Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Literature Enthusiasm

Quote of the day: "To read is to empower. To empower is to write. To write is to influence. To Influence is to change To change is to live." ~ Jane Evershed ~

My 11yr old daughter is currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. She and a friend decided to read this book, so that they could meet for discussion.

When she informed me of the book that they had chosen, I was quite surprised. The book is unabridged and all of 1095 pages. When I was eleven, just looking at the size of the book would have scared me away.

Nevertheless, she is engulfed in this book. She approached me after dinner last evening because she wanted to share the excitement of the book with me. As she described the events of the book, I was captivated as she gave the vivid descriptions.

When moments like these take place, I am thrilled that she has embarked on one of my loves--reading. I am also amazed at her willingness to challenge herself and perservere. It are these moments that I'm glad that my husband and I chose to homeschool some 4 yrs ago.

I pray that she continues to challenge herself in this area, and allow books to take her to places she's never been, experience ideas that she never thought of, and give her knowledge to build upon.

The Count of Monte Cristo Posted by Hello

Monday, June 06, 2005

Lazy Days of Summer Posted by Hello

Lazy Days

Scripture of the day: "But the seed on good soil sands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it and by preserving produce a crop." ~ Luke 8:15

Whew! After the hustle and bustle of a school year. Life is back to a normal pace. We completed school May 27, and are in the midst of our two week total break. How relaxing!!!

My little one celebrated her first birthday this weekend. It is absolutely amazing how times seems to just fly by. She is such a joy and blessing to our family. She is approaching a new stage in life---a time of exploring, rapid development, language, and independence--toddlerhood. What an exciting time for our family.

I am looking forward to the lazy days of summer. We have a few "school" things to accomplish over the summer, and a few activities for my preteen. Other than that, I'll continue to plan for the upcoming year, and we can just go with the flow.