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These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Books! D ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

These are a few of our favorite books! letter D

I really missed with this one. I thought the girls were still working on their list only to find out they had finished writing it all and I needed to add the images and publish it. So, the lateness is mine entirely! We ended up with only one book that they felt was worthy of the “favorite” label this week. And this is not only a good series, the author is a very enjoyable speaker who had a lot to share with young writers. It was interesting listening to him at the Teach Them Diligently convention last spring in Waco, TX. He was a friendly man who seemed just as happy to meet some of his readers as my daughter was to meet a favorite author. So, on to the book series.

Dragons In Our Midst – Bryan Davis

(christian fiction)

This series is the first of a three series chain including the Oracles of Fire series and the Children of the Bard series. The first book in Dragons In Our Midst, Raising Dragons, is about two teenagers, Billy and Bonnie. They are normal teenagers – except for the fact that Billy’s father and Bonnie’s mother used to be dragons. Billy and Bonnie each have a distinguishing dragon trait that sets them apart. There is a group of people who want to get rid of all the former dragons and their offspring, and the two friends must stick close to each other and to God to survive.

E – I loved this book! I found it for three dollars, so I thought, ‘If I don’t like it, it didn’t cost that much.’ But it was soooo good. Good christian fiction can be hard to find, but when I do find it, it is generally pretty good. What I liked about this book was that I could relate to a lot of what Billy’s thoughts and doubts were. And I liked Bonnie because I want to have that kind of faith in God. Our library didn’t have all of the books in these series so I just had to buy them all!

What Miss E did not state about liking this books so much was that she bought all the others at from the author so she could have the full series. And she was able to get them autographed. If that is not an endorsement of a series, I don’t know what is.

In a short while, you will see the E post come up since I am so late with this one.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

These are a few of our favorite books! Letter D

A list of good reads for middle and high school while blogging through the alphabet with letter D. A few of our favorite books.

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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Books! C – Blogging Through The Alphabet

Books C

This week’s selections are not quite as varied but still a small selection. Enjoy!

City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau

(fiction)

City of Ember is about a city that is just is like any other city – except for the fact that it is underground. Ember (the city) is surrounded by pitch blackness on all sides. All of Ember’s light comes from huge floodlights, far above the citizens’ heads, that run on a generator that is slowly falling apart. Ember wasn’t made to last forever. 12-year-olds Lina and Doon find a mysterious piece of paper that could contain instructions for how to escape Ember, but they have to put it together piece by piece and some parts are missing.

E – This book appealed to me because it had a good plot line that had twists that I didn’t expect. I could relate to Lina a lot because her thought process is a lot like mine. It was set in the future, which I really like, because so many people have so many different ideas about it. This book was also a nice book because it didn’t have any language in it, which is kind of strange for a book in the young adult section in the library.

Corrie ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den – Janet and Geoff Benge

(biography)

This book is from the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series. Corrie ten Boom was born in 1892 in the Netherlands. During WWII, Corrie ten Boom and her family hid four Jews and two members of the underground in their house, though they went to prison for it. Corrie and her sister Betsie ten Boom stayed in prison longer than any of their family, but they constantly encouraged one another and built each other’s faith in God.

E – This book was really good because it helps remind us that God is always there with us, even when it’s hard and even when we can’t see it. It was a very well written book, it kept me turning pages, wanting to find out what happened next.

The Christmas Doll – Elvira Woodruff

(fiction)

This book is about two sisters named Lucy and Glory who live in London a long time ago. They live in an orphanage and Lucy, the older sister, entertains Glory with stories about a doll that Glory had when she was a baby. When the flu sweeps through London and a lot of the girls in their orphanage get sick, Lucy is afraid Glory will get sick, too. She takes her sister away from the orphanage. Along the way, they find an old doll and Glory decides it must be her doll from when she was a little girl. After finding the doll, Lucy also finds a job and the story ends happily.

L – This is a sweet story about Christmas.

Counting By 7s – Holly Goldberg Sloan

(fiction)

This story is about Willow, who is very different. She has lived an unfair life, but she understands much about life that the average person doesn’t get. As she is seeking for belonging, you will enjoy her story.

E chose this one. My thoughts on why she likes it? This is a very different story and it just kind of grabs you.

Hope you found another new one to check out this week!

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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These Are A Few of Our Favorite Books! Letter B ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

Books B

Today, we are taking on the letter B titles for Blogging Through The Alphabet. Come see what we enjoy.

Bounders series – Monica Tesler

(science fiction)

This is currently a 4-book series (Earth Force Rising, The Tundra Trials, The Forgotten Shrine, and The Heroes Return), with a 5th (Fractured Futures) on the way. These books follow the story of the Bounders, a special group of pre-teens, who are trained by a space-military agency (the Earth Force) as an attempt to protect Earth. 12-year-old Jasper and his new friends soon realize, however, that they must stop a war from breaking out and destroying Earth.

E – When I picked up Earth Force Rising at the library to try, I wasn’t reading very much science fiction at all. Mostly I was reading fantasy. But I really enjoyed it because the characters were so entertaining and relatable. I especially liked how Jasper thought (most) things through before making a decision. This books got me reading more science fiction.

Britfield and the Lost Crown – C. R. Stewart

(fiction)

This is the first book in the Britfield series. In this book, Tom, a 12-year-old orphan, escapes the cruel orphanage he has lived at for 6 years. He also brings along his best friend Sarah, and together the two of them attempt to find out anything they can about Tom’s past. Along the way they make new friends… some of whom are not what they seem. Together, Tom and Sarah discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne. But with police officers everywhere looking for them, resulting in several close escapes, Tom and Sarah may be sent back to the orphanage before they solve the mystery.

E – I liked this book because it was a compelling mystery with several twists that I didn’t see coming. It was also easy to sympathize with the characters because of all the hardships that they had to endure.

Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild

(fiction)

This is a book about three orphans, adopted by an eccentric man who lives with his nephew’s wife and little girl, who help to look after the children when Gum (Great Uncle Matthew) heads off on one of his trips for quite a while. As a matter of fact, that was where he found the babies in the first place. Three girls, all with different stories and different backgrounds now grow up in the same nursery. Soon, they are accepted into an academy of dance and stage training. The book is mostly about their lives as they take on the stage and pursue their separate interests, all while waiting for the uncle they never really met to come back. Pauline loves the stage and wants to be an actress. Petrova would rather pilot an airplane. And Posy (my favorite) has her heart set on being a ballerina.

L – I loved this book partly because it is about dance (obviously) and partly because I liked reading about their everyday life in the wings of the theater. I found it very interesting to read about these ordinary-but-not-so-ordinary girls, and their lives on-and off-the stage.

Books of Bayern – Shannon Hale

(fantasy fiction)

This is a 4-book series as well (The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born). The first book, The Goose Girl, follows Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee (Isi) as she leaves the castle and country, Kildenree, where she spent her first 16 years. Her mother, the widowed queen, attempts to marry her off to the prince of Bayern, but as in the Grimm fairy tale (The Goose Girl) the servant girl takes the princess’s place. The other three books continue on with other characters from the first book.

E – I loved this book. I really like the way that Shannon Hale writes and these books were no exception. I could relate to how Isi, Enna, Razo, Rin, and other characters felt about themselves and other people. I also liked how the first book stayed true to the Grimm story but also had so much other detail that made the story longer. I don’t know how many times I have reread these books. I think that most teens that like to read fantasy will love this book. I wish that I could think of something else to say because it was that good!

See you next week for the letter C!

Blessings,
The two oldest giggly girls and
Lori, At Home.

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These are a few of our favorite books! Letter A ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

Books A

The two oldest giggly girls, Miss E (age 15) and Miss L (age 13) are working their way through the alphabet to share with you a few of their favorite books for middle and high school. They are working to come up with a good variety for each letter but each selection has been read by at least one of the girls and has her seal of approval. It has been fun listening to them talk and discuss and come to agreements about them. Here are their choices for the letter A.

A Prism of Wings – Haiku by Rebecca Lilly

(poetry)

This is a small, 54 page book of butterfly haiku. It is a light, quick read and doesn’t require a lot of concentration. For instance, it would be perfect to take on the road. If you like poetry, this is a good book for you. The haiku are numbered and each of one describes a different butterfly in vivid, poetic language. In the middle of the book, there are 6 colored pages with images of the different butterflies.

L – Since I love butterflies and poetry, this book was given as a gift to me. I really enjoy it.

A True Princess – Diane Zahler

(fantasy/fiction)

It is about a girl named Lilia and she goes on a quest with her friend Karina to save Karina’s brother Kai from the elf king’s daughter.

E – What is appealing to me is the fairy tale aspect of it. It references the Princess and the Pea fairy tale with a twist and I really like books that do that.

A Wrinkle In Time – Madeline L’Engle

(science fiction)

Meg and her little brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin go on a journey to try and save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the It, a magical force that uses people’s weaknesses to get them on It’s side.

E – What is appealing is that Meg is extremely smart for her age and I really like that the book challenges me to think at her level.

All-of-a-Kind Family – Sydney Taylor

(historical fiction)

This book is about a charming family and set at the 1900 turn of the century. They are an “all-of-a-kind” family because all five of the children are girls. They live with their mother and father. The story tells of their adventures and escapades of normal life. The family is Jewish and several of the chapters describe some of their traditions and practices.

L – This was first introduced to me as a read-aloud when I was 8 or 9 years old and I thought it was very interesting to hear about how a typical family in that day and age would have lived. If you are looking for a good read aloud for a child, it makes a very good one. It has sequels for readers that enjoy the story.

E – What appealed to me from this book is how I was able to relate to Ella, the oldest girl. I felt like we were really similar and I enjoyed reading about her.

Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

(fiction – classic read)

This story is about an outspoken, red-haired orphan girl who is adopted by an older brother and sister in Canada. The story tells of her learning to fit in with the other kids her age and it turns out that her quirkiness (individuality) was admired by the other kids.

E – I think it appealed to me because Anne wanted so hard for things to be a certain way. When they didn’t happen the ways she wanted, she learned from her mistakes, didn’t make them again, and jump right back up and kept on going. I liked how unique and different she was.

The Audition – Maddie Ziegler

(fiction)

This book is about a 12 year old girl named Harper who is an experienced dancer. Having just moved, she has to begin at a new studio. A few of the girls in her classes are more than willing to make new friends but some of the others are not ready to have new team mates. When they go to their first competition, the team is having trouble. The book is mostly about her struggle to pull her team together in order to become a successful dance team.

L – I have been dancing since I was small, just like Harper. The connection of dance is what originally pulled me into the series. It is a recently published book, 2017, and the books are still coming out. The author is also an experienced dancer and I appreciated the accuracy of the portrayal of the dancers.

Gladys Aylward – Janet and Geoff Benge

(biography)

This book is a part of the Christian Heroes: Now and Then Series published by YWAM. This biography tells the story of Gladys Aylward, a Christian missionary to Yangchaeng, China. When Gladys got to China, she had to learn very quickly how to be self-sufficient. After the only other English missionary in the district dies, she has to step-up and take the lead. She has to learn to manage all of the finances while persevering in what she went to China for – preaching the Gospel.

E – I am drawn to the story of missionaries and the work they do. I especially like mission stories that take place in China and India. These are places where multiple missionaries have gone so there is a wide array of experiences to read about or learn about. I was really inspired by how Gladys did not let other discourage her from her dream.

Join us next week for books starting with the letter B.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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New Mexico Bucket List – Z ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

Z - Zia

We are at the end. These seem to come to an end so quickly. As we have traveled around New Mexico, I hope you have found a few places and ideas to add to your next trip to the Land of Enchantment. When you look at the state, one image comes up over and over – the Zia.

The Zia is the symbol of the state and has been borrowed from the native culture of the state. The Zia is an ancient symbol with great meaning to the people of Zia Pueblo. The sun symbol is a circle connecting four groups of four lines. The four groups of four rays each extend out from the circle, top, bottom, left, and right. They stand for the following:

  • The four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west)
  • The four seasons of the year (spring, summer, fall, winter)
  • The four periods of the day (morning, noon, evening, night)
  • The four steps of life (childhood, youth, adulthood, old age)

The symbol was found in the early 1900s on a pot and became a symbol for the state, which joined the US in 1912. The Zia was used on the state flag, designed in 1920. It has since become synonymous with New Mexico and seems to be a symbol of pride and power.

But, the Zia Pueblo has recently begun to decry the use of the Zia symbol by the state, claiming it was used illegally and essentially stolen by the state for use. There is ongoing discussion and legal actions and it will be decided at some point whether New Mexico can continue to use the symbol it has been using for almost 100 years.

I hope that a common understanding can be found without removing the use of the Zia from the state; it is THE symbol that everyone knows and remembers fondly. I also hope the understanding can come about without the over-regulation of it, as it seems the Pueblo is trying to put trademark regulations on it. If that becomes the case, I feel NM will have lost much of its identity. But, we shall see, I guess.

At any rate, the Zia is a bright and welcoming symbol for all to come visit the Land of Enchantment. Please come and see all that New Mexico has to offer.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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New Mexico Bucket List – Y ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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I forgot to tell you ahead of time but I chose to skip X for this round. The reason – so much of the language of New Mexico is influenced by Spanish and native languages that you just don’t find words starting with the letter X. So, I skipped it. On to Y.

Yucca!

Do you know what a yucca is? (You say it just like it looks – yuck/a)

This is the state flower. It is a beautiful, tall, spiky plant with round or bell-shaped blossoms in a long, slender cluster at the top. The yucca is native to hot, dry areas, such as the desert southwest in the US, Central America, and the West Indies. There are other places where you can find yucca plants.

Yucca at White Sands

Yucca at White Sands; picture from NPS

The plant itself is known by many different names – soapweed (because parts of the roots can be used as a soap substitute), beargrass, Spanish bayonet, and others. Nicknames include Lamps of Our Lord and Our Lords’ Candles.

They are pollinated by a specific species of moth that lives only on the yucca plant. It is an evergreen and you can find them throughout the state.

Most parts of the plant are edible, though they may be less appealing when you look at the long, spiky leaves. The flowers, leaves, fruits, and stems can all be eaten.

This is a beautiful symbol of the state.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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New Mexico Bucket List – W ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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There is always one place that pops to mind immediately when I think of anything related to New Mexico with the letter W – White Sands.

I have lots of wonderful memories of time spent at White Sands. I grew up a bit over an hour away and we would go once a year or so, it seems like. White Sands is a National Monument so it is run by the National Park Service. There is plenty to do and see in this large expanse of white sand.

White Sands is located in the southern part of the state, just outside of Alamogordo. The Tularosa Basin is where you find over 275 miles of pure white gypsum sand dunes. The National Monument preserves a portion of this. Much of it is also found as part of the White Sands Missile Range.

If you visit the monument, you can run around the dunes, playing in the sand, sliding down the hills, or jumping off the edge of the highest one you can find. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. If the wind picks up or a rain storm starts coming in, you will probably want to leave since it is not fun to be sand blasted. 🙂 But it is amazing to watch a storm come in over the dunes. Beautiful.

There are some other things you can do – hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, or cycling. Check in with the Ranger Station to find out about all of that.

You might recognize White Sands Missile Range as the place where much missile and rocket tests have been done. Probably the best known of these is the Trinity Site. This is where the first atomic bomb was tested. This was done not quite 3 weeks before an atomic bomb was dropped on Japan during WWII. There is a visitor center at this site and the area is open to the public a couple of times each year.

The WSMR is also a place where many of the rockets designed by Werner Von Braun (the German scientist who had a large role in the space race) were tested. The German scientists were housed close to the Missile Range and they tested many of the V-2 and further advancements.

The White Sands Missile Range was used for many different tests for the military and defense purposes. I can remember many times needing to go to Las Cruces or Albuquerque. To do so from our house, we had to travel through parts of the missile range and we made sure to check on missile testing before we left because it was not unusual for the roads to be closed if there was testing going on.

The other place to visit this week is Wheeler Peak. This is the tallest peak in the state is found up north, close to Taos and Red River. This beautiful peak is found in the Carson National Forest and is open to the public for many different outdoor activities. This peak is at 13, 161 feet above sea level. There is quite a bit of wildlife that you can expect to see while hiking or backpacking in the area.

Named for the man who surveyed the area in the late 1800s, Wheeler Peak is lovely place and great outdoor area. Be sure to take a look at the weather before you head out because the area is in the northern part of the state. This means that you could easily encounter late season storms in the spring or early season storms in the fall. Winter means that you should expect snow to be there but there are winter sports that you can do.

You can also make the Enchanted Circle drive which includes Wheeler Peak. Loads of options for visiting this mountain.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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