4.16.2009

A great reading list

In trying to find some "screened" reading material for SweetPea, I remembered this wonderful resource I'd printed out some time ago.  It's put out by the Classical Education Support Group, called "1000 Good Books" and you can link to it here.  You may have heard of it.  If not, check it out--it's listed by age group (elementary through high school), anthologies, poetry, holiday reading, and classic literature.  Wonderful!

4.14.2009

Sadness and peace

It's been an unsettling kind of week, the kind that drives you to the Word to get your bearings again.  A friend from our Sunday School class suddenly passed away a few days ago leaving a widow in very difficult circumstances.  A dear gal from our extended family lost her battle with cancer yesterday, which came as quite a shock as we all felt she was on the mend.  My older aunt fell and broke her arm.  And just listening to the news is enough to show that trouble is washing over this old planet on a scale we've never imagined.


But God!  To know that these two dear ones are now in His presence, free from suffering and receiving their "well done's" is really incredible.  And to be assured that for all the other trouble, God is lovingly and purposefully working out His plans.  Fear not!  Peace be still!  Rejoice!  These are not just abstract platitudes but bedrock assurances that in belonging to Him, we are free to have no fear, free to be at peace, and free to rejoice. 


I am profoundly grateful to the Lord Jesus for His grace, His Word, and His love. 

4.04.2009

Some R & R

Well, spring break is nearly done here and it's been a great week.  We've been so schedule-driven in recent months that it's been wonderful to just...do nothing!  While it makes me a bit nervous to be so unproductive, I recognize the need for rest and space to just be.


The weather was mostly cold and snowy on and off all week so we didn't get a lot of outdoor time.  But SweetPea finished reading the 8-book "Anne of Green Gables series" she's been on for a few weeks and we watched the movies to go with it--what a fun story.  In fact, she and a friend are going to reinact three funny scenes from it for a teen public speaking class she's a part of.


I don't even know what I did!  I think a lot of reading and thinking and keeping up with the basics of home and cooking.  I think we're both ready to get back to our school life now.


A school observation:  In the early part of our Sonlight Core 6 history studies this year we read D'Aulaires Greek Mythology and a book about the Trojan War.  I was not impressed with either one of them and was sorely tempted just to ditch all those gods and goddesses living their crazy lives on Mount Olympus.  I wasn't convinced about why we really needed to study this.  However, we stuck it out and now I'm glad we did.  I can't believe all the times across the breadth of our daily experience--the news, books, movies, etc.--I hear references of one kind or another to Greek mythology.  I have never studied it before in my own education, but it's good to understand the context now.  Just today on the radio I heard the intro of an opera at the Met where they were explaining how the hero of the story was a lady-killer like Paris of ancient Greek lore.  I knew what it meant! 


Anyway, my two cents worth.