Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

YBC Book Review - The Tank Man's Son by Mark Bouman

I enjoy meeting new people and learning how God can, and does, change them.
And that's what I found from my latest book,

This book was totally engrossing, and I found it hard to put the book down.  I really enjoyed Mark's style of writing, it made me feel for him, and his whole family.
The beginning of the book gives you the back story of his parents lives before they met, which gives a good foundation to help you somewhat understand the behavior of his Dad.  And his Mom.  And Mark does not just tell of the dark parts of his life, but also pulls you in with the lighter side, and the fun, every child can find in difficult situations.

The story wraps up with Mark as an adult, and how God turned his life around, and helped Mark not only forgive his father, but to reconcile with him.  The only down side to this story is I would have loved to learn more about Mark's life as an adult, his college years and the struggles he faced himself as an adult.  It almost seemed like the part of his life where God was working was just an afterthought in this book.  He could have gone more into depth, and even if it made it a larger longer book, it would have been worth it.

Mark Bouman and his family served as missionaries to Cambodia for more than 20 years.  
Here's a video trailer for the book.  

I give this book 5 stars.

Be blessed,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Where Did August Go?

It's already the end of August and my last post is from the end of July....
where is the time going?

I remember as a child that time seemed to move so slowly, spending my days playing around and wishing for summer, then wishing for Christmas, then wishing for more.
Now it's like I'm just barely getting anything done.
My to-do list can go on forever, as soon as I knock one item off, 2 more get added.
Let's see...
local farmers market
local craft shows
new website
new blog look
new crafts to try
on-line classes to improve all of the above.

Then add in summer trips and vacations.
A 4 day church conference (of which I was on the planning committee)
An emergency last minute trip home for family.
And planning for a new year of homeschooling....high school level.

But I'm not complaining.
Because all this work just means I am alive.
I have the ability to get up, and move, and think, and do.
And I praise God for every hectic, crazy, exhausting day.

Now for a lighter touch...
This is Hannah's first day of school picture.

Be blessed,

Monday, July 27, 2015

Homeschool Monday - Cadet Airman 1st Class Huntington!

Many homeschool families take the summer off, but we decided to just scale back a bit.
We're sneaking in some "learning" with the fun of our local Civil Air Patrol.

Last fall we allowed Hannah to join CAPs so she would have opportunities to not only get out and meet new people, but to learn self-discipline. You can read about it here...on our Homeschool Daze page.  Well, we are so proud that she has promoted twice already, and is on her way to getting her rocketry badge.  Last Thursday she promoted again to Cadet Airman 1st Class, 

and because she had participated in robotics before, they put her in charge of leading the teams to build some robots last week.  She got frustrated trying to get the older cadets to listen to her, but overall she did great.

That was Thursday, then on Friday they mustered out to Camp Butner for summer encampment...
She's taking classes in Wilderness First Aid, and she will receive training on gun safety, and shooting an M-13.  She flopped back and forth between excitement and terror for the past 3 weeks, but she went....

that's Hannah marching wearing the red glasses.

I got a call from her early this morning....crying and ready to quit.  :(
After she calmed down we talked and she told me how she had her first flight yesterday, and even got the chance to control the plane.  I reminded her that the first few days would be the hardest, and now the rest of the week will fly by...between flying and first aid and the rifle range, before she knows it...it will be Sunday, and graduation.

I have to tell you, encouraging her to stay was soooo hard!  I was ready to jump in my car, in my pajamas, to go get her and wrap her in my arms and just protect her from the hard parts of life.  But I know that this will ultimately be good for her.  For her self-esteem, self-discipline, and independence.  Our dream for our daughter is that she becomes a leader, not a follower.

Enjoy the video of her promotion....and if you have children, homeschooled or not, consider enrolling them in ROTC or The Civil Air Patrol.  You will not regret it.

Be blessed,


Sunday, July 26, 2015

My New Look

So...what do you think of my new look?
I'm still checking out and learning Wordpress (it's like learning a foreign language) so I decided to update my blogspot site.

And I like it!

I think.


I was also able to embed my square shop onto my website, so I can now spend my time and energy promoting my own site instead of someone else's.

Check it out and let me know.

You can reach my shop on the link above,

Or try out my domain...

And before you leave....please let me know in a comment what you think about this new look.

And stop by tomorrow, I'll be here.

Be blessed,