Thank you for all the birthday wishes and prayers for our daughter. We're so deeply grateful.
It's been ages since I've written a book post so here's what we're reading right now.
Let's start with my 12 yo daughter: I'm reading The Sign of the Beaver to her. We've read two other Elizabeth George Speare works this year so when Lissa mentioned this one was only $1.99 on Kindle, I made that our next read aloud. I'm super happy my not-so-little girl still lets me read to her. I can sometimes even get her to clean her room while I read. Nice! Recently, I listened to Andrew Pudewa's talk... Nurturing Competent Communicators, I think. I've listened to a lot of them lately whilst ironing or sewing. Anyway, it stressed the importance of reading aloud to older children as well and so I made a commitment to continue.
She's just finished binge reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I normally encourage moderation and balance in my children's days, emphasizing fresh air and exercise but when it comes to Harry Potter, I completely understood her holing up in her room for two days until she finished. She kept coming up to me with big eyes. "I know!" I would say, as I vividly remember emailing Karen Edmisten with a "That did NOT just happen". And she would shake her head and disappear for another hour or so. Such fun.
My 8 yo son and I finished reading The Hobbit and we've happily returned to picture books. I was going through picture book withdrawal. I haven't even begun to map out what I might read with a growing little boy but I'm excited for those days. I so enjoyed Milly-Molly-Mandy and A Little Princess with my daughter. It seems a whole new world awaits me!
Me: Yikes. Not much. I was hoping for a little organizational motivation as I work on the children's rooms so I tried Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Julie Morgenstern, whose advice I usually find sound. It's good, but I think maybe more geared towards professionals? I'm not sure yet. There's a lot of good stuff in there but I'm having to translate it to apply a stay at homeschooling mom.
It's weirdly cool and pleasant out there for mid June. We harvested onions yesterday and are pulling the potatoes this morning. I'm meal planning and also making school plans for next year because yup, we decided to continue homeschooling! There's nowhere to go but up from the last two years!
Y'all have a happy weekend!
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