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

Sunday, December 2, 2018

November in Review

Another month has come and gone....
November saw the last of the beautiful fall color, and the return of rainy days.

9 books read

21.5 miles run

46 hours of playing / practicing violin

3 gigs 

a new violin bow

a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with friends (old and new)

6 shoeboxes packed and delivered for Operation Christmas Child

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons

Thursday, November 29, 2018

School Books

Books are my favorite school supply, and we have quite a few goods ones we are using in school right now. 

To better understand our world's geography and the cultures of each country, we are using a cartography book (full of maps) and two versions of The Travel Book (one is geared towards kids, but both are full of great information and photographs). 

We've been working our way through the Penderwick series during our morning read-aloud time. We are currently on the 4th book. 

We also read one of Mr. Browne's Precepts each morning and the daily poem from our Nature Poem book.

I absolutely love how much we read rich our educational experience is because of the stories we share together.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


December is almost here! The arrival of December used to always be about the Christmas tree, but now it's all about the dress.

Dressember is a growing campaign that uses a fashion statement to raise awareness and funds in the fight against human trafficking. Last year over $1 million was raised. Very few people have the skills and training to operate rescue missions, but all of us have the ability to wear a dress (or tie) to speak up for those who are victims. 

This year my youngest daughter is joining me in wearing a dress every day. Would you consider supporting us? You can follow our journey on instagram @fiddlejillsdresses or visit our team donation page Dressed to Bless

And now I'm off to find a comfortable pair of pants to wear....only 3 more days of pants!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Collecting Beauty

Sometimes I grab my camera and head out the door in search of beauty. I recently had an hour to spend while my daughter was at a library event, so I walked around town capturing the beauty I saw around me. It's not as obvious this time of year, but it's still there.

Sunday, November 18, 2018


It's shoebox collection week here in the US. I read somewhere today that this is the 25th year of Operation Christmas Child and the shoebox ministry. I don't know when I put together my first shoebox, but I know I've been doing it since before my children were born. 

This is such a great, hands-on opportunity for kids of all ages to share the love of God during the holiday season. My girls love doing this every year and this year they needed no input from mom. 

We've done this on our own, through church and with homeschool groups. I wish I had photos from every year, but below you'll see a collage with some pics of past year. This year we received an ornament (pictured above) from the drop-off site. It will be a lovely addition to our tree.

 This is one of those "shared experiences" that I'm so grateful we have. When I started doing this years ago with my girls, I had no idea what the impact would be. 9 years ago I traveled to Peru with Compassion and met someone who received one of these boxes as a child. He later shared a copy of this photo with me so I could see him as a child opening his box.

My girls have also met a woman from Dominican Republic whose sister received a box when she was younger. They were able to hear how the simple gift of a shoebox impacted this young girl.

My hope is to raise world changers.  

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons