For this week’s installment of What to Read Wednesday, I’m reviewing Anne Bogel’s latest book, I’d Rather Be Reading, wherein she shares universal “delights and dilemmas of the reading life.” Bookworm to bookworm, Anne Bogel gets me. “How good it is to be among people who are reading.” I joked upon receipt of my advanced copy* that it’s Read More →

I’m tickled pink to be reviewing another Who Was? Who Is? Where Is? biography alongside blogging pals online. These books are terrific additions to any home library and particularly great resources for home-education. I previously reviewed Who Was JRR Tolkien? and Who Are Venus & Serena Williams? for this fun blog series, but this go-round I chose the volume from Read More →

Today was pretty much the best day ever, because Firstborn decided to make public and official her saving faith in Jesus by being baptized. Husband pushed back with written questions to ensure she understood and was truly ready. Our extended family gathered alongside our church family in support of her very personal, very grown-up decision. We couldn’t Read More →

In addition to our own two cats, two bunnies, two fish, a solitary snail, and one remaining guinea pig, my kiddos are presently tending to nine alpacas, eighteen chickens, three additional bunnies, two gigantic dogs, and two additional fish at various locales about town. The girls’ (and now also Little Man’s) pet-sitting business is booming as Read More →

Confession: My family is Tolkien crazy, and “Who Was J.R.R. Tolkien?” is not a question one should ponder aloud in my presence. We love hobbits, elves, dwarves, and ents, wizards, dragons, elevensies, and one of our kids is named after a Lord of the Rings character. Both the books and films of The Hobbit and Lord of the Read More →

Genetically my family’s not Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish —nor even Finnish or Icelandic— but today we were honorary Scandinavians. Uffdah! We enjoy learning about and celebrating other cultures, and immersive experiences —such as Junction City’s Scandinavian Festival— broaden our world while placating our wanderlust. Save for Frozen’s Elsa & Anna, IKEA’s swedish meatballs, and our dear friends with Read More →

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero Firstborn’s back after a marvelous week away at summer camp, and we’ve resumed our normal reading routine… though one week deviating from library visits & family read-alouds and we’ve almost completely derailed: We missed a bunch of due dates, racked up overdue fines Read More →