Book Recommendation: Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis has been one of my favorite authors for a while now. Last week, I was looking for a new book to read, and I saw this one for only $1.99 on Kindle! I loved it. If you enjoy Christian fiction, I would highly recommend this book. It is very clean. The Christian parts are woven into the story so they don’t feel forced. And the plot is very engaging, with likable characters! Also, it is not very easy to predict what is going to happen. I love it when books keep me guessing! 

The story is centered around a mother searching for her little girl and a little girl who is longing for a mother. Sounds pretty straightforward? That’s what I thought too, but it isn’t as obvious as it seems! 

If you do read it, let me know how you liked it!

Weekly Highlights: Landscaping and Fun with Water Guns

On Monday, Matt got rocks for our front flower bed! We’re planning to put a couple flower planters in there too. 

I found a submarine shirt for Micaiah! We love submarines around here because Matt was a submariner.

Tuesday was a hot day! We finally got to try out the water guns that John got for his birthday!

Charity was the most eager to get wet!

John liked it too.

And here is a random cute picture of Micaiah. I love his silly face to match his silly personality!

My favorite Goodwill find of the week is this pretty Kate Spade silk top!

And here is my recipe for the week! Per request, (Hi, Traci!) I am sharing the recipe for these Peanut Butter Energy Bites! I made these for snacks for Charity’s Wednesday night class at church. Judging from the kids’ reactions though, I would caution that these might not be super kid friendly. 😬 I thought they were a good snack though and I hope you enjoy them too! 

Thanks for reading!
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Three Things I Learned From My First Two Years of Homeschooling

I love homeschooling! After two years, here are three things that I have found to be important.

1. Have a Routine 

Routine is so important! It doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs to be predictable. Have a place and a time for school to be done every day. This helps the child know what to expect and discourages procrastination. This last year, we did school at the kitchen table during the little ones’ nap every day.

2. Believe in your Student!

When I started teaching Charity, I wondered sometimes if she was actually going to retain the information or if I was expecting too much from her. Each time I was surprised at how well she did! I think children can accomplish more than we think sometimes! Certainly, if your student is confused or not grasping the concept, they will struggle. But if we are diligent to keep presenting the information in different ways, they will eventually understand. We need to have confidence in their ability and patience during the process.

3. Enjoy it!

This is so important! It is hard to teach something that we are not interested in ourselves. Try to find material that you are excited about and enjoy teaching. If we approach each lesson as a fun and new challenge, chances are the student will too!

These three things have been helpful to me so far! I would love to hear advice from other homeschool moms as well! Leave a comment sharing your most important element of homeschooling!

Linking up today with this blog and Homeschool Blog and Tell!

Weekly Highlights: I Started A Facebook Page

I started a Facebook page! If you enjoy reading my posts, please follow the link and like that page. That is where new posts will be shared on Facebook from now on!

Last week was a fun week! We enjoyed playing outside a few times.

On Friday morning, we went to the Potawatomi Zoo. The kids always enjoy that!

On Friday evening, I went with a couple friends to see Singin’ in the Rain at the Lerner Theatre! Growing up, I enjoyed the movie, and the play was very entertaining as well! I especially loved the costumes. It was very well done!

On Saturday, we went to a cook out at a friend’s house and had a great time! I played bocce ball for the first time and ate some very yummy food. 

And I’m still selling on eBay! Here is my favorite Goodwill find of the week! It is a J Crew blouse, 100% silk.

And for this week’s recipe, I am sharing another easy dinner idea! These Tuna Patties are really good, and we enjoy them as sandwiches with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.

Thanks for reading!

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Memoria Press Kindergarten Review

Charity has officially finished Kindergarten! This was our second year using Memoria Press, and we continue to be very impressed with it. In this post, I will describe the parts of the curriculum and share my thoughts about the books included in the Kindergarten set!

In Kindergarten, there are five divisions of study: Bible, Phonics, Math, Copywork, Recitation, and Enrichment. Each day’s assigned work is clearly lined out in the teacher’s manual which is so helpful!

For Bible, the lessons are a short reading from the Bible story book. 

This story Bible has beautiful illustrations!

For Phonics, the lessons are taken primarily from a set of books called First Start Reading along with Core Skill Phonics books K and 1. Each lesson usually consisted of a couple writing pages and some reading practice.

Here is the very first lesson of the year.

And the last lesson! So fun to see how much she learned in a year!

For Math, we used Rod and Staff Mathematics 1. In Kindergarten, we completed the first half of this book. In First Grade, we will work through the second half. Each lesson is two pages long and includes review of past concepts while slowly introducing new ones.

And again, here is the first lesson.

And the last! Such a big difference!

In Copywork, the student copies a Bible verse or short poem. This emphasizes learning to write neatly and carefully.

Recitation is the part of the day where the student memorizes and recites facts. Each week, a new fact is learned and added to the recitation. Charity learned so much from this, including the continents, months, planets, and more!

Enrichment includes a read aloud literature book and corresponding craft every week, a music selection, and an art flash card to learn about! The literature books can be purchased as a set through Memoria. Or, like we did, you can buy them individually on Amazon. Most are probably even available at a local library! This section is somewhat optional, depending on the time available.

Also included for part of the year are readings from this book. We really enjoyed learning about different animals!

My impression of Memoria Press is that it is a very thorough curriculum without a lot of frills. It primarily uses reading and writing as the mode of learning, versus hands on activities or visuals. Their books are interesting, but they are not extremely colorful or entertaining. This works for me because the amount of work is not overwhelming, and I can supplement with other more exciting materials where I want to. It provides an excellent backbone for my curriculum which I can flesh out on my own. We are planning to continue using Memoria Press for First Grade!

Linking up with another homeschool blog today and to Homeschool Blog and Tell!

Weekly Highlights 4/30-5/6

My last post was all about John; so this post is about what Charity and Micaiah have been up to!

Micaiah doesn’t like to blow his own horn, but he thinks he’s pretty cute. 😉

Charity is busy as ever with her crafts! She made a stick horse all by herself!

Reading is her other favorite thing to do! We got her these books recently, and she loves them. They are fun, simple stories about Henry and his big dog, Mudge. We got her the Collector Set #1 and Set #2.

I had a good shopping trip on Saturday and found ten things at Goodwill to sell on eBay!

This was my favorite find, a Tory Burch dress. It already sold for $36! 

And here is the recipe for the week, funfetti cupcakes like I promised! 

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
Included in that link is a recipe for vanilla frosting. But, if you’re like me, you can’t imagine eating cake without chocolate being involved. So here is the recipe for chocolate frosting that I used.

Milk Chocolate Frosting

1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

3 and 1/2 cups (420g) confections’ sugar

1/2 cup (45g) unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream or milk

Using a mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add cocoa and sugar and salt slowly. Beat until the butter has absorbed the sugar. Add the vanilla and milk to desired consistency.

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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John is 3!

Today was John’s 3rd birthday! 

Good morning, Birthday Boy!

Birthday Food

He had a special waffle breakfast, hot dogs for lunch, and lasagna for dinner, some of his favorite things!

John loves tractors so I was thrilled when I found these John Deere cupcake picks on Amazon for decorating his cupcakes! They were homemade funfetti cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The recipe will be included in my Monday post.

Time to blow out the candle!
Birthday Presents 

He got two cool water guns! He is so excited to play with these on a hot day!

Also, from my parents, he got this slide!

Micaiah likes the slide too!
Matt and I got him another set of magnet tiles to add to what we already had.

Matt’s parents got him this lawnmower. One of his favorite things to do is pretend to mow!

And off he went!

We are so thankful for our John! He brings so much joy and excitement to our family every day.
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Weekly Highlights 4/23-4/29

Last week, Matt’s grandma cane down from Michigan for a few days. We always enjoy seeing her! Since John’s birthday is on the 5th, she gave him his present early! 

It’s a John Deere tractor!

We also got to watch my two youngest nieces for a few hours. They were so fun! Here’s Paisley giving John a sweet kiss. 😍

Recently, we hung two bird feeders in our backyard. The kids are loving watching the birds! And we got a bird guide so we know what kinds they are. It’s so cute hearing them talk about the birds and giving them personalities!

Cardinals are a favorite.

Here are two of my Goodwill finds from last week!

This dress is from J Crew. Such a classic style!

These shoes are from Born Concepts. This brand is another very consistent seller for me!

And here is my weekly recipe! This time I’m sharing a dessert recipe for a change!

This Berry Cobbler is a Paula Dean recipe. It is written for a slow cooker, but I bake it in the oven at 350 for about an hour. You just want to make sure the biscuit topping is completely cooked and not doughy. It is very yummy with vanilla ice cream!
What did you do last week?

Weekly Highlights 4/16-4/22

We had a fun Easter Sunday! The boys wore matching outfits, and Charity dressed up in a new Easter dress.

Complete with an Easter hat!

After church, we went to Nana and Papa’s house for lunch and an Easter egg hunt! The kids loved that.

Recently, my mom got Charity a book about a girl and her friends who make dress up clothes for themselves out of craft supplies. Charity was inspired! She made a vest out of tissue paper.

And a tutu out of paper and tissue paper. I love her creativity!

Love the photo bombers as well!

Here is my favorite Goodwill find of the week! It is a Joseph Ribkoff dress in great condition.

And my recipe of the week:

Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from the blog Spend with Pennies. This blog has a lot of yummy easy recipes! I like to add ham to these potatoes and serve corn on the side.
What did you do last week? Tell me about it in a comment! Thanks for reading!

Weekly Highlights 4/9-4/15

With the Kids

On Monday, Charity and John helped Matt put this brick border around our front flower bed! They loved working outside with their Daddy.The week went like normal until Thursday when we had this. . .Poor Micaiah had a fever 😢.It only lasted a day, thankfully! The other kids caught it too and rested all day Saturday. And that was the week with the kids.

Without the Kids

I spent a gift card that I got for Christmas and bought this painting for our living room! I love the white flowers.

My favorite find at Goodwill last week was these Asics shoes! It is hard to find athletic shoes that are worth selling because they are usually so worn.

Recipe of the week

This was a super easy dinner that I made last week, and it was very tasty!

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches


Chicken breasts

2 cups water

1 cup Caesar dressing

Hamburger buns

Toppings such as lettuce, tomato, etc.


Put chicken and water in slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours. Drain water and shred chicken. Mix with the Caesar dressing. Serve on the hamburger buns with a side of fruit!

What did you do last week?