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Passing On A Love Of Books And Reading

One of our goals as parents was to help our children to become good readers.  We had several main reasons which are:

1. We are big readers and know the pleasure of well written books.

2. It is my belief, that if you can read well, you can teach yourself anything.

This desire to pass along a love of reading is extended to my grandchildren.  We encourage a love of reading/books by reading to them, and buying them their own books.

I have books here at the Cottage, that are just for them, even the toddlers.  Klaire loves to get these books out everytime she's here.  She also gets into my books, but it is a training process - "Not those books, these are YOUR books!"

I got a few cute photos of her yesterday.




Have you seen these Baby Lit books?










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They are really cute, I bought Klaire and Isla, Pride and Prejudice and Little Women.  Lindsay found cute sets of them for the girls at Christmas.


We still buy our adult children books, too!  They always have books on their lists of ideas…
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The Most Important Work!

Great Article by Sally Clarkson

I wanted to share this link with you because I know you will be blessed and encouraged by it!




http://www.triciagoyer.com/power-blessing-four-words-children-need-hear-sally-clarkson/

The Lifegiving Table

I am a part of Sally Clarkson's new book launch team for The Lifegiving Table.  This book is out on my birthday, October 3rd.
Sally has long been a kindred spirit even though we don't know each other.  We have shared interests in mentoring, discipleship, training and teaching our children, opening our homes and lives to others.

This book, which I've read a preview of, is my heart too.  We've used our 'table' to build relationships with our children, our families, friends, fellow workers, young people, old people and every age in between.  To share our faith, spread encouragement, help carry burdens.

Sometimes, it has been a full blown Thanksgiving meal with three tables set up.  Other times it has been coffee and dessert.  But all of it has been with the heart of welcome and care and "I want to know you better," or "come celebrate with us!"  


I had a friend say to me, "My heart is to do this but we don't have a nice big table, that I…

Thoughts On Living An Ordinary Life

Today I'm sharing a post that I wrote for my blog Creekside Cottage.


We live an ordinary life.  We work, we cook meals, we wash dishes, do laundry, clean our houses, care for our children, and grandchildren.  For those of us who home educate, we are busy with guiding our children's learning, too!

Sometimes we can feel as if we are not 'doing' anything of value.

Often we feel as if our work and our lives are unseen.  There is a desire in all of us to be seen and to be known.  So much of social media is about this.

There are so many things out there that make us feel as if we must be doing something that is noticed.

 Living an ordinary life is seen as boring. 

 But look at what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 4: 9-12
9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;…

Here Is What We Are Doing For School This Year

We've been on summer break since May 11th.  Monday we will start a new year of learning.  Kyle will be in 7th, Sarah in 10th, and Kamryn, my granddaughter will do some days with us and some days at her home.  She is in 1st grade.
We've had a good summer, did some swimming, the kids played Ultimate every Wednesday, and some of us took a trip to California for a family wedding.  Summer flew by, didn't it?
We've continued to learn this summer, mostly reading, with a bit of math.  We are ready to get back to a schedule.  I always look forward to a new year.
This year we are doing American History.  We use a lot of historical fiction, biographies, extra books like 'A is for Abigail,' by Lynn Cheney.  I have a big gap in ages with having my granddaughter doing history with us, so those books suited to her age will be read with just her, but otherwise we will be altogether for history.  

I like to do a bit of 'morning time.'  This for us means that we pray to star…

Be Intentional

One of the lessons that I learned over my 28 years of parenting was about being intentional. By this I mean that I deliberately made choices in how I would parent the kids God gave to us. 

I came to realize that my kids would not learn manners, or math without me having a plan and doing it.  Having a plan may sound like more than you want to think about this summer, but it can be very simple.





As I may have mentioned a time or two, I don't like things that require prep work.  I want to open a book and get to the science, I don't want to have to pre-read a lesson.

The same is true in my being intentional - I want it to be purposeful but easy.  So I chose a book, a movie, an activity, or just time together with my kids where we could focus on a character trait, or other kind of subject, and then talk about it afterward.

If you want your kids to be kind, then you have to model that and talk to them about being kind, and how to handle it when other people aren't kind to them.  This…