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    Best Baby Board Books for Special Occasions

    Sweet Little Princess was baptized on Sunday and I thought a special edition featuring some of the best board books I’ve found would be fitting! I’ve got some amazing titles up my sleeve that I’ve been bursting to share with you…but first a picture. Be still my heart! Those little cherubs are growing on me every day. What a journey motherhood is, and I can confidently say it has made me into a better person. Not perfect by any means, every day is a reminder of how much much work it will take to turn this stubborn spirit into a Christ-like character, but I can still look back and see…

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    “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

    Biggest Boy has always been a great lover of adventure…whether his own or in book/movie form. Knights, dragons, soldiers, firefighters, lions and dinosaurs are his personal favorites and he’s often found in some far away land having the time of his life fighting villains or surviving in the wilds. This Melissa & Doug Deluxe Folding Medieval Wooden Castle was a Christmas gift, along with the Melissa & Doug Royal Family Wooden Poseable Doll Set. It has provided endless hours of play and we even laughed ourselves silly over the Einstein-like hair of the king. It’s a huge castle and he often uses his Safari Ltd Knights and Dragons to man…

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    A Review of – Noah Primeval (Chronicles of the Nephilim Book 1)

    Where do I start with this one?! I’m quite torn between recommending it or throwing it in the trash! It is the first in an eight book mash-up of historical, fictional and Biblical adventure with a whole bunch of romance that just blew my mind. The research Brian Godawa put into this book is incredible and the appendix attests, with 100 pages to explain the concepts behind this fictional work. It will completely surpass any understanding you had of Noah, but it feels like it did it in a good way. While it is meant to be fiction (and Mr. Godawa clearly states this is NOT how he 100% believes…

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    “Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

    Yay! Finally the long awaited spring-time picture books! It’s so nice to see the colors bursting out of these (and other) books! Of course we didn’t just read these four this week but they are the ones we’re focusing on in this little blog post. Here’s some pictures of spring in our neck of the woods as well! This is a beautiful fancy-sounding flower from some bulbs my mother-in-law gave me. I forget the name but these dear little flowers were the first to bloom in our new home and just warmed my heart. And spring isn’t official until the sheep start lambing. If was a treat to find these…

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    “… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

    This week was supposed to be the first week of spring…and yet we’ve had a blizzard that merits more snow stories! I promise next week we’ll feature sunny books of new life and warm sunshine! But since a few of these were sitting unread on our shelves and others were soon to be returned to the library, we pulled them out and made use of hot tea and a warm fire! Only after what seemed like an hour of taking off wet coats, mittens, boots, socks, etc and hanging them beside the fire to dry! Samson in the Snow by Philip Stead Samson in the Snow is a really beautiful…

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    “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

      A little bug has visited us this week. Not the kind with wings or six legs though. A virus bug. We have been relaxing with boxes of kleenex tissues and books everywhere, pillows and blankets for comfort and of course lots of hot tea with raw honey for healing. Fortunately it’s a mild cold, probably just a little something we picked up from the constantly changing weather. I used it as an opportunity to teach the children about germs, pulling out a splurge purchase from Usborne that Mommy invested in for home schooling. Everyone has insisted on it being read multiple times and it’s a winner for sure in…

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    Special Edition – St. Patrick’s Day Picture Books

    As much as we love holidays around here, we did nothing except read these few books to commemorate St. Patrick’s day at home this year. Perhaps having a newborn made a difference! At least  our church hosted an enormous Irish meal of corned beef, potatoes and such. It was so delicious!!! My husband’s family is part Irish (my husband and his older sister were also born there!) so it was fun listening to an Aunt reading “Fiona’s Lace” out loud in an Irish brogue. I’ve found lots of new favorite authors in this wonderful world of books we’ve immersed ourselves into. Two of them are included in this special St.…

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    “One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

    And how true is that? Words, whether written or spoken, heard with our ears or proclaimed by our lips, have the power to change us. I see this happening on our journey to educate (re-educate in my case) ourselves with a love of life and learning. The children’s playtime, formally carbon copies of the cartoons they’d watched, are slowly evolving into bigger, grander stories of what we’ve read. Not to discredit cartoons (the Wild Kratt Brothers are still a powerful influence around here) but their minds have been stretched so much more and better by the variety of books we’ve been reading. Of particular notice is the recently-turned-four-year-old Middle Boy.…

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    “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

    It’s March here in Pennsylvania but it doesn’t feel very spring-like so we’re continuing on with another week or two of studying winter. Thanks to the books we’re reading, our whole family has become a lot more observant of the natural things happening around us…from noticing deer prints in the white winter blanket to stopping a moment, listening for the icy drops of snow pit-pitting against the windows. The librarians are becoming quite familiar with our faces. We’ve been keeping them busy either fetching books for us if we order online or eyeing a stack of books to return. We have a wonderful inter-library system that combines 9 libraries from…

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    “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

      This week we read what I think are my oldest’s favorite winter books by FAR! And the neat thing about living books is…the mother gets to enjoy the stories as much as her children! Gone of the days of being bored to tears reading “that” book again. I look forward to reading time with my littles and learning something new or being amazed once again at creation or examining incredible illustrations for the tenth time. It’s incredibly fulfilling to know deep seated needs within us are being satisfied, from quality mommy time to nourishing our brains. No longer do I think of them as separate functions but able to…