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Books Finished 2014

Here is our accomplished reading list for 2014. The children read many more books independently than are listed. They are voracious readers so the “school” list only shows the books I was actively involved in reading to or with them. Hope you find something to interest you…Happy Reading in 2015!

2014 Books Finished


Marl Fox (Feb.) ( )
Little Britches (Feb.) ( )
Victory in Jesus: The Bright Hope of Postmillennialism (March) ( )
The Sun and Other Stars (March) ( )
Planets (March) ( )
Sunshine Makes the Seasons (March) ( )
Planets (I Can Read About series) (April) ( )
The Sun and Other Stars (I Can Read About series) (April) ( )
Seasons (I Can Read About series) (April) ( )
The Lamplighter (Sep.) ( )
A Journey of Souls (Dec.) ( )
The Five Points of Calvinism (Bible) (Dec.) ( )


Eat, Pray, Love (Jan.) ( )
A Painted House (Jan.) ( )
The Dead and Gone (Jan.) ( )
This World We Live In (Jan.) ( ) Get Big Fast (Feb.) ( )
The Glass Castle (Feb.) ( )
Stranded (Feb.) (previewed for E.) ( )
“ “: Trial by Fire (Feb.) (same) ( )
Stranded: Survivors (Feb.) (same) ( )
The Shade of the Moon (Feb.) ( )
Stop Whining, Start Living (previewed for an older daughter) (March) ( )
Steve Jobs (April) ( )
The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria’s elBulli (May) ( )
The Shell Seekers (June) ( )
Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier (June) ( )
October Sky (July) ( ) ( )
The Coalwood Way (July) ( )
Cordelia Underwood (Sep.) ( )
Sky of Stone (Sep.) ( )
Cranford (& other stories) (Nov.) ( )
If a Woman’s Hair is Her Glory… (Nov.) ( )
Below Stairs (Nov.) ( )
Daily Guideposts 2014 (Dec.) ( )
Village School (Miss Read) (Dec.) ( )
If Teacups Could Talk (Dec.) ( )
Vegetarian Celebrations (Dec.) ( )

** ADVENT ** – Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent (Dec.) ( )

‘Til next time,

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Mr. Blakeslee on Faith

“Well’m, faith ain’t no magic wand or money-back gar’ntee, either one. Hit’s jest a way alivin’. Hit means you don’t worry th’ew the days. Hit means you go’n be holdin’ on to God in good or bad times, and you accept whatever happens. Hit means you respect life like it is – like God made it – even when it ain’t what you’d order from the wholesale house. Faith don’t mean the Lord is go’n make lions lay down with lambs jest cause you ast him to, or make fire not burn. Some folks, when they pray to git well and don’t even git better, they say God let’m down. But I say thet warn’t even what Jesus was a-talkin’ bout. When Jesus said ast and you’ll git it, He was givin’ a gar’ntee a-spiritual healin’, not body healin’. He was sayin’ thet if’n you git beat down – scairt to death you cain’t do what you got to, or scairt you go’n die, or scairt folks won’t like you – why, all you got to do is put yore hand in God’s and He’ll lift you up. I know it for a fact, Love. I can pray, ‘Lord, hep me not be scairt,’ and I don’t know how, but it’s like a eraser wipes the fears away. And I found out long time ago, when I look on what I got to stand as a dang hardship or a burden, it seems too heavy to carry. But when I look on the same dang thang as a challenge, why, standin’ it or acceptin’ it is like you done entered a contest. Hit even gits excitin’, waitin’ to see how everthang’s go’n turn out.

~ Cold Sassy Tree, pg. 363, emphasis added.

Amen to that bolded section! I have learned that first hand! Once you have that mind-set and practice it routinely, it is exciting to see how God is going to work everything out no matter how hard it is going through it! It’s taken a long time to learn and I lament that sometimes…it took something pretty devastating for it to finally sink in…but God put me on this journey and brings lessons in His own time and His own way. I am truly able to thank Him in and through hardship now and I love Him for it!

‘Til next time,

Weekly Contemplation

This is a “series” of blog posts I’ve been meaning to get back to for a while. In the past, on Sunday (rather inconsistently even then I’m afraid), I would post a meaningful quote from something I was currently reading as a little tid-bit to chew on throughout the week. Topics could be anything – religious, business, family, homemaking, etc. This one is a favorite and has been rather poignant over the last couple of years since our move. My husband and I have been separated quite a lot due to untidy loose ends with the business keeping him in our former city of residence. One I’ve worked hard to remember with all the pressures that entails…

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.” Martin Luther

A blessed Lord’s Day to you all,

Weekly Contemplation

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.” Martin Luther

Weekly Contemplation

We demonstrate our confidence in the authority of the Word of God by the way we use it in our homes and by our personal obedience to it. No amount of emotional, cozy feeling will stand the rigorous test of university exposure. Our faith has intellectual content; we must know what we believe. Emotional warmth flows out of the application and obedience of these great truths.

~ Gladys Hunt, pg. 97, Honey for a Child’s Heart

Weekly Contemplation

Children are a God-given inheritance for our conquest of the world for Christ. They are a means of subduing the earth and exercising dominion under the Lord. If we give our children to state or private schools which are not systematically Christian in all their curriculum, we are then giving the future to God’s enemies, and He will hold us accountable for laying waste our heritage. We thus must have Christian schools and Christian homeschools for the Lord’s children. We are commanded to “bring them up in the nurture and the admonition of the LORD” (Eph. 6:4). This is a necessary step for that great consummation of God’s will, announced beforehand for us in Revelation 11:15.

~ R. J. Rushdoony, In His Service: The Christian Calling to Charity

Weekly Contemplation

God’s name is Jehovah-rapha, the God who heals. And that is what God does: He heals. And He can heal you. God’s name is as good as God’s person. His name stands because He never changes. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He has always been, and He always will be, Jehovah-rapha: “I, the Lord, am your healer” (Exodus 15:26).

~ Kay Arthur, Lord, I Give You This Day: 366 Appointments with God

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