February Recap

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Many homeschoolers give a weekly wrap-up on Friday. I decided I would be better for an end of the month recap. I can handle once a month.

I want to share how I’m doing on my one-word for 2013, as well as how I’m doing on my reading goal of 52 books this year.

You’ll also see some personal items here & there.  To start, February is a birthday month in our home.  We celebrate my birthday, Gentry’s birthday and Valentine’s Day.

kerry's birthday

gentry's birthday

I started the month in sunny Florida at the Beech Conference for homeschool bloggers. It was so much fun to meet bloggers like Kendra Fletcher (Peace & Preschoolers) and Mary Prather (Homegrown Learners). Kendra (in the middle) will be my special guest for our April facebook party.

Kendra Fletcher & Mary Prather at Beech

And, I try to volunteer in Ashley’s classroom every month. I headed to her school (30 minutes out of town) on President’s Day to read The House that George Built. I admire Ashley for working with at-risk first graders.

The House that George Built

I always read a book before we do a fun activity. This time we made George Washington faces from paper plates.
George Washington Craft

Reading in February

  • Les Miserables (finished all 900ish pages & watched the movie)
  • A Year on Ladybug Farm (recommended by readers…I needed a change from Les Mis)
  • Rumpole’s Returns
  • The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels (I laughed out loud)

I enjoyed Les Miserables(book) more than the movie.  As much as I loved seeing the redemption & change in Jean Val Jean, I wasn’t drawn into the story plot like I am in other books.

A Year on Ladybug Farm had been recommended by several of you, so I bought a copy. I wasn’t so sure about it, until 3/4 into the book. That’s when I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I’m ready to read the sequel.

Rumpole’s Return was recommended by neighbors & has British humor. I had to persist to finish it.

With The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, I didn’t have to persist at all. In fact, I stayed in bed last Saturday until 10am, enjoying every chapter. She’s hilarious. I can’t believe all the things that happened to her.

coronation of glory - one of my favorite booksOn My Bedside Table

I lost my copy of Coronation of Glory (out of print), so Gentry found a copy for my birthday. Lady Jane Grey is one of the most fascinating people in history. You’ll be inspired by her maturity & courage at such a young age.

Next up are 2 Liz Curtis Higgs books. I enjoyed Bookends in January & decided to try a few others.

One-Word Update

I’ll finish with a more serious update.  As you might remember, at the end of 2012 I couldn’t even remember my word for 2012. I decided to change in 2013 and make a daily habit of growing in my one-word.

My word for 2013 is praise, so I won’t complain.

In my morning devotions, I read a Psalm of praise – OUT LOUD! I find that reading it aloud helps it sink in.  I’m trying to start my day with praise so I will praise more throughout the day.

Some days it works, others I complain (ugh!)

But last week, I found myself struggling with complaining. In my mind I was upset about a silly matter. I told myself to quit complaining & started praying. My complaining would go away, but quickly reappear.

I was excited to see that I noticed my complaining spirit and begged God to give me power to change.  Even though I struggled in my mind, I knew God would get rid of my complaining thoughts.  I hope that’s one step in the right direction.

Question: How are you doing with your one-word for 2013?  How about your reading goal You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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