Saturday, November 9, 2013
When my daughters and I launched our original website we:
--Articulated the Hope Chest Journey.
--Built mother-daughter circles of support we called Princess Circles.
--Created resources to assist mothers and daughters on their Hope Chest Journey
--Created resources to assist women in Rediscovering the Lost arts of Queenship.
--Created materials for the mother-daughter circles.
Yes this site was suppose to be a resource for women; to help them on their journey to queenship. However, a few years ago we introduced Power of an Hour. Since that time we have noticed it has taken a lion's share of posts. We justified it by saying that education is an important aspect for women. Power of an hour is a resource for the Beauty of the Intellect. Where that is true, we now feel that there is a need to return to focusing on the whole Hope Chest Journey and rediscovering the lost arts of queenship. It is time to go back to our main purpose of Educating for a WHOLE life. And so, we are bringing the back the broader purposes of this website-- A Return to Beauty and Grace!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
"Shelf Life" is my book life. Unfortunately, between running a home, being a wife, a mother, a grandmother, homeschooling, helping run a school and an organization, I have little wiggle room in the day.
Most days I read my scriptures and call it great! I am reading works aloud to my children and that counts. At this point, if I get more in, great. Since I am getting reading in by reading aloud, if time is available, I am more likely to use it to create. If not, the season will come. for both.
I did discover there is a simple 15 minute solution! Most of us can find 15 minutes in a day.
I found that the editor of the Harvard Classics is Charles Eliot, and that he had served as President of Harvard for forty years, from 1869 to 1909. He had delivered a speech to working men stating that,
"In my opinion, a five-foot shelf would hold books enough to give a liberal education to any one who would read them with devotion, even if he could spare but fifteen minutes a day for reading."
That was what I was aiming for-- "a liberal education." Liberal not in the political realm, but liberal as in generous, broad, and deep; liberal as in liberal arts-- the arts designed to help a person be free.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
My original plan was plain and simple.
I woke up, dressed, grabbed the flags and put them out, hanging from the deck as I headed out for a morning 1.5 mile (30 minute walk)
I came home and showered, dressed, put on brow shaper (my brows are turn white and the brow shaper helps), put on earrings and brush my hair! Make my bed and grab the laundry on the way to the kitchen.
3. Breakfast Read Full Post...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Here is a question recently posted on a yahoo group I am a member of. I thought I would answer it here.I am wondering if some of you could share the things you've done with your toddlers/preschool age children. My daughter turned 2 in June and up to this point we have never had a set "learning" time... I've just been exposing and introducing things to her as we live our daily lives... I'm discouraged with how quickly I've gone astray and have started looking into the "packaged" curriculum junk that's out there. It's just so easy to do when most everyone I know is doing the same thing. Sadly, many people I know have become focused on teaching their children things that don't need to be taught until much later - mainly because they take pride in their children being "advanced". I don't want to get caught up in that mess...Read Full Post...
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Since I was a little girl, I remember being quite fascinated by the musical “My Fair Lady”. One of my favorite parts is the very beginning where we are first introduced to Professor Henry Higgins.
We find him next to the stateliest of columns, taking down notations of Miss Eliza Doolittle’s (a street flower girl) speech. Eliza begins to make a scene when she believes he is a detective taking her notation to prosecute her (which of course is not true). It is Professor Higgins response that immediately caught my attention
Cease this detestable boohooing instantly...
Or else seek the shelter of some other place of worship!
I have a right to be here if I like same as you!
A woman who utters such disgusting, depressing noises...
Has no right to be anywhere, no right to live.
Remember, you're a human with a soul...
And the divine gift of articulate speech. Read Full Post...
Thursday, September 12, 2013
In April, I spoke at a conference in the Portland, Oregon area. They put me up at a lovely guest house in the country. It was a healing and very restful stay. Oh, how I longed for that calm in the midst of June!
In June, the stress really hit me. I had recovered from an accident and from technical challenges that took my websites offline for over seven and a half months. Now everything that had piled up and seemed to press on me. So, I mapped out my responsibilities with circles for each. Then I added the details clustered around each circle. My page looked like fireworks. Nothing on the page was something I felt I could remove. It was summer and it seemed I jumped out of bed and worked all day to catch up on my work! Read Full Post...
Monday, September 2, 2013
How is your "To Do List?" Does your list make you feel guilty? Most of us do not need a list to tell us what needs to be done, we see it with out eyes! Sometimes I feel women do not give ourselves credit for all that we do get accomplished.
One day several years ago, while thinking of all that needed to be done, I Read Full Post...
Friday, August 30, 2013
Many parents are intimidated by the thought of teaching their children about science. This ought not to be so.
Science is learning about the world God created for us. Nature study, I believe, is a great foundation for all science.
Nature study does not require you to build a laboratory; it is already provided. The first steps are the important ones. As you discover the world around you, and learn to love learning, your children will too.
Click here for 25 Ways to get started Studying Science the Natural Way: Without Textbooks or Parent having a Science Degree!
Science the Natural Way.pdf (123.86 kb)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Is your child's room a mess? When your child is sent to clean his room, does he get distracted and play instead of clean? Children are often overwhelmed and do not know where to begin. When they look at a mess it is easier to play. Cleaning a room is a complex task. Many adults struggle too, because they were never taught. The organizational area of the brain is one of the last to develop, and it develops through childhood. Here is an easy to follow pattern to cleaning a bedroom. One of the best ways to teach a child to clean their room is to Read Full Post...
Thursday, August 1, 2013
We are currently in the process of finishing and formatting the content for our Year two (Medieval Times) for our Power of an Hour program. While mother (Donna Goff), is busy formatting all the weekly content as well as checking all the informational links, I am working on the Sunday content.
Right now I am specifically working on compiling the excerpt from the classics (with their vocabulary words and discussion points). I love revisiting my favorite classics to find the right excerpt for the each weeks theme.
For one of the weeks, I chose an excerpt from the Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I chose it for its theme of Industry which can be found throughout the book. It has been years since I have read this book, and I had forgotten how much I love it. Not only does it exemplify industriousness, ingenuity, and family unity, but it also has an underlying theme of faith in God. Here is one example from the first chapter: Read Full Post...