This Week’s Goals:
Organize Kids’ Clothes:
- Take Out Clothes That Are Too Small
- Pack Up & Label Clothes That Are Too Small
- Pack Up & Label Pregnancy Clothes
- Write Love Notes to Louis & Kyrie
- Exchanges and Returns on baby clothes she has already outgrown
- Create an Arabic Study System
- Add the Motor Themes to the Homeschooling Curriculum
- Begin Reading TCK
- Continue Bible Reading Plan
- Funding Update
- Timeline Update
- Start Reading Serving as Senders
- Organize the Space to Write Thank You Cards
- Celebrate the first 2 Weeks of my Made Over Morning Routine: Use my Coldstone Gift Card
- Begin Studying the Bible again by reading 1 chapter this week of 1 Samuel
- Choose a Book For Fun & Start Reading
I realize I might be jumping in to far too much, but what I have been learning these past few weeks as I have begun my Morning Routine again is how useful scheduling out my days can be. Thank you, again Crystal @Money Saving Mom. So, I have begun using Google Calendar in a way that I might share as soon as I figure out how to explain it. The main point is to put it down on paper and leave it there. So, before I send these goals out now I have them written down on my calendar in a reasonable way. More on that later, but for now…
Accountability through Blog, we have Re-Begun!
As always, feel free to join the accountability of goal setting by writing your own goals in the comments.
The House On The Gulf
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
A story of a broken family trying to support and take care of each other. The family moves to Florida because a college there has a program for single mothers. Their mom wants desperately to be a doctor, which is years and years of schooling. Her son finds a job house-sitting and they all get to move into the house for the summer which allows for their mom to go to school. However, the younger sister senses that something is not quite right. The reader travels right along with her, never knowing if the truth has been discovered fully or not.
This book was so sad. Even the ending remained rather bleak. I would only recommend this book to others who already knew the author’s style and tone. I would probably not recommend this book to anyone who did not already love this author.
Due to the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books I am eating up the many many authors and many many many many books those authors have written. On a recommendation from a friend I wanted to make sure to read a book by Margaret Peterson Haddix before March 9th when the Festival begins. The only book at the library during a quick and insufficient glance through the children’s section. My return to the library after reading this book was much more successful because, A) I looked in the teen section as well, and B) I checked both hardcover and paperback books in the children’s section, and finally C) someone had returned some of the books that were not available on my previous excursion. Therefore, I hope to have some more reviews from this author’s bibliography soon.
Bigger Than A Bread Box
An emotional book of a girl dealing with her parents’ separation. She finds a magical bread box and begins a moral adventure of discovering more about herself, her mom, and people in general. The author was not writing an autobiographical account, but had obviously put quite a bit of thought into the emotions, mental processing, and psychology of the events in the story. In the acknowledgements she acknowledges this fact and admits that she did quite a bit of “dripping” on her keyboard as the typed. The writing style sounded like a real person telling a story. It was told from the perspective of a 12-year-old, and often sounded like she was writing about it after the fact. The writing style mirrored a way of sharing that I hope to put into my own writing about my self or any story about people I ever work on. It was honest and therefore true even though it was not based on true accounts. The Bruce Springsteen references were spot on as well. Definitely an author I would read again.
I would recommend this book to any young child in double digits. I think that the book had a lot of lessons in humanity that are worth the read for any child whether they are struggling with some of the trials of family or not.