Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fiddle Jill's Fiddle

If you follow me on instagram, you know my username is "fiddlejill". It's also the beginning of my email address. Many moons ago I was wanting to switch my email from the standard first name / last name and find something unique but not hard to remember. Originally I wanted "fiddlebird" because my parent's called me bird when I was younger. However, it wasn't available without attaching a number so I just went with "fiddlejill".

My violin is a favorite subject of mine to photograph and I've enjoyed finding many different ways to capture this part of my life. I have a hashtag (#fiddlejillsfiddle) on instagram with over 230 posts, all featuring my violin.

Here are the most recent submissions to the hashtag...

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hike With Friends

We recently took advantage of a gorgeous week day and went on a hike with other homeschooled friends. It's so nice to be able to go during the week and avoid large crowds. 

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Colors of Fall

I love hiking....especially in fall. Although many of the trails in the Columbia River Gorge are closed due to the recent forest fire, there are still many places to hike in the area. We recently headed up the mountain (Mt. Hood) and hiked the Mirror Lake trail. Every time I've hiked this trail it's been cloudy and foggy so I've still never seen the gorgeous reflection of the mountain in the lake.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Irish Music

One of our goals in visiting Ireland was to hear some great, authentic, Irish music. We did manage to hear some live music, and we went into every music store we came across. Music is a big part of their culture, and if you are familiar with their traditional tunes, you will easily recognize them when you enter a pub. It was fun to hear some of the very tunes we often play...but in their home country. 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cliffs of Moher

One day in Ireland we drove out of our way to see Ireland's most popular tourist destination...the famous Cliffs of Moher. My husband wasn't too thrilled, but I really wanted to see them and talked him into it. I knew the weather wasn't going to be great, but I was really hoping it wouldn't be rainy. It started raining the minute we parked and got out of our car. The rain combined with the wind made for some miserable weather. Usually I am game for adventure, but this was miserable and I was too worried about my camera to take many photos. We walked to one view point, snapped a couple photos and then headed back to the car. I hope I can return and explore more some day.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017


Now that our trip is over and summer is over, it's back to school for us. I don't know why, but I really thought homeschooling would get easier. Maybe I thought my girls would get more and more independent, but I feel more involved than ever in their education. I know that's a good thing, and we are working towards a level of independence this year, but I'm also their teacher. I wouldn't want to send my kids to school and not have their teacher involved.

This year I have a 7th grader who is in Challenge A in the Classical Conversations program. I absolutely love this program and am so excited about what she is learning this year. She....not so much.

I also have a 6th grader who is in her final year of foundations and essentials in the Classical Conversations program. She is much more agreeable to school, and to prepare her better for Challenge next year, I'm increasing her work load a bit this year.

Currently we are starting earlier than ever each morning. I wake the girls up shortly before 7:30 so we can begin our day with read-aloud and something warm to drink. We really like having most of school finished by lunch, and I didn't want to stop sharing stories together, so we decided to start earlier.

Anyway....I want to show you some photos of an AMAZING collection of books in Dublin, Ireland. We visited Trinity College's Long Room and it's a book lovers paradise.

This is the scripture that comes to mind when I see all these books (even though the Scripture is taken completely out of context here...which is a pet peeve of mine). many. books.
Ecclesiastes 12:12
But, my child, let me give you some further advice: 
Be careful, for writing books is endless and much study wears you out.

I visited several bookshops while I was out and about...basically anytime I passed one and it was open. I was looking for a great new read, but instead just collected a list of authors' names. When I returned to the US, my mother in law loaned me a book (Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly) that takes place in Ireland. It was a great read.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rock of Cashel - Ireland

We had a lovely time visiting the ruins of this historical site - 
medieval buildings including a cathedral and a chapel. 

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