Book Bonanza: A Home Culture of Books

“This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of Book Bonanza_ A Home Culture of Bookswords! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.”
― Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

Books are a gift from God. Let me specify that more. Good, wholesome books are a gift from God.

Once upon a time, our home culture gave voice to television, movies, and TV shows more than books. My heart wanted a change, but I didn’t know how to to make it. Line upon line, precept on precept we evolved our home and family culture to give voice to books, first the books from God and His servants, and second to those that teach and enhance the truths taught by God. Life changing books, classic books, wholesome books fill our lives and home. [Continue reading]

Teach your Children to Ponder; Teach your Children to Think

“Search, Ponder and Pray, are the things that I must do…” These are the words to a children’s hymn sung by children in our church. For many people, pondering is not something that comes with birth. Pondering needs to be taught.
teach your children to ponder

Thinking is asking questions, many questions. Pondering involves asking many questions, meditating on the answers and asking more questions. Because pondering is so closely linked to prayer, pondering and prayer go naturally together. [Continue reading]

Death Comes to Pemberley: A Homeschool Mother’s Review


As a mother who is a scholar of the gospel and has a passion for looking into the messages that everything brings, I must offer this disclaimer first: I’m not one to watch for the sheer entertainment value as many meanings and messages are always … [Continue reading]

Homeschool Graduation


Last year, my eldest daughter graduated.  It was a happy day.  We invited all of our new friends to the house and my parents were happily living here in Germany and were able to come as well.  It was amazing.  I just had our new baby and my eldest … [Continue reading]

Happy Ears


My very first post for this beautiful blog was in August of 2014 and was about how I "read with my ears" thanks to Audible. Since that post I have been asked many times over which audiobooks are family favorites in our home. This post won't … [Continue reading]

Bending Our Brains


Have you ever seen that mostly family friendly tv series produced by National Geographic called Brain Games? The show, one of few allowances in our family screen viewing, is intriguing, challenging and wonderfully encouraging. We stream the seasons … [Continue reading]

Play: The Highest Form of Research

the power of creative play

Play is education. Play is learning. As Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” When I hear my kids engrossed in play, I don’t disturb them. Chores, work, study, everything else can wait. This is one of the most important aspects of … [Continue reading]

Making Toys New Again and Again


As homeschoolers, our whole homes are "classrooms". They store art supplies, math books, science experiments, practical life tools, libraries and toys... toys... toys... Setting up a homeschool that nurtures creativity, fosters curiosity and instills … [Continue reading]

What’s so great about The Great Courses?

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Over 25 years ago, Tom Rollins, a Harvard Law student was unprepared for an exam. He found a videotape series that would help him acquire the material efficiently. When he began to watch the video lecture series, he was surprised, impressed and … [Continue reading]

Alright, now what?


Just about two years ago my little family was trying to find a history curriculum. For religious reasons, we were pretty dissatisfied with many of the popular options and for philosophical reasons we were unimpressed with the options that met our … [Continue reading]

Cranford Colloquium Discussion

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskill

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskill (where to buy) is a feel good book that is sure to make you laugh and cry. The witty English humor is one of my favorite things about her style of writing. It was a great book for a colloquium. We followed up our … [Continue reading]

Mentoring Lessons from Bambi

mentoring lessons from bambi

Bambi the Disney movie was the one I avoided when people listed off movies-to-watch. It was too sad and boring to me. It put a bad taste in my mouth and so I had no interest in reading the classic book either. I’m so glad I changed my mind. We just … [Continue reading]

Reading Through The Lists


Confession: I have less than no interest in New Year's goals. It is not that I think the idea of goal setting to be a bad one - it is just that the idea does not resonate with me. I love goals. I love lists. I just don't have any desire to set upon a … [Continue reading]

Martin Luther and Johannes Gutenberg


Ninety-five errors are what Martin Luther found in the doctrine of the Catholic church, or THE church at the time. He boldly put this list on the door of the church in Wittenburg. In consequence of this and other reasons related, the Diet of Worms … [Continue reading]

Bonhoeffer: the Book

Bonhoeffer: The book

I finished Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy with my husband this week. Metaxes wrote a work of art. I read this with my husband and we learned so much about WWII that we never knew. My husband and I could hardly stay away from the book and … [Continue reading]