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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our Homeschool Space

Just wanted to share a bit of what our homeschool space looks like. We don't have a separate school room, but we do have desks that the girls use and they are in our front room - I think this space is supposed to be the formal living and dining room, but we use it as a music room, school space and office.

I would love bigger (taller and wider) bookshelves for this space. I love having our violins out,
but would love to have more space for books - especially all our library books!
My dream is to have a double bookshelf here that is as tall as the window. 

Maybe I care too much about details, but I want our space to be beautiful (not distracting) and to encourage learning. This year I started out by putting this basket/box in the middle of the desks and so far it's been quite useful.

Next week I'll start sharing about our curriculum choices and you'll get a better glimpse into HOW we homeschool.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

British Columbia

I've thoroughly enjoyed my blogging break and I'm tempted to continue, but I do miss blogging. School is in full swing and it's going well, so I'm going to try to get back to blogging when I can.

My husband and I took a quick trip to British Columbia (Vancouver and Victoria) this past week to celebrate our anniversary and I thought I would share some of those photos.

Our first stop in Vancouver was Capilano Supsension Bridge park...there were several ways to experience the park, including crossing the big suspension bridge.

There was a cliff walk...

a treetop adventure...

and a boardwalk....

Our next stop was the Queen Elizabeth Garden

The next day we headed to Victoria via ferry and had fun exploring the downtown and harbor area.

If you get the chance, visit British Columbia - it's beautiful!

I'm linking up with Wednesday Around the WorldImage-in-ing and Life Through the Lens

Sunday, September 25, 2016

All is Bright

I haven't really gotten into the coloring craze, but I am very excited about this advent devotional with beautiful coloring pages. The book includes a short devotional written by Nancy Guthrie and coloring page illustrated by Lizzie Preston for each day of December. Taking time to color some of these pages might be just what I need to slow myself down during advent. 

The book also includes family discussion starters and activities, along with more child-friendly coloring pages. I think my girls and I will enjoy going through this book this year.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review.

Women in Science

Paleontologists, mathematicians, astronomers, doctors, chemists, physicists and more - this book covers women throughout many centuries and their contributions to science. I love the size and accessibility of this book. My hope is that my girl will pick this up on their own and be inspired by the stories of these women. I also see us using it as a resource in our homeschool journey to learn more about what we are studying.

I'm very happy to add this book to our shelves.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hello September

We are holding on tightly to the last days of summer around here. Usually we have wonderful, summer-like weather all through September but it's turned colder and we even had some wet stuff falling from the sky yesterday. 

"Back to school" preparations are in full swing and I'm overwhelmed by it all. We won't officially start school work until the week of September 12, but I've got a lot of preparing to do. That being said, the blog is being moved to the back burner. I'll pop in when I can or if I'm inspired, but right now I need to focus on what is essential. 

In the meantime...happy September! I hope it's a wonderful month for all of you. 

I'm linking up with Wednesday Around the WorldImage-in-ing 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Good, Random, Fun ~ Week 35

the GOOD
In 2016 I'm attempting to do #52weeksofstorytelling with a different theme each week.
Week 34/52 - messy

I'll be honest with you...I like things tidy, not messy. But life is messy. Relationships re messy so that makes marriage, parenting, friendship and family messy.

My home is messy. My daughter loves painting and often has many works in progress. My husband loves adventure and his adventure supplies are often strewn about between adventures. I love gardening and make plenty of messes in the yard. My other daughter loves to read and has books in almost every room.

Life is messy, but there is beauty in the just have to look for it.

volunteering, reading, hiking
tea time, mountain views, coastal town
family time

the FUN

a week in the life of a sunflower


fun with Prisma app (the original is in the center of this grid)

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Pacific Northwest

One of the things I love most about living in Oregon is the diversity in landscape. In one hour I can drive to a trail like this - with Mt. Hood as my playground. (we hiked down to the river you can kind of see in the valley).

And the next day I can drive an hour (maybe more like 90 minutes) in the opposite direction and be on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

The Astoria-Megler bridge spans 4.1 miles and goes from Oregon to Washington - across the mouth of the Columbia River.