Book Review: A Bride For All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons :  The Mail Order Bride Collection was a wonderful collection of novellas.  All of the stories take place in 1870 and all involve a mail order bride.  Another singular thread connects all the stories together:  each bride and her groom meet through The Hitching Post Mail-Order Catalogue.

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Getting Rid of the School Mentality

For those of you who homeschool, here's a great article called "Letting Go of the School Mentality."  

Book Review: New Spirit-Filled Life Bible

When I blogged a few years ago, one thing I really enjoyed doing was book reviews.  I'm such a bookworm anyway, so getting a book in exchange for a review seems like possibly one of the best trades ever. I've found myself looking for a particular Bible recently. Sometimes I'm struck by the irony of it all: here I am looking for the PERFECT Bible (Although, let's be HONEST, the Bible is ALREADY perfect sans any type of notes!) that will help me grow in the best possible way.

Stevia: Is it Okay?

Sugar alternatives are something that I personally find myself checking out at various times, and stevia is one that we've used rather frequently.  After reading the following article, I am thinking that I am not going to be using it in the future-unless I grow my own.

Check out this article for more information!

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Summer Fun: Sponge Balls!

Our transition from school to summer is sometimes a difficult one:  my children are so used to a large portion of their time being taken up by school.  Now, suddenly, they seem to not know what to do with themselves.  I personally like to keep some semblance of a schedule during the summer.  Not only do the kids thrive under that, but I seem to need that as well.

Name Above All Other Names

This is a difficult post to write. It's difficult because the Holy Spirit is currently working on my heart in this area, currently convicting me of something I've been doing wrong...for years.  It's an area where I personally need to grow.  Maybe I wasn't really aware of what I was doing.  Maybe society accepts certain words and phrases so easily, so readily, and I've fallen prey to just being like everyone else in the world--or, do I dare say, everybody else in the church. Maybe we all do this to some degree.

Funny Linguistic Dissection

HA! This video that is A Linguistic Dissection of 7 Annoying Teenage Sounds is hysterical!  However, I don't think that JUST teenagers make these sounds...

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That Other Cat

Yeh, well, I need to come clean here.  I keep mentioning the yellow thing that lives here, too.  Truthfully, and as much as I hate to admit this, he is a cat. (That was painful to admit.)  Unlike me, he does not appear to have too much intelligence. Me?  I'm calculating, cunning, and very clever.  So, let me tell you about the day my life got worse, the day this other cat came to stay.  My family went out in that big thing on four wheels that they have.

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Indoor Cat Outdoors

Well, the mom finally let me out...as if it isn't a right.  I'm what the people call "an indoor cat."  How absolutely humiliating.  We all know that cats are wild outdoor beasts.  Instead, I've been forced to live most of my existence simply watching the outdoors through a little window or a sliding glass door.  It's not a door for me; it's more of a prison gate.  Guess the mom finally felt bad and decided to take me outside.

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Why I Still Use the Final Comma in a Series

I'm a purist when it comes to language, and sometimes some of the new "trends" in language use really drive me nuts.  When I taught, I required all of my students to use the final comma in a series.  When I write, I always use that final comma, also.  I recently saw a great blog post that explained the importance of that final comma.  Check it out:  The Rationale for the Serial Comma.

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