liebster award

Liebster Award for Bloggers

For the first time ever, I’ve been nominated for a blogging award!  I’m pretty excited!  Much thanks to Charlotte from My Little Homeschool for the nomination.  She blogs about homeschooling her two boys in South Africa; I absolutely love seeing the beautiful South African coast through her pictures and learning how another homeschool mama operates.  Her post about daily survival with special needs kids is applicable to all homeschoolers, and sums up some of my favorite things about homeschooling.

liebster award


The Liebster Award is a blogger award, given by bloggers for bloggers.  It’s a great way to discover new blogs.

The Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave you the award–give them some love.
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them that you dig them
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer

My Q and A Answers

1. What is your absolute favorite meal?

Anything I don’t have to cook myself.  I especially love pizza and really good sushi.  (Not at the same time!)

2. Who is your celebrity crush and why?

Chris Pratt probably.  Or the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the old Anne of Green Gables movies.  I’m so bad with celebrity names, you guys.  I cannot keep them straight, and am forever mixing up actors that like ‘kind of’ similar.

3. Who is your favorite spice girl?

I’m not even sure what a spice girl is.  I think it’s a band, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard their music and I definitely have no idea which one would be my favorite.  Cinnamon?  No?  Bad joke?  Okay, sorry.

4. If you were a cocktail, what cocktail would you be and why?

A margarita, because I used to be a lemon.  Seriously, my maiden name is Lemmon.  Also, I really love margaritas!

5. Beach or Mountains

Beach!  I haven’t been to the ocean in far too long, and I’m really missing the beach.  The beaches were one of my favorite parts of living in Hawaii, and probably ruined me for life.  I would love to have a beach house someday and be able to just zip down to the ocean on the weekends!

6. What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Instagram for sure.  I love being able to connect with other homeschooling families.  It is always inspiring and I get some great ideas from the other homeschoolers out there.  It’s a great community and everybody is so supportive.

7. What is something funny your kid says?

So many things.  The funniest, most recent thing was Klaus (my 3-almost-4-year-old) referring to the bit of snow we got overnight as ‘white dust mites’.  So funny.  And accurate.  We’re done with winter over here.  If the weather could get the memo that would be great.

8. What is something weird your kid does?

Eva is obsessed with her belly button.  All the time.  If I’m reading her a story, she’s playing with her belly button.  Basically any time she’s sitting still, she’ll be playing with her belly button.

9. Why do you blog?

I love to write and I love having a record of our days.  Regular posting is not my strong point–I have too many other irons in the fire and something (or somebody) is always competing for my attention–but I try.  I always hope that someday I’ll get it all together and be able to turn blogging into a side-gig.

10. How do you find inspiration?

In nature, history, books, instagram, and pinterest.  In fact, I guess nature and history are really my two root sources of inspiration.  Even when I look for inspiration in books, instagram and pinterest, I nearly always find it in something related to nature or history.

11. Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Write about things that you’re really interested in.  Don’t try to force it.  If it doesn’t come naturally, it won’t come at all, but when you DO find that thing you love writing about you’ll be continually inspired (even if you can’t find the time to blog :P)


11 Random Facts About Meliebster award

  1. I play the violin (and wish I played more most of the time.)
  2. The library is my favorite place.  When we move, the first thing I do is check out the library.  Don’t care where the grocery store is; where is the library?
  3. I love to dream up new novels.  I’m working on one now that I’m really excited about.  Someday, one of them will actually be successful.
  4. I love budgeting and menu planning, and am mildly obsessed with sticking to our budget.
  5. Being a mom is amazing, but being a homeschool mom is literally the most exciting, awe-inducing thing I’ve ever done.  I love getting to teach my kids, and see their a-ha moments, and learn alongside them.
  6. I like to think I’m a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, but then I’ll reread some of the Classical education literature and decide I’m more classical… and the truth of the matter is probably that we’re somewhere between the two and heavily eclectic.
  7. I’ve read 23 books since the start of the year.
  8. I read multiple books at once.  I’m currently reading about 8.
  9. I love to write book reviews and am always thinking about how I would/should/could review a book.  Lately though, I just can’t seem to find the time
  10. I’m an introvert, but I like meeting and talking to people.
  11. Chocolate is my kryptonite.  Not a lot, but I like to eat a square or two in the afternoon during quiet time.  I stash it all over the kitchen, and my husband is always finding my stash and teasing me about it.  But then he eats it, thus validating my “need” for different caches.


My Liebster Award Nominations

  1. Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
  2. Joshua’s Girl
  3. Our Journey Westward
  4. At Home Teaching V
  5. Here in the Bonny Glen
  6. Blog, She Wrote
  7. Eva Varga
  8. An Intentional Life
  9. A Farmhouse Full
  10. Mrs. Criddles Kitchen
  11. Stir the Wonder









Questions for my Nominees

  1. What is your favorite way to enjoy the great outdoors?
  2. What is your go-to snack?
  3. Are you a one-book-at-a-time kind of gal or more of a towering-book-stack person?
  4. Do you go to the library?
  5. Favorite genre of books or movies?
  6. Beverage of choice?
  7. What do you love about blogging?
  8. Any advice for other bloggers?
  9. Is there anything you dislike about blogging?
  10. What is your favorite season of the year?
  11. What is your favorite book of all time?


So there you go! Hope everybody enjoys playing along and making some new blogger friends!

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 3.6.2017


happy homemaker monday
Diary of a Stay At Home Mom

Good Evening to you!  It’s late, but I’m linking up with Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Homemaker Monday today!  Be sure to hop on over to her blog and see what her Monday looked like!

The Weather ~ Cloudy here, but fairly warm and windy.  Eva’s hair blew straight up in the air while we walked between stores, until she looked like she had some wild static electricity going on!

On my Reading Pile ~

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (the complete first edition) translated and edited by Jack Zipes.
Field Guide to American Houses
The Language of Flowers edited by Sheila Pickles
How to talk so Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julia King
Talkers, Watchers, and Doers by Cheri Fuller
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:

A couple episodes of The Great British Baking Show (they have two new seasons on Netflix!)
A couple episodes of How I Met Your Mother
Not much else. We had a super busy weekend between hosting Eva’s official birthday party, and church yesterday.

On my TV:
More of the British Baking Show, A Series of Unfortunate Events. It’s hard to tell what we’ll turn on during the week because we’re not really “into” any shows, and I’m trying to not watch much TV since I’m like 110% obsessed with the library and bringing home outrageous stacks of books that I can’t get through in a rental period haha)

On the Menu:

Tonight we had smoked chicken, asparagus, and cheesy spaghetti squash.
Tuesday: Pork Roast with radishes and veggies.
Wednesday is shopping day, so I’ll plan the rest of the week out tomorrow.

On my To-Do List:
Plan out some activities for March/April, and start working on my homeschool plan for the first four grades. It probably seems kind of ridiculous, and I know whatever I plan is certain to change and evolve over the years, but I want to have a general strategy to strive for that encompasses the big picture. Anyways, that’s one big project for this month.
I also want to finish sanding and painting my end tables for the living room now that the weather is getting nice again.

What I Am Creating: Hopefully cute end tables, regular blog posts, journal entries, and background work for a new novel project!

From The Camera:

Happening This Week:
My Superman is taking a test tomorrow, and we’re probably getting spooled up for whatever job ends up being next for him.

Looking Around the House:
Fairly tidy from my evening clean sweep, laundry is folded, bed linens are clean and my bed is made again, coffee pot is programmed… feeling pretty good about heading into the rest of the week!

One of My Simple Pleasures:
A pre-programmed coffee pot! Gold, I tell ya. There is nothing as wonderful as waking up to already brewed coffee. As long as I remember to get it ready the night before ;P

Bible Verse:
The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any pepole; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Deuteronomy 7:7-8

Teaser Tuesdays Link Up

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:


“Backstabbing, ass kissing, and bed sharing were well-worn rungs on the circus ladder. Hierarchy–whether in the ring, in management or on the payroll–turned brother against brother, friends into enemies, and the circus into a soap opera.” ~ Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home by Kathleen Cremonsi

**On June 24th, I’ll be reviewing Love in the Elephant Tent as part of a virtual book tour for Ms. Cremonsi! Come back and check it out!