light & cheese. You have to purchase 3 items to get your free food, but individual packets of Kool Aid qualify! So, buy three pkgs. of Kool Aid & get your item free. This magazine is chock-full of other coupons too! Want to get 2 issues of All You free? Go here & sign up – be sure to use the bill me later option.

Sign up here for 2 free issues of Family Circle.

Do you have a CVS card? Check the bottom of your receipt on your first purchase in August – it will have a coupon for a free CVS brand product. Mine was for a bottle of mouthwash. Also, if your store has a scanner, be sure to scan your card every time you visit to get more coupons (they print at the scanner).