Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Links

This Week:

What I Made: We had company last weekend, so I did lots of cooking: pasta e fagoili, chili and cornbread, pumpkin bars, and eclair cake.  And a huge BBQ on Monday.

What I'm Reading:  I'm just finishing up Missional Mom (bookmarks book) and starting an Amish trilogy.

What I'm Doing:  We're gonna try to take the kids on dates this weekend.  We missed Sept and Oct so we really need a date in Nov.

What I'm Watching: I am Once Upon a Time obsessed.  I'm not sure what to make of this Frozen twist.  I'm still waiting for Elsa's character to unravel.

What I'm Enjoying: Rain, rain, rain... We need this rain and so I'm happy to take it.  Little hard to have the kids in the house all the time, but we are determined to enjoy it.

What are you up to?

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 November Bookmarks

*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for November was The Missional Mom by Helen Lee.

 These are the books I read this month:

Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould-- See my review here.

Forever Mom by Mary Ostyn-- See my review here.

The Magic Bed-knob by Mary Norton--  We loved this one.  These three kids stumbled upon Miss Price's secret; she's a witch.  In order to keep the kids quiet, she gives them a magic bed-knob that will transport them anywhere they want to go.  Eventually they talk Miss Price into going on an adventure with them and what an adventure it is.  Great book for introducing new vocabulary and ideas in a fun adventure!

Cruise of the Arctic Star by Scott O'Dell--  We read this for history and it's a tough one to review.  I like that each chapter shares a bit of California history by introducing us to some historical character. However, it was interspersed with the author talking about traveling up the coast in a boat, and all the nautical language.  It just got very confusing with different characters all the time and throwing in the boat references.

Our suggested reading for November was The Missional Mom by Helen Lee--  I didn't get my copy till Saturday so I'm about 2/3 of the way through.  This book really wasn't at all what I was expecting.  From the title, I thought it would focus more on motherhood, but rather it seems to focus on missional womanhood.  And rather than feeling encouraged, I just felt overwhelmed reading this book.  Like I'm just not good enough, doing enough.  The author has said a couple of times that it's not about doing more, but her examples and overall tone of the book suggests otherwise.

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on The Missional Mom by Helen Lee.

And join us for our next bookmarks post coming December 19th as we discuss Small Town, Big Miracle by W. C. Martin (note the day change; post will be up one week early to account for Christmas).

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Forever Mom {Review}

Mary Ostyn's latest book takes a look at adoption and many of the twists and turns that adoptive parents face.  Some of the topics included: 
  • building heart connections
  • preparing other children for siblings
  • addressing attachment issues
  • special issues with adopting older children
  • nurturing your marriage in the season of life
There's a variety of topics covered in this book that range from sibling adoptions, older child adoptions, foster care and international adoptions.  Woven throughout this book is Ostyn's personal story of adoption.  From the high and lows, the author speaks from her heart, sharing how hard adoption is when you're in the middle of the mess.  But it's hope that keeps us going to the end.

For someone just looking into adoption, the beginning of this book would be great.  It addresses a lot of the emotional issues that parents walk through.  The second half of the book is more geared toward special issues such as reactive attachment and adopting older children.  So it really does offer a lot for a variety of adoptions.  I'm in a weird place in my adoption journey where a lot of this book didn't apply.  We're certainly not at the beginning, nor are we dealing with any specialized issues.  But it would be a great reference for the future.  

Ultimately my biggest takeaway from this book was the emotional journey we moms walk through in adoption.  There's nothing like having another mom to tell you that what you're going through is normal.  And Ostyn isn't afraid to share the ups and downs of this crazy journey.

*Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Peek Into Our Homeschool Week: Nov 10-14, 2014

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Little Man painting some jungle animals

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Noah working on analogies

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Studying acids and bases

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Experiments about weather
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