5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Kemi from Homemaking Organized

I only have a couple more blogging friends to introduce you as I begin to wrap up the FINCHNWREN summer series (now fall series) of 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…  Today, I’m featuring my friend Kemi from Homemaking Organized!

 

 

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 Kemi from Homemaking Organized!

 

 

1. Favorite summer activity:  This may sound crazy but just hanging out in my backyard. We get a nice breeze and I love to just sit back there on a quiet day and read. Of course if my daughter and her friends join me it’s no longer quiet!

2. Best book you’ve read this summer:  Ooh this is so hard! When it comes to books I think I have a problem. I just devour them. I normally like fiction because it’s like an escape but a few months ago I really enjoyed reading the story Bessie’s Pillow. Bessie’s Pillow is the story of a young Jewish Immigrant woman coming to America at the turn of the century and what her life was like in this new world. It’s really written for teens but I really enjoyed it. I have a review on the blog if you’re interested. https://www.homemakingorganized.com/homeschool-2/homeschool-reviews/bessies-pillow-a-young-immigrants-story-homeschool-book-review/

3. How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries? I’ve been needing to recharge for some time. We’ve been so busy and there is no let up. I’m many things to many people and I think I just need to run away. Happily, God blessed me with a neighbor who has become a close friend and sometimes I can just drop by and debrief with her. She’s also super busy so sometimes we just whine. In practical application sometimes I need to step back, make out a to do list, and start with prayer at the top.

4. Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote:
God has really taught me this year to extend Grace to those around me. This is a lesson I should have learned just from watching my husband but I’m a little hard headed so it’s taken a bit longer. God has really shown me that nobody is perfect and instead of casting so much judgement to have more grace.

5. This year, you’re looking forward to:   Our first camping trip as a family (I’m not really a camper and I’m just doing this because I love my family). Okay it wasn’t really a camping, out by ourselves in the woods type camping but it was church camp for the kids and that’s about as rustic as I go! It was a lot of fun. Like we’re still talking about it 2 months later fun. My daughter has grown out of that age group camp now so I have to figure out how to finagle an invitation to next year’s camp as a helper of some sort.

 

Hasn’t it been fun to get a peek inside Kemi’s life?  Please be sure to hop over to Homemaking Organized and visit some more with Kemi!  She has awesome posts on beautiful homemaking and home keeping, homeschooling, great reviews and giveaways too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy!  –Wren

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Cassandra from A Glimpse of Normal

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series!  Today, we’re featuring Cassandra from the A Glimpse of Normal blog!

 

 

Even though fall has begun, I have some more amazing women to connect you with.  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!

Today, meet Cassandra from A Glimpse of Normal!

  1. Favorite summer activity:

I really love anything to do with water in the summer, it can be the beach, sitting by a pool, a day at the waterpark, or hanging out at the lake. I love being around the water when it is hot out.

 

  1. Best book you’ve read this summer:

I haven’t gotten a chance to sit down and read too much yet, but I did recently finish Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Miles. If you ever struggle with negativity, this book is a MUST read. I am looking forward to reading some fiction books this summer.

 

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

I try to take at least 30 minutes every day to work on my crafts. I currently am working on a couple of different crochet projects and a cross stitch that I hope to finish before the end of summer.

 

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

God has had us on a faith journey this year (actually it started late last year when we began the process of buying a new house and selling our old one). He has just made it very clear to us that if we let him take the lead, He will show us which doors to walk through and which doors He is closing. It has been a very neat journey and God continues to blow our minds with the ways He has blessed us.

 

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

I am looking forward to camping with friends, going to Family Church Camp, working on more house projects, and seeing how God will provide.

 

Cassandra blogs over at A Glimpse of Normal. She blogs about their life, their dream home, their adventures, and she reviews homeschool products with the Homeschool Review Crew. Check out her blog to read more.

Thanks for stopping by to meet Cassandra!  Be sure to hop over to her blog.  Her family has had some amazing adventures with their new barn home this summer…and you’ll be amazed at her crochet projects!

Enjoy!  –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Wendy from Ladybug Daydreams

Welcome back to our 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… series; today, featuring Wendy from Ladybug Daydreams.  I’m so happy to introduce you to her!

 

 

I’m continuing our summer series just a little bit into the fall; I have some more amazing bloggers to connect you with, even though the leaves are now starting to change and the wind has begun to blow.  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!

Today–meet Wendy!

  1.  Favorite summer activity:

Sitting in the air conditioned house. Just kidding 🙂 I really like going swimming with my kids. I also like doing Aqua Zumba workouts, although my local pool canceled them due to lack of participation (sad face).

 

In September, we take our kids to the state fair. My husband has been invited to be a speaker on “Author Day” for the past two years, so he takes our oldest son on that day, and we bring the whole family out a few days later – I think I would be overwhelmed with the kids (all boys, ages 13, almost 11, 5, and 21 months) all by myself in someplace as unfamiliar and big as the state fair.

 

  1.  Best book you’ve read this summer:

I do a virtual book club on my blog that with another blogger, Lori (whose blog is called At Home: where life happens). We read the same book (one per month) and then find traditional “digging deeper” type questions that we answer on our respective blogs. Doing this with another blogger pushes me to read books that I might otherwise not know about – or pick up at all. Lori and I have such different tastes that my book club would be very different without her. All that said, I think the best book I’ve read this summer is one that Lori picked: Women Heroes of WWII by Kathryn J. Atwood.

 

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

My quiet time is mostly spent knitting. It’s my favorite hobby, and I find it so relaxing that it’s a wonderful time to just listen to the needles click-click-click and pray.

 

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

Patience.

 

We’re living with my in-laws at the moment, and it’s quite different (and slightly more difficult) than I expected. It’s taking us a lot longer to get everything ready to move out than I’d hoped, so I’m being continually pushed in the patience department on a regular basis. Plus, the town that they live in is a lot farther away from our normal “stomping ground” than our old house was, so there’s a lot more travel time, which further requires patience while we’re getting to where we need to go.

 

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

Buying our first home! Paying off a few debts and saving up a down payment is why we’re living with the in-laws, so I really hope we’re able to make that happen sooner rather than later.

 

Wendy is wife to a cartoonist and homeschooling mom to 4 boys, ages 13, 10, 5, and 1. Her favorite hobby is knitting. She blogs at Ladybug Daydreams, writing about homeschooling (particularly curriculum reviews), knitting, and general life with boys.

Thank you for stopping by to meet Wendy!  Be sure to check out her author husband by clicking on the “cartoonist” link, and visit her blog!  I know you’ll love getting to know her better!

Enjoy!  –Wren

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

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