What I’m Reading This Month:
- Mistress Pat by LM Montgomery* – On my Kindle, this is the second half of the Pat of Silver Bush series. It was a timely read because Pat is obsessed with her childhood home and can’t bear the thought of leaving it. I can relate to Pat loving home and fearing change.
- Todd & Christy: The College Years by Robin Jones Gunn* – Until Tomorrow, As You Wish, I Promise – I started reading these books in high school. You can see how worn they are on the top of my pile. Until Tomorrow is 20 years old! Last month was a RJG heavy reading month and June continued the theme!
- The Katie Weldon Series by Robin Jones Gunn* – Peculiar Treasures, On A Whim, Coming Attractions, Finally & Forever – Christy’s best friend, Katie, picks up the story right after Christy & Todd get married.
- Todd & Christy: The Married Years by Robin Jones Gunn* – Forever With You, Home of Our Hearts, One More Wish – These books are on my Kindle so I haven’t re-read them until now. I wish I would have spent the extra money has gotten in paperback form.
- Todd & Christy: The Baby Years by Robin Jones Gunn* – Sandy Toes, Salty Kisses, Sunset Lullaby – Again, this series is on my Kindle so it was only my second time reading these stories. Visiting Todd and Christy is like visiting childhood friends!
- Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie – I asked a close friend if she would share some of her homeschool resources with me as I contemplate school this fall. This was the first book that she told me to read because it would help me realize that no matter what I do, I won’t screw up my children by homeschooling them. There is a lot of stress that can go into homeschooling – am I doing the right thing? Are my kids on track? Did I pick the right curriculum? I enjoyed the perspective of peace and rest when it comes to homeschooling.
- The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie – My friend also recommended this book. It’s not really a homeschooling book, but it’s a compelling case for reading aloud with your kids even after they have learned to read for themselves.
What I’m Loving This Month:
- Homeschool Resources – My friend let me borrow a box full of homeschooling books. Some books are curriculum and some are about the philosophy of homeschooling. While our family is still on the fence about homeschooling this fall, I greatly enjoy learning new things. I don’t want to wait until August to formulate a plan for the fall. I’ve been reading curriculum reviews and watching YouTube videos to show me inside curriculum. I now have a fairly good idea of what curriculum I might use if I decide to homeschool.
- The Pioneer Women – Her most recent episodes are filmed from home with her kids as her camera crew. The episodes are hilarious and the recipes are fairly simple since she assumes people are shopping less and staying home more. Jeremy and I have tested out a few of her recipes recently and they were quite tasty. We made her French Toast Roll-Ups and Hashbrown Pizza. Yum!
- My People! – Birthday celebrations, Father’s Day Weekend, Play Dates, Family Fridays – I’ve been able to see a few of my core people in-person this month. This is a cause for celebration and joy! As much as I love being home in my own little world, I’m glad that my circle of in-person people has widened slightly!
- Switchfoot Concert – For the last seven years, I have tried to see Switchfoot in concert. It’s never worked out and I’ve always been sad about that. When Switchfoot decided to offer an online concert, I couldn’t pass it up. I went to many SF concerts in my high school years and I have so many good memories of this band. I was thrilled for the opportunity to make a new memory with them!