Favorite Picture Books

Here is a scope about some of my favorite picture books that have stood the test of time for 20+ years in my homeschool with my 10 kids.




Great Homeschool Group on Periscope and Facebook

If you are a homeschool mom who needs some fellowship and comradery with other moms who homeschool and love to share their ideas and tips, feelings and struggles, triumphs and victories, and just pray for and bless each other, you might want to check out www.homeschoolscopes.tv.

We do broadcasts on www.Periscope.tv so we can talk to each other live or watch each other’s replays. And we communicate with each other on Facebook, too, through a Facebook page and through Facebook Live. It is a fun group and a very supportive, kind group of women. If you want to join the group go to www.Homeschoolscopes.tv which will take you to the Facebook page and send a request to join.

Each weekday afternoon at 4:45 Eastern time, we all come together on Periscope for about 15 minutes to half an hour of chatting and supporting each other. We call it Homeschool Happy Hour. We do shout-outs of scopes that some of us have done during that day. We share what is going on in our lives or give some tips or some kind of encouragement or even ask for advice! It is a great group. If you are looking for some homeschool support and some good, kind homeschooling friends, this might just be the group for you!

This link is to the first Homeschool Happy Hour I ever hosted.


Come and join us!

Frustration and Marriage




Sometimes life gets hard. And having a good, strong marriage can help you through the hard times. At other times, it seems that your marriage is what is making life so hard.

So what do you do when it seems like life and marriage aren’t turning out the way you expected it to despite your best efforts?

Here are some things you can do to help improve your attitudes and make life more pleasant for yourself, for your husband and for your whole family:

  1.  Adjust your expectations.
  2.  Accept that some things about your mate may never change.
  3.  Take on the leadership role (e.g. spiritual leader)  if you have to even if you wish your husband would take it on.
  4.  Encourage your husband to read the same books about marriage, relationships, parenting, family, etc. that you are reading so that the two of you are on the same page. Pun intended.
  5.  Talk to your husband about how you are feeling in a non-threatening, non-accusing way.
  6.  Pray for God to help you to see your husband the way He sees him. And love him the way God does.

Please watch the scope I did about this topic here:


Poetry Teatime: The One Where Daddy and Emma Read Together

Gary and Emma read a book called “Ask Me” together. This book is by Bernard Waber, who is known for his book, “Ira Sleeps Over”.  The audio is not good because of a video game playing in the background interfering with the sound. Sorry about that! I didn’t know until I listened to the replay. I will make sure nothing is playing in the background the next time I record a video or do a scope. We also have some squeaky doors in our house. I hadn’t noticed how noisy they are until I listened to this replay.


Abby spins her eyes around and around and says she is seeing the world!


And I read a poem by Jack Prelutsky called “The Lynx of Chain”, from the book, “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant”.


Then Morgan reads a poem called “Me” by Walter de la Mare and another one called “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou.


Watch the video here: