Homeschooling Working Well


“Yes, Lise?”

“Look at this! I knew ALL the answers!”

She handed me her United States Activity book. It was open to a page all about the Willis Tower.

The page had about 8 questions and an answer box at the bottom of the page.

My 9 year old was able to answer each question correctly.

She knew about the Skydeck and how many floors there were. She knew that the name had been changed from Sears Tower to Willis Tower.

All from a quick visit to the tower on one of our travels.

3 years ago. In 2011. When Annalise was only 6 years old.

And she remembered.

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Homeschooling working incredibly well.

The reward of seeing your child use information learned.

Unprovoked and completely unasked for…


The truth is, whether you homeschool or not, each family experience is a learning experience.

Each visit to a historical location or a museum or a zoo or any other fun place will result in organic learning.

Learning by doing.

Not by books or through a schoolroom.

Learning by discovering and experiencing and developing new skills in new places.

She remembered everything about that trip.

She was so excited to use the information she had learned.

3 years later.

I can’t get over how fun it is to teach our children through family adventures.

Although this season of missions has us with our girls in school, partnering school with schooling as a family, I’m really thankful that every opportunity we have to do something fun as a family is an opportunity to learn.

With traveling the world… living in France and then Senegal… we have so many amazing learning experiences ahead!

As part of our travels, we are contributing to a family travel pin board! Check out that map of places to go!

Have you ever had your kids express learning like that? I’d love to hear your stories!

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April Book Love

With as crazy as our lives have been, reading is such a blessing. I can escape away into a book for an hour or two… or three depending on how long the car ride happens to be that day. I can run off into another place, learn new things, explore history and just purely enjoy a great book.

I started out the month with reading Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry.


Talk about a great book and a fun surprise.

Here is a little bit about the book:

First-year medical resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings uses her father’s bizarre summons to escape her tragic mistake.

While Lisbeth searches her father’s haunted archaeological dig, she falls through a hidden portal. The currents of time spew her into third century Carthage where she awakens the object of a fierce bidding war.

Unable to escape slavery, Lisbeth becomes the property of Cyprian Thascius, a wealthy Roman entangled with a group of people under siege from political persecution and a deadly plague.

Lisbeth resists divulging her medical skills until she stumbles upon a buried secret. To save her family, she must unite with Cyprian to save Carthage from an epidemic. But every revolutionary step in the past threatens the future.

My thoughts

Love, love, love! This was such a fun book to read. It reminded me of River of Time only with a completely different set of twists and turns.

Lisbeth is a unique main character. She is bold and strong yet full of fear and hurt. She is struggling in many ways.

From learning about her faith to discovering the truth about her broken family, Lisbeth goes on a long journey through some pretty incredible circumstances.

This book has humor, history, mystery, faith, sweet romance and great characters. I love the setting, the descriptions and the time period chosen for the story. Ancient Rome is fascinating and this book highlights things in ways I’ve never noticed before.

So thankful to have been given the opportunity to review this book!

I must mention that there is a newly released prequel available for only .99! I purchased it but I haven’t read it yet. Honestly, I’m saving it so that I can read the prequel, this book and then book 2 when it comes out! I can not wait for more from Lynn Gentry!

This is going to be a series to watch this year!

Next, I read Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman.


I LOVE Julie Lessman.

Her books make me laugh, cry, and her characters are so full of life. Each book is just so much fun to read!

The Heart of San Francisco and the McClare family have kept me on my toes and made me fully remember why I love Julie’s books so much!

A little about this book:

Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman, resorting to a mammoth hat pin for protection on her way to and from the school where she teaches. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast she quickly discovers she is no match for rum-soaked brute strength.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite jiu-jitsu, but it seems he has little choice in the matter. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But when Nick suddenly leaves town, Allison realizes he’s a fraud just like all the rest of the men she’s cared for. Does she dare love again?

The lushness of the glorious Gilded Age beautifully showcases Lessman’s passion as a writer in this engaging love story written with humor and heart. From the glamour of San Francisco’s Nob Hill to the seedy gambling dens of the Barbary Coast, Dare to Love Again is a journey to find a love that never fails. Fans will love revisiting the world of the cousins McClare, and new readers will seek more of Julie’s passion-filled novels.

My Thoughts:

When is book 3 coming out?

Allison is funny, cute, loveable and full of life.

Nick Barone is a perfect match. And sparks fly, which is always fun in a Julie Lessman book.

Romance is the tone of the book but with themes of true love, faith, forgiveness, family and friendship all woven in.

Add in some history, great characters and an author I love… perfect!

Thanks Julie for another great book in this series!

Another book I’ve read already this month is Silenced by Dani Pettrey.


I must be honest… this book jumped right to the top of my book review list as soon as I received it! Right before I started the book, I was meeting a friend for lunch and she had her Christian book magazine with her. I found the page with this series and told her to grab them to read soon! This is a series I highly recommend.

Mystery and romance and Alaska… so fun.

About this book:

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna’s route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake’s past now revealed, he’s ready to use his talent for investigation again–but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him.

Kayden’s climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger. But the truth is far worse than he could ever imagine.

My Thoughts:

Once again, Dani jumps right into the amazing lives of the McKenna family. Page 1 starts and you really can’t stop reading until the last page. With continuing stories of past characters and new insights into their lives, the books flow well all while standing alone as strong books and full plot lines. This book also sets up a few new characters that I can’t wait to read more about!

Kayden and Jake are learning so much about themselves and each other. I felt almost like a sibling in the family… finally watching them take steps towards friendship and love.

The book is well-written and full of detail as Dani Pettrey goes to great lengths to build another amazing, mysterious novel all readers will love!

Silenced is another book in the McKenna story that you just can not miss. Watch for it and get your own copy at the end of this month!

Next up… A Beauty so Rare by Tamera Alexander


Isn’t the cover just beautiful?

I love that the cover is so full of color. It gives the perfect picture for you while you are reading the book!

Tamera Alexander is a fantastic author and this is another wonderful story from her.

About the Book:

Pink is not what Eleanor Braddock ordered, but maybe it would soften the tempered steel of a woman who came through a war–and still had one to fight.
Eleanor Braddock–plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty–knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier’s last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America–and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path–building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground–and a love neither of them expects.

But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading A Beauty So Rare.

It is such a full story and I loved each page.

This is the kind of book that you slow down to read while drinking some hot tea or coffee. You can sit back, settle in and soak up the words.

Set in a volatile time during our history, this book hits topics of suffrage, post-war struggles, social barriers, mental health and the rebuilding of southern families. The characters have strong purpose through the story as their lives are wrapped up in many of these things.

Tamera Alexander has done a beautiful job with yet another historical romance readers are going to love!


These books should get your spring reading list started! Each one will be a great addition to your list!

Be sure to come back and let me know if you get one of them to read… I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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3 Simple Words

I’ve written about marriage quite often lately.

A Daily Challenge

Date Nights

3 Things You Should Do Right Now

and so much more

In our travels, we’ve met a lot of couples and talked to many people.

We’ve been in homes and spent time with families.

We’ve also spent a lot of time together as a family and as a couple.

Because of all of that, we have learned a lot.

Learned a lot of things to do and a lot of things NOT to do.

I’ve written about things you shouldn’t do here and here.

Today, is something you SHOULD do.

3 Simple Words.

3 Simple Words you must say #marriage #happywivesclub

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I love you.

Say it.


Time is short. Life is short. Days are precious. Memories are meant to be made. Life is meant to be full of true joy and real love.

Tell your spouse you love them.

Look them in the eyes, write it on the mirror, sing it, whisper it…

Not the infatuation of dating years, not the blindness of new love…

But the gut-wrenching, dig deep, below the surface “I love you no matter what.” kind of words.

The “I love you” that says you will honor them, cherish them, hold them, believe in them, pray for them in all things.

In the every day.

In the difficult moments.

In the stressful circumstances.

When you don’t feel happy or in love.

I love you.

3 Simple Words that are life changing, marriage making and love keeping.

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Words you should say.

Words you need to say.

Words your spouse must hear.

Not just seen in your actions… but words you speak. Words with the power to change the atmosphere of your marriage.

I love you.

I love you. always.


No matter what.

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