half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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D’Aulaires Greek Myths Set: A Review from Memoria Press!

It’s another review in line with Charlotte Mason’s principles, somewhat at least. ;) It definitely applies to classical learning. This time around we received D’Aulaire’s Greek Myth Set from Memoria Press. The D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths Set is for grades 3-6 and includes a student book, a teacher book, and flashcards. We absolutely adore all of the books written by the D’Aulaires! They have gorgeous full color illustrations and do an excellent job of bringing the biographies and myths to...

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Toothless Wonder Boy.

This happened today. We’ve been on the cancellation list to get into dental surgery ASAP, and I knew it was coming, but I’m still horribly sad about my baby’s teeth. I want to cry. Since I was so sick with giardiasis during his pregnancy I had malnutrition, and it caused the enamel on his top teeth not to form. His teeth were really soft, not hard and white like they should be. As a result they quickly began to crumble and...

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Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization: An IEW Review!

Hey, hey…another review of an Institute for Excellence in Writing product! This time we received Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization. It included a physical copy of the teacher’s guide, the PDF student book, poetry CD set, a DVD of Andrew Pudewa’s conference talk on Nurturing Competent Communicators, and seven audio mp3 downloads. Whew. IEW is never lacking in quality materials, that’s for sure! IEW was also generous enough to include a bonus spiral bound, soft cover physical copy of the student...

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T-Minus Ten Days!

Only ten days until Vladik arrives. Can you believe that?! Time is going by so quickly. I am very, very excited to meet him. I’m also a little nervous because this is the first child we’ve hosted who is actually in the process of being available for adoption. What if we love him? It’s scary to think of all the money the adoption process requires. I wish it could be free. Of course that’s not the way the world works. ;)...

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Kwik Stix: A Mess-Free Paint Review!

  Kwik Stix (made by The Pencil Grip, Inc.) were a super fun product to review! What are they? Paint! Anyone who has ever been around kids knows two things. They love to paint. (Love may not be a strong enough word for the way my littles feel about painting, especially my two year old…) Painting is messy and sometimes stressful for the adult in charge. Paint gets EVERYWHERE each time my kids get near it. Doesn’t matter what kind of paint it...

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Yesterday…

Rosie is getting so big. It’s unbelievable. I’m not sure how this is happening so quickly. It was almost 80 degrees out, so I let Henry play in the water. Ada played too, but not for long because the water was freezing cold! Rosie was too old to even be interested. This one…hahaha! He was pretending to be Hulk. Of course today it’s gray, cloudy, misting rain, and in the 50’s outside. One day of nice weather, five days of gray...

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Harriet Tubman: A Biography Review!

    Rosie and I have been reviewing an excellent book from YWAM Publishing‘s series of historical biographies! It’s called Heroes of History- Harriet Tubman by Janet and Geoff Benge. In addition to the book there was also an accompanying Digital Unit Study.   Part of Charlotte Mason style learning involves reading living books instead of just learning facts from textbooks. This book falls perfectly in line with that. The story is captivating and makes the story of Harriet Tubman and...

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Hiking Pictures!

Man, I guess we have germs. Last week Henry randomly got watery diarrhea. I thought he drank some of the soapy water from the water table they were playing in the day before. He had wanted bubbles in it so I added dish soap. I told him not to drink it, but there was a few minutes where he was alone with it and you know how toddlers (especially boys) can be. But yesterday, 7 days since Henry was sick, Ada...

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Ada Turns Six!

I can’t believe my squishy baby is now six years old. It’s crazy, how did this go by so fast? I remember when I spent so many hours cuddling her, nursing her, and kissing her huge chipmunk cheeks. This was the first time Ada and Rosie met each other! And on her sixth birthday… She’s so big now. She’s spunky, and goofy, and really smart. Here’s a vlog of her birthday, ending with opening gifts and blowing out the candles on...

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Apologia Writers in Residence: A Language Arts Curriculum Review!

    Rosie was given a lovely spiral bound book called Writers in Residence from Apologia Educational Ministries for review! This is a complete language arts curriculum. It takes you through the entire writing process piece by piece, and it also throws in grammar skills! We received two things. The student workbook, which contains both the information and the work pages. This book is a large spiral bound book with heavy weight paper. It’s high quality and the pages are meant to...