Homeschool with The Jordans, Weekly Wrap-Up March 10

I’m linking up with Kris at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers for the Weekly Wrap-Up where we share the highlights of our homeschool week.

What are you doing during this almost-but-not-quite Spring week? Tell me in the comments. I’m sick again. Every year I run with fresh, innocent excitement into the new Spring breezes. Each year I end up with the plague. Why, oh why?

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In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine

There’s so much conflict in the world today. In college, I mostly heard the views of my circle of friends or of my part of Canada. Now, thanks to the internet, we get snippets of the conversation from every point of view. It takes on media bias and has a skew toward certain regions and not others. Though we hear about the conflict in Israel, Egypt, or Ukraine, it seems impossible to identify the facts. It’s even harder to guess what the average person living there thinks of it all.

That’s why I want to review In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine by Tim Judah. The Ukrainian immigrant communities in Nova Scotia gather for bright, joyful festivals. The occasional dance or craft exposition keeps their community in my mind, but I have only a vague idea of where Ukraine is on the map. More than geography, I’m interested in what relationship Ukraine has with neighbouring countries and what the average person there thinks or does.

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7 Quick Takes on What I Like This Week

My quick takes this week are all things that I’m appreciating right now. I hope you like some of them, too.


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I did a study of the mass with our church this time last year and the teaching videos were by Tom Curran. I really appreciated his talk and perspectives. Then I found out he has nine kids and does a podcast for parents. There are two new episodes up for Lent. Check out The Curran Crew. Continue reading

Awesome Lego Creations with Bricks You Already Have

On a good day only the floor under my dining table is coated with tiny Lego pieces. On a bad day, the Lego storm reaches the living room and sometimes pieces can even be found downstairs, since they sometimes fall (or are thrown) from the the landing.

Yet somehow, my six year old isn’t into building with her Legos yet. She mostly plays with sets that someone else builds for her. Sometimes she uses the Lego pieces as props with her other figurines like Strawberry Shortcake, Littlest Pet Shop or My Little Pony. We built this castle from one of my Lego sets. It’s probably more than thirty years old.

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How will you use the gift of Lent?

It’s easy for little kids to have the wrong impression of Lent. It can seem like it’s all about punishment and guilt. When I was a kid, teachers would tell us to give something up as penance for our sins.  Since Jesus could resist temptation while fasting in the desert for forty days I can’t have chocolate. Imagine me as an eight-year-old bookworm who loves the epic tragedy of the story of Jesus, but still doesn’t see the point. I thought:

  • If you don’t have to claim ownership of wrong-doing, why would you?
  • If Jesus loves me he doesn’t want me to make myself sad over something trivial like chocolate. We pray “lead me not into temptation”, right?
  • Authority figures placing seemingly meaningless limits on me offended my strong-will.
  • People are boasting and competing. Which penance is most restrictive? Do you make it all the way through Lent?

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Christian Books for Your Easter Gift Basket

We’re excited about Easter this year. My husband wants to give up snack food for Lent. My parents will be here on Easter weekend for the turkey dinner and to babysit while I go to my husband’s Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. In past years, we’ve put chocolate candies in plastic eggs and hid them around the house. This year I’d like to put together an Easter basket like I had growing up. To help with your own Easter basket for the kids or grandkids, check out these suggestions available at

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Good Night, Baby Animals is the Cutest New Children’s Book

Bedtime is still a production at our house. Our every night routine includes bargaining and stomping, yelling and hopping. Sometimes even the six-year-old loses her temper! Bedtime stories are important to us. Though we’re phasing out the stack of picture books in favour of classics like Little House on the Prairie, we remember the ones that we read hundreds of times fondly.

That’s why it’s so nice to have a variety of good books to read at bedtime. Bonus if they’re books about bedtime! I jumped at the chance to review Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day: A Treasury of Six Original Stories by Karen B. Winnick. I received a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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My Word of the Year is Fidelity

If you miss The Zelie Group’s JEI Linkup, Alicia decided to make it biweekly and host it on her own blog. So head over to Sweeping Up Joy to see what she wrote this week.

1. What is one small thing, if you accomplish it in 2017, that will make you feel successful?

I don’t think that there is any one thing, especially not a small thing, that would make me feel successful this year. I feel pretty lucky when we’re all together and healthy year after year. I would really love to see some regular traffic to this blog, though!

2. Have you picked a word of the year or patron saint of the year?

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Get Absorbed in a Creative New Devotional this Easter

There was a cold snap this week. Despite the cold, the sun is out later in the evening, reminding me that the winter is not so long. Have you started thinking about Easter yet? What will you be doing to mark Christ’s resurrection this year? How will you make it holy? How will you deepen your relationship with Christ?

I had the opportunity to read Walk in Her Sandals, a cross between an Easter devotional and historical fiction, edited by Kelly Wahlquist. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

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