5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Lisa from “A Rup Life”

Welcome back to 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… today, featuring Lisa from A Rup 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!

 

Here’s Lisa!

1.  Favorite summer activity:

My favorite summer activity is going to the pool. Watching the kids splash and have a good time while I relax on the side lines dipping my feet is always a joyous time. I do occasionally go in but I actually don’t know how to swim so mostly I just take a dip to cool off, then watch the kids. Perhaps part of my joy is knowing they do know how to swim.

2.  Best book you’ve read this summer:

The best book I’ve read so far is a book for kids! It was a book I received for review but I loved it. The series is called Bodyguard by Chris Bradford. Book 1 is Recruit.

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

The best way I can renew/recharge is to take a nap. I don’t get much sleep since having my youngest and I find that when I’m frazzled this really resets my mind and attitude.

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

God has laid on my heart that my family is my first ministry. I’ve been really focusing on character building, memory making and generally loving on my kids. My oldest will graduate next spring and these are really the last full moments of him being a kid. I want him to look back and see fun times and loving times.

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

For the next year I’m looking forward to spending the summer being lazy with the kids. Sleeping in, going on trips, doing crafts, watching movies… all the things we don’t really have time for during the school year.

More about Lisa:

Hello, I’m Lisa – owner and primary writer here at A Rup Life. I’ve been married to my husband John for 17 years , together we raise our 4 sons. We reside in NJ and enjoy church, music, movies and family time.

Lisa Rupertus has been blogging for over 8 years. When she is not at the computer she spends time with her husband John of 17 years, along with their 4 sons. For the last 5 years they have taken on the adventure of homeschooling. Together they love to watch movies, go to church and laugh – a lot! You can follow their adventures at A Rup Life.

 

Thanks for stopping by to meet Lisa!  I encourage you to check out her blog.  I always find Lisa to be very real and fun at the same time!

Enjoy!  –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Rebekah from “There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining”

Welcome back to 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… today, featuring Rebekah from There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining!

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!

 

 

 

1.  Favorite summer activity:

I have a couple of summer rituals. First, I LOVE cooking with fresh veggies. I think this has to do with growing up on a farm. Our meals become a little healthier in the summer, which in turn makes me feel like I’m doing something right!  Another ritual is that I always have a summer reading marathon. Now mind you, I always have a book in my hand…but I have save summer time for those series that seem to never end. I usually spend my summer with mysteries.

 

One of the big highlights of our summer is our annual Cousin Camp. My parents host their grandchildren for a week on their farm. My mom and I plan and orchestrate all the activities. We have a different theme every year. In a few weeks, we will be having our 7th Annual Cousin Camp. This year the youngest cousin is 8. The oldest cousins are 20!

 

This picture is last year’s Cousin Camp…You can guess what the theme was. I think the littlest cousin is MIA. She probably went off to fight a dragon!

2.  Best book you’ve read this summer:

This has to be a new series I started at the beginning of summer. It’s The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood. I love, love these books. They are intended for a younger crowd, but they are so fun and witty! I have read all of them so far and I believe there is a new one coming in the fall.

 

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

I love to doodle. I will often meld my doodling together with my devotions. I am not the best doodler. My mom is a professional artist and I know what good art is supposed to look like! But, it’s something that feeds that creative, quirky part of me. Often times, I will doodle a Scripture that God has brought to my attention or a quote from a favorite missionary, pastor or hero of the Faith.

 

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

My husband and I pastor a small congregation in Indiana. We moved here towards the end of 2016. The transition was not as easy for me as it would have been when I was younger. I have some health issues that occasionally cause concern. Plus, I grew up in the Ozarks. It was hard leaving family and friends (once again) for this new adventure. But…I have seen God’s faithfulness. He has reminded me time and time again of His love for me. No matter where you are in your life and what you are facing…He has a purpose for you.

 

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

 

I’m looking forward to getting healthy! I want to continue writing that book I’ve been working on for a million years. I also want to go back to school. I’m content with starting out with a few classes online. I was one of THOSE students in college who thrived on the whole academic mess. If somebody would pay me to be a professional student…

 

I also look forward to spending time with my husband (The Studly Muffin) and our 15-year-old son, Josiah. We love being together and I don’t want to miss a thing. Except for laundry. I could do without laundry.

 

More about Rebekah:

Rebekah Teague is the homeschooling mama to one busy and beautiful boy. She is married to The Muffin who is a pastor and a really great guy. In her spare time she can be found with a book and a cup of tea. She blogs at There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining.

 

Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to click the link to There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining so you can see more fun from Rebekah!

Enjoy! –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Christy from Unexpected Homeschool

Welcome back to 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… today, featuring Christy from Unexpected Homeschool!

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!

 

This week, I have the honor of featuring my friend Christy from Unexpected Homeschool.  Here are 5 things you didn’t know about her!

  1.  Favorite summer activity:

I’m not sure I have a single favorite summer activity. I love when Amber and I take whole days to play LEGO video games; watching superhero movies in the theater as a family; and lunches out with my girl.

 

  1.  Best book you’ve read this summer:Best entertaining book, and not informational, is The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn. Because… it’s Julia Quinn and is a Bridgerton prequel.

 

 

  1.  How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries?  This is a thing we get to do? Honestly, just relaxing with my family and reading. Or see number one above. Basically, abandoning my to-do list.

 

  1.  Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote:My timing is not his. My wishes are not always well guided or for the best. Anxiety is not necessary (better said than practiced).

 

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

Feeling more at ease with a homeschooled high school student, our home school co-op classes, and cooking more. I know that last one sounds odd if you know me, but even I can get tired of eating out.

 


Christy’s Bio:

A scientific minded homeschool mom of a language loving high school daughter. I write at Unexpected Homeschool about our homeschooling adventures and chronic illness (in us both) along with a few curriculum reviews thrown in.

Thank you so much for…

stopping by to meet Christy! Be sure to click on either the link to her blog (Unexpected Homeschool) or her button, where you’ll find more Christy and more fun!

Enjoy! –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Heather from Running With Spears

Welcome back to 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… today, featuring Heather from Running With Spears!

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…introducing Heather from Running With Spears!

 

  1.  Favorite summer activity: I’m actually not a big fan of summer activities, I live in Texas and the heat drives me crazy. But I love doing less school in the summer and spending more time making fun memories with my family.

 

  1.  Best book you’ve read this summer: I haven’t read many books yet this summer, but I love (and highly recommend) Love Does by Bob Goff.

 

  1.  How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries? A nice hot bubble bath with a glass of wine.

 

  1.  Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote: One of my favorite quotes is from a novel by Natalie Lloyd called The Key to Extraordinary. “You are never too old to be daring. Whether fifteen or ninety-five…believe your words have power. And use them.”

 

  1.  This year, you’re looking forward to…. finishing the novel I’m writing. The first draft is written now. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m hoping to complete it before the end of the year!

 

 

Heather Kelley is a full-time coffee drinker, part-time homeschooling mom of four girls. She also blogs at Running With Spears about whatever random topics pop into her head, including mom life, coffee addiction, being a bibliophile, and  loving Jesus.

Thank you so much for stopping by to meet Heather!  Be sure to click on the link to her blog, where you’ll find more Heather and more fun!

Enjoy!  –Wren

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Gena from I Choose Joy!

Welcome back to finchnwren‘s 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Series!  This week, we’re featuring Gena from I Choose Joy!

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 my friend Gena, who writes at I Choose Joy!

1.  Favorite summer activity:
I love visiting my in-laws’ lake house in northern Wisconsin a couple of times every summer. It’s a large house, so there is room for my big family to spread out. My mother-in-law cooks delicious food (I always have to go on a diet when I get back home!). My kids love playing in the lake, and I thoroughly enjoy the boating and jet-skiing! It’s very peaceful there, too, so I always have a book along with me to read and a writing or sewing project to work on.
 
2.  Best book you’ve read this summer:
I haven’t read one yet since the summer just started for us, so I’ll default back to last summer’s favorite. I read Love the Journey by Marcia Somerville. She is a veteran homeschool mom whose children are now adults. Marcia wrote the Tapestry of Grace curriculum (that my family uses). The book is really a great guide and help for brand-new homeschoolers. It helps you focus on so many different aspects of your homeschool so you can make informed and wise decisions. Love the Journey is also very practical and inspiring for moms like me who have been homeschooling for many years.
The book I have on my nightstand to read next is 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler.
 
3.  How do you renew your spirit/recharge your batteries?
I renew my spirit by going outside (flowers, water, birds), listening to beautiful music, and date nights with my husband.
 
4.  Something cool God has taught you lately, or a favorite meaningful quote:
Life will often not go the way you think it will, or the way you hoped. It can be a struggle to continue to trust God and follow Him completely. But, you’ll almost always see later on why His plan was best. Then, you’ll be grateful for it!
 
5.  This year, you’re looking forward to….
 I’m looking forward to getting fully organized this summer for next year’s homeschool. I’m using Kristi Clover’s course called The Ultimate Homeschool Organization eCourse along with the online planner Homeschool Planet!
Gena Mayo is a homeschool mom of 8 and music teacher of over 20 years. One of her passions is making it easy for others to include music education in their homes. See her website at Music in Our Homeschool  (http://MusicinOurHomeschool.com) where she shares resources, tips, freebies, and giveaways. She also blogs about homeschool, family, and home at I Choose Joy! (http://ichoosejoy.org).  Find her online courses in music and theater at Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com (http://Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com.)

Be sure to hop over to visit Gena at one of her neat websites.  And thanks for stopping by to meet her!
Enjoy!  –Wren

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…Gypsy Road

Welcome to 5 Things You Didn’t Know About… today, featuring the Gypsy Road 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!

 

 

Here’s my friend Yvie, who writes at Gypsy Road!

  1. What’s your favorite summer activity?

Can I say taking siesta?  We school year-round, but are much more flexible and laid-back in the summer months.  With the extended daylight hours, we usually get up early and get going while it’s cooler out.  When it gets hotter, after lunch, we just lounge around for a few hours…taking a nap, watching old black & white tv shows, reading books…it’s a nice, long siesta.  Summer isn’t usually thought of as a season of rest, but it is in our house!

 

  1. The best book you’ve read this summer is:

This is a toughie!  You have to understand that, with as much as we travel, we listen to five or six audiobooks a week, and I also read upwards of eight to ten books each WEEK.  (Thank heavens for e-books, right?  They free up car space!)  Some of my favorites from the past few months have included Sandpiper Cove (Irene Hannon), When Tides Turn (Sarah Sundin), What Falls From the Sky (Esther Emery), If the Haunting Fits, Wear It (Rose Pressey), Girl Off the Grid (Jillian Dodd), and A Year of Second Chances (Buffy Andrews).  Hey – in fairness, I did say that I read a lot!!  Each month, I do a summary of some of my favorite brand-spanking-new books from that month over on the blog – it includes both kids and adult books.

 

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

I go off-grid.  In today’s world, everything seems to be swirling at this crazy-mad pace that is just flat impossible to keep up with.  As a homeschooling, work-from-home, and sometimes-homesteading mama, there is already enough on my plate with daily chores.  I’m not even going to try to keep up with all the social media channels.  As it stands, I’m the only person I know with fewer than thirty Facebook friends…and that’s cool.  But sometimes, even that stuff is too much….so I’ll just unplug the computer for a few days.  And sometimes, God does it for me through the phone company!

 

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

God has been working really hard on me for the past year or so – I’m sure that he’s got something planned all out, but the end of the road is hard to see right now!  So my favorite quote of the moment comes from Woody Allen : “If you want to make God laugh, just tell him about your plans.”  I have to remember that he has a plan, and it’s not the plan that my Type A self has so carefully crafted!  But we still have to trust it.  J

 

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

Going home.  I haven’t seen my family in a few years, and we are going to be able to wrangle our way out there this autumn.  I’m looking forward to showing the boys the places my siblings and I used to roam and letting them have some ‘cousin time.’  We live in a mobile society, but with hectic lives, family get togethers just don’t happen as often as we’d like.  Thankfully, there’s Skype!

 

Yvie is a road-schooling mother of two active boys!  While traipsing across the country, she creates Lego-themed school and enjoys meeting up with other families.  Find her at Gypsy Road, Educents, Instagram, or on Facebook.

 

Thank you so much for joining us for 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…, and meeting Yvie from Gypsy Road!  Hop over to her blog or social media sites.  I know you’ll find much more to love.  And join us again next week for the second installment of 5 Things You Didn’t Know About…!
Enjoy!  –Wren

Introducing Our “5 Things You Didn’t Know About…” Series!

Finch and I are happy to welcome you to our new blog series!

 

Starting tomorrow, the finchnwren blog will feature a new blogger friend of ours each week.  We’ll be asking them 5 fun summer-y questions, and they’ll share their answers plus some fun pics.  We’re so excited to feature our neat blogging friends, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy meeting them.

You may just find some new blogs to follow yourself!

See you tomorrow…and enjoy!  –Wren