Hi, my name is Melissa. Pour yourself a cup of tea and stay a while. I'm completely devoted to my Savior, madly in love with my husband, and joyously raising my daughters. I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy your time here!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Several weeks in review...

Life has been moving forward in a bit of a blur. We having been continuing school with Heart of Dakota and two of my girls finished up their guides at the end of the year. That hasn't happened in ages! The third has a few more units to go and then all three will begin afresh for the next year. 

In between all of that we have been occupying our time with outdoor play, teaching virtual piano lessons, a social distanced virtual piano recital, French, time with grandparents, online church recording, and more, although I can't remember much about what that more is right now. We watched the countdown to the space launch...twice. 

We are enjoying the beauty of the nature around us. We normally do, but even more so now.... 

bluebirds nesting...

a full moon...

 daisies blooming in all their glory...

I'm also tending my herb garden, harvesting, drying, and sharing some amazingly gorgeous herbs! 

As we enter into a much different summer than usual I'm reading more. I'm currently re-reading the Hangenheim series from Melanie Dickerson. These are some of my favorite stories. I'm also sketching some. 

I'm spending a fair amount of time working on editing family photos again. It's a long project, but something I'm passionate about.  

The girls have discovered a new way to play board games online with their cousins and friends. We also have 3 new games we are enjoying as a family: Patchwork Doodle, Lowdown Dice, and MadGab. We continue to play some of our favorites like 7 Wonders, Azul, and Lowdown (original cards). 

I'm also sharing my love for old movies with the girls. We are watching classics that I can find on our Roku. Some are on Amazon Prime and others on TCM. Some have been excellent, other flops. We also have several DVDs and currently are loving the Abbott and Costello films. 

Things we are missing: 
This one is really tough
Hugs at church

In-person piano lessons
Virtual is a great blessing but I miss my students

Summer mornings at the pool
I really took this for granted in the past!

Trip to an amusment park
 The girls saved their own money for tickets

Having friends over
Our city hasn't yet lifted the SAH orders

Grace is really the only one who misses this! 

Things are not so bad for us and I remind myself and my girls of this consistently. It doesn't mean we can't miss those blessings we are used to. It doesn't mean we can't lament the losses. We should however, keep things in perspective as we know others are sick and grieving in addition to the turmoil in our nation. 

Like many others I've been spending time in prayer for our country. I'm praying for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. I'm praying all the events that seem to be overwhelming us in 2020 will lead to a new openness to the gospel and therefore revival. I'm praying to understand and hear truth in the midst of the noise of a constant news cycle which thrives off drama, intrigue, and demise. 

I'm also avoiding social media. I have some responsibilities on social media for groups I monitor for homeschooling and scrapbooking so I am not completely off. However, I am rather quiet and definitely not spending as much time as usual in those spaces. It's refreshing to say the least. 

I've encouraged our girls to journal these last few months. I'm documenting our life through photographs and will include it in our family scrapbook. Life is weird. We rarely know for certain what day it is. 

Yet...this too shall pass.

What are you doing with the time?
For me, staying busy helps my mind to focus on the good. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Adventures in Odyssey: 1 Month Free and a Listening Party!!!!

The wonderful people at Adventures in Odyssey have generously offered a free month of access to the Adventures in Odyssey Club to help families have some wholesome entertainment during the Covid-19 virus crisis. Look out for a list of my favorite episodes to encourage my kids when the unexpected things in life happen! 

I grew up listening to these fabulous stories and they are a part of our regular routine every day. There are many episodes my kids can quote word-for-word! 

 If you've never heard of this radio drama or it's been a while since you listened, now is a great time to tune in! You can binge this wonderful drama all day long for the next month for free. Since it's a radio drama your children's minds will be engaged without screens. My kids enjoy playing games, coloring, crafting, drawing, or puzzling while listening. We also swapped all the winter clothes for summer stuff this week and listening made that huge chore much easier! 


Tomorrow there is going to be a listening party to catch you up on the most recent Rydell Saga! My kids are super anxious to hear the 3-part episode story coming in the next album which promises to answer MANY  questions about the shady actions of Morrie Rydell. We have debated back and forth as to his motives, if he's really the antagonist, if he's the son of The Chairman from the Novacom Saga! This is all purely speculation, but he's definitely one of the most intriguing characters we've had in Odyssey. We also enjoy that he is voiced by Atticus Schaffer. 

Tune to hear the Rydell Saga tomorrow at 2! We'll be listening in too! 

Disclaimer: In exchange for promoting The Adventures in Odyssey Club I receive a membership to The Adventures in Odyssey Club. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Week in Review: March 23-27

Like much of the rest of the country our spring break turned out to be in quarantine. We do not mind at all as we recognize how serious the situation already is and knowing we can do something to help. Still, it's hard. Thankfully we already had plans for a new back-yard project and my husband went out to get the supplies before the quarantine order was announced. So we took our spring break last week and my husband and the girls started building an obstacle course! 

This is just the beginning. There will be 2 more sections that crate an L shape. I have some other ideas we may add in the future, but this is a great move for us. We had a sweet little swing set that was here when we moved in 12 years ago. Unfortunately the wood was rotting and they were mostly too big for it anyway. We bought disc swings that they can use to swing on if they want. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Life in Review

Well, we are still around! Now that the world has slowed down I have time to get back to an update. As the girls are getting older we have more and more activities going on, which is a wonderful thing. We intentionally stayed away from too much busy when they were little. I'm so glad we did that. They love the activities they are involved in and passionately pursue them. 

These include: 
Science Classes
Cross Country
Clogging (Traditional Appalachian Dance)
Hand Drumming

And more! All three aren't involved in everything on that list, but they do have a nice balance of activities each. 

Basketball season ended just as Clogging was getting started, but now everything is on a break. 

As our schedule has been abruptly disrupted I decided to do some things differently. Even though we homeschool, our routine has been altered dramatically just like everyone else. So we are doing "together" learning instead of individual studies like we usually do. We aren't doing all of this every day, but we are still getting our schooling in! 

(None of these are affiliate postings! Just the resources I use!)

1. History
Using American Girl movies as a jumping off point to study ares of American history. Not using any particular curriculum, just books I already have on my shelf!

Studying individual states

3. French - TalkBox!!!!

Seriously, if you've not looked into this program, do it now! They have a free activity you can do RIGHT NOW to try out their amazing immersion system! Below is a coupon you can use for your first purchase!
We are continuing on with our regular individual math studies and also challenging our minds with lego builds! We have enjoyed watching Lego Masters and this is an awesome in-home friendly version!

5. Fitness - Family Time Fitness
We haven't used this excellent program in a really long time. We did when the girls were younger, but it's been a while for sure! I'm excited to get back to this program again.

6. Bible - Virtue Training Bible
Again, this was an excellent resource I used a lot (along with the Child Training Bible) when the girls were younger, but as they got older it wasn't as much a part of our daily routines. It's exciting to get back to this at the moment. It is good to refocus on the Lord in the midst of unrest all around us.

We are using Usborne's Complete Shakespeare book read aloud. The girls are also coloring the wonderful Shakespeare notebooking pages from Heart of Dakota!

I would love to hear what you are doing with your days at the moment! Are you keeping the routine the same? Changing things up? Comment below! 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Adventures in Odyssey Club: The Essentials

We adore Adventures in Odyssey around here! Multiple episodes are listened to on multiple devices throughout the day. We can quote our favorite episodes and love to listen together. 

Since we've listened through the entire series more times than we can recall, I sometimes like to pick a particular character and listen through the episodes which are significantly important to who they are. 

The Adventures In Odyssey Club makes this so very easy because everything is right at your finger tips! I'll be posting the Essentials for some of our favorite characters over the next several weeks including what order to listen in! 

Click a Character to read their essentials list! 

Mr. Whitaker
Eugene MeltsnerParts 1 & 2
Connie Kendall
(Coming Soon!)
Wooton Bassett
(Coming Soon!)