Lois Lenski, Children’s Author

One of my favorite memories of our homeschool years was the year we studied regions of America. That’s when I discovered old and frayed hardcover editons of Lois Lenski’s regional fiction books in the Urbana Free Library. I guess the most famous of Lenski’s regional books is Strawberry Girl, which won the Newbery Medal in 1946. […]

Protecting Her Legacy

A highlight of any trip to the maritime provinces in eastern Canada is Prince Edward Island–one of the most beautiful places God has created on earth. This was Ray’s and my second trip to PEI. Our first was in 1999 when our family drove there for our daughter Bethany’s senior trip when she graduated from homeschool. […]

A Trip to the Swiss Alps

My introduction to Heidi happened on the wooden console television set in our living room when I was a little girl. Several times a year, one of Nashville’s four television stations played Shirley Temple movies early Sunday morning. I liked to watch them before Sunday School. One of the ones I saw was Heidi. By then […]

Winter Snuggles

Here’s how it happened. As I was making my visuals for the 10 Reasons It’s Great to Be a Homeschool Mom in the Wintertime webinar last Thursday, I hurried into the library where Ray was working, laid my camera on the back of the loveseat across from this one, set the camera for self-timer, told him […]

Pa’s Claim

Near DeSmet is the site of Pa’s homestead claim where he planted one cottonwood tree for each of his girls. A memorial stone marks one portion of it. We visited the memorial and these cottonwood trees in 1996 and 2006, but this time I am grateful that we checked out the Ingalls Homestead next door. The […]