5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Bonnie Rose from WriteBonnieRose

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Bonnie Rose from WriteBonnieRose.

 

 

In 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite friends from the blogging world.  Each of them will tell you a little about themselves, how they recharge, what they’ve read and done over the summer.  Just lots of fun in bite-sized quantities!

Now…meet Bonnie Rose!

 

  1.  Favorite summer activity:

Playing board games with my family with the windows open and the breeze blowing through the house.

 

 

  1.  Best book you’ve read this summer:

Garden at the Edge of Beyond by Michael Phillips

 

  1.  How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries?

Reading God’s Word, especially Isaiah 40-66.

 

  1.  Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote:

I’ve always loved Isaiah 43:1-3, but when I pictured the words in verse 2 where God says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” I always pictured the scene from when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and God parted the waters. But God doesn’t say He’ll part the waters in front of us. He said we will pass through and not drown. He may part the waters, or He may lift us up in His arms and carry us across. The waters will beat against us both, but we will be safe in His arms. There is no power able to make Him fall or lose His hold on us.

 

  1.  This year, you’re looking forward to….

Spending time with my loved ones and working together on some projects we’ve wanted to tackle together.

 

More about Bonnie Rose:

Bonnie Rose Hudson’s heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She works as the Director of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®. She would love for you to explore the wonderful curriculum available there and to stop by her author’s blog  WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, discover how you can write for the homeschool market, and check out her newest release The Hidden Village, an early reader sent in India from JourneyForth.

Thank you for stopping by to meet my friend!  Stop by her cool blog and learn more about her and her great books and resources for children and families.

Enjoy!  –Wren

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Annette from A Net In Time

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Annette from A Net in Time!

In 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite friends from the blogging world.  Each of them will tell you a little about themselves, how they recharge, what they’re reading and doing this fall.  Just lots of fun in bite-sized quantities!

Here’s Annette!

1. Favorite summer activity:

Now this is a hard one actually. I want to say camping, though I do love camping I can’t say it’s my favourite. I want to say swimming at the beach, though there are days I could toss that idea out of the window. I’m thinking this year I’ll say “hosting an international student”. We do it for three weeks every year and every year I’m more desirous of doing things with them. Going to the beach, taking in something in Toronto or heading out to Niagara Falls or something. Just doing something out of the house with them. It’s good to do eh? This year I might even plan a birthday party!!! (something I dislike doing for myself).

2. Best book you’ve read this summer:

Best book by far! The Imperfect Disciple by Jared Wilson. Absolutely loved this book. A great book on learning about discipleship from an imperfect disciple. Full of grace and God’s love and strong encouragement.

Another book I liked was Time Stoppers by Carrie Jones. A good middle school fantasy.

3. How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries?

Time alone in my own mind. So going for a bike ride, mowing the lawn, cudding baby bunnies or just messing around in the rabbitry, doing a major clean of a room. Something where it’s just me and a story or a background noise. It’s a very good thing.

4. Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote:

mm… something God is teaching me lately? The more secure I am in the love he has for me, the less concerned I am with people’s opinions. At least that’s what I’m starting to figure out. 🙂

5. This year, you’re looking forward to….

I haven’t the foggiest. 🙂 I hope my hubby finds a job. I hope my son discovers a new passion and follows it well. I hope our international students enjoy living with us. And that’s about all I can think of. The year is full of promise!

Annette’s Bio:

Hi!  I’m Annette.  You can find me blogging at A Net In Time (www.anetintime.ca).   There you will find me indulging in writing poetry, talking about parenting, book and curriculum reviews, devotionals, life in general and homeschooling.   I love the Lord and you know what?  He loves me too!  It’s the most amazing thing.

 

Annette

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

My homeschool blog (http://www.anetintime.ca)
My rabbitry site and blog (http://athomepets.weebly.com/at-home-pets-blog.html)

Thank you for stopping by to meet Annette!  Be sure to check out her neat blogs.  (If you are a lover of small, cuddly things, DO visit her rabbitry site!)

Enjoy!  –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Writer and Blogger Jeanne Takenaka

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Jeanne from jeannetakenaka.wordpress.com.  I love her tagline:  “Where Faith and Grace Hold Hands.”

 

 

In 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite friends from the blogging world.  Each of them will tell you a little about themselves, how they recharge, what they’re reading and doing this summer.  Just lots of fun in bite-sized quantities!

Now…meet Jeanne!

 

1.  Favorite summer activity: Oh, goodness. This summer has been really busy with two teen boys entering junior high and high school. My favorite summertime activity is getting away somewhere for a few days as a family. Hiking, relaxing, playing games, and not having a to-do list is the best!

 

2.  Best book you’ve read this summer: I just finished reading, Kissing Adrien, by Siri Mitchell. It had me laughing, and tearing up in certain parts. I loved how it explores the ideas of how the heroine lived out her faith and learned she might be more than she gives herself credit for, and how people in different cultures understand a relationship with God. I’m also reading One More Song to Sing, by Lindsay Harrel, and the story is intriguing.   

 

3.  How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries? I love quiet mornings when I can sit on my back deck and spend a long time with Jesus. The other thing that recharges my spirit is being out in nature and taking photographs of God’s beauty and how He plays with light in trees and flowers.

 

4.  Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote:

I’ve been working through a Bible study called, Seeking Him, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom. As we spend each week considering how to be revived in our relationships with Him, I am continually running into the reality that humility is essential if I truly want to grow deeper with Jesus. 

 

The other thing He’s teaching me is that following our dreams is never easy, but when we/I walk, trusting His timing, the journey is a little easier. 

 

5.  This year, you’re looking forward to…. hopefully finishing the novel that’s been on my mind all year. I love writing but this season of life makes finding the time to focus on story a little tricky. I’m trusting God with the timing. 😊

 

Bio: Jeanne Takenaka writes contemporary fiction that deals with real life issues with a heart to draw women closer to God and to those around them. She is wife to one amazing man who is her real life hero, and mother to two exuberant boys who hope to one day have a dog of their own. She loves being God’s girl always learning about His grace, hanging out with friends and sipping a great cup of coffee. She and her family live near the mountains in Colorado. She blogs at http://jeannetakenaka.wordpress.com.

Thank you…

so much for stopping by and meeting Jeanne!  Be sure to hop over to her website; you’ll love what you find there!

Enjoy!  –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Crystal from Castle View Academy

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Crystal from Castle View Academy!

 

In 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite friends from the blogging world.  Each of them will tell you a little about themselves, how they recharge, what they’re reading and doing this summer.  Just lots of fun in bite-sized quantities!

Now…meet Crystal!

Favorite summer activity:

My favourite summer activity (apart from last year’s first camping trip) is our village festival, which takes place over two weeks at the end of July and corresponds with Love Parks Week. There’s a fun raft race on the lough, a fishing competition, guided walking tours to learn about the buildings and architecture, and much more. During this time there’s also a Biodiversity Summer School for 2-3 hours a day outdoors. We love walking out to it, and learning new skills and having some fun. My children have built bird boxes, bird feeders, learned how to make shelters, gone pond dipping, made nature crafts, and foraged for fruit to make tea, which they want to do again! Each year it’s a bit different so there’s always something to look forward to. I’m not much of an outdoors person, but I love to nurture my children’s love of it.

Best book you’ve read this summer:

I don’t read nearly as much as I used to before my children came along and I started work as a virtual assistant. However, our library has a reading challenge each year and my children encourage me to take part in it. I don’t read the 25+ books that they do, but I usually manage about 3. I love to read and I keep purchasing books that are stacking up by the bed…Once a bookworm always a bookworm at heart. I’ve just started reading The Road Headed West: A Cycling Adventure Through North America by Leon McCarron, which I know will be entertaining as I went to a talk by Leon last year about his adventure hiking through Iraq. I will be able, for a little while to read non-fiction, which I love, travel vicariously to a few places I haven’t been, relive memories of places I have visited, and all from our cozy home.

 

Belfast’s Giant’s Ring Dolmen as seen by Castle View Academy homeschool

How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries? 

I need to spend more time doing this without feeling guilty or thinking about all the things I need to do! Getting out of the house for a walk by the sea or in the country to let the cobwebs blow out of my head. I love to go places I haven’t been before, even if it’s nearby. As well, I always look forward to Saturday nights as it’s the only night I don’t work from home so Phil and I have dinner and watch movies after the kids are in bed.

A favorite meaningful quote:

It is what it is.” This is a quote my uncle used to say. Things can be bad, but you have to take life as it is and do what you can with it. Some things you cannot change, but you can change your outlook.

This year, you’re looking forward to….

It’s already been a full year for us as my parents flew over to Northern Ireland to visit us from Canada for a month. And my children just passed their grading for white belts in Ju-Jitsu. Of course, our village summer festival and Victorian Fair are still upcoming, as well as a couple of day trips to explore new places with my family.

I’ve also been working hard on organization and finishing things that I’ve started, with the goal of ‘catching up’ and perhaps someday working ahead. I’m currently going through computer files and emails; and in the autumn I’ll work my way through the attic. I always feel more at peace when things are organized. Tell me I’m not too weird to be looking forward to this!

 

 

More about Crystal:

Crystal McClean is a Canadian who is homeschooling her young family in Northern Ireland. Her family loves to learn about culture and they find it fun to do this by reading books, creating activities and recipes as well as attending cultural events when they can. You can learn more about their adventures at Castle View Academy or follow along via Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Enjoy!  –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Carol from “The Balanced Homeschooler”

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Carol from The Balanced Homeschooler blog!

 

 

In 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite friends from the blogging world.  Each of them will tell you a little about themselves, how they recharge, what they’re reading and doing this summer.  Just lots of fun in bite-sized quantities!

And now…meet Carol!

 

1. Favorite summer activity: Besides spending extra time with our sons by having fun and serving others, most of my summer is absorbed by a variety of planning activities, which I enjoy immensely! Yes, I AM a planning nerd!

2. Best book you’ve read this summer: Recently I have re-read “How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig”, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. I enjoy the quirky way in which she makes important points about intentionality and the choices we make in life. It’s a great read to create interesting conversations with the teens in our home!

 

3. How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries? Yearly, I create a family yearbook so I enjoy catching up on my digital scrapbooking project. While it sounds like work and does take a lot of time, it really does recharge my batteries since it allows me to reflect on the many wonderful experiences and growth that our family has encountered in recent months. It is like creating a pictorial journal of gratitude while also building a legacy for our sons and their future families.

4. Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote: Our family’s life verse has always been Proverbs 3:5-6, which in practical terms during a time of crisis means “I can’t NOT go through this and so I MUST rely on the Lord to do it.” Recently good friends of ours lost their precious daughter, and so I am reminded that our own loss of our oldest son nearly five years ago partly prepared us to support them through this process now. Relationships and God’s Word are all that matters at the end of the day, so if we can serve as the hands and feet of Christ for the benefit of others, THAT is the best use of our lives.

5. This year, you’re looking forward to….  We love to travel and experience new things, so we are planning an awesome family driving trip later this year that will take us to Mt. Rushmore, Montana, Yellowstone, and other great stops that will create the trip of a lifetime! Sometimes “someday” needs to be TODAY!

More about Carol Gary:

Mrs. Carol Gary has been married to her husband Grant Gary since 1991 and they have been ardently homeschooling their sons in Phoenix, Arizona since the fall of 2000.  They have four boys; two of whom they continue to homeschool and two of whom have gone home to be with the Lord.  They faithfully attend their local church and are fully devoted followers of Christ.  Their family is a member of a local homeschooling support group and she enjoys digital photography/scrapbooking in her spare time.  Most of all, she loves reading to her children; who especially love her range of “voices”.

She served in the leadership of a large, local support group called “The Homeschool Ministry” for twelve years.  Over this time, she interacted with hundreds of homeschooling families in various stages of the home education process and has a heart to help others succeed in teaching, discipling, and mentoring their children. She developed The Balanced Homeschooler (TBH) Mentoring Program to provide a unified resource for the common concerns and questions that she was called upon to regularly address about home education, discipleship, and home management.  She regularly presents at various homeschool conferences and events and joined the speaker lineup in 2016 for the Home Education Council of America.  In addition, she and Grant have recently begun serving on the Board of Directors for MoezArt Productions, a local drama company specifically designed for homeschooling families.

Since 2013, she has served as the AZ State Ambassador and her husband as a Community Ambassador for the Home School Foundation; the charitable arm of Homeschool Legal Defense Association designed to help families continue to homeschool through hard times.  She has received the HSF National Service Award four years running as she and her husband work with their team to meet a number of unusual and pressing needs in their local homeschool community.

She is active with her alma mater, Grand Canyon University; faithfully supporting GCU’s annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer and currently serving on GCU’s ALPHA Advisory Board to better serve homeschooling families in the AZ community.  She and her husband also created and support the Evan C. Gary Memorial Scholarship administered through the Grand Canyon University Scholarship Foundation.

Carol earned her B.S. in Marketing from GCU in Phoenix, Arizona in 1990, graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning the university’s highest academic honor; the Ray-Maben Scholar award.  She later earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from GCU in 1998 as well as the distinction of being named GCU’s “Outstanding Business Administration Graduate of the Year” award.  She worked and advanced in the corporate environment in operational management and quality process consulting in both the retail and information technology industries for over thirteen years until 1998 when she transitioned into her favorite role of all; full-time mom.

 

Thank you for stopping by!

I’ve so enjoyed introducing you to Carol Gary today.  You can visit Carol at The Balanced Homeschooler blog or at The Balanced Homeschooler site.  I know you’ll be blessed when you do!

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Carol from “Home Sweet Life”

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Carol from Home Sweet Life!

 

 

In 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite friends from the blogging world.  Each of them will tell you a little about themselves, how they recharge, what they’re reading and doing this summer.  Just lots of fun in bite-sized quantities!

Now…meet Carol

1. Favorite Summer Activity?

Anything outdoors, especially outdoor concerts, catching fireflies with our girls, and watching fireworks

2. Best book you’ve read this summer?

Melanie Dickerson’s: Fairest Beauty, other top picks include Robin Lee Hatcher or Sarah E. Ladd

I plan to read In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon once again later this summer. It always grounds me, and reminds me that God has a specific plan for me to follow Him for my life.

3.How do I renew my spirit/recharge my batteries?

I spend time in God’s Word, in prayer, and hand-lettering some Scripture verses. I also like to spend time out on my porch swing, usually with a good book!

My flowerbeds and gardens offer me a chance to learn from God about His creation while working out any frustrations I have on the weeds, which spares my family. As a family we do a lot of hiking through the nearby woods.

 

4. What has God taught me lately?

Romans 8:28 is followed by Romans 8:29. The reason we are called is for His purpose to conform us to the image of Christ. My good is not for earthly pleasures, but rather to prepare me for my heavenly future. I have to trust Him to daily guide my steps in the path that follows His will, and I can rest in knowing God has the wisdom, strength, and grace to help me endure each trial or challenge that I face. His good in our lives may look much different from what we think of as good, but it is a part of His plan to fit us for His kingdom, and we need simply to trust that He knows what is for our best. I am daily reminded that this life is not about me – but about Him!

5. What am I looking forward to this year?

Arlene’s Senior year of High School. It is going to be a mix of a lot of hands-on activities and deep discussions. There will be a smattering of basic subjects thrown in as well.

Emily will be starting college. It is a new season in her life as she follows where God is leading her.

I’m looking forward to attending two different writing conferences this fall. One focused on the blog, the other on my other writing. I am hoping later this Fall to start working on an outline for my first book, and seeing where God leads me with it.

I’m looking forward to the unknown of life after homeschooling. Looking forward with anticipation to whatever God has planned for the next season of my life – and the joy of knowing He will be there to lead me by the hand through it all.

 

Bio: Carol and her family call Indiana home. You can find their adventures, road trip ideas, plus a lot of reviews and homeschooling high school tips on their blog: Home Sweet Life

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Thank you…

dear Carol, for letting me feature, and dear readers, for stopping by!  Be sure to visit Carol at her blog,  Home Sweet Life, or on her social media links above.  She’ll bless you, I know.

Enjoy!  –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Lori from “At Home: where life happens”

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Lori from At Home: where life happens!

 

 

In 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, I’ll be introducing you to some of my favorite friends from the blogging world.  Each of them will tell you a little about themselves, how they recharge, what they’re reading and doing this summer.  Just lots of fun in bite-sized quantities!

 

And now….meet Lori!

 

 

view from the NM deck

1 – Favorite Summer Activity:

Oh, by far, my favorite summer activity is leaving the heat of Texas and visiting my parents in my hometown in the mountains of New Mexico. We sit in the cool mountain air, drinking tea, talking, enjoying rain showers (sometimes), reading, visiting, and just enjoying the time. It is always encouraging, uplifting, and joyful to just sit on the deck and look at the lovely mountains in the distance while chatting with my mom and dad.

2 – Best Book I’ve Read This Summer

The best book is always the one I just finished. 🙂
Right now, I am working on a book titled Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World. It is an historical account by Matthew Goodman about the race of these two women, in 1889, around the world, trying to make it in under 80 days. One went east; one went west. And they tried to complete the trip as quickly as possible. I am really enjoying it, as there is a lot of history involved in the story. I won’t say it is an easy read, as I have been working on it for a couple of weeks now, but it definitely an enjoyable read.

3 – How do I renew my spirit/recharge my batteries?

Well, I pray before I get out of bed each morning. I pray for friends in desperate need of God’s healing, for those who have lost loved ones recently, for us to have a joyful day, and for me to see how to guide my children. I also try to spent time daily in God’s word, in the Bible, before I do anything else. I grab my hot tea and sit down with my reading plan and spend 30 minutes or so reading.
As for big recharges, see number 1. 🙂 New Mexico trips always do a nice job of recharging my determination and energy.

4 – Something God has taught me lately or a favorite quote:

My life here is just a wisp of breath that will disappear quicker than I can imagine. We have had a lot of deaths in our congregation and, recently, some deaths in my family and people I grew up with. All of these remind me that God did not put us here permanently but as sojourners in this world. To speak of Him – His love, His forgiveness, but moreso His judgment – to others, no matter how much courage it may take, is something I need to do more of. Which leads me to a favorite quote.

I first hear the quote in The Princess Diaries but it comes from Franklin D. Roosevelt:

Courage quote
5 – This year, I’m looking forward to. . .

  • Growing in my knowledge of the Lord
  • Learning alongside my children
  • Spending time in joyful activities with my family

Nothing big just the day-to-day life of living in joy for the Lord.

Lori of At Home where life happensThank you for allowing me to share a few thoughts with you today. I blog over on At Home: where life happens about my family’s life. You might find a post of encouragement; home education related ideas, tips, and reviews; or just random thoughts shared. At Home for me is in central Texas with my husband of 22 years and my three giggly girls, ages 13, 11, and 8. I would love for you to visit and see what you can see. If you like it, please consider following my blog. It always brings a smile to my face when I get that notification that someone has signed up to share our journey. Regardless, thank you for reading through today’s thoughts.

At Home: where life happens

At Home.

Lori, thank you so for your inspirational words!  And yes, please do hop over and visit Lori at At Home: where life happens.

Enjoy!  –Wren