Archives for January 2022


On Friday afternoon one of my older daughters brought the kids a S’mores machine and all the stuff to make them so they could make S’mores inside while it is so cold. They absolutely loved this. As soon as school was over they started making them and they had so much fun. Then on Saturday Evelyn and Liam came over and they made them again. This was a wonderful gift and I know we will be using it a lot. I tell them all the time that big sisters are definitely a blessing.

We also started using our Mark-My-Time bookmark again in January. Somehow I got out of the habit of using it and then saw it sitting in my school basket and decided to start up again. So, this month we read 29 hours and 52 minutes. This was actually a good reading month for us and I am planning to continue using the Mark-My-Time bookmark for the next few months. It is fun to see how much we have read – or how little. We just finished the book The Penderwicks On Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall. Everyone liked it but most of the kids said they liked Miracles On Maple Hill better.

Then today at church the girls’ Sunday school teacher brought Bethany two dolls as she knows that Bethany likes to collect dolls. Bethany has always been a doll lover and now she still likes to collect them and says she probably always will. I happen to be a doll lover, too. I played with my dolls when I was a kid so long that I was embarrassed to let my friends know and so played with them secretly.

What We Are Reading

Again, it has been so long it is hard to get back to blogging. So, I will try again to stay with it. We have been busy with school, but not really doing much else. We are finishing the book Miracles On Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Marly, Joe, Mother and Father move to Maple Hill to live in Grandma’s old house that is in the country. The first miracle of Maple Hill is when the sap begins to rise in the maple trees and it is time to make maple syrup. Marly loves this. She loves Maple Hill and she especially loves what it has done for her father who has returned home from the war angry and very tired. Maple Hill seems to bring him alive and to calm his spirit. That is the biggest miracle of all and the whole family is so thankful. This book shows us the beauty of nature and the power it has to heal hearts and minds. We have really enjoyed reading it and the kids love it. They ask first thing every morning if we can read it. We have one chapter left and we finish the book. It’s a great book.

Bethany has been working on a dress for one of her sisters and she is just about done. I love to watch her sew. I wish I had learned to sew when I was young, but I never did. I know it’s never too late, but it does seem a little late to start learning. So, I just enjoy watching my girls sew.

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