Hi sweet friends
I am holding onto the land of the living; I guess we started the sickness season early around these parts and I'm hoping that means we have a healthier autumn! A virus has rotated through each member of our family the past several weeks and I was the last to go down a few days ago! I am slowly reviving. Glad I can't infect you through my computer screen!
I am still working on my Hitofude and although it looks like no progress is being made, I actually have gotten a good amount done though I know I'm not as speedy as many of you. I'm halfway through the first part now. It was a bit monotonous and I was feeling the embroidery itch so I got out my cross-stitch and finished the stitching on this sweet Shepherd's Bush needle roll for a couple evenings. I can't quite decipher the directions for the hemstitch on the ends so it's on hold for the moment, possibly until my next visit with my momma who has made a few of these in the past and who gifted me with this kit!
I read Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani this past week (the second of the Big Stone Gap books) but I have to confess, I am not sure I liked it. In the almost ten years that have passed since the first book took place the main character has not matured past her whiny self-absorption. I guess that was intentional since that's the main conflict... but I felt it hard to like or connect with her in this one. However, I feel like the end of the book brought some growth so I am going to give the third book another chance soon.
For now, I went back to The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson in my fiction category. I really can't recommend this series enough for older children and young adults. Andrew Peterson is my favorite singer-songwriter because he really knows how to weave beauty and truth into his stories and he's done it again in novel form. I think this would be a good option as a read-aloud for a boy who isn't all that into books; there's a lot of adventure but there is also a lot of embedded discussion about honor and courage and loyalty and what makes a true man - without being preachy or self-conscious.
For non-fiction I've been reading Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie. I love her Read Aloud Revival podcast and her blog and I knew I'd like her newly re-released book and I was right. It's a really gospel-centric book and I look forward to reading through it.