Some of my plants!IMG_2858 IMG_2916

Day lilies and herbs


Rock Rose



IMG_2863Lemon Balm (perfect for tea!)

And now for some butterflies that spent the afternoon in my Verbena on a Stick!

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History/Geography/Biography & Nature

I am so excited to see all the pieces falling into place in one area of our school. 

My 2 big boys are reading David Livingstone this year. 

golding_livingstoneSince we usually try to do map drills of one continent through the year,  this year, since we are already in Africa with Mr. Livingstone, (and we have friends living there this year) I decided we need to learn the continent of Africa!!  So we are doing map drills and learning where all the countries are.  AG and I do it verbally – so I talk with her and we are learning a few at a time.  The boys write them in on their laminated blank map.

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Next, E had read a biography of Mr. Livingstone, but he will read the YWAM book this year so we can all talk about his adventures as a missionary in China. 

africa small square

The last piece is nature, and I have a copy of One Small Square African Savannah book that we will read through as well.  So we will learn about the plants that grown there, animals that live there, and all the other good stuff!!  I think I will pull out our Draw Write Now copy of the Savannah too – so they can draw some pictures of the animals we learn about!

Oh my goodness, school is so stinking fun!!  I know I am learning far more than I have forgotten!!  My favorite part of homeschooling is certainly learning it all (again) in a way that I understand and am bound to remember!!

Co-Op Planning

Oh my goodness, we are in the midst of some fun happenings around here!!  Two years ago we had a co-op of sorts.  It was a bit structured and a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.  Last year we attempted a co-op on steroids – and it fizzled before the year kicked off. (Too many things going on, and at least one momma needed to step back)

This year, we are merging the two.  We are having a Charlotte Mason style co-op, following lots of planning.  We are very organized and all planned out for the year, but we are keeping it LIGHT.  This means no science, no presidents, no geography, no linking it all to history …. oh my I think I am getting tired again!! 

This year it will be as follows:

Hymn Study as a group (using

Next we will break into 3 groups – older (6th & up) middle (K-5th) and Pre-school – and we will do

Artist Study

Art Project (inspired by the artist)

Composer Study

Nature Study

I will admit that Pinterest has made planning all this so much easier!!  We have our year mapped out as far as which hymn, artist and so on.





What a Friend we have in Jesus





Blessed Assurance





Amazing Grace




Van Gogh

O Holy Night





Take my Life





Come Thou Fount





Rock of Ages




Da Vinci

Old Rugged Cross





It is Well with my Soul



We are going to meet twice a month – which we all think will be perfect with our already busy schedules!! 

So stay tuned, maybe I will share some of our art projects and nature study as we go along.  We are excited!! 

I plan to incorporate notebooking pages for my family for each topic.  We may only have 1 notebooking page for each hymn that they jot notes on for two weeks, but anything will help them retain a bit more of that info!

It is going to be a great school year!!

Back to School Review

There are so many things I want to get posted up here, so many ideas of what I want this year to look like, things we are doing, and what is going on at the Farm!  Ugh!  I cannot seem to find the time to do it all!!

But I have to share an amazing book with you that I cannot wait to hold in my hands – that is going to be such a blessing to our historical schooling this year!!

I was so excited to be able to review a digital copy of Knowledge Quest’s A Child’s Geography Volume 3 : Explore the Classical World!  I loved this book.  As I read through it I got more and more excited about how this would really help our historical lessons of history when we re-do the Classics. 

We are doing Ambleside Yr 6 this year, so the first part of the year we will be in the 20th century, but by Christmas we are going to be starting the whole timeline over!  One thing we are doing different too is I am going to start all 4 kids over.  We are going to start at the beginning together and use different books for different ages to help them get it.


This book : Exploring the Classical World will be for all 4 of my kids – and for me too!!  I loved it.  It is told in a story like manner by a narrator. 

Here is a brief description:

Imagine walking in the footsteps of Socrates, Alexander the Great, the Apostle Paul… See and understand ancient civilizations and great empires from what has been left behind and carefully preserved. Hear the stories passed down from generation to generation, before the advent of paper and printing presses. As we explore the Classical World, you and your family will delight in incredible, mysterious landscapes, hidden wonders and beautiful peoples – all created in God’s image.


Download the first 3 chapters to read
and try for yourself!

Why did I love it so much?  Because of the way the book is written you will really imagine all that is going on as you “walk” through the places.  You will hear sounds and smell scents (at least in your mind).  I am excited about trying some recipes of local places and simply feeling like we are really there and not just reading a boring book.

I read this book rather quickly to review it, but I am so looking forward to savoring each and every chapter this year as we walk through it together.  I love how Knowledge Quest makes maps a part of every day learning too.  I love that you do not have to look anywhere else than this book and you will have the history and geography in ONE place!!

I loved this book, and I hope you do too!!

NOTE : I received a digital copy in exchange for editing the book before print, and a soft copy in exchange for an honest review, by Knowledge Quest.

Getting away with some Sally (pt 2)

Did that first part of my weekend sound like fun??  Oh it was.  It was great to be in a room with almost 800 other moms who want to really lead their children’s hearts and not just their actions.

It was great!!

So, after having a quick supper and some visiting, we got back to our seats to settle in and hear what Sarah Mae had to say!!  Oh my, what a sweet young mom!!  I just loved getting to chat with her very briefly at our table, and then loved listening to her story even more! 

Sarah Mae wrote Desperate – a book recently released – that she co-wrote with Sally Clarkson.  (HOW COOL IS THAT!?)  I have had the book in my hands for several weeks, but I have not finished it, shame on me – I know!  But it is so good.  Sarah’s kids are a bit younger than mine, but I still feel like her message is very relevant to me.  And it is not about feeling desperate because your kids are out of control, more that we feel desperate because we are not plugged in to the right source.

Anyway, loved her talk – she talked about being a Free mom – we are unchained.  We have grace and can and should offer it to our kids.  That we are not perfect … and neither are those little ones.  She reminded us that we need to let go of the “but” in the “yes, we are saved by grace, BUT….”

Did I mention she is a blogger too?  Of course.  Her blog is SarahMae – and check her out too!!  My favorite thing she said was a caterpillar has 100% butterfly DNA – even though it looks like a caterpillar – and our kids are more than they look too.


Then evening ended with Sally again, this time she shared how we need to inspire and allow our children to dream.  Her children’s stories are amazing, and boy have they dreamed!!  She used the illustration that our purpose is to light the fire within our kids to do great things for God.  I loved that.  I want to light the fire within them – I want to dare them to dream, and to be bold enough to follow those dreams!!

There was so much to take in on Friday afternoon and evening.  It was just what my weary soul needed.  The main theme of this conference was hope.  Hoping for what we do not see, the future of our kids, of our family. (I needed to hear this)

Another great line was the we are all clay and only the potter can mold the clay.  I cannot mold myself, nor can I mold my kids, I need to let God mold me and my kids.  That was good.

Day 1, whew.  It ended late.  It was good.  Good time with good friends!