Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Love this!

Oh, I tell you, if I could live a dual life of wife/mom as well as something else, it would have been an archeologist. This new discovery is *so* up my alley! I am sure that the life of an archeologist is often very dull, but wow, can you imagine happening upon something magnificent? Can you imagine discovering another Tutankhamun? I can only imagine what that must have been like. Or the Rosetta Stone? Or some wonderful Greek or Roman or Biblical treasure? What that must be like!

OK, back to my own reality - life is good. We are getting over some very odd colds and that is always good. We had John's birthday on Sunday and he is Mr. Bionicle. I don't know if any of you have sons that love Bionicles as much as my son, but it is a really enjoyable thing for him and he enjoys the books too. I cannot say whether they are terribly interesting or valuable reading, but he is enjoying them. I consider them "fun" reading as opposed to "quality" reading, as I do require him to read what I consider quality literature and then rotate to his "fun" reading. Spiderman comics fall into the fun category too. LOL He has eclectic taste from biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Kit Carson to the Children's Illustrated Ivanhoe. I used to be a total purist with regards to classics like Ivanhoe, but that is one tough book and I would not ever require him to read that at this age yet I knew he would love the story done in a children's version. He *loved* it. He also read Moby Dick in the children's version too and that was quite a success. Never say never, right? :+)

Two friends recently asked me for book suggestions for the medieval time period and I came up with quite a list. I thought you might enjoy it too.

Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church - We are reading the first in this series right now: [Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church – that begins with Paul and goes through Benedict (529 AD)] Powerful books!!


The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow


The Viking Quest Series


Augustine Came to Kent


The Hidden Treasure of Glaston


Beorn the Proud


Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World


Ink on His Fingers.


Marguerite Makes a Book


Caedmon’s Song


Leif the Lucky


The Making of a Knight


The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day


Morning Star of the Reformation


The River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin


Otto of the Silver Hand


Saint George and the Dragon


The Illuminated Manuscript


Book of Kells DVD (This is just a wishlist kind of thing as I don’t own it, but it looks so neat!)


The ones below are Renaissance, but I listed them for later. :+)


The Apprentice


Dutch Color (In seventeenth-century Holland, a young woman vows to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance following a voyage to Venice to obtain paint color recipes for the painters of Utrecht.)


I hope you find something you enjoy!


Thursday, February 05, 2009

February already!

It is amazing to me that we have already arrived in February. We have two birthdays in February that are significant to our family. John enters double digits on Sunday and Abigail is to turn 12 on Valentine's Day. She was a gift to us and was the only child to arrive at a decent and sensible hour. John was already given his birthday bike and was exceedingly happy to get it. He, Daddy, Abigail, and Hannah spent a good portion of the day on a lengthy excursion together. I took the littles to shop and have fun together. They are easy to please at the wee ages of 6 and 8. :+)

Abigail was also given a portion of her birthday gifts early, an Elephant Heart Plum tree that she has wanted since last year. That girl loves to garden and I will let her do it! :+) We are hoping to have a harvest in a few years if we take good care of it. The plums are juicy and red and should make for yummy eating. We also have a very pretty apricot that provides us a small gathering of fruit every other year. They are delightfully good though sparse in turnout.

Spring has arrived quite early here and I am not exactly ready for it yet. Spring is a tough and wonderful time for us. Allergies make it tough, but the weather and the planting of gardens makes it wonderful. The grass will turn green again and the cold will go away and as long as it stays coolish to warmish I am a happy clam. We are blessed here in central CA, with very mild weather almost all the time. We expect a "thunder storm" this weekend, but I imagine my friends in the midwest would give a hearty laugh could they experience what we term "thunder storm." I don't know what I would do if I ever found myself in a genuine one! :+)

We are in the midst of reading our second year of The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages and we are really enjoying this year too.A friend just recently asked me what I would purchase again to use if everything in my house burned down. This was one of the products. I *love* this program. We have learned so much. It is such a blessing to learn this way.

We flesh it out with some of the best books out there. Right now we are reading a wonderful book that happens to be in a series. This is the first of four. It is called Peril and Peace Volume 1: Chronicles of the Ancient Church. This is a compilation of stories of the early church giants beginning with Paul. It is a moving account and sometimes I find myself on the verge of tears. As Tertullian, an early church father said, "In the blood of the martyrs lies the seed of the Church." This is an important book to share with your children.

What a blessing it has been and continues to be, to learn with my children!! What are you learning?