The Tempest

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, first published in 1611 (or thereabouts). This is my Re-read a Favorite Classic selection for the Back to the Classics Challenge. Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, have been stranded on a deserted island for years after Antonio, Prospero's brother overthrew him. They have been served by…

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Short Lessons

We weren't able to wrap up our math book before Christmas but I wasn't worried because I figured we could make up the time in the spring. Then midway through January, we hit long division. It just didn't make sense to Zuzu, probably because she could divide the numbers on her own using tricks. I'm…

Year 4 for Me

Well that's awkward. WordPress ate my final draft and reverted to an earlier version. I cleaned it up a bit, but I don't have much online time lately. This means that the tenses in this post are wonky, and that really bothers me, but not enough to start over from scratch. --- I’ve been following…

Fighting to Belong

Once a semester, I get a chance to share a devotional at Community Bible Study. Here’s a lightly edited version of what I shared a few weeks ago. Satan likes to encourage isolation by convincing each woman that she has nothing in common with whatever group God has put her in, and Satan has a…

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962, is my new-to-you author for the Back to the Classics challenge. I chose Solzhenitsyn specifically for this category because he's biography is central to his writing. In 2008, when Solzhenitsyn died, Albert Mohler eulogized him on The Briefing (“One Word of Truth…

Happy 7th Birthday, Eliza!

Eliza finished 100 Easy Lessons (and everything else she's tried to read so far) so she got her own Bible for her birthday. It's the ESV for Kids, and she's pretty excited about it. She'll also get a Tinker Crate, but it hasn't arrived yet. We had empanadas for breakfast, donuts for lunch, and will…

Die Young, or maybe not

A while back, so far back that I can't find the story at NPR.org, I heard a song that made me stop in my tracks. It stuck with me long enough to look it up at the library and write the name in Notes on my phone. And it's been sitting there for ever so…

Rilla of Ingleside

Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery is the eighth (or sixth based on publication order) book in the Anne series. It's my Children's Classic choice for the Back to the Classics Challenge. Rilla is a AO Year 5 free read that coincides with the time period studied. To Sum Up While Gilbert and Anne's older children…

Thankful Thursday: Advent Reality

We are well into the Twelve Days of Christmas, but I want to do a little past-tense blogging and share about how our Advent turned out. I had no idea what we had in store for us when I shared my Advent Hopes. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that jazz.…

Hind’s Feet in High Places Review

During Beautiful Feet Boot Camp, Jamie read Hind's Feet in High Places to the women on Thursday nights while we snacked on Jessie's delectable baked goods and sipped tea or coffee. I had never encountered this Christian classic before, so it was impactful to first read it in a group with other women seeking to go on…