Friday, August 17, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: My Mother and Learning to Ride a Bike


No, my mother did not learn to ride a bike this week, and neither did I.  :)  We already know how!

But my did mother come for a visit last week.  As always, we had a great time visiting with her although I wish I had taken some pictures while she was here.  She spent a lot of time playing games with and reading books to my children.  We all enjoyed her visit.

This week we started school, here at home and with our CC campus.  I must admit that my children did not have the best attitude about their schoolwork.  Probably they were still a little tired from my mother's visit and their trip to a water park with John on Wednesday.  Being tired will make anyone a little crabby, won't it?

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • we saw the Incredibles 2 movie two weeks ago, and we all loved it.  Even Hannah sat spellbound on my lap through the whole movie.  What made it so memorable was that it was all of our children's first time to see a movie except for Sarah Beth whom I took to see Frozen several years ago.
  • I had my first parent meeting with our CC Essentials class last Monday.  It was nice spending time with the ladies whose children I will tutor.
  • after picking up my mother at the airport in Houston, we went to Half Price Books.  What a neat store!
  • on Saturday, I attended a workshop on The Lost Tools of Writing which is Sarah Beth's new writing curriculum.  I had no idea what it was all about until the workshop, so it was very helpful.  What was so impressive was that it was taught by a high school junior!  She's completed several years of CC, and I'm always impressed by these Challenge students.
  • John taught Rachel and Mary how to ride their bikes without training wheels last weekend.  They're so excited!  And I'm so proud of all of them!
  • soccer started this week.  Sarah Beth and Rachel are both playing, and it looks like they have excellent coaches this season.
  • Tuesday was our first day of CC, and we enjoyed that.  I especially enjoyed not being director! :)  There are several new families which is always fun.
  • as I mentioned before, John took our oldest four children to a waterpark on Wednesday.  They all had a great time!  They've been looking forward to it since last year.  School had started in our area, so there weren't many people there which made it that much more fun.
  • meanwhile, I was home with Hannah, and I enjoyed that!  We ran a few errands, then I got some things done at home.  It was fun only having one child for a day, and Hannah loved being an only child -- for a day.  :)
  • The Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine.  A few teenagers solve a robbery mystery that occurs in an early 1900's department store.  Although this book is written for children, I found the character development to be fairly good, and the twists and turns of the plot kept the book interesting.  I plan to read some more in this series.
  • Why My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park.  This book tells the story of a young girl and her older brother during the decade when Korea was occupied by Japan before it was liberated after World War II.  It was an informative yet sad book to read.
We have a quiet weekend planned, and we play to savor it since soccer games start soon and with them busy weekends.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Review: I Am: The Names of God for Little Ones


I was thrilled when this book (I Am:  The Names of God for Little Ones by Diane Stortz, illustrated by Diane Le Feyer) arrived for me to review.  When I read it to  my toddler, she loved it and started calling it her "Jesus book."  You can probably tell from the title of this book that it tells a little about several names of God:  God the Father and God the Son.  It has a nice distribution of names from throughout the Bible.

However, I did find a few problems with this book:
  • Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide.  In the Bible, God reveals this name to Abraham when he almost sacrifices his son Isaac but does not because God provides a ram as a substitute.  However, in this book, the author implies that all this name means is that God will provide us with food and take care of us.  This name means so much more!  God doesn't just give us food, but He supplied us with a sacrifice to take our place so we will not be punished for our sin.  
  • Jehovah Rophe, the Lord Who heals.  The story with this one is when Naaman is healed in the Jordan River.  But the Lord revealed this name to the Israelites when He made bitter water sweet at Marah (Exodus 15).  Although the author used a different story to illustrate the name of God, I don't think it dilutes the meaning at all.
  • Rabbi, Teacher.  This pages tells about how Jesus taught about God, but Jesus is God!  It makes it seem like He isn't.  The author should have made a distinction that Jesus taught about God the Father.  
Don't get me wrong about this book, please!  I enjoyed this book, and I'm glad to have added it to our library.  The criticisms I found are fairly small, some may say nitpicky.  But I like and expect accuracy in my books about the Bible for me and for my children.  

All of the negatives about this book, which aren't many, are completely taken care of by the pages about Jesus as Savior and King of Kings.  This book clearly relates that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.  And my favorite page of all was the last one when Jesus will return and make Heaven and Earth new.  What hope this page gives to us and our children!

I will continue to read my daughter her "Jesus book" because it is just that good.

I want to thank BookLook Bloggers for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Friday, August 3, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: A Quiet Week and a Finished Blanket

Another finished blanket for our local pregnancy center.

We had a quiet week at home, almost too quiet, as we didn't always know what to do with our time.  But my mother is coming next week, and the week after that we start school again.  So I decided to appreciate our downtime this week.  :)

Here are a few specific things I enjoyed this week:
  • We met some friends at the pool and had a great time with them.  I really appreciated having someone to talk to.  :)
  • Both Sarah Beth and Rachel won their prizes for summer reading!  In our county, it's done like a raffle, and you get more tickets by reading more.  My oldest three children earned the maximum amount of tickets for their reading.
  • I always love it when I finish a blanket because I get to start something new!
  • I really appreciate our new CC director.  She is doing a great job getting things together this summer, and I have to admit that I have been enjoying not being director this year!  ;)
This morning, we have orientation for our Classical Conversations campus, and we look forward to meeting new families as our campus has grown over the summer!

We plan to see the new Incredibles movie tomorrow, but other than that, we hope to have a quiet weekend.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?