Why I Have the Most Amazing Friends

*This was originally posted in November 2013 by Jessica Hiltz.  Her words ring true for me this month as I’ve been the recipient of the blessings from some amazing friends.  I wanted to share this again to encourage us all to be a blessing when and how we can!   Although Jessica’s struggle was regarding infertility, I feel like this post can be applied to any struggle that we or those we know are going through.

It is a blessing to me to have my good friend, Jess, guest posting today.   I hope you are blessed (and learn how to be a blessing) through her words.

Make Me a Blessing

I was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 22. It has been a disease that causes me to live in pain most days of my life. I’ve been through numerous tests, procedures and surgeries to keep things under control, and unfortunately there is no cure. I’ll live with this disease for the rest of my life.

Besides the physical pain, this disease has brought me face to face with infertility. When we were first married, I felt that God would bring us a miracle and give us a child. But up to this point, His plan for us has not included children.

This has been a road filled with heartache and sorrow at times; but on the other hand, it’s been a road lined on both sides with abundant blessings.

One of the many blessings God has given me is my friends. I have some of the most amazing friends; and they have helped to bring comfort, joy and laughter to this road. They’ve been sensitive, caring and understanding of this battle that I face. I could not ask for better.

I want to share today why I have some of the most amazing friends in the world and how they’ve touched my life.

* Make time for just us.

Most of my friends are young mothers. Their social lives consist of play dates and birthday parties. I have one very special friend who’s a young mother, but every few months, she invites me to go to Wheaton’s for a Girl’s Morning Out. We go, shop, eat lunch and just chat about what is going on in our lives. She makes a conscious effort to spend time with just me apart from her children, and that means a lot to me. I know that she’s very busy with children right now, and I appreciate her taking time to do something with just me.

* Listen to my struggles.

I’m so blessed to have friends that listen to my struggles or sympathize over my latest problem with my endometriosis. They don’t minimize my struggle with infertility, but try to put themselves in my shoes. I have one very special friend who listens ALL the time. The Lord used her to help me talk through a lot of the struggles I was going through, and eventually I was able to write about them. Had I not had a friend to listen, I would never have had the courage to write about my struggles.

* Reach out to me on difficult days.

I was so blessed this past Mother’s Day when I had some friends who texted and emailed me that morning to let me know that they were praying for me and thinking of me. It meant more than they’ll ever know. Most people who see me on those difficult days would never know that anything is wrong, but I had friends who could read beyond the outward into my heart and know that I was struggling. Their encouragement meant so much to me.

* Send specific encouragement.

I remember one friend who sent me one of the sweetest letters I’ve probably ever gotten. I was facing yet another surgery and was very discouraged about what the outcome would be. I’d emailed her to let her know about the situation, and she replied to give me some of the greatest encouragement I’ve ever had. She told me that if God never gave me children, I needed to always keep in mind that her children were so much richer because I hadn’t had children. If I had children, I would never be able to spend time teaching hers in school. Talk about a blessing. Those were words that I have never forgotten, and they have gotten me through many a rough day through my struggle with infertility.

* Never pry or ask awkward questions.

Infertility is a very sensitive topic. It’s one that entails a very private part of a person’s life. I have wonderful friends that never pry or ask questions that are none of their business. They respect my privacy and leave many questions unasked. It is wonderful to be able to be comfortable enough around my friends not to have to worry what they are going to say or ask next. I never need to be on edge waiting for them to ask those awkward questions.

*Walk with me through difficult times.

The Lord has blessed me with friends who have walked with me each step of the way. There were often times when I couldn’t express my own feelings or emotions, but my friends were there. Sometimes there was nothing to say, but they were there. They’ve helped me when they probably didn’t even know they were helping me.

Maybe you know someone who is struggling with infertility, either openly or privately. The best thing you can do is to be a friend to them. Make your friendship a “safe place” for them to open up about how they’re feeling. If they choose to remain private about their struggles, respect that and just be there so that they have someone to talk to when they’re ready to open up about their struggles.

You may think that there isn’t much you can do to encourage someone who’s struggling with infertility because you don’t understand their struggles. But know that if you are a kind, compassionate friend, God will use you in their lives to be a blessing and an encouragement.

I could go on all day about how God has blessed me with wonderful people in my life, and these are just a few of the ways that they have been a blessing to me. I thank God often for them. My infertility road has been so much easier because of the wonderful blessing of godly friends.

1Samuel 23:16 says, “And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.” Truly, when my hand was weakest, God often sent a strengthening through the hand of a friend.

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Jessica Hiltz is an elementary and music teacher living with husband Jonathan in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. As a freelance author, she enjoys writing on a topic that has affected her life as a Christian woman and that has brought her closer to other women concerned with the same area: infertility. Having found that life is fulfilling in full-time Christian service, Jessica can most often be found enjoying the company of children, whether it be in the classroom, at the piano, or in children’s church.

Is Your Worth Far Above Rubies?

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**Disclaimer: I received this book for review from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own. **Some links on this page may be affiliate links. That means if you click through and purchase something I receive a small commission. This just goes to support my blog. I appreciate your support.

The New Year is a fun time to pick up a new devotional book. Honestly, I thought I was only getting the e-book to review as it’s not common for Canadians to get an actual copy of the book. So it was a pleasant surprise when I received an actual copy of this book in the mail.

And I’m glad I did, because it gave me a completely different view of how the book is laid out and works. And I have to say, I love the layout of the actual book. Plus, it makes it much easier to access the recipes that are included in the book. The size is like a workbook (8 1/2 x 11 standard size of paper).

This devotional is based on Proverbs 31 – but it’s more than a commentary on how to be a good wife. She takes time to examine each part of each verse and apply it to our lives today. Not in a, “you have to do everything and be everything” kind of way, but a practical, “this is how to work out these verses in your life” kind of way. I love her balance in defining the verses, but also how Biblical it is.

The one lesson that stood out to me was about being a servant. The author looks at the verse that says that she gave a portion to her maidens and shares how the Proverbs 31 woman didn’t expect her servants to make their own meals but that she served them and treated them as part of her family. Something I had never really seen before. Are we that much of a servant to those around us?

What I Liked

I liked the shortness of each day’s devotional. They’re not super long so I had plenty of time to incorporate my regular Bible-reading schedule after. It has a list of questions for reflection that you could leave out if wanted, but I felt they would work really well for a Ladies’ Bible Study. I loved the layout and thought it would be fun to do with a group of ladies and incorporate some of the recipes once a week as a group.

Then there is a page for prayer/journaling. I like these kinds of pages. I love journaling and I like having a place in the devotional book that I can do that. The full-sized page was really nice as I find sometimes that a lot of devotional books only give you enough room for a paragraph at best.

Recipes

The unique part of this devotional is that it comes with recipes for each devotional. She gives 5 week-day meals and then a weekend wrap-up dessert recipe. I really liked how she explained why she had included recipes. Because as we study Proverbs 31, we see that it’s really about relationships. One day is meatballs and spaghetti and she talks about incorporating your kids in making the meal and working on your relationship with them. With another she talks about opening your home for hospitality and using the included recipe as your meal.

I love the uniqueness of this devotional and would love to do this with a group of ladies some time. I found it encouraging and highly recommend it.

About the Book

Book:  Priceless

Author: Vickie Burns

Genre: Devotional/Cookbook

Release Date: November, 2019

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Priceless: A Devotional Cookbook Based on Proverbs 31 is a Bible study and cookbook combined. The author, Vickie Burns, takes the reader verse by verse through Proverbs 31, showing them how precious and loved they are. At the end of each day’s study, meal suggestions and recipes are provided to fill their homes with tantalizing aromas and great food. Even young children can help with meal preparation so they learn that dinner doesn’t just magically appear on the table.

For women who’ve read Proverbs 31 and felt inadequate, like they could not possibly live up to God’s description of the perfect woman, Priceless reveals that they have more in common with her than they ever imagined.

“Today’s busy mom rarely finds time to steal a few moments of peace and quiet to spend with the Lord each day,” Vickie says. “On top of that, she most likely does not take the time to flip through endless sections of cookbooks to plan a unique evening meal. Priceless encourages women to view their tasks as God’s call to an abundant life, empowers them by providing a daily word from Proverbs 31, and eases their minds by providing a full menu for the evening meal each day.”

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

Vickie Burns is passionate about showing women how to love and live the abundant life that Jesus Christ offers. Through Bible study, public speaking, and writing inspirational cookbooks, Vickie inspires women to love the Lord with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength; to see and love themselves as Christ does—PRICELESS; and to love others through genuine hospitality. She lives in Texas with the love of her life, Todd Burns, and they have two daughters.

More from Vickie

This book, Priceless, is not my story but it was birthed from it. I was raised in a single-parent Christian home after my parents divorced. I watched my mom handle everything: cooking, cleaning, bills, homework, a full-time job, etc. I had no idea until I became a wife and mother all that she must have been through while raising three children on her own. I do know that she had a strong relationship with the Lord and that she had friends and family support.

Today, I look back at my childhood with renewed respect for my mom. My husband, Todd and I did our best to raise our two girls to honor the Lord while we went to school for our master’s degrees and tried to keep our household running smoothly. I had the help of a husband and was still overwhelmed while working as a teacher, trainer, coach and administrator in public education. On top of that I was still a wife, mother, friend, sister, chef, chauffer, nurse and more. Over the years, as I have gotten to know other women, I realize that I am not alone. We all long for ways to balance work and family, cooking and cleaning, physical busyness and spiritual warfare.

As my heart broke for the busy women in my life (to whom I totally relate) I longed to try and make life a little easier for all of us. I began to study God’s Word for answers. As I studied, I learned that God created us for relationship with Himself and with others. I learned that sharing our burdens with one another is His design. I found out that love should drive every word and action as we relate to others. I discovered that the crazy life that we are trying to balance is actually our ministry to our families and communities. I also realized that hospitality isn’t just something that was dreamed up by Martha Stewart. God ordained hospitality from the beginning when He created Adam and Eve in His image and placed them in the garden of Eden. God touches the heart of mankind with a piece of His own. There are examples of this throughout scripture. The biggest deposit of God’s heart within us is the gift of His Spirit. This gift is what makes genuine hospitality possible today. When we touch another person’s heart with a piece of our own, we are showing hospitality, sharing the love of Christ, and making connections that impact our world. This revelation was the birth of my ministry. I call it The Heart of Hospitality. Through my writing and speaking engagements, I share with women how to see the tasks and responsibilities of our daily lives as a calling from God. Beyond that, I help women understand that viewing their lives in this way is what Jesus meant when He said He came to give us “abundant life”.

My prayer for you, as you read this book is:

  • that you will be touched with a piece of God’s heart.
  • that hospitality will come to mean something new to you.
  • that each devotion in this book exposes your pricelessness in Christ.
  • that you will know beyond the shadow of any doubt that you are rare, unique and have significant meaning to your Creator.

May God richly bless you and your household.

Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, January 1

For Him and My Family, January 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 3

Jacquelyn Lynn, January 3

Older & Smarter?, January 4

Texas Book-aholic, January 5

Mary Hake,January 5

janicesbookreviews, January 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 7

Inspiration Clothesline, January 7

Inklings and notions, January 8

Blossoms and Blessings, January 9

For the Love of Books, January 9

She Lives to Read, January 10

Quiet Workings, January 11

Godly Book Reviews, January 11

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 12

A Rup Life, January 13

Emily Yager, January 13

KarenSueHadley, January 14

Past Forward – A Book Review

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I know! Two book reviews in two days. Haha, I totally didn’t plan to do that, but I’m okay with it.

Past Forward is not a new book, but it is one of my favourites. When I saw it up for a Tour run I was very quick to sign up.

Past Forward was the first book I read by Chautona Havig, and since then I have devoured ALMOST all of her books! There are a few I have yet to get to. I actually gifted myself a Kindle Unlimited membership for April so that I could just read more of her books, hah. Does that make me obsessed?

Ms Havig does not write to unsaved people, she writes to Christians, and as such you will rarely see the a Gospel message in her books, but you will see much to convict you and encourage you in your walk with the Lord. This book was no exception.

The book begins with the death of Willow’s mother and her entry into the “real” world. She’s spent her entire life living on a farm with no interaction with the world around her. Although the subject of the book can seem far-fetched to us who are used to living with electricity and electronics, it’s also a subject that appeals to people: living a simpler lifestyle, making everything yourself, and having a simple faith that is unsullied by the world. Some of us dream of such a utopia but in our culture often see no way to garner that for ourselves.

Willow begins to learn that her mother keeping her sequestered on the farm was perhaps not the best idea. As she sifts through the many journals her mother left behind, she begins to put together a picture of why her mother chose to walk away from all the friends and family she knew to live alone with a baby, the struggles that made up her world, and the questions she faced as she raised Willow alone.

With the help of Chad (the police officer who befriends her) and his family, she learns to start interacting with people outside her little world. Her faith begins to grow as it is stretched and questioned.

I wouldn’t recommend having a man stay in a house with a single woman – but I think the author did a really good job touching on this subject of Willow needing protection, while also having Chad and his family wrestle with the ethics of it.

This book continues to remain one of my favourites. I think I’ve read it 3 times. If you know my family, you know my daughter’s name is Willow, and yes, I named her after this character. Ms Havig first released this as a serial and I finished reading this book about a month before she was born and, although we had chosen a name already, I begged my husband to change it, hah. And I’m so glad I did, because Willow fits her so well! The series was later released in book form.

I hope you’ll check out this book, and Chautona Havig’s other books as well.

About the Book

Book: Past Forward

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Suspense

Release Date: April 19, 2017

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Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

The Finley women’s lives, while rich and full, aren’t easy. rejecting electricity and many other modern conveniences, they live purposefully and intentionally–alone and isolated from the world around them.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother dead.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

The Past Forward series opens with Willow’s life-changing discovery and gently guides the reader through aspects of her life–the past weaving through the present and into the future. Experience her first morning in church, her first movie, and the culture shock of her first trips to the city. A birthday party and a street faire add welcome diversion from butchering, canning, and the beating of area rugs. Disaster strikes. Will she choose to continue her simple life, or will an offer in the city change it all? Find out in this first volume.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Chautona

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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How Did My Weird High School Years Inspire This Book?

December 1985. The time had finally come. After two months of living in a run-down motel in Rosamond, California, we were finally moving to our own place. Seventeen miles away.

Just off Highway 58, outside Mojave, California (about the place that Alton Gansky’s, Distant Memory opens), a huge billboard loomed. For the curious, it’s still there today. Aqueduct City.

For the record, there was no city. There still isn’t. Just a dirt road or three. Oh, and the aqueduct. In fact, that’s eventually how we got our water—stole it from the California aqueduct.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

At the edge of all those parcels lay our new land. Twenty-two acres of desert sand, creosote, sage, and a tiny, baby Joshua tree at the end of our long, U-shaped dirt driveway.

I took out that sucker with my first attempt at backing down the drive. It looked like a snake had slithered back and forth across the sandy strip of cleared dirt, and somehow I managed to run over the foot-high tree. It wasn’t often I managed to shock my mother speechless. That was one time. I now have mad back-upping skills. Thought you oughtta know.

On that land, my parents put an 18’ travel trailer.

We hauled in water in 55-gallon drum barrels—first from a friend’s house and later from that aqueduct. It was several miles closer. One of those barrels ended up on top of the trailer for showers. The water pressure depended on how full that sucker was. Navy showers? Ever had one? It goes like so:

  • Turn on water.
  • Make one slow turn under the water to get all wet.
  • Turn it off.
  • Lather up.
  • Shampoo hair.
  • Turn on water.
  • Turn off.
  • Work conditioner into hair.
  • Turn on water.
  • Turn off.
  • Get out.
  • Try to stop your teeth from chattering.

For the record, that chattering is no joke. When it’s twenty degrees out there, water gets cold. And we had no way to heat it.

Our plumbing also included a shovel. For… um… other plumbing needs. Winter was the worst and the best time for the call of nature. Worst because, well, 40 mph winds and twenty-degree weather. Best, because no snakes.

We used Coleman propane lanterns, a propane refrigerator (that sat outside our door), and eventually, a gas-powered generator. Once a week, Dad would fire that thing up so I could iron my church clothes. #darkages

For the curious, summer was blistering hot.

No fans (except for stiff cardboard we used arm-power to operate). No air conditioner. Not even a swamp cooler. Mom and I would go into town and read at the library when we just couldn’t take another minute in 112-degree desert heat. She’d drive me to Lancaster so I could go sit in an air-conditioned movie theater and watch another movie. If it came out in 1986 or 1987 and wasn’t pure smut, I probably saw it. Out of self-preservation.

Before long, I’d been relegated to the “porch.” That consisted of a redwood lattice “patio” enclosure in front of the trailer door. (For those who haven’t figured it out yet, I was the dictionary definition of “trailer trash” in some people’s books.) That space was eight feet wide and sixteen feet long.

I had a twin bed out there. When winter came, dad made sleeping out there more bearable by heating huge rocks in one of those 55-gallon drum barrels and wrapping them in old quilts. That went at the foot of my bed to keep my feet warm.

If only the wind hadn’t blown sand into my hair every night…

What does all of this have to do with Past Forward?

Just this. People have often asked why Willow would choose to live without electricity. Some have said you couldn’t live only five miles outside of town and be so isolated and reclusive.

I disagree.

We did it. By choice. Because it’s who my father is. And of all of my characters, Kari Finley, Willow’s mother, is the most like my father. The way Kari taught Willow? That’s exactly how Dad used to teach me—by making it a natural part of life.

I didn’t know it when I wrote the series, but Past Forward really does show exactly what kind of life my father would have chosen to live if he’d ever really considered it. The self-sustaining work, the emphasis on beauty, the isolation—all of it shows the kind of man I call Dad.

If you’d asked me as a kid what I thought of living out there in Mojave, I would have said I hated it. Not only that, I would have believed myself. But if you’d talked to me for a while, you would have figured out that I said that because I was expected to. No one thinks you’ll like living with almost nothing, in the middle of nowhere, especially as a teenager.

Looking back, though, I actually I liked it. Dad. Mom. Me. And Boozer, our dog. I’d tell you about her, but that’s a story for another day. Yeah, I liked my life there “out on the property,” as we called it.

Except for the Mojave green rattlesnakes. Not a fan of those. Not then or today.

Just sayin’.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, May 15

A Reader’s Brain, May 15

Godly Book Reviews, May 16

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 17

Blogging With Carol, May 18

Inklings and notions, May 18

Bigreadersite, May 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 19

All-Of-a-kind Mom, May 20

Texas Book-aholic, May 20

Aryn The Libraryan, May 21

Quiet Workings, May 22

Retrospective Spines, May 22

Inspired by Fiction, May 23

Carpe Diem, May 24

For Him and My Family, May 25

janicesbookreviews, May 25

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 26

Rebekah’s Quill, May 27

Inspiration Clothesline, May 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize that includes a complete paperback set of Past Forward & a custom Past Forward Lavender Lemonade candle!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e319/past-forward-celebration-tour-giveaway

Remembering the Resurrection

This week brings us the holiday known as Easter. I always called it Easter growing up but lately I’ve been convicted about bringing it back to what it’s about – the Resurrection: recognizing Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Something that has really played on my heart over the last few years is the fact that we don’t do much to prepare our hearts for this time of year. In Jewish culture, the Passover (celebrated around the same time) is one of the MOST important celebrations, and so, too, I believe Resurrection Sunday should be the one that we, as Christians, place the most emphasis on.

In reality, Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in Christian tradition. We spend weeks preparing our hearts for the birth of Christ. We hold elaborate plays, host celebrations in our homes, and sing special hymns for an entire month.

Somehow, this seems to be backwards to me. For nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to remember the birth of Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe anyone is sinful (or less spiritual) if they celebrate Christmas. We love Christmas at our house.

However, the only celebration we are commanded to keep or remember (according to the New Testament) is the Resurrection of Christ.

The importance of this time of year should overshadow all else including Thanksgiving, and any other holiday to which we attach great importance.

To try and draw my thoughts to what the Lord has done for me, in being rejected of men, mocked, crucified, and then gaining victory over death by His resurrection, I am going to be following these Scriptures, reading and writing them over the next week. My desire is to prepare my heart, through daily devotions, for full remembrance of His Resurrection, as we celebrate it, this coming Sunday.

Scripture writing is something I started a few years ago. It helps me to focus when I am spending time with God’s Word. I found, when I just read it my mind often wandered and I could finish whole chapters and not be able to tell you what was said. While I can still do that to an extent while I’m writing/copying Scripture, I do find it much easier to focus and meditate on what I’m writing and have gotten so much more truth from this way of doing it.

Whatever you find works for you, whether just reading the passage and spending time in prayer, or by writing the Scripture passages each day, I invite you to join me. Save the graphic below to your phone or tablet, or print and place in your Bible.

Let me know on Facebook if you’d like to join in. I’d love to know who’s doing this with me. =)

March Musings

March has arrived! With it back to back winter storms! Now I’m just hoping for the ending to “In like a Lion, Out like a Lamb.” Hah. I’m actually hoping for an early Spring this year. Last year, if you guys remember, we had frost in June, so not cool for growing a garden. We haven’t had a ton of snow this year so I’m not really complaining about the storms, I have just realized that I prefer summer weather, especially in regards to driving.

It IS time to start thinking about gardens, though. Do you garden? Do you prefer edible or just for looks? I’m kind of about both, but up till now I’ve stuck with edible because I really wanted to relieve some of the burden of buying fresh produce. I haven’t been hugely successful at it, YET, hah. I joined some gardening groups on Facebook this past Fall and have gotten lots of suggestion and advice for making my soil better, etc.

But this year I also decided I wanted to add some flowers in. I love flowers. I considered berry bushes, but I’m not sure my budget can afford them. We’ll see how much they’re asking when the local co-op gets them in this Spring, I’m still rather tempted. However, I did find a local grower who saves her own seeds to sell. I purchased a couple of perennial seeds and some annuals, just to see how they’ll work this year. I also purchased a few vegetable seeds like cucumbers and beans. And my greatest excitement – rhubarb seeds! Like, I didn’t even know that was a thing (obviously they come from seeds, duh, but usually you find them in nurseries already started – I’ve never seen seeds for sale). You can check out Caitlin’s Forever Garden on Facebook for her selection – or if you’re local in Nova Scotia visit her stand at Goucher’s market in Kingston.

It’s also that time of year when we evaluate our homeschool curriculum and start looking at what we want to purchase for next year. I’m a total boxed-curriculum person. We’ve been using Bob Jones curriculum almost exclusively since my oldest started kindergarten but I’m not completely into traditional teaching methods. I usually do what I can to add to BJU, but this year I found it just wasn’t working as well for us. I still love their program but I know we need to switch some things up for the Fall in order to keep my son’s attention. While I plan on using BJU for Science, Math, and English, I’m looking into Masterbooks for the extras like Spelling, Reading, History/Geography, and Bible. The curriculum uses a number of materials from Answers In Genesis and every subject is wrapped around Bible themes and truths, rather than a separate study in itself. Reminds me of what school books were like years ago (like 100 years ago). I like the concept and am interested to see how the Charlotte Mason style works for my kids. You can check out a video on their program here: YouTube

Although I’m planning to add Masterbook’s Geography and Cultures for the elementary level to my cart, I will definitely be teaching Canadian history to my kids. In looking at regular curriculum requirements it appears that American history is taught up till Grade 6 (at which point World History starts). Masterbooks has a neat-looking World History but it’s for 4-6th grade and my oldest will just be starting grade 3, so I’m going to keep with traditional curriculum and teach country-specific history. For us, this means Canadian history, not American.

My excitement over teaching Canadian history has doubled since the launch of my new Canadians In Space unit study. I’m planning to use this unit (and others that are currently in the making) to make learning about Canadian history fun for my kids this year. I love Canadian history and have been so disappointed with the options that are out there right now. I read A LOT…and historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, so, for me, as soon as I learn an interesting tidbit about Canada I automatically start picturing it actually happening and see people, like a movie, in my mind. I want kids to experience the same thing. While it’s hard to create that with a textbook style, I have done my best with this unit study, but I also include books that I hope will create that love of learning and desire to know more. I have activity pages for those who prefer the work-book style (and let’s be honest, some kids do well with that style) and I have hands-on activities for those who prefer more of a Charlotte Mason method. The activities will work from Grade 1 to Grade 12, with essay questions and extra research woven in to the study. If it’s something that will interest you, I hope you’ll head over to the Shoppe page and get yours! You can check out a review of the unit study on Sodbuster Living’s Blog or go look at my posts on the QuietWorkings Facebook page.

You can get the curriculum for 50% off until March 31st using the coupon code; LAUNCHPARTY2019