Archive | September, 2012

HMJ- A Fairly Calm Week

28 Sep

  • In my life this week…

This week has been nice, mostly because I have had a chance to relax a little. Danger Girl had some friends come to church with us on Wednesday, and that was probably the most excitement we had this week. On Thursday I even got a couple hours to myself when Danger Girl went with those same friends to a parade. It was nice to get that alone time, and I managed to get a lot of things done I don’t normally get to work on.

  • In our homeschool this week…

We decided to take a break from clocks this week. I want Danger Girl to learn to read the clock, but right now she is just getting frustrated with it, so we aren’t going to get anywhere. Math ran a lot more smoothly this week. We even managed to get through the school days with no major meltdowns.

We also got to do some fun paper cutting projects as part of our Israel study. That was a big hit. During science we are studying bats, and Danger Girl loved figuring out how many insects a bat can eat during a whole year. I think she has decided she really likes bats because of their insect population control abilities.

We also began learning about Picasso this week. We read a little about his life, and looked at some of his paintings. Danger Girl only remembers one thing about him though. When her art teacher asked what she had learned about Picasso, Danger Girl replied that he was mean to women and children. Apparently that’s all that made an impression on her.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Danger Girl will be going over to spend the night with some friends this weekend. She is very excited because she also gets to go with their family to a football game. She is really loving having friends live nearby so she has someone to play with on a regular basis.

On Sunday we have a potluck at the Church building, and those same friends will be coming with us to that. We are spending a lot of time with them recently, but like I said, Danger Girl is very excited to have friends live so near us.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

I was very happy when I got to clean the house this week without someone being right behind me dragging more stuff out.

I also enjoyed having Danger Girl show a desire to help me do the dishes. Her helping slows it down, but I am not going to stop her from helping with chores if she is so willing.

  • What’s working/not working for us…

Right now things are going pretty smoothly. The only thing that is really not working is that I started the year out planning to do more field trips, and so far we have not gone on any. I think I will need to plan a field trip soon.

  • Things I’m working on…

Well now I’m working on field trip ideas 🙂

I recently did a review on the book “Wrecked”, and I have an interview with the author. You can check this out under the books tab.

  • I’m reading…

I am still reading “Who is God?”, yes still.

I also just started reading a new book, “The Chupacabra” by Stephen Randel. This book is keeping me laughing. (There will be a review on this book at the end of October).

  • I’m cooking…

So far this week, we have made raspberry limeade, and two batches of caramel apples.

On Saturday I have plans to make some strawberry-plum jam as well!

  • I’m grateful for…

My family is a great blessing to me. Even when they are rearranging my cabinets and leaving things in the middle of the floor (you can see my post about my desire for order in a house full of clutterbugs here) I still am grateful to have them.

  • I’m praying for…

I recently learned of a difficult situation for a little girl that I know. I can’t really give details, but she definitely needs prayers.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

http://youtu.be/SEfhM3T4aV0

(I just recently came across this video for learning to read with the Beattles song Hello, Goodbye. How awesome is that!)

My Desire for Order

26 Sep

Here is the scene:

I wake up, and the first thing I see is my husband’s clothes from the day before laying across the chest at the end of the bed instead of being placed in the laundry basket that’s only a few steps away. If I ask him tonight, he would say he has no intention of wearing it again, but yet there it is so I get up and move the clothes.

As I start to make the bed ( a silly thing to do according to my husband because it will just be undone at the end of the day), I notice his socks on the ground; once again not that far away from the laundry basket, so I deal with those as well.

I glance at the boxes of pictures still sitting in our room. They haven’t been hung yet because we can’t agree on where they should go. I resolve once again to just go ahead and do whatever I want, knowing full well I won’t because this is his house too.

Finally moving out of our room, I walk into the hallway and find Danger Girl’s shoes there where she took them off yesterday, and scoop them up to start a pile of stuff for her to put away when she wakes up. As I make my way to the rest of the house, I trip over a couple of books that Danger Girl took down to read and didn’t replace on the bookshelf, so I pick those up. As I go to place them back on the bookshelf, I find it completely out of order. Many books have just been thrown back up on the shelf, so I re-arrange the shelf, again.

I make my way to the dining room, where I find that my husband has left his breakfast dishes out on the table instead of taking them to the sink. After stopping to begin my Danger Girl put away pile, I go back and move the dishes to the sink, where I find more disorder. Rather than adding things to my stacks to be washed today, I find random dishes in the sink. So I begin arranging the dishes so they can be washed in the order I like to wash them.

After completing this task, I go to the cabinet to get a cup, and find that someone has moved things around when they were looking for something. Rather than putting the dishes back where they found them, they left them in a random place and moved on. I re-affange my cabinets so I can actually find things again. How does it not bother my family to have things out of order? This is the qestion I ask myself, not for the first time.

After getting the kitchen back in some order, I move to the living room to gather the dishes I know I will find. As I make my way into the room, I trip over Danger Girl’s strategically placed pile of toys in the middle of the floor. After fighting to keep from saying a few choice words, I gather these toys and add them to the Out of the way pile of things for her to clean up when she gets out of bed.

I gather more books to go back to the bookshelf before going back and gathering the cups laying around. How do we go through so many cups in this house? And when do they use them because I have already checked all this before I went to bed?

After gathering the new dishes, I head back to the kitchen to start the dishes, and as I fill the sink Danger Girl wakes up and comes to ask me what we are having for breakfast. She becomes upset at finding me doing something other than cooking food for her, but I send her to clean up her pile, and convince her to wait the 30 or so minutes it will take for me to make sure we don’t leave dirty dishes lying around all day.

Danger Girl storms off to gather her things, muttering under her breath about “Mommy Cleans-A-Lot” which is her nickname for me, and I pretend not to hear because at least she’s gathering her stuff.

After I finish the dishes, I get ready to make breakfast. I go to Danger Girl’s room to find out what she wants, and as I enter I find that she took all the stuff from the living room and just deposited it in the middle of her floor. I get the joy of a fit when I tell her that’s unacceptable and make her put her things where they go. Then I head back to the kitchen to start breakfast, just to discover that the refrigerator has been re-arranged so that I can’t find anything where I had originally put it. I stop to put these things back in order, then grab the butter so I can make cinammon toast since that’s all I really have time to make now if we are going to get started with school.

Throughout the day, we repeat this cycle of either me picking things up, or Danger Girl getting upset when I make her pick things up. Then when Daddy gets home, he walks in the door, sets his work shirt on the edge of the couch, pulls his shoes off in the middle of the living room floor, takes his socks off next to the couch and leaves them there, then goes to get a drink that I know will end up being left in the living room for me to clean up.

After watching Daddy do all this, Danger Girl decides it is okay to go bring her toys out in the middle of the living room floor, and brings her glass of tea that she will drink two sips of before she leaves in on the coffee table and forgets about it.

And that is a day in the life of a slightly OCD mom living in a house full of clutterbugs.

“Wrecked” Review & Interview with Jeff Goins

24 Sep

I recently had the pleasure of reading Jeff Goins book “Wrecked”. I have been following his blog for a couple of months now, and I am always inspired by what he has to say, so it was an obvious decision to take another chance to be inspired by him.

Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life

In his new book “Wrecked”, Jeff tells us what it means to be wrecked and how it happened to him. More than that though, he tells us what comes after your wrecked moment. The concept of this book is about choices. When we encounter the needs of other people, we have a choice; we can either break out of our comfort zone to do what needs to be done, or we can walk away and pretend we never saw anything.

Jeff gives some interesting examples of the times in his life when these wrecked experiences presented themselves. His stories are inspiring and relatable. One of the best things about this book is he makes it clear that you don’t have to do some grand gesture or ministry to fulfill your calling. In fact, sometimes what we are called to do are the mundane things that don’t seem as thrilling.

This book will definitely motivate you to look for opportunities around you. The only bad part about this book is that it can make you question how you’re living your life; then again, that might not be such a bad thing. “Wrecked” is definitely worth reading and sharing with someone else.

Interview with Jeff Goins

1)      What inspired you to write “Wrecked”?

I wrote Wrecked because I felt like it was a book that needed to be written. As part of the work I do for Adventures in Missions, I see LOTS of young people who are having radical, adventurous experiences. This generation knows it was intended for great things, but nobody is telling them how to commit to worthy causes. In other words, I wanted to see a book about what to do after you get wrecked (i.e. get your world turned upside-down). I couldn’t find one, so I wrote one.

2)      Who inspires you to live the wrecked life? How so?

So many people, some of which I mentioned in the book. One of the most inspiring people I know is my boss, Seth Barnes, who has mastered the art of living in the tension between daily commitments and radical lifestyle.

3)      What is the greatest fear you have had to overcome to get yourself where you are now? How were you able to overcome it?

I’ve struggled with fear of myself for awhile — of my gifts, my passions, my talents. It all feels so selfish to pursue a dream, but recently I’ve learned that a dream ISN’T selfish. Our dreams are given to us to serve others. So pursuing a passion can actually be one of the most selfless things we do.

4)      You mention a couple of instances where you had a “wrecked” experience. For those who are not able to experience these same things, what advice would you give them?

I think everyone can get wrecked in their own way. All you have to do is do something uncomfortable. We all have experiences that we’re afraid of, right? It seems that those who are living meaningful, courageous lives are pressing into those areas, not shrinking away from them. So my advice would be: press in.

5)      What has been your greatest experience in writing this book?

Coming home the day it was published (after a pretty crummy, stressful day) to a house full of friends. My wife arranged a surprise party, and it was just what I needed. For a night, I didn’t worry about book sales or marketing plans of critical reviews. For a night, I got to celebrate.

 

6)      Just for fun: If you could pick any song to be your theme song for your life, what would it be?

Mission Impossible theme, of course.

7)      Do you have any plans for similar books? Or what are your writing plans for the future?

I’m already working on my next book. It’ll be about waiting and should be out August, 2013.

Jeff Goins also has some great books published to help writers, so if you are interested in those you can check them out at his blog (link above). You can also follow his newsletter with great advice for growing your blog. If you have never checked out his blog, it is one I recommend!

HMJ- Our Weird Week

21 Sep

  • In my life this week…

This week was a little weird because my husband was home in the mornings, making it difficult to post on my blog as that is my least busy time and he was on the computer so I couldn’t be. He was in classes this week for his certification so his hours were off. That is my lame excuse for why I have not posted most of this week 🙂

This week has also been spent battling Danger Girl about cleaning up her room. She likes to call me “Mommy Cleans-a-lot” because she thinks that’s all I ever do. She would never clean if she could get away with it though, hence the cleaning battle. My child can make a mess with the best of them. I don’t expect her to be able to clean perfectly, but I do expect her to be able to hang up clothes, put toys away in her toy box and leave her drawers in her dresser. I also expect her to at least keep a walk way in her room. She thinks this is crazy talk.

Danger Girl got a new Zhu-Zhu pet from a family member for her birthday as a late present, so I have spent a lot of time listening to weird noises. For those who don’t know what a Zhu-Zhu pet is, it is a hamster looking thing that rolls around and makes odd noises. She now has three of these. One makes mooing and barking noises, one makes chirping noises, and the other says “go, go, go” all the time. Danger Girl likes to play with them in the middle of the living room floor where everyone cane hear them.

I also spent the first part of this week doing a data-entry project to help out a friend. This may sound boring to most of you, but I actually like doing stuff like that. What’s better than having an excuse to put things in alphabetical order, right?

  • In our homeschool this week…

We had a little trouble with math this week. Danger Girl keeps getting the hour hand and minute hand mixed up on the clock, so it makes for some difficulty. I tried telling her “short and fat” for the hour hand, and “tall and skinny” for the minute hand, but she still switches them. We are going to spend a little more time going over this, and I may get daddy to work with her some too.

She got to make a comic strip to show a birds life from coming out of the egg to incubating her own eggs, and that was a lot of fun for her. Danger Girl really likes to draw. She also found our discussion of the air pocket in eggs interesting, especially when she got to break open an egg to take a look. If you ask her what she learned this week she is likely to only mention the air pocket.

We started a new book this week in school as well, “How to be a Lady” by Harvey Newcomb. I’m not sure yet how that will go.

  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I have found so many different free resources, it starts to get lost and forgotten. I am going to have to take some time this weekend to go through all the resources I have downloaded so I can make use of it. I realized that when I happened to stumble across the “How to be a Lady” book. I’m sure I have plenty more resources I had intended to use that have been forgotten.

  • I am inspired by…

This is not necessarily a homeschool inspiration, and it is something that almost everyone hears, but still I have been re-inspired this week. The inspiration comes from making my bed. I have always heard that making your bed helps motivate you to clean and helps make your room look cleaner, but I don’t always do this because my husband is one of those people who thinks it’s silly. Still, this week I have started the day making my bed, and it has been a great motivation.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This week we do not have a lot of plans for going out and about. Danger Girl plans to have a friend over Sunday after church (if she gets her room clean), but other than that we are home-bodies this week, unless you count grocery shopping.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

I really liked getting to see my husband in the mornings. He is usually gone by 4:30 in the morning, so it was nice to have him here until 7:30 this week. We even got to have breakfast together!

  • What’s working/not working for us…

I’m not really sure what is causing all the problems for Danger Girl when it comes to reading the clock. She will seem to have it down, but then the next day we come back to it and she can’t remember and gets things mixed up. Times like these make me start questioning myself, I know that may sound silly to some.

  • Questions/thoughts I have…

During spelling, Danger Girl likes to draw pictures to go along with the words. This makes spelling take even longer than it might otherwise take, as she can get very involved in the picture drawing, to the point where occasionally she has forgotten to write the word, and I have to make her go back to do so. My question is, should I let her continue to do this, since it seems to keep her from complaining about spelling, or is this something I should put an end to?

  • Things I’m working on…

I have a blog post ready about being an OCD mom in a house full of clutter makers. I had planned on posting it this week, but se my lame excuse for why I didn’t above.

I have also been looking into the possibility of becoming a virtual assistant. This sounds like something I would be really good at, and I have been looking for a way to earn some extra income. If anyone has any ideas about how I could get started with that, I would love to hear your advice!

  • I’m reading…

I am still reading “Who is God?” by David Jemison. I am almost done with this book though.

I am also reading “You are a Writer” by Jeff Goins.

  • I’m cooking…

My husband has been asking me to make caramel apples, so I think that is upcoming. I also have plans to try a recipe I found for strawberry-plum jam and another for apple butter. I’m noticing a very sweet theme in my cooking plans.

I think I will have to make tortilla soup soon as well. This is one of my favorites, and I believe I make the best tortilla soup 🙂

  • I’m grateful for…

I have a wonderful, supportive husband, and I am grateful to have him in my life. He works two jobs so I can stay at home and be mommy, teacher and writer.

  • I’m praying for…

I have a couple of friends and relatives that have had surgeries in the last couple of weeks. I am praying for these people’s recovery.

I have also been praying about possible income earning opportunities.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

My weird child sleeping inside a t-shirt.

Announcing a Winner

17 Sep

We have a winner for the “Catch the Sun” give-away.

 

The winner is:

Brandi Bowers Cranston

Congratulations! I have sent an email to the winner. Please respond with your contact information so I can pass it along to the author.

HMJ- The Birthday Week

14 Sep

  • In my life this week…

This week has been pretty busy. We had lunch with family on Sunday, which was an interesting experience. We ended up with more people than we expected, and my side of the family would have very little to do with my husbands. We expected that part though. I did get to meet my 3 month old nephew though, so that was cool.

I have been trying to get more organized around the house, which is difficult since my idea of clean and my family’s idea is two different things (I will be doing a post soon about being an OCD momma in a family full of clutter builders).

We had lots of errands to run this week as well. The cooler weather made that a lot easier though. I am not a big fan of hot.

Saturday is our zoo party, unless it rains. We do have a backup plan. Danger Girl wants to go to the museum if it is raining. That means Friday for me will be busy. I need to make her cake, confirm who is coming, put together lunch for everyone, etc. My niece will be spending the night with us too so she can come to the zoo (or museum).

  • In our homeschool this week…

This week Danger Girl began art classes. We have been doing some art history, but a friend of mine will be working with her more on that as well. She is a lot better than I am, and offered to teach my child, so of course I took her up on the offer. We had to wait until she finished a mural she has been working on, but now she is Danger Girl’s art teacher once a week.

Danger Girl loved the first class, so it looks like this will be a great addition to our schedule.

We have also added nutrition discussions to our schedule, so we shall see how that goes. Hopefully this will help some with the food battles Danger Girl and I have been having.

  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I’m not sure this qualifies, but I am learning (again) that if I want Danger Girl to be able to concentrate, I can’t make her sit through class. I don’t know what it is, but if she is sitting her brain shuts off. If I allow her to walk around or at least use her hands doing something else, she will focus so much better.

  • I am inspired by…

The cooler weather makes me more willing to get out, so I am inspired to get better about nature walks. I know I am probably a big baby, but when it is still 100 degrees in the evening, I don’t want to leave my home.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

As I already mentioned, this weekend we are going to the zoo (or the museum depending on the weather). Danger Girl is very excited. The only person I know of for sure who is coming is her cousin. We are waiting to hear about the other 3 children who were invited. It will depend on whether they are still sick or not.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

Cooler weather and rain were my favorites this week. Hopefully the cool weather will last and we won’t have to deal with extremely hot days anymore!

  • What’s working/not working for us…

The new art lessons seem to be working pretty well. At least Danger Girl is excited about it.

Danger Girl’s attitude also seems to have improved which makes me very happy. I really do not like spending my time fighting her.

  • I’m reading…

I am still working on the book “Who is God” by David Jemison. This book has been very hard to get through.

I am also finally reading “You Are A Writer (So start acting like one)” by Jeff Goins, and the “100 Days Prayer Journal” by Lori Ramsey.

Danger Girl and I are still reading “Treasure Island”, as well as “Dragon’s Breath” by E.D. Baker.

I read the book “Catch the Sun” by Lee Zamloch as well, and you can see the review, as well as enter for a chance to win a copy of this book here.

  • I’m cooking…

I will be making a chocolate cake for Danger Girl’s birthday party this evening.

Stew is also on the agenda, as my husband has requested it.

  • I’m grateful for…

I am grateful for having friends who are willing to help us with our homeschool journey. Particualry to the friend who is teaching art now!

  • I’m praying for…

My sister just had gallbladder surgery, so I am praying for her recovery. I am also praying for some strained relationships to work themselves out.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Danger Girl and mommy. She’s actually even taller than this now.

Catch the Sun Blog Tour

11 Sep

 

Lee Zamloch’s book “Catch the Sun” is making a stop at Penny Lane Writes!

 

*** 1/2

I got a chance to read “Catch the Sun” recently, and it was a very interesting read.

Book Synopsis:

Marilyn Monroe begins appearing on Amanda Grace’s patio dancing, laughing at the moon and gazing at Amanda through the glass doors. Is it possible that Marilyn, against all reason, has somehow transported herself through time and space to contemporary Los Angeles? And why does she haunt Amanda, a model whose beauty is undeniable, but whose talent is questionable?

 

The visitations begin when Amanda’s mother, Edith, commits suicide, an event that shakes Amanda to her foundation. For, while she has been a successful model, she has always measured herself against her mother, a well-known artist who has overcome severe obstacles. But unlike Edith and her accomplished sister, Joanne, Amanda Grace has not distinguished herself intellectually or artistically, nor even managed to marry and have children. In her eyes, she has failed to live up to her mother’s expectations. Now, with Edith’s death, she has forever lost her chance to prove herself. In her grief, she forgets to eat, sleep, or carry on with life’s simplest tasks. The final blow comes when Amanda accidentally learns she was adopted. With the loss of her family as a touchstone, her foundation crumbles, and her fragile sense of self dissolves completely.

 

CATCH THE SUN is a story about how an obsession with a celebrity can impact the life of an ordinary woman. It explores our endless fascination with Marilyn Monroe’s fragility, beauty and dazzling rise and fall.

Review:

When I first read the description of this book, I wasn’t sure what to think. That being said, I actually found myself becoming very interested in the story. Meredith, a failing actress, begins to see Marilyn Monroe outside her apartment the night her mom kills herself. Meredith has spent her life trying, in her own way, to live up to her mom’s expectations, so the suicide is definitely a shock to her.

Her mom’s suicide is just the beginning of the surprises in store for her though. The author actually manages to make you feel sorry for this woman despite the glaringly obvious deficincies in her character. I found myself oddly concerned about someone I wouldn’t be able to stand if I met her in real life.

While the idea of Marilyn Monroe visiting this woman seems out of left field, the author does actually make a connection that proves to be very interesting. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I will say that the ending did not surprise me. I’m not sure it was meant to be a surprise though.

Give-Away:

For the exciting news, I have been given the chance to do a give-away for a copy of this book.

For a chance to win a copy, complete the entries in the rafflecopter giveaway below:

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This give-away will end at 12:01 am EST on September 17, 2012, so get in there and enter for your chance to win.

About the Author:

Lee Zamloch lives on the Central Coast of California where she writes fiction. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals and she has won several honors for her writing including the Booklegger Award for best submission of the year from Toyon and honorable mentions from the Nelson Algren Award, and Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. She has published two novels which are available from Amazon.com in both print and kindle editions. She is currently at work on her next novel.

 

Lee has been a teacher, a consultant, a college professor and a program designer. She enjoys hiking, reading, traveling and romping with her two Siberian huskies, Sunny and Storm.

Catch the Sun can be purchased at Amazon.com

Upcoming Blog Fun

10 Sep

Tomorrow I will have a review and give-away of the book “Catch the Sun” by Lee Zamloch.

Stop by tomorrow to find out more about this book, and how you can enter to win a copy!

HMJ- 9/7/12

7 Sep

  • In my life this week…

We emptied the pool this week, marking the official end to the summer. Danger Girl wasn’t very happy about the pool being put up.

We also had adventures with an escaping dog. Our little dog began digging holes under the fence and escaping from the backyard to go stand in the middle of the road, so this was an issue that definitely needed to be resolved. Our temporary solution was to put him on a lead in the back yard until we can get the fence line secured.

He has plenty of lead to allow him to move around most of the yard, but he still hates it. Hopefully we will get the situation permanantly resolved soon.

This week I also became more firm about some food issues we have been dealing with. Danger Girl will eat french fries, fruit leather and snack cakes all day if she is not watched carefully. We have recently changed her soda limit to two sodas a week, and I changed her snack cake limit to a couple a week.

She still tries to sneak these things though, so I think they will have to be removed from the house. We had a small battle on Thursday regarding what an appropriate snack was. We have a refrigerator full of fruits and vegetables that can be easily eaten, but she wanted french fries. She ended up with no snack when she wouldn’t budge.

In exciting news, we got a piano this week. Someone was getting rid of it, so we were able to get it for free! Free is my favorite number.

  • In our homeschool this week…

We have been struggling a little this week in our homeschool. I really had high hopes that we would make it through the school year without meltdowns, but that wasn’t to be :(.

Rather than letting me help her when she was having trouble with something, Danger Girl reverte back to shutting down. When I would try to better explain, she started talking over me and throwing out random answers. When I urged her to listen so I could help her, she just shut down and started crying. This was a very frustrating week.

We also had some issues with Danger Girl cleaning up after herself. When I tell her to pick her stuff up, she will pick up half of it then say she is done. When I call her back she starts to argue with me. My patience is being tested, and this is a test I have a hard time passing.

I am hoping after our talk about responsibility and respect things will be a little better. I explained to her that when she behaves this way it makes me less willing to buy her things she wants because she won’t take care of them. I also explained that if she ontinued to behave the way she has been in school this week she will have a very rough school year, but if she will behave the way she did when we first started back it will go more smoothly. We shall see if this helped.

  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

After just reading my previous comments, do I really seem like the person to give advice right now 🙂

  • I am inspired by…

The parents who have stuck it out with homeschooling up through highschool inspire me. These parents give me hope that we will make it too.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This weekend we are having a family dinner to celebrate Danger Girl turning 8. Since the family aren’t all going to come to the zoo with us, we thought this would be a good way to include them.

We also get to go see where the new building for our karate class is. They are having to move out of the current building because we need more room, so I’m excited to see what the new place will look like.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

Probably my favorite thing was getting the piano. It is not often you get one of those for free.

  • What’s working/not working for us…

See my comments about our homeschool week to see what is not working for us (attitude).

  • Questions/thoughts I have…

Danger Girl often writes her letters backwards or mixes the letters up in a word even when she is copying them. I have her correct the letters when she writes them backwards, and I keep the alphabet written on our board so she can see it, but she still writes certain letters backwards (s, r, p, etc)

I have two questions:

1) Should I worry about the possibility of dyslexia?

2) What can I do to correct this problem?

  • I’m reading…

Right now I am reading “Treasure Island” with Danger Girl. As for my own reading, I am currently working on “Who is God?” by David Jemison.

I finished “Journey to Almighty”, and you can see a review for this under the books tab.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Danger Girl on her new bed

Journey to Almighty by Tina Klinesmith

4 Sep

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Journey to Almighty was definitely a different kind of Christian fiction than I was used to. Michele is a drug abuser and alcoholic who doesn’t really seem to have anything going for her. After she finds out she’s pregnant, and gets beat nearly to death by her boyfriend, she actually gets some chances to change herself and give her baby a chance. The big question in the book though is will she really take full advantage of this chance? Will she give God a chance to make her whole again?

The book description was intriguing to me, and I think it lived up to my expectations. Journey to Almighty was well written and the story moved along at a pretty good pace. There was a good story line, and for the most part it was believable. There were a few things I would have liked to see differently, but these are more personal preferences than anything else.

For one, I felt like the boyfriend’s role was not given as much attention as it should. We do see that he is dangerous, but then for a good portion of the book you don’t hear anything from him. I feel like if he was as dangerous as the book implies he would not have been quiet in Michele’s life as long as he was. He left her alone for a several week stretch, and I personally don’t think that would have happened.

I also felt like towards the end of the book, Michele’s new friendship with her first real girl friend needed some elaboration. Several times in the book, you find Michele worrying about what her friend would think of her if she knew her past. Once Michele’s past can’t help but be brought to light, you don’t hear anything about the friend’s reaction. I just feel that with the importance placed on Michele’s concern regarding this issue, it should have been addressed.

My only other concern with this book is doctrinal based, but I was not surprised to find this. This has to do with the plan of salvation. I believe salvation comes from baptism, and most Christian books these days encourage saying the “sinner’s prayer” as the tool for salvation. Without becoming preachy on the subject, this is the main reason I gave only 3 stars rather than 4.

All in all, Journey to Almighty is a good read. This book gives you a look at how powerful God is by what He can do to transform a broken life. This book is definitely worth a read.