My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Outside My Window

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I am thinking...
how nice it was to see my good friends and their family over the weekend. It was nice to celebrate with them too.

Also about the legacy of Justice Kennedy. First of all, that sure came out of the blue didn't it?!  I thought Justice Ginsberg would be next because she is 85 and she has been battling cancer for years. Mr. Pete says it shows that this can't be a very taxing job if you can keep doing it into 80s!  I pointed out that she just hired 4 law clerks, and I'm guessing most of them are under 40. I could keep going too if I could hire unlimited help.

Al Kresta had a great conversation about Justice Kennedy and you can listen to that here. 

I am thankful...
that I got to see another set of good friends on Saturday before we came back home.

And I'm very thankful that the three kids we left home managed to keep the house standing, get themselves fed, and got to work without any problems at all. They even took care of their little sister and their little niece without a problem.

I am pondering...
how much I dislike my house when it is so hot outside. It was built in 1928 and does not have central air, so the only place that is bearable is next to the air conditioner upstairs or in the cool basement.

One of my Favorite Things...
summer walks during cross country season.

I am hearing...
the hum of the airconditioner

In the kitchen...
burgers on the grill

I am wearing...
blue shorts and a gray T shirt.

I am going...
I am reading...

I'm actually listening to it on Audible while I'm walking in the morning.

From the Learning Rooms...


10 Week Shakespear course that I bought during the Build-Your-Bundle Sale!  She will be spending 5 hours a week doing:

  • Read Shakespeare's plays and poems.
  • Read explanations of Shakespeare's plays or easier versions in addition to the real thing.
  • Listen to Shakespeare's plays on audiobook.
  • Watch movies of Shakespeare's plays. 
  • Teach or narrate what is learned to a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Write a 5-paragraph essay, compare/contrast essay, literary analysis, or descriptive essay every week based on the lessons studied.
  • see a live Shakespeare play.
  • Memorize more scenes and monologues than are included in the course.
  • Finish reading and doing all the activities from How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
  • Read, watch, or do other suggestions listed in the Appendix section of this course.
Keep track of how much time is spent on each activity (reading, watching, writing, etc.) with the Log Sheet.

I am not an affiliate for them - I just thought this would be a good idea for Rosie's education and it will be her first high school credit! Plus, I thought it would be a good summertime activity!

So far I would say this is a good course for upper elementary students. Rosie is enjoying it but I am supplementing it a lot because I also want her to get a good overview of Shakespeare's work. This course focuses mostly on a Midsummer's Night Dream. 

Still, it gives a good foundation in iambic pentameter and memorization, so I think this is a good course for getting the basics down. 

We are particularly enjoying this book
This week we are moving on to Romeo and Juliet!

Last week we watched MacBeth courtesy of Amazon Prime. 

I will be listening to lectures from the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference - with a particular interest in the Work From Home Track. I'm also taking a new affiliate marketing course from Pajama Affiliates. 

A Picture to Share...

Not a great picture, but with our first goddaughter at her brother's wedding over the weekend.

A quote to share...
Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn and caldron bubble. 
Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the caldron boil and bake; 
Eye of newt and toe of frog, 
Wool of bat and tongue of dog, 
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, 
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing, 
For a charm of powerful trouble, 
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. 

Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn and caldron bubble. 
Cool it with a baboon's blood, 
Then the charm is firm and good.

William Shakespear - MacBeth