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 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?